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Edmonton Rush dump Vancouver Stealth 10-5 to finish off record-setting season

Kyle Rubisch, here against Minnesota, showed he can handle the ball with a pair of goals for the victorious Edmonton Rush. (Photo: Codie McLachlan)
Kyle Rubisch, here against Minnesota, showed he can handle the ball with a pair of goals for the victorious Edmonton Rush. (Photo: Codie McLachlan)

The Edmonton Rush (16-2) are awfully tough to beat when their defensive unit plays its usual smothering style and chips in on the offensive end of the floor. That was the case last night as the Rush took a 10-5 win over the Vancouver Stealth (4-13). Edmonton rode a 6-2 second quarter to the win in a game that was close otherwise. Defender Kyle Rubisch was one of three players to score 2 goals each for the Rush, who extended their record for them most wins in a National Lacrosse League regular season and regained some momentum heading into the playoffs. Curtis Knight and Robert Church each had 2 goals and an assist for Edmonton. Lewis Ratcliff, with a pair, was the only multiple-goal scorer for the Stealth. READ MORE »


Oilers legend Ryan Smyth’s appearance helping Rush raise funds for The Stollery

Ryan Smyth joins the Rush for tonight's jersey auction to raise money for The Stollery. (Photo: Jesse Kushneryk)
Ryan Smyth joins the Rush for tonight's jersey auction to raise money for The Stollery. (Photo: Jesse Kushneryk)

Like a few of this weekend’s National Lacrosse League regular-season finales, Friday’s Edmonton Rush game at Rexall Palace against the Vancouver Stealth doesn’t have any bearing on the postseason. But that does not make it meaningless. The Rush will don special jerseys bearing the name of a child and the jerseys will be auctioned after the game with proceeds going to the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton. The Rush took it even further, “signing” recently retired Edmonton Oilers legend Ryan Smyth. He’ll drop the ball for the ceremonial opening faceoff and be on the Rush bench to start the game. “That’s pretty cool,” Rush forward Mark Matthews told the Edmonton Sun. “Hopefully he’s around the room or around practice and maybe we can meet him.” For more information about the events to raise money for the Stollery, check out the Rush website.


NLL Week 18 Staff Picks

The Western New York rivals play their fourth and final game of the 2014 season in Buffalo on Saturday. (Photo: Bill Wippert)
The Western New York rivals play their fourth and final game of the 2014 season in Buffalo on Saturday. (Photo: Bill Wippert)

All nine teams will see action in five games in the last weekend of the regular season. The six playoff spots have been solidified – Edmonton, Calgary, and Colorado in the West and Rochester, Buffalo, and Toronto in the East.

To close out their record-breaking season, the Edmonton Rush (15-2) treat their fans to another home game as they host the Vancouver Stealth (4-12) on Friday night. The Stealth then return home Saturday to face the other Alberta powerhouse, the Calgary Roughnecks (11-6. READ MORE »


Who Ya Got? NLL Week 18 Fan Poll

Top seed Edmonton Rush close out the regular season at home against the Vancouver Stealth on Friday. (Photo: Dan Brodie)
Top seed Edmonton Rush close out the regular season at home against the Vancouver Stealth on Friday. (Photo: Dan Brodie)

All six playoff spot have been filled – Edmonton, Calgary, and Colorado in the West, and Rochester, Buffalo, and Toronto in the East. The only variable left to determine is will there be a home playoff game in Buffalo or Toronto?

Buffalo could have locked up second place in the East with a win in either Toronto or Rochester last weekend; instead the Bandits, who once sat atop the division, extended their losing streak to seven games, dropping a pair on the road and leaving their chance at a home playoff game down to the wire.
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Mammoth complete National Lacrosse League playoff field

Matt Vinc stopped 45 of the 49 shots he faced as Rochester beat Buffalo 8-4. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
Matt Vinc stopped 45 of the 49 shots he faced as Rochester beat Buffalo 8-4. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

The Colorado Mammoth  (7-10) made sure they were headed to the playoffs by putting up their biggest offensive output of the year in an 18-12 win over the Minnesota Swarm (4-13). Colorado clinched third place in the West Division and a first-round playoff date in Calgary by scoring at least 4 goals in each quarter against the Swarm, despite being outshot 63-48 in the game. Everything just seemed to find a way behind the Minnesota goaltenders, especially in the fourth quarter when the Mammoth scored 5 goals on just nine shots.

Athan Iannucci led all scorers with 8 points on 2 goals and 6 assists. Adam Jones scored 4 goals–including one on the power play and one shorthanded–and added as assist. John Grant Jr. had a hat trick and 2 assists. The first goal was a big one as it was the 600th of his career, making him just the third player ever to reach that milestone (along with Gary Gait and John Tavares). Logan Schuss led the way for the Swarm with 4 goals and 3 assists. READ MORE »


NLL Week 17 Staff Picks

Win and they're in! With a W over the Swarm on Saturday the Mammoth secure the NLL's last playoff berth. (Photo: Alex Carroll)
Win and they're in! With a W over the Swarm on Saturday the Mammoth secure the NLL's last playoff berth. (Photo: Alex Carroll)

There are five games in week 17 of the NLL, four of which hold playoff implications with Vancouver and Colorado fighting for the last spot in the West Division and Buffalo and Toronto going head to head for a home playoff game in the East Division.

The Bandits (8-7) have defeated the Rock (7-9) by a score of 12-10 twice this season, once in Buffalo, once in Toronto. On Friday, the Bandits return to Toronto looking to snap a five game losing skid and sweep the series. Also on the line? A home playoff game; if Buffalo wins they’ll host Toronto in Banditland.
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Who Ya Got? NLL Week 17 Fan Poll

They'll meet Friday and again in the playoffs, but will that be in Buffalo or Toronto? A Bandits W this weekend secures a home playoff berth. (Photo: Bill Wippert)
They'll meet Friday and again in the playoffs, but will that be in Buffalo or Toronto? A Bandits W this weekend secures a home playoff berth. (Photo: Bill Wippert)

Will it be the Stealth or Mammoth? Only one spot remains in the NLL playoffs.

Competing in a close game two weeks ago, the Colorado Mammoth did the (seemingly) unimaginable last Friday by handing the Edmonton Rush their first loss of the season. Trading goals for most of the game, the Toronto Rock netted the game winner early in the fourth quarter against Philadelphia on Saturday to secure the third and final East Division playoff berth and eliminate the Wings from contention. It wasn’t an OT winner like in week 13, but it was the second 10-9 W for the Minnesota Swarm over the Buffalo Bandits this season.
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Dedication, perseverance pays off for Banister in NLL debut with Edmonton Rush

Mitch Banister, right, admits to plenty of nerves heading into his NLL debut last week. (Photo: Brad Watson)
Mitch Banister, right, admits to plenty of nerves heading into his NLL debut last week. (Photo: Brad Watson)

The National Lacrosse League dream took a big step for Mitch Banister on the night of Oct. 1, 2012. That’s the night he was a fourth-round draft choice for the Edmonton Rush. It took from then until this past Saturday for the dream to become a reality, but that’s exactly what it is now, a reality, after Banister made his NLL debut for the Rush in Saturday’s 15-11 win over the Calgary Roughnecks. “I couldn’t really sleep at all. I was a nervous wreck, walking around and couldn’t sit down or anything,” Banister told the Western Wheel of Okotoks, his hometown. “The closer I got to game time the more the nerves went away and it was just more excitement, just ready to get out there.” Adding to the nerves was the fact that Banister was playing against the Roughnecks, the team his dad, Brad, is the former owner of before selling in 2011. After seeing the dedication and work of Mitch toward this dream, Brad said it was an emotional moment. “After the first few shifts, once he got those out of the way I enjoyed the game,” Brad said. “I even had to wear an Edmonton Rush jersey for the first time in my life.”


Toronto Rock clinch playoff spot with 10-9 win over Philadelphia Wings

Brandon Miller was sensational for the Toronto Rock in their playoff-clinching win. (Photo: Graig Abel)
Brandon Miller was sensational for the Toronto Rock in their playoff-clinching win. (Photo: Graig Abel)

The Toronto Rock (7-9) clarified the playoff picture and muddied it a bit at the same time, pulling out a 10-9 win over the Philadelphia Wings (5-11) to clinch the third and final playoff spot in the National Lacrosse League’s East Division. With the Buffalo Bandits (8-7) losing by the same 10-9 score to the Minnesota Swarm (4-12), Toronto creeps closer to the Bandits in the battle for second place and the chance to host a first-round playoff game. In last night’s other games, the Rochester Knighthawks (12-4) downed the Vancouver Stealth (4-11) 10-7 and the Edmonton Rush (15-1) got right back on the winning track after losing Friday for the first time this year. Edmonton took a 15-11 win over the Calgary Roughnecks (10-6). READ MORE »


Mammoth improve playoff chances, end Rush’s perfect season with 10-8 win

Athan Iannucci helped the Colorado Mammoth stop the Edmonton Rush in their tracks Saturday night. (Photo: Jack Dempsey)
Athan Iannucci helped the Colorado Mammoth stop the Edmonton Rush in their tracks Saturday night. (Photo: Jack Dempsey)

The streak is over. The Colorado Mammoth (6-10), behind 4 goals from John Grant Jr. and a standout performance by goalie Dillon Ward, ended the chances of a perfect season for the Edmonton Rush (14-1) with a 10-8 victory in Denver Friday night. The Mammoth started quickly, controlling the play and popping four shots behind Rush goalie Brodie MacDonald in the first quarter to lead 4-1. After Robert Church got one back for the Rush, Grant ripped home a pair of outside power play goals to extend the lead to 6-2.

The momentum swung Edmonton’s way through the second quarter and they capitalized on it with three straight goals to end the half and pull within one goal at the intermission, 6-5. Edmonton really took control of the play and created way more scoring chances than Colorado in the second half, but Ward was calm in the face of the storm. The Rush outshot Colorado by almost a 2-1 ratio in the final 30 minutes, forcing Ward to make save after save. READ MORE »