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NLL Week 14 Staff Picks

The Rush are undefeated, Knighthawks undefeated at home. Which streak continues as the pair face-off Saturday in Rochester. (Photo: Cristan Anderson)
The Rush are undefeated, Knighthawks undefeated at home. Which streak continues as the pair face-off Saturday in Rochester. (Photo: Cristan Anderson)

All five games in the NLL this weekend are inter-divisional matchups. With five weeks left in the regular season, only the Edmonton Rush have punched their ticket to the playoffs while each of the other eight teams are mathematically still in contention.

The Rush (11-0) set off for a two-game eastern road trip stopping in Rochester Saturday night and then Toronto on Sunday afternoon. While the Rush remain undefeated in all games, the Knighthawks (9-3) are undefeated at home this season. The Rock (4-6), anxious for another win, will be looking to use the home floor advantage against the league leaders. The Rush have faced both teams once so far this season, in Edmonton, defeating the pair by one goal in each game.
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Who Ya Got? NLL Week 14 Fan Poll

Both coming off wins last weekend, the Roughnecks host the Minnesota Swarm in Calgary on Saturday. (Photo: Scott Pierson)
Both coming off wins last weekend, the Roughnecks host the Minnesota Swarm in Calgary on Saturday. (Photo: Scott Pierson)

It was the calm before the storm last Friday in the NLL as both Edmonton and Calgary defeated their opponents with ease before the close games that saw Philadelphia and Minnesota win on Saturday and Sunday in games that had most betting against them.

In a (then) top of the East versus the top of the West showdown in Edmonton on Friday night, Buffalo was leading at the end of the first quarter but the Rush D shut them out for 35 minutes and outscored the Bandits 12-2 through the last three quarters. Also on Friday, the Calgary Roughnecks scored the first seven in Vancouver, handing the Stealth their ninth loss of the season.
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Edmonton Rush and Rochester Knighthawks ready to rumble this Saturday

Dan Dawson and the Knighthawks will face Aaron Bold and the Rush Saturday. (Photo: Dale McMillan)
Dan Dawson and the Knighthawks will face Aaron Bold and the Rush Saturday. (Photo: Dale McMillan)

Two years ago the Edmonton Rush were National Lacrosse League upstarts, a 6-10 team that wouldn’t have qualified for the playoffs under today’s format. But they upset the Calgary Roughnecks in the first round of the playoffs then crushed the Minnesota Swarm in the West Division finals, so they headed to Rochester to play the Knighthawks, who were getting on a roll of their own. After a 7-9 season, Rochester held on to edge the Philadelphia Wings by a goal then went into Toronto and downed the defending champion Rock to earn the right to host the Champions Cup final.

Edmonton dominated the first half of that game, leading 5-1 heading into the intermission, and looked to be on course to earn the team’s first ever title. That’s not how it played out, of course. Cody Jamieson and Matt Vinc led the Knighthawks to a run of excellence in the second half that gave Rochester a 9-6 win and the first of two straight Champions Cups. Now those two teams are sitting in first place in their respective divisions and on a collision course for a potential title game preview this Saturday at Rochester’s Blue Cross Arena. READ MORE »


Edmonton Rush preparing for a franchise first: Their first NLL playoff game at home

In a season of many firsts, the Rush will finally have a home playoff game in 2014. (Photo: Dale MacMillan)
In a season of many firsts, the Rush will finally have a home playoff game in 2014. (Photo: Dale MacMillan)

Midway through the fourth quarter of the Edmonton Rush’s 14-5 win over the Buffalo Bandits on Friday night, fans at Rexall Place heard some foreign words over the speakers. It was an announcement regarding the sale of playoff tickets. For a home game. Yes, for the first time in franchise history, the Rush will have a playoff game at home, clinched with Friday’s win. “I feel absolutely great for Bruce,” coach/GM Derek Keenan told the Edmonton Sun of team owner Bruce Urban. “He stuck with it here. We worked together to build this thing and, while we’re a long way away to finish what we want to accomplish, it’s certainly a big step in the right direction for sure.” It’s a reward that’s been a long time coming for the loyal fans of all 9 seasons in Edmonton, but the Rush know their work is not done as they set their sights next on clinching the top overall seed that will give them a bye in the first-round.


This one goes to 11: Rush extend winning streak with 14-5 win over Bandits, Roughnecks down Stealth 13-8

Aaron Bold allowed only 5 goals as the Rush downed the Bandits. (Photo: Edmonton Rush)
Aaron Bold allowed only 5 goals as the Rush downed the Bandits. (Photo: Edmonton Rush)

The Edmonton Rush just keep on rolling, winning their 11th straight game to start the season. Much like they did in their last game, the Rush simply took control of what was a close contest into the second quarter as they dumped the Buffalo Bandits 14-5 at Rexall Place in Edmonton Friday night. The score was 4-4 after 18 minutes and 15 seconds, and it looked like the East Division-leading Bandits may be able to stick with Edmonton. But the home team clamped down in their defensive zone, scored 4 goals in four minutes of the second quarter and never looked back.

A trio of Rush players recorded hat tricks: Curtis Knight, Zack Greer and Adrian Sorichetti, who recorded the first 3 goals of his NLL career in just his second game. Greer added 3 assists while Mark Matthews led all scorers by potting a goal and adding 6 assists. Aaron Bold faced just 38 shots in the Edmonton net and stopped 33 of them for an .868 save percentage. READ MORE »


NLL Week 13 Staff Picks

East and West Division leaders face-off in Edmonton Friday night. (Photo: Bill Wippert)
East and West Division leaders face-off in Edmonton Friday night. (Photo: Bill Wippert)

There are four NLL games this weekend; three of the four games are divisional matches which will see Vancouver and Philadelphia attempt to keep their playoff hopes alive.

The action starts on Friday night with the only inter-divisional game of the weekend when the tied-for-first in the East Buffalo Bandits (8-2) face off against the West Division leaders and undefeated Rush (10-0) in Edmonton. Later Friday night, the Roughnecks (6-5) land on the best coast for their third game so far this season against the Vancouver Stealth (3-8) – Calgary has won both of the first two games.
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Who Ya Got? NLL Week 13 Fan Poll

Vancouver Stealth look for a win and a little revenge as they host the Calgary Roughnecks Friday night. (Photo: Brad Watson)
Vancouver Stealth look for a win and a little revenge as they host the Calgary Roughnecks Friday night. (Photo: Brad Watson)

Oh, how the tides have turned. Unlike week 11 where three of four games were won by the home team, last weekend four of five games were won by the visitors.

Make it ten in a row for Edmonton as the Rush were in Calgary last Friday for this season’s second Battle of Alberta. While the Roughnecks netted the first goal, the Rush dominated the second quarter. Interestingly, the final 15-7 outcome was just one goal off from their first meeting. On Saturday, it looked like the Rock were going to win at least one game against the Knighthawks this season as they had a decent lead going into the half. Rochester scored seven unanswered goals to start the third quarter, going on to sweep their series with Toronto this season.
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Historic run paying off for Edmonton Rush

A lot of eyes are on the Rush in Edmonton as the team pursues perfection in the NLL. (Photo: Dale MacMillan)
A lot of eyes are on the Rush in Edmonton as the team pursues perfection in the NLL. (Photo: Dale MacMillan)

The Edmonton Rush have been through a lot, to say the very least. Since their first season in 2006, they’ve enjoyed just 2 seasons with a winning record and if the previous 8 National Lacrosse League seasons have been growing pains, the rewards of the 2014 season — so far — has been worth it. At 10-0, the Rush are gunning for their 11th straight win this weekend. And that’s something that’s never been done in Edmonton. Not by the Oilers, not by the Eskimos, not by the Trappers. Again, the Rush are reaping tangible benefits. “People are finally putting a value on our ticket,” team owner Bruce Urban told the team’s website. “Fans are calling our ticket office and buying gold seats instead of just asking for the cheapest ticket. They are buying Rush merchandise more than we’ve even seen, and that tells me they are finally proud of our team.” Check out Jason Gregor’s story at the team’s site, which also chronicles the fascinating timeline of how GM/coach Derek Keenan put this team together through trades, drafts and dispersal drafts.


Edmonton Rush win tenth straight, down Calgary Roughnecks 15-7

Zack Greer had a hat trick to help lead the Rush to their tenth straight win to start the season. (Photo: Brad Watson)
Zack Greer had a hat trick to help lead the Rush to their tenth straight win to start the season. (Photo: Brad Watson)

They’ve had some close calls of late. Friday night, though, the Edmonton Rush made an emphatic statement that they’re still the team to beat in the National Lacrosse League, dumping the Roughnecks 15-7 in Calgary. After Curtis Dickson opened the scoring with his first of four goals just a minute into the game, it was all Rush. Edmonton outshot Calgary 62-34. If you count goals from players coming off the bench before the offence and defence got settled in, the Rush scored more goals in transition (eight) than Calgary did overall. It was a thoroughly dominating performance by the first team in NLL history to open the season with 10 straight wins. READ MORE »


NLL Week 12 Staff Picks

The Rush and Roughnecks face off in the 30th NLL battle of Alberta on Friday night. (Photo: Brad Watson)
The Rush and Roughnecks face off in the 30th NLL battle of Alberta on Friday night. (Photo: Brad Watson)

There are five NLL games this weekend; four of the five games are divisional matches where in the East Division, fourth place Philadelphia and fifth place Minnesota have the opportunity to close the gap on Rochester and Toronto in the race for playoff spots.

The action starts on Friday night with the second Battle of Alberta this season as the undefeated Edmonton Rush (9-0) visit the Calgary Roughnecks (6-4). The pair have met only once so far this season, back in week 4 in Edmonton, where the Rush nearly doubled up on their provincial rivals 15-8.
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