Rush keep first-place spot in the west with OT win
Saskatchewan Rush forward Ben McIntosh celebrates a goal against the Colorado Mammoth during a Saturday, March 12, 2017, game at the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon. (NLL/GetMyPhoto.ca)
Ben McIntosh’s fourth goal of the night kept the Saskatchewan Rush’s first-place spot in the NLL’s west division safe Saturday.
The Rush forward’s overtime goal pushed the Saskatchewan squad to a 12-11 victory over the Colorado Mammoth in front of 15,037 fans at Saskatoon’s SaskTel Centre.
“Honestly, it was a bit of a broken play,” McIntosh said in a Rush news release. “It was a lucky shot but it’s good to get a break like that.”
McIntosh sealed the win after peeling away from two Colorado defenders, finding open space and firing a shot past Mammoth goalie Dillon Ward 1:24 into the extra quarter.
He was one of three Rush players to score multiple goals in the game. Mark Matthews buried three and Robert Church tallied two.
Chris Wardle led the Mammoth with five goals.
Colorado goaltender Ward finished with 51 saves, while Saskatchewan netminder Aaron Bold recorded 34 saves in the win.
The Rush and Mammoth sat one and two, respectively, atop the National Lacrosse League’s west standings heading into the game. Both teams had six wins, with the Rush holding one game in hand.
The victory moves the Rush a full win above the Mammoth, but the Colorado team could knock Saskatchewan down to number two with victories in their next two games.
Colorado is set to play Sunday night and Friday, March 17, while the Rush will spend next weekend on bye before their next game on March 24.