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NLL: Rush keep playoff hopes alive, for now, with win over Vancouver Warriors

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The sport marked the debut of former assistant Jimmy Quinlan as affiliate head coach behind the Rush bench, becoming a member of common supervisor/coach Derek Keenan rather than Jeff McComb.

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Rush 15, Warriors 13

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Stayin’ Alive.

The Saskatchewan Rush did simply that, preserving their slim Nationwide Lacrosse League playoff hopes alive Saturday with a 15-13 victory over the Vancouver Warriors earlier than an introduced crowd of 9,324 followers at SaskTel Centre.

Saskatchewan noticed its NLL document enhance to 5-10 this season whereas Vancouver slipped to 6-10.

There are three video games remaining on the Rush schedule, together with two at residence.

“We will solely management what we will management,” mentioned Rush ahead Josh Currier. “That’s what we’ve bought to give attention to. We’ve simply bought to win out and see what occurs.”

The Rush scored in bunches Saturday, together with three objectives throughout a 52-second span within the second interval to erase a 6-4 deficit and pull forward for good.

Currier had his greatest night time since being acquired by the Saskatchewan squad, scoring a season-high 4 objectives to associate with one help.

“It felt nice,” Currier mentioned. “I don’t assume we performed (a full) 60 minutes all season. To lastly do it, though it’s late within the season, it feels actually good.”

Jeff Shattler added a hat-trick and two assists.

Ryan Keenan and Robert Church every had one aim and 6 assists for seven factors apiece to steer all Rush scorers.

Mark Matthews scored one aim to associate with 5 assists. Dan Lintner had a pair of objectives and one help.

Utilized within the offensive finish, defender and faceoff participant Mike Messenger tallied twice and chipped in with two assists to spark Saskatchewan’s assault.

Connor McClelland rounded out the scoring for the Rush, which trailed 4-3 after the opening quarter however led 9-7 on the half and 12-11 after three quarters.

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For Vancouver, two gamers — Kyle Killen and Keegan Bal — accounted for 12 of the Warriors’ 13 objectives. Killen stuffed the web seven instances and Bal added 5 objectives and 5 assists for Vancouver, which went 2-for-5 on the ability play.

Saskatchewan, which outshot Vancouver 55-50, was 3-for-5 with the man-advantage.

Eric Penny made 37 saves for the win.

The sport marked the debut of former assistant Jimmy Quinlan as affiliate head coach behind the Rush bench, becoming a member of common supervisor/coach Derek Keenan rather than Jeff McComb, who was dismissed following a 4-10 begin to the season.

“We had a 4-10 document and it simply wasn’t the place I assumed we ought to be, with the extent of expertise and skill now we have,” provided Keenan. “All people in our group, they’re conscious, together with myself. We simply felt that, though there have been solely 4 video games to go, we needed to see what we will do with a distinct voice down the stretch right here with Jimmy and I type of taking up each as coaches with Jimmy taking up subsequent season as head coach. It was a tough resolution however we simply felt that this was time to do it and see what we will get executed right here within the final 4 video games.”

The Rush now has three video games remaining, two left at residence subsequent Saturday, April 16, and Saturday, April 23, in opposition to the Colorado Mammoth and San Diego Seals, respectively, at SaskTel Centre earlier than wrapping up the common season on the highway in Texas in opposition to Panther Metropolis on April 30.

“Derek’s been behind the bench slightly bit (this season) — he’s been round,” mentioned Rush defender Matt Beers. “Jimmy seems to be like he’s taking up the helm right here. They’re each nice folks. They’re nice lacrosse minds. It provides slightly little bit of power.

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“We’ve been within the playoffs desperation mode for some time now. At this level, we’d like a variety of assist. I don’t know if it’s mathematically attainable. We’re enjoying for ourselves. We’re enjoying for the particular person subsequent to us. We’re enjoying for our followers. They deserve a win.”

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