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Pro sports teams rarely win back-to-back championships in separate cities.
But the Saskatchewan Rush are a rare breed.
Having won Game 1 of the best of three National Lacrosse League (NLL) championship final series, the Rush were more than ready to host the Buffalo Bandits at SaskTel Centre on Saturday, June 4.
The building was packed to the rafters with fans and media in anticipation of something special happening in Saskatchewan sports history. What they got was something epic, especially the ending.
With the crowd at fever pitch the Rush got off to a quick two-point lead on goals by Mark Matthews and Curtis Knight. The Bandits settled in and were able to score the next three goals that set the tone for back and forth action. Ben MacIntosh tied the game before Buffalo star Dhane Smith gave the Bandits the lead again. Early in the second quarter Curtis Knight brought the home team even again. Alex Kedoh gave the Bandits the lead. With less than 5 seconds in the half Rush sniper Zach Greer made the score 5-5 when he beat a screened Anthony Cosmos on a long shot.
There was more of the same in the second half. The Bandits built up a 9-7 third quarter lead on goals by Nick Weiss, Ryan Benesch, Mark Steinhuis and Dhane Smith, while goals by Ben McIntosh and Zach Greer kept it close. Robert Church came up big with two goals 26 seconds apart in the final five and a half minutes to give the Rush a 10-9 lead. Kevin Brownell responded for the Bandits, tieing the game 10-10 to set up the the big finish: With 30 seconds to go the Bandits had possession and called a timeout to set up a play to hopefully give them the victory and a deciding third game in Buffalo. Rush fans were hoping for a stop and an opportunity in overtime. They got much more.
The Bandits’ shot went wide of the net and rebounded high in the air. Rush defender Jeff Cornwall gained possesion and used his blazing speed to pull away and bury his shot top corner with 12 seconds left on the clock.
To say that over 15,000 fans at SaskTel Centre went crazy is an understatement.
Post-game, Cornwall talked about the play.
“The ball went wide and I had a chance to run under it. That is something I practice quite often. When I had the chance in front of me I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I put a lot of hours practicing that exact shot.
“I wanted to come up big for my teammates because they were huge all game”
Playoff MVP Aaron Bold made the last of his 47 saves on the Bandits’ last-second attempt, securing the victory. The 11-10 score was the exact score that the Rush had defeated the Toronto Rock a year ago to win their first championship.
Another year, another city, same result.
Thus ended one of the great stories in North American professional sports in 2016. The way the people of the province have embraced this sport and the Rush is incredible.
The team repaid those fans with a great victory at home.
The Saskatchewan Rush announced that this week’s game against the Colorado Mammoth on February 11, 2016 at the Pepsi Centre will be aired nationally on TSN 2 at 8:30 PM Central Standard Time (CST).
Saskatchewan Rush President, Lee Genier commented, “We want every television across Saskatchewan tuned in to watch the Rush take on the Mammoth and fight for the outright top spot in the West Division.” Not at home for the game? Ask your local establishment to turn it on! Also catch us on TSN GO from your mobile device.
Check out our website www.saskrush.com for more information on the team or to get your 2016 tickets today.