According to the National Lacrosse League website on Saturday, the Edmonton Rush defeated the Calgary Roughnecks 15-11 at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The Rush saw their small one game losing streak come to an end (lost their first game of the season to Colorado on Friday) and improve to 15-1 in the West Division standings.
The turning point in the game came in the second quarter. With the game tied at four goals apiece, the Rush scored four unanswered goals to take a 8-4 lead. Curtis Knight, Riley Loewen, Mark Matthews and Jarrett Davis were the Rush goal scorers during that time period.
Knight led the Rush with nine points (six goals and three assists), while five Roughnecks had four points to lead the team. Jeff Shattler had four goals, Dane Dobbie and Scott Ranger had two goals and two assists each, and Shawn Evans and Curtis Dickson had one goal and three assists each.
With the loss, the Roughnecks drop to 10-6 and in second place in the West Division. An interesting statistic is that even though the Roughnecks are a full five games back of the Rush in the standings, they have scored 12 more goals (209 compared to 197) than their provincial rivals. Leading Calgary's attack Dane Dobbie with a National Lacrosse League leading 47 goals.
The big difference is goals against where Edmonton has given up a National Lacrosse League least 138 goals, compared to the Roughnecks' 194 goals. Aaron Bold has a stingy 8.66 goals against average that leads the NLL by a wide margin.
The Roughnecks will play the Rush again on April 19 at Rexall Place in Edmonton. They will then close out their schedule the following weekend in Vancouver.
In other National Lacrosse League action on Saturday, the Rochester Knighthawks defeated the Vancouver Stealth 10-7 and the Minnesota Swarm defeated the Buffalo Bandits 10-9.