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Game Preview: Saskatchewan Rush, April 4

4/4/2018

This Saturday, April 7, the Mammoth (10-5) will begin the final month of the regular season in Saskatchewan, taking on the Rush (11-3) for the third time this season; the first time at SaskTel Centre.

In their first two meetings in week 6 and week 9, the Mammoth went without a win over the Rush. The Mammoth did improve against the Rush, however, from game one to game two. In week 6, the Mammoth lost the game, down by five, 17-12, but, in week 9, the Mammoth fell, down by three, 13-10.

Since their last meeting against the Rush, the Mammoth has played nine games, winning six. The Rush has played seven games, winning five.

Most recently, while the Rush broke on a bye last weekend, the Mammoth ended the busiest month in team history with back-to-back road games. The Mammoth split the games, winning 11-7 in Toronto, but falling short in Rochester, 16-14.

In an unprecedented four quarters of lacrosse in Toronto, the Mammoth’s defense completely shut down the Rock’s offense. It was the Rock’s defensemen who scored all seven points for the team last Friday night.

For the Mammoth, Jacob Ruest led in scoring against the Rock with six points (2G, 4A), followed closely by Jeremy Noble with five points (1G, 4A).

The next night, in Rochester, the Mammoth’s offense started out hot, gaining a 10-5 lead by 6:26 in the second quarter. But in the next seven minutes, the Knighthawks clawed their way back, scoring five straight goals to tie the game 10-10.

From there, the Mammoth did regain the lead twice – once right before halftime and once at the beginning of the fourth quarter – but never by more than one point before the Knighthawks knotted up the game.

Ultimately, Colorado fell by two goals in the last three minutes of the game.

Stephen Keogh led the Mammoth in scoring against the Knighthawks with nine points (7G, 2A). Ryan Benesch followed with seven points (1G, 6A).

This weekend, in the final faceoff between No. 1 and No. 2 in the West, the stakes are high for the Mammoth. As it is 1.5 games behind the first-place Rush in the West Division standings, the Mammoth must defeat the Rush on Saturday to remain in contention for first place in the West.

Players to Watch:

Stephen Keogh. In Rochester, during his 100th career game, Keogh became the first NLL player this season to reach seven goals in one game. Keogh is on a five-game scoring streak, having scored at least one goal each game since the Mammoth played the Roughnecks on March 10.

Brad Self. Joining Keogh on a scoring streak, the defenseman has scored two goals and five assists in the last five games. 

The Mammoth returns to Pepsi Center on April 14, hosting its Lacrosse Out Cancer night presented by Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children for the ninth season. Join the Mammoth in the fight to cross out cancer with a silent auction featuring game-worn, Lacrosse Out Cancer gear from the players. All proceeds will go to local non-profits that fight cancer daily.

To find seats, visit AltitudeTickets.com.