Knighthawks, Mammoth Come Up Just Short

"[The Rush defense] did a good job locking off our offensive guys," explained Holding. "I had to make the decision I had to take it to the net and unfortunately I couldn't bury it."

The Mammoth man-down unit kept the team in the game, limiting the Rush to just one power-play goal on six attempts. It was Colorado's best penalty-kill effort of the season. Saskatchewan's lone man-up marker was scored by University of Denver alum Mark Matthews late in the third.

Colorado endured two scoreless droughts of 15-plus minutes, which proved to be too much to overcome.

"We got away from our game-plan, and we addressed that at the half," said forward Jacob Ruest, who finished with two assists. "We came together in the fourth there, but it was a little bit too late."

Now the Mammoth must play the waiting game. If the Stealth wins tomorrow at the Black Wolves, the West Division Semifinal will be played in Vancouver. A Stealth loss means the game will be in Denver next Saturday, May 6 at 7:00 pm MDT.

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Denver CO- After surviving a late comeback from the home team, the Saskatchewan Rush came away with a 10-9 victory over the Colorado Mammoth Friday night at the Pepsi Center in Denver.

It was a slow start for the Rush, as they found themselves in a 4-1 deficit partway through the 1st quarter. However thanks to a pair of goals from Ben McIntosh in the 1st quarter, and a pair from Curtis Knight in the 2nd quarter, the Rush rode into halftime with a 6-5 lead.

The Rush looked to be cruising away with an easy victory, taking a 10-6 lead with 5:56 remaining in the game thanks to a Mark Matthews marker. His second of the night, and team leading 39th goal of the season. This cushion was short lived though, as the Mammoth scored 3 unanswered goals to make it a one-goal game with 12 seconds remaining in the game. It was too little too late for the Mammoth, as the Rush stole a victory to go 12-5 on the season.

For the Rush offence, tonight's match-up was one to forget as one of the NLL's most dangerous offensive units went just 1 for 6 on the power play. One bright spot was the play of youngster Ryan Keenan, who led the way with 1 goal and 4 assists for 5 points on the evening. The Rush expect to receive a boost on the front end in Calgary tomorrow, as Adam Jones should draw back into the line-up.

There was a new face donning green and white Friday night, as Tor Reinholdt made his season debut for the Rush. Reinholdt recorded 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot on goal, and 7 loose balls. Another key piece of the Rush missing in action Friday night, Ryan Dilks is expected to be back in the Rush lineup vs. Calgary as well.

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