For the third time in four years, the Saskatchewan Rush are the NLL champions.
Saturday night in Saskatoon in front of a sold-out Sasktel Centre, the Rush beat Rochester 15-10 in the third and deciding game of the championship series to capture the brand new National Lacrosse League Cup.
“It feels great, because it was disappointment last year for all our guys,” said Rush head coach Derek Keenan. “We talked about it from the very first day of training camp.
The hosts held a 6-4 edge at halftime, but the Knighthawks surged ahead 8-7 at the 9:42 mark of the third quarter.
The Rush pushed back and went ahead 11-8 only for the Knighthawks to cut the lead to 11-10 with 12 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.
Saskatchewan sealed victory with a final surge of four goals.
Jeff Shattler scored four goals for the Rush, captain Chris Corbeil had a hat trick, while Ben McIntosh, Ryan Keenan, Curtis Knight and Matthew Dinsdale each scored twice.
Cody Jamieson had a hat trick for the Knighthawks while Joe Resetarits, Austin Shanks and Eric Fannell each scored singles.
Shattler was named the MVP of the NLL playoffs.