The first of two preseason games for the Saskatchewan Rush goes in Oakville tonight.
Saskatchewan will face the Toronto Rock, which could potentially include the likes of Mark Matthews, Chris Corbeil and Dan Lintner, in a training camp tune up at the TRAC.
“Our camp’s energy has been great. The boys are flying around and the compete level at practice right is really good now,” said second-year defender Ryan Barnable. “I just really want to see everyone buy into our defense, make sure we're playing structurally sound, and just getting pressure where we can. We need to be pushing the ball and making the right plays, not the risky one and not forcing things.”
With three goalies at camp, the Rush will likely split playing time between the trio.
Offseason additions Zach Manns, Adam Jay and Patrick Dodds could make their debut in in a Rush sweater tonight, marking a new era for the three-time NLL champions.
But the focus will be on the depth forwards, who are battling for a spot on the active roster after a large turnover out the front gate.
“A focus of mine is definitely banging bodies, being really physical out there, set some moving picks and get some guys open as well as get my own shots in,” commented Cam Wengreniuk. “That first game, getting out there and battling against other teams is always something to look forward to.”
Faceoff is at 6:00 PM Saskatchewan time.
Tonight’s game will not be streamed or broadcast anywhere. Fans in the area can attend the game for free with the donation of a non-perishable food item. Updates will also be posted on Rush social media channels.
Saskatchewan will face the Calgary Roughnecks in Moose Jaw on November 25th in their final preseason clash. Only a few hundred tickets remain for that game.