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Church key: Rush top Stealth 17-10 to clinch playoff spot

By, 04/04/15, 10:45PM MDT


Church ties team record with nine points as Edmonton (9-4) clinches playoff berth by beating Vancouver (4-9)

The Edmonton Rush (9-4) clinched a playoff spot with a 17-10 road win over the Vancouver Stealth (4-9) to complete the weekend doubleheader sweep and stay atop the West Division.

They kept it close for the early parts of the game, but the end result was the same, another loss for the Stealth. Vancouver took the Rush to overtime the night before in Edmonton, falling 15-14. But on Saturday night at the Langley Events Centre in the conclusion of the National Lacrosse League home-and-home series, the outcome was never in doubt.

The teams were tied at 4-4 early in the second quarter, but Edmonton scored four straight to close the period with a 8-4 lead. Vancouver did get to within three in the third quarter but that was as close as they came.

The victory clinched a playoff spot for the West Division leaders, who improved to 9-4. Vancouver fell to 4-9 and they now lead Calgary by just a half-game after the Roughnecks (4-10) beat the Colorado Mammoth at home 14-9 for a weekend split.

Robert Church (5+4) tied a Rush franchise record with nine points while Zack Greer (4+3) also came up big for the visitors as they fired an NLL-season high 68 shots on goal.

The Stealth managed just 45 shots on Edmonton goaltender Aaron Bold. Leading the way offensively for Vancouver was Corey Small (3+2), Logan Schuss (2+3) and Joel McCready (1+3).


By Gary Ahuja (@VanStealthBeat) for Photo by Garrett James.