The Saskatchewan Rush scored seven first-quarter goals and never lost the momentum recording a resounding 24-9 win over the Georgia Swarm in a preseason rematch of last year’s Champions Cup final at SaskTel Centre.
Mark Matthews paced the impressive offensive charge scoring four times with Ryan Keenan, Curtis Knight, Marty Dinsdale and Robert Church chipping in three each.
Matthews who passed the 100 point plateau last season had one of Saskatchewan’s power-play goals with Church counting the other. The Rush were 2-for-3 on the power play and only took one penalty in the dying moments of the third period.
Head Coach and GM Derek Keenan was pleased with the effort and praised drafted rookies Nick Finlay, Johnny Pearson and Chris Bouchy who opened the scoring. Warman’s Anthony Hallborg also saw some action on defense.
Evan Kirk started in goal but came out late in the first quarter as the Rush played five netminders and even changed goalies on the fly in the final period. Keenan said there will be some very tough decisions to trim the roster including settling on a backup goalie for Kirk.
Training camp resumes Dec. 1-2 in Toronto and returns to Saskatoon Dec. 8-9.
The Rush open the regular season Dec. 16 in Toronto and host former goalie Aaron Bold and the New England Black Wolves Dec 23 in the home opener.