The Saskatchewan Rush are heading to the National Lacrosse League’s championship final after a 12-9 victory over the visiting Calgary Roughnecks on Saturday night.
It was the largest crowd that the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon has ever seen for a sporting event.
There were 15,192 people packed into the stands as the Saskatchewan Rush beat the Calgary Roughnecks in the West Division Finals. The Rush swept the playoff series 2-0, winning 16-10 in Calgary last weekend.
The win advances the Rush to the Campion’s Cup Finals where they will meet the Buffalo Bandits.
There was tension as the fourth quarter got underway on Saturday night with an early Calgary goal cutting the Saskatchewan lead to 8-6, but the Rush took off and score four consecutive goals.
Zach Greer led the way for the Rush, scoring four goals, while Ben McIntosh, Mark Matthews, and Robert Church pitched in with two goals each. Goaltender Aaron Bold continued his stellar play this season, stopping 39 of 48 shots and earning himself the first star.
The next home game is Saturday, June 4 at 7 p.m. at the SaskTel Centre. The first game in that series will take place on May 28. According to the Rush website, season ticket holders will have their seats held until Thursday. Tickets for the public go on sale Tuesday.
This is the third finals appearance for the franchise, with the previous two coming while in Edmonton.