(Photo: Ryan McCullough)
The Saskatchewan Rush (3-1) went into San Diego on Sunday afternoon and pulled out the 12-9 victory over the Seals (1-4).
Ben McIntosh was a huge factor in Saskatchewan’s win, putting up five points (4G/1A) in the game. Mark Matthews had six points (1G/5A) and Ryan Keenan had four points (2G/2A) for the Rush, as well.
Connor Fields and We Berg each tallied five points (2G/3A) to lead the way for San Diego. Jeremy Noble also had four points (2G/2A) for the Seals, as well.
Evan Kirk made 43 saves off of 52 shots on goal for Saskatchewan and Frank Scigliano made 33 saves off of 43 shots on goal for San Diego.
The Rush opened up the game with three straight goals, including two from Marty Dinsdale, to get ahead early. Jeremy Noble got San Diego on the board midway through the first.
After being down 4-1 to end the second, San Diego’s offense finally found their footing. Connor Fields scored two straight midway through the second to cut the Rush’s lead to 5-4, but Saskatchewan was able to answer with a two goal run of their own, pushing their lead back out to 7-4 and helping them stay ahead 7-5 heading into the half.
Wes Berg scored early in the third to get the Seals’ offense going again and cut the Rush lead to 7-6. However, Chris Corbeil, Jeff Shattler, and Mark Matthews scored three straight for the Rush to help quiet the Seals, once again.
After some back-and-forth play, Saskatchewan was able to take an 11-8 lead into the fourth. A defensive heavy fourth quarter only saw each team only able to find the back of the net once, as Saskatchewan was able to walk away with the 12-9 victory.