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Saturday night featured two games as the Saskatchewan Rush and Colorado Mammoth battled it out in a rivalry matchup and the defending champions Calgary Roughnecks took on the expansion New York Riptide.
Saskatchewan 9, Colorado 7
Coming off two consecutive bye weeks, the Saskatchewan Rush (4-2) were looking to avenge a tough home loss against the Colorado Mammoth (4-6) three weeks ago. And the Rush were able to take down the Mammoth, exploding for four goals in the fourth quarter alone to secure the win in front of a crowd of 11,982 at SaskTel Centre. Things were tied at 5-5 entering the fourth and the Mammoth were able to still hang for the majority of the final quarter, but a mix of stellar goaltending from Evan Kirk and a balanced offensive attack on the Rush’s part was too much to handle down the stretch. Ben McIntosh scored the game-winning goal for the Rush late in the fourth to seal the 9-7 victory.
Both goaltenders played phenomenal. Kirk ended with 33 saves off of 40 shots for Saskatchewan and Dillon Ward made 45 saves off of 54 shots on goal for Colorado. Ben McIntosh led the Rush with four points (2G/2A) while Robert Church dished our four assists. For Colorado, Eli McLaughlin led the way with five points (3G/2A).
Calgary 13, New York 9
The Calgary Roughnecks were able to defend their home turf on Saturday night, taking down the New York Riptide 13-9. While things remained relativity tight through the first half, the Roughnecks started to run away with things in the third quarter as they opened the period with a three-goal run. The Riptide were able to answer back and cut the Calgary lead to 9-7 entering the fourth. However, the Roughnecks cranked things up a notch on both ends in the fourth quarter. Calgary outscored New York 4-2 in the final period of play to help them secure the victory.
Calgary was led by Rhys Duch with six points (2G/4A) and Tyler Pace with four points (3G/1A). Shane Simpson also had four points (2G/2A) for the Roughnecks, as well. Connor Kelley led New York with five points (4G/1A) while Jean-Luc Chetner also tallied four points (1G/3A). Christian Del Bianco made 42 saves off of 51 shots on goal for Calgary and Alex Buque made 36 saves off of 48 shots on goal for New York.