Fast Friday At WGR

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Rush Make Bold Move

The Saskatchewan Rush continued their busy off-season by completing a major trade today, acquiring the 2016 NLL Goaltender of the Year Evan Kirk from the New England Black Wolves in exchange for More »

Rush Swap Sniper For Picks

Saskatchewan Rush general manager Derek Keenan announced a trade today between his team and the Toronto Rock that sends forward Adam Jones to the Rock in exchange for a first round draft More »

Action Heats Up At WGR: Great Week Ahead

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Rain Falls, Cars Fly, Fans Leave WGR Happy

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Huskies Release Season Schedule: Kick-off Season In Manitoba

Huskie Football Schedule Announced

The University of Saskatchewan Huskie football team will kick off the 2017 season on the road before returning home to Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park in Week 2.

New head coach Scott Flory and the Huskies travel to Winnipeg to meet the Manitoba Bisons on September 1 in the first of eight games in their 2017 schedule announced by the conference on Tuesday.

The Huskies return home in the first of four games under the lights on September 8 against the Alberta Golden Bears. Saskatchewan is also at home on September 29 against provincial rival the Regina Rams. The remaining home games are on Saturday’s beginning with October 14against the UBC Thunderbirds. The Huskies close out the regular season schedule at home on October 28against the Bisons.

Saskatchewan will also test its skills in a non-conference road game against the McMaster Marauders on August 25th at 7 p.m. at Ron Joyce Stadium in Hamilton.

“Myself and the members of the Huskie football team are excited to get the season going,” said Flory, who was announced as head coach in March. “We have a talented group of athletes and we expect to be competitive in this tough Canada West conference.”

Kickoff for all four home games is slated for 7 p.m. at Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park, with the Wyant Group Rally Alley returning for its third season starting at 5 p.m. The presenting sponsor of Huskie football is Concorde Group of Companies.

Road trips for the Huskies include dates with the T-Birds on September 16, Calgary Dinos on September 23 and the Golden Bears on October 21.

Once again in 2017, CJWW (600 AM) will be the radio broadcast partner for the Huskies. All Huskie games, including any playoff games, will be broadcast live on CJWW. The broadcast will also include a 60-minute pregame show and a 30-minute postgame show.

Season ticket renewals for the 2017 Huskie football season begin on May 1st and will be available at the Dogs’ Breakfast. Call 306-966-1111 for any questions regarding season tickets.

Black Wolves Howl In Saskatoon

The New England Black Wolves may have only lead Saturday night’s game at Sasktel Centre once but it was when they got the lead that mattered! The Black Wolves, making their first visit in franchise history to Saskatoon, found themselves down 4-nothing to the hometown Rush in the early stages of the contest. However, the Wolves continued to chip away at the lead to eventually tie the contest with a pair of goals in the final minutes to send the game to overtime.

In the extra session both teams found themselves in the penalty box but in the end a Rush penalty lead to Shawn Evans scoring the game winner and securing the 13-12 victory for the visitors.

Next for the Rush is a date with the Toronto Rock next Saturday night at Sasktel Centre, their final regular season home-game. New England will continue their quest for a play-off spot with they take on Rochester who sit in the basement of the East Division.

Here is the full recap from last night’s contest:

The New England Black Wolves rallied late in the fourth quarter and then scored on the power play in overtime to hand the Saskatchewan Rush their first home-turf loss of the season with a 13-12 verdict on Saturday night in Saskatoon.

Saskatchewan Rush To Home Play-off Date

The Saskatchewan Rush remained the National Lacrosse League’s only undefeated team at home and in the process clinched a home playoff date with a 16-12 victory over the Vancouver Stealth on Saturday night in Saskatoon.
Mark Matthews led the Rush attack with seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) while Adam Jones notched four goals, including a pair during Saskatchewan’s six-goal outburst in the third quarter. The Rush (10-4) now lead Colorado by 2½ games in the West Division and hold a game in-hand on the Mammoth, while the Stealth (6-9) fall one-half game behind Calgary for the third and final playoff spot.
“It was a really good win for us,” said Rush GM/head coach Derek Keenan, who tied the mark for the all-time lead in NLL coaching wins with his 121st victory behind the bench.
“Defensively, we were outstanding. We executed in the defensive end exactly the way we had planned, and offensively, we really got going.”

Broncos Look To Claim Good Deeds Cup

The Humboldt Broncos’ Peewee team is representing Saskatchewan in the Good Deeds Cup and they need our help.

The award is for the team that has the best season off the ice. For the second year in a row, the Broncos gave back to their community. This year, they undertook a bottle drive to raise funds to buy personal hygiene products for less fortunate families who are less fortunate. $800 worth of items were donated.

You can vote

Saskatchewan Rushes Into The Play-offs

The two-time defending Champion’s Cup winners have secured their spot in the 2017 NLL playoffs as the Saskatchewan Rush topped the Buffalo Bandits 17-14 on Saturday night.
In a rematch between the teams that clashed in last season’s NLL Final, the Rush racked up their highest first-half offensive output of the season and then quelled a comeback bid by the Bandits in the fourth quarter. The victory also pushed Saskatchewan (9-4) ahead of Colorado by 2½ games for top spot in the West Division.
Rush leading scorer Mark Matthews, playing with severe pink eye in both eyes, torched the Bandits for nine points (2 goals, 7 assists), while the Rush also got hat tricks from both Adam Jones and first overall pick Ryan Keenan. The Matthews-Jones-Keenan left-side trio combined for 19 points.
“It’s good to clinch and now we can start focusing on getting home-floor advantage,” said Jones. “It was a good team win and we took some steps in the right direction on the offensive end.”
The Bandits (5-8) jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the opening quarter, but the Rush responded with four straight goals in a span of 1:57 including a terrific individual effort by rookie Mike Messenger as he busted his way past a Buffalo defender and then outmaneuvered goalie Anthony Cosmo. Before the first quarter wrapped, Keenan’s first of the night gave the Rush a 5-3 lead and chased Cosmo to the bench in favor of backup Davide DiRuscio.
Saskatchewan kept their offence fired up in the second. Jones fired a shot through the legs of DiRuscio to make it 6-3, and Adrian Sorichetti followed 59 seconds later with a slick play as he faked a pass to a trailing teammate and instead cut towards the net and slipped a shot through. Mitch Jones’ high shot eluded Aaron Bold to get a goal back for Buffalo, but the Rush went right back to work when Jones whipped a long shot home to make it 8-4. The fast-break opportunities kept coming for the Rush and Sorichetti made it 10-5 when he finished off a feed from captain Chris Corbeil.
Buffalo got a late power-play tally from Ryan Benesch to cut the Rush lead to 10-6 at halftime, and the Bandits put away two quick goals early in the third. But once again, the Rush responded to a Bandits threat. Jones registered his hat-trick tally as he unleashed a rocket through a screen to make it 11-8. Matthews was the integral part of the next two goals which came 30 seconds apart. His long-range bullet hit the back of the net and he then took on the role playmaker setting up Curtis Knight for the quick-stick strike and his first of two second-half markers.
Trailing 13-9 after three, the Bandits cued up a comeback attempt, kicking off with Nick Weiss’ shorthanded tally on a breakaway and followed by Kedoh Hill who was able to take advantage of a miscue pass from Bold. Buffalo closed the gap to 14-13 when Weiss lunged from behind the net to score, but Saskatchewan’s final response was enough to kill the Bandits’ rally.
Matthews quick-sticked a feed from Church to make it 15-13 – a play set up by Jones outworking two Buffalo defencemen to a rebound in the slot. Only 36 seconds later, Keenan’s on-the-run shot trickled over the line after getting away from DiRuscio, and the Rush rookie collected his hat trick two minutes later as he stepped into open space and gunned a shot past the Buffalo netminder.

And The Nominees Are….. Huskie Athletics

Huskie Athletics is proud to announce the nominees for the Major 7 Awards to be handed out at the 2017 Huskie Salute on March 31 at TCU Place.

The Major 7 Awards are handed to those athletes who have had outstanding seasons for the green and white, as well as made big contributions on the field, in the classroom and in the community during their time with the Huskies. Huskie Athletics will also honour Canada West All-Stars and Major Award Winners, U SPORTS All-Canadians and Major Award Winners and fifth-year athletes, as well as hand out the Trainer of the Year award.

And the nominees are…

Howard Nixon Trophy – Male Rookie of the Year

AUDIO: Quiet NLL Deadline Day – Rush GM Explains

The National Lacrosse League’s trade deadline came and went on a quiet Monday.

Colorado, Calgary and Buffalo combined on one three way deal involving two players and multiple draft picks and that was it.

Buffalo traded traded Brad Self to the Colorado Mammoth in exchange for Creighton Reid and their fourth round selection in the 2019 Entry Draft. The Bandits then turned and dealt Reid to the Calgary Roughnecks in exchange for their second round selection in the 2019 Entry Draft and their fourth round selection in the 2017 Entry Draft.

League parity was sighted by most insiders as the reasoning by the lack of movement with no clear buyers and sellers.

Saskatchewan Rush G-M and Head Coach Derek Keenan admitted that his phone was ringing last week prior to the weekend’s games that saw Calgary collect a pair of wins to tighten up the West Division standings, while Rochester kept pace with Buffalo with a key win on Saturday night.

You can hear the complete conversation with Keenan here

Rush Mammoth Comeback Falls Short In Denver

The Saskatchewan Rush orchestrated a stirring second-half comeback attempt but it ultimately fell short as the Colorado Mammoth survived to capture a 14-11 verdict in Denver on Saturday night.
Colorado, which had dropped both games to Saskatchewan earlier this season, let a pair of five-goal leads get away as the Rush stormed back, but the Mammoth prevailed by coming alive in the fourth quarter. The loss prevented the two-time defending league champion Rush from clinching a spot in the 2017 playoffs although they remain first in the West Division.
Playing less than 24 hours after beating Calgary at home on Friday night, the Rush held a 2-1 lead after the first quarter, but then for the second straight game, they ran into penalty troubles. The Mammoth scored seven goals in the second quarter, including three on the power play. Jeremy Noble led the Colorado charge registering a natural hat trick in the span of 5:18 with this third straight marker coming on the man-advantage as he launched a shot over the shoulder of Rush goalie Aaron Bold to make the score 7-3. Eli McLaughlin closed out the Mammoth’s scoring barrage in the second as he slam-dunked a shot from behind the Saskatchewan net. The goal was initially waved off for a crease violation, but went in favor of the Mammoth on a coach’s challenge video review.
Colorado’s 8-3 halftime lead disappeared in a flash during the Rush’s offensive siege in the third quarter. Mark Matthews got the Rush rolling with a shot that beat Mammoth goalie Dillon Ward, and right after a return goal from Colorado’s Callum Crawford, Saskatchewan’s Robert Church grabbed the ball off a scramble and beat a screened Ward to make the score 9-5. After Ben McIntosh used a screen to slide a shot to the far corner, Church posted his second with a shorthanded tally as he squeezed past two defenders before firing a shot home.
Former Rush Zack Greer answered back on the same Colorado power play, but the Rush engineered a second straight three-gun run that was launched by Adam Jones as he fought off a defender to snare a rebound and then lunge towards the crease before slipping a shot past Ward. McIntosh’s laser from outside closed the gap and the Rush then knotted things up 10-10 when Church completed his hat trick as he beat Ward through the legs for his league-leading 17th power-play goal.
Marty Dinsdale’s second of the night – a shifty effort right in front of the Colorado net – gave the Rush their first lead since the first quarter, but Noble tallied his fourth of the game with a power-play strike that tied the game 11-11. The Mammoth stomped their way back into control on a goal by Jacob Ruest’s and the hat-trick tally from Greer. Crawford iced the result just moments after Ward shut the Rush down for a final time with a spectacular stop in tight on McIntosh with 2:12 remaining.
“It was not as much physical fatigue as mental fatigue which caused some lack of discipline that took us out of it,” said Rush GM/head coach Derek Keenan.
“I’m proud of the way we came back in the second half and we got a lead, but I think we ran out of gas in the fourth. I’m still happy with the effort and the way we battled back.”

Rush Body Slam Roughnecks To Move A Win Away From Play-off Berth

With Brett the Hitmen Hart in attendance for Lacrosse Out Bullying Night, the Saskatchewan Rush moved to within a win or Calgary loss away from clinching a play-off spot thanks to a 13-10 victory.

The Saskatchewan Rush surrendered six power-play goals but got a timely shorthanded goal from captain Chris Corbeil and ultimately captured a 13-10 win over the Calgary Roughnecks on Friday night.

The Rush (8-3) won their seventh straight regular-season meeting against the Roughnecks (4-9), and the two-time defending Champion’s Cup title-holders moved one step closer to clinching a playoff spot. Saskatchewan can lock up that spot with a win over Colorado on Saturday night. Corbeil’s goal – his second of the game – came on a well-timed defensive effort by Kyle Rubisch, who intercepted a pass in the Saskatchewan zone and tossed a pass ahead to Corbeil. The Rush skipper raced in and bounced a shot behind Calgary goalie Christian Del Bianco to give Saskatchewan a 12-9 lead. Dan Taylor iced the victory with his second of the night as he picked the corner on a shot with 59 seconds left in regulation before a sold-out crowd of 15,039 at SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon.

Saskatchewan Ready To Rush To A Pair Of Games On The Weekend

The Saskatchewan Rush have a long road ahead of them this weekend, literally.

The defending NLL champs, fresh off their bye week will host Calgary tonight at Sasktel Centre (Ball Drop is at 7:30pm on 98 Cool).

The 7-and-3 Rush will look to add to the woes of the Roughnecks who have lost two straight and are in the basement of the West Division.

Following the game Saskatchewan will hop a flight to Denver to play the Colorado Mammoth, who sit second, right behind the Rush.

A win by Keenan’s Crew at home coupled with a Calgary loss on Saturday to New England, OR a Rush win in Denver and Saskatchewan will clinch a play-off spot.

In addition to the contest tonight it’s Lacrosse OUT Bullying night featuring Brett The Hitman Hart.

Here’s are the numbers heading into tonight’s contest: