ORLIN & COHEN POSTGAME REPORT: RIPTIDE FALL TO RUSH 17-15 - New York Riptide

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ORLIN & COHEN POSTGAME REPORT: RIPTIDE FALL TO RUSH 17-15

The New York Riptide and the Saskatchewan Rush met on Saturday in a high-scoring battle that saw the Rush pull out the victory on their home floor 17-15. Saturday’s matchup was the first of a Back-to-Back for the Riptide and Rush that will continue next weekend in Long Island. Jeff Teat led all scorers with eight points, along with registering his 200th career assist. Ryan Keenan led the Rush offense with two goals and five assists. These teams will meet again on March 23rd at 7:30 PM in Long Island.

In Saturday’s matchup, both offenses were finding the back of the net with ease from the very beginning. Zach Manns began the scoring only 17 seconds into the game as fans were still getting to their seats. Jeff Teat scored the first for the Riptide 24 seconds later, which was the first of his four goals in the game. The first quarter continued to be back and forth with the Rush taking a 5-3 lead into the second quarter.

The Rush were able to build on that lead in the second quarter, as the scoring did not slow down. Ryan Keenan and Patrick Dodds scored the first two goals of the second quarter to extend the lead to 7-3. Kiel Matisz was able to put a stop to the Rush’s run, scoring off a feed from Austin Madronic. Both teams traded goals the rest of the way as the Rush held a 10-7 lead at halftime.

The third quarter was dominated by the Rush, as they won the socred four times to the Riptide’s one goal. The third quarter effort extended their lead to six goals entering the fourth quarter. The Riptide put up a strong effort to comeback, scoring the first four goals of the fourth to cut the Rush lead to two goals. The comeback bid was silenced when the Rush went on a 3-1 run and put the game away before two more Kiel Matisz goals. The final score was 17-15 as the Rush and Riptide flop spots in the standings now, with Saskatchewan sitting in ninth, with the Riptide in tenth.

The two teams will meet again in less than a week in New York, as both teams will look to improve their playoff chances. If the season ended today, both teams would narrowly miss out on the NLL playoffs.

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