NLL: Church bells ring five times as Rush pulls out OT win over Mammoth

Newly acquired goaltender Eric Penney made 37 saves in his Rush debut on Saturday after being picked up from the Philadelphia Wings.

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Robert Church scored five times – including the game-winning goal 6:53 into overtime – as the Saskatchewan Rush earned a well-deserved 10-9 victory Saturday against the Colorado Mammoth at the SaskTel Centre.

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Chris Corbeil, Austin Murphy, Jeff Shattler, Mark Matthews and Ryan Keenan also scored for Saskatchewan, which improved to 3-6 this season in the National Lacrosse League.

Colorado fell to 6-3.

Newly acquired goaltender Eric Penney made 37 saves in his Rush debut on Saturday after being picked up from the Philadelphia Wings.

“It’s awesome,” Penney said. “We have a great dressing room here and I’m happy to be part of it. It was a battle. We treated this game like a playoff game. It’s good to get a win out of it.

“Every time you win in overtime, it really builds the character of the whole roster. It’s a big win. We have to give credit to Robert Church who finished there for us in the end.

Dillon Ward stopped 62 shots for Colorado as the Rush beat the Mammoth by a huge margin, 72-46.

Shattler and Church each scored a power-play goal for Saskatchewan, which went 2-for-4 on the power play.

Ryan Lee scored a power-play goal for Colorado, which was 1-for-1.

Former Rush forward Connor Robinson added a shorthanded count for the Mammoth. He finished the night with two goals and four assists.

Eli McLaughlin also scored twice for Colorado, scoring with just 24.7 seconds left in regulation to send the game to OT.

Chris Wardle, Zed Williams and Dylan Kinnear also scored for the Mammoth, who trailed 4-1 after the first quarter and 6-4 at halftime.

Announced attendance was 9,302.

The Mammoth had beaten the Rush 12-10 a week earlier in Denver.

Saskatchewan returns to action on March 5 against the Panther City Lacrosse Club in Fort Worth, Texas. The following week, they travel to San Diego to face the Seals.

“We’re just going to take it one game at a time,” Penney said. “We’re going to build on that and keep moving forward. We just have to stick to the systems the coaches gave us and be ready to play next week.

The Rush’s next home game is March 19 against the Rochester Knighthawks at the SaskTel Centre.

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Jerry B. Hatch