The Vancouver Warriors gave up the game’s first five goals and four of the final five Saturday night.
Those two scoring runs by the Saskatchewan Rush powered the reigning National Lacrosse League champions to a 14-10 win over the Warriors before an announced crowd of 8,217 at Rogers Arena.
Vancouver (1-4) returns to action Saturday, when they play host to the expansion San Diego Seals (2-2) at Rogers Arena.
Saskatchewan (2-1) got five goals and three assists from Ben McIntosh and six assists from Ryan Church, who are both Coquitlam products.
Mark Matthews had two goals and five assists for the winners. Matthews, an Oshawa native, came out west to play Junior A lacrosse in 2010 alongside McIntosh and Church on the Coquitlam Adanacs. The Adanacs went on to win the Minto Cup national championship.
The trio have been integral in the Rush making it to four straight NLL finals, three of which they won.
Jordan McBride and Mitch Jones had three goals and two assists in the losing cause. Logan Schuss supplied four assists for the Warriors.
McIntosh’s first of the night at 4:55 of the first quarter gave the Rush a 4-0 lead and chased Vancouver starting netminder Aaron Bold to the bench.
He gave up four goals on seven shots.
Bold had spent six years with the Rush before they traded him to the New England Black Wolves for last season. Vancouver signed him as a free agent this past off-season.
Jones finally put Vancouver on the board, making it 5-1, at 12:01 of the first. The Warriors rallied back after that and tied it at 8-8 on McBride’s second at 1:02 of the third quarter.
Saskatchewan got two goals from McIntosh one minute, 34 seconds apart midway through the stanza to go up by two, and then scored four straight in the fourth quarter after Jones had made it a one-goal game, at 10-9, with a marker at 2:45 of the fourth.
McBride added another marker at 12:37 of the fourth to round out the scoring.
Eric Penney made 32 saves in relief of Bold. Evan Kirk made 40 stops for Saskatchewan.
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