Goaltender Aaron Bold was brilliant in net for the Rush, making 39 saves on 42 shots as Edmonton manhandled the Minnesota Swarm in the National Lacrosse League’s West Division final 15-3 on Saturday night.
Bold and the Rush went 37 minutes and 50 seconds without allowing a goal, an exceptionally long time in indoor lacrosse. Edmonton’s offence exploded with an 11-goal run during that span, which ran late into the third quarter.
Aaron Wilson led Edmonton with three goals and four assists. Ryan Ward had four goals and three assists. Corey Small struck twice and added five assists, Zack Greer had a pair of goals, while Derek Suddons, Ryan Dilks and Shawn Williams all added singles.
Corbyn Tao scored twice for Minnesota and Ryan Benesch also had a goal. Evan Kirk stopped 27 of 38 shots in 50:38 of work for the Swarm, while Tyler Carlson saved six of 10 shots.
After upsetting top-seeded Calgary last week and beating Minnesota on Saturday, Edmonton secured the franchise’s first-ever NLL Champions Cup appearance.
The Rush will travel to Rochester to face the Knighthawks on May 19.
Edmonton went 2-for-6 on the power play, while Minnesota was 2-for-5.