The Saskatchewan Rush's struggles continued on Saturday night at SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon.

The Rush dropped a 17-12 game to the Calgary Roughnecks, losing their third straight game and falling to 3-4 this season in the National Lacrosse League.

Robert Church and Jeff Shattler finished with three goals and four points each in the win, while Ryan Keenan had two goals and four points, and Mark Matthews posted one goal and four points.

Saskatchewan started strong with a five-goal first quarter. Church scored twice, Keenan, Ben McIntosh and Curtis Knight all scored for the Rush as they built up a 5-2 lead over the Roughnecks.

Calgary struck back in the second quarter led by three goals from Curtis Dickson, while Dan Taylor and Dane Dobbie also scored for the Roughnecks. Shattler and Knight found the back of the net in the second for the Rush to tie the game at 7-7 at halftime.

The third quarter was where the game unravelled for the Rush as Calgary scored five straight goals to open the period. Dickson picked up his fourth, Dobbie added his second, while Dan MacRae, Riley Loewen and Tyler Pace also scored for the Roughnecks.

Church ended the bleeding for the Rush with two seconds left in the third, but they trailed 12-8 after the frame.

Saskatchewan wasn't able to close the gap in the fourth with Shattler scoring twice and Matthews and Keenan also finding the back of the net.

Calgary picked up five goals including a pair from Pace and Dobbie picking up his fourth of the game.

Dickson led the Roughnecks with four goals and 11 points, while Dobbie had four goals and 10 points in the win. Pace also finished with four goals and seven points.

Evan Kirk stopped 27-of-42 shots in the loss.

The Rush will look to rebound next Saturday when they head to Vancouver to face the Warriors.

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