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Rush's Matthews and Thompson headline weekly NLL honours

NLL Release

2/20/2013 2:32:29 PM

Edmonton Rush rookie forward Mark Matthews, who currently leads the league with 23 goals this season, was named the offensive player of the week after scoring a combined 11 goals in their two wins over the weekend. Rush transition player Jeremy Thompson also won the award at his position as Edmonton improved their record to 3-4.

Buffalo Bandits goaltender Anthony Cosmo earned the defensive honours after setting NLL single-game season-highs in saves and save percentage so far this year while Minnesota Swarm forward Kiel Matisz won his second rookie of the week award this season.

Matthews recorded seven points and three loose balls in Edmonton's 15-10 win vs. Washington on Friday and six points and two loose balls in Edmonton's 14-7 win at Colorado on Saturday.

Thompson recorded 13 loose balls in Edmonton's 15-10 win vs. Washington on Friday and 11 loose balls and went 16-for-24 (67 per cent) on faceoffs in Edmonton's 14-7 win at Colorado on Saturday.

Cosmo recorded 54 saves on 60 shots in Buffalo's 10-6 win at Rochester on Saturday.

Matisz recorded five points and three loose balls in Minnesota's 17-16 loss vs. Calgary on Saturday.

The NLL Player Awards are determined by a weekly vote of the league's general managers and head coaches.