Following back-to-back losses, it was the kind of play and home field success the Colorado Mammoth (5-5) hoped for. In front of 16,032, the Mammoth sealed an 18-12 win over the visiting Vancouver Ravens (3-5) and retained its lead on top of the National Lacrosse League's Eastern Division.
Gary Gait led the team in scoring with six goals while Ted Dowling contributed to the offense with a team-high seven points (4g, 3a). Goalie Erik Miller proved that his defense came with offense, adding a stunning four assists to his goalie duties.
Prepchuk scored first for the Mammoth on a short-handed goal, assisted by John Rosa. The Ravens' Dan Stroup answered with a goal at 12:29. Josh Sims would score again for the Mammoth, unassisted, before Prepchuk would add another goal to the Mammoth total. Langtry and Ted Dowling scored for the Mammoth to end the first quarter with a 5-2 lead.
Vancouver answered in the second quarter with five goals but Gait added two goals and Dowling another to keep the home team on top 8-7 at the half.
'I couldn't be more proud of this team,' said Steve Govett, Colorado Mammoth president and general manager. 'The team really came together after a tough week and played with heart.' The win marked the first win for interim head coach Jamie Batley. Batley assumed the coach's position this week following the firing of former coach Rod Jensen.
The third quarter featured a flying, short-handed goal by assistant captain Del Halladay, assisted by hometown player Brian Langtry and Miller - with the Mammoth down two players. The goal also marked the start of a scoring streak that would see the Mammoth outscore the Ravens 10-5 in the second half.
Colorado looked to clinch the victory in the fourth quarter and came out scoring with two goals from Gait and another from Al Truant 49 seconds apart to put the Mammoth up 17-8. The Ravens wouldn't go quietly however, and scored three goals in the next five minutes to pull within six. Gait capped off the win with 57.7 remaining as he scored an incredible behind the back goal while carrying a Vancouver defender.