The Colorado Mammoth is alone in first place. Erik Miller was stellar in goal and Gavin Prout scored six goals to lead the Mammoth to a 12-11 victory over the Arizona Sting Friday night before 5,277 fans at the Glendale Arena in suburban Phoenix.
Erik Miller earned the win in goal for the Mammoth, while Mike Miron was dealt the loss for Arizona. Kasey Beirnes led the Sting with four goals.
Colorado scored five goals in the second quarter and six in the third to take an 11-9 lead, then held on for the victory. Colorado is 2-0; Arizona falls to 1-1.
The Sting were paced by assistant captain Kasey Beirnes (4G, 1A) and the play of Cory Bomberry (0G, 4A). Last weeks NLL defensive player of the week Mike Miron had another strong performance in goal for Arizona making 36 saves. Colorado goalie Erik Miller nearly matched Miron with 34 saves. Dan Dawson and Gewas Schindler added two goals and one assist for the Sting.
Prout scored the deciding goal off of a feed from Jay Jalbert with slightly more than three minutes remaining to propel the Mammoth to its second straight victory.
Colorado, whose inconsistent play on the road last season never allowed it to build a lead in the division standings, won its first game away from Pepsi Center in 2004. The Mammoth (2-0) takes over sole possession of first place in the National Lacrosse League's Western Division. Arizona, who fell into second place at 1-1 was led by Kasey Beirnes who scored four goals.
Prout scored three of his six goals in the third quarter to help the Mammoth to an 11-9 lead heading into the game's final 15 minutes. Del Halladay also had a big night for Colorado, scoring four goals, and Shawn Cable scored his first goal in a Mammoth uniform in the second quarter. Jalbert added a second-half goal to his first-half fight to play an important role in the team's hard-fought victory.
But no one was more important than Miller. The Colorado netminder made 34 saves, many of them from point-blank range, in his first action of 2004. The team's No. 1 in net last season, Miller will split time this year with Gee Nash, who surrendered just
eight goals in the Mammoth's season-opening win over San Jose. Miller out dueled Sting stopper Mike Miron, who was also solid in net with 36 saves. Miron was named NLL defensive player of the week on Thursday for his 49-save performance in the Sting's season-opening win over Vancouver.
Colorado had trouble settling into their offense in the early going and, coupled with the fine play of Miron, fell behind 2-0 after the first quarter. The Mammoth battled back in the second quarter with two goals apiece from Prout and Halladay to pull the game into a 5-5 tie at halftime.
The Mammoth continue its two-game road trip tomorrow night in San Jose with an 8:30 p.m. game against the Stealth (0-1) at the HP Pavilion.
Colorado 0 5 6 1 - 12
Arizona 2 3 4 2 - 11