The Philadelphia Wings moved one step closer to the postseason with a thrilling 13-12 win over the Colorado Mammoth on Friday night in Denver.
Brendan Mundorf scored the game-winning goal with 3.7 seconds left to secure the Wings’ third one-goal victory of the season. He finished with five goals and four assists.
“The game plan was to let the game clock run down to about five seconds,” Mundorf said. “I knew I’d probably have a good opportunity to pull it short side, and luckily it went in.
Mundorf also scored the game-tying and winning goals last Saturday in a 16-15 win over Edmonton.
Philadelphia (7-4) can clinch a playoff berth Sunday with a win against Colorado (8-3) at the Wells Fargo Center in addition to two losses by Washington in Week 12. Colorado has another chance to clinch the playoffs with a win on the Wings’ home turf.
“They are a good club. Their offense is a threat every time they’re on the floor just like our offense is. We got to make some adjustments and get off to a better start in the second half in Philadelphia,” Colorado head coach Bob Hamley said.
John Grant Jr. recorded a “Sock Trick” – six goals - in his surprising return after missing two games with an upper-body injury for Colorado (8-3). Grant was doubtful to suit up earlier in the week, but improved as the week progressed, Hamley said.
“Coming off an injury, he played at a level that gave them an opportunity to win,” Wings head coach and general manager Johnny Mouradian said.
Grant also had an assist. Mammoth captain Gavin Prout finished with two goals and six assists.
Grant scored the first three goals for Colorado in the first quarter. The back-and-forth battle continued into the second half, with the Wings scoring twice to begin the third quarter on a 5-on-3 advantage and help reclaim the lead going into the final quarter.
Colorado would tie the game twice in the fourth, and had a chance to seal the win with a possession in the final minute. Brandon Miller denied Grant and Mundorf would follow with his latest game-winner.
“Everybody worked really hard, that was a very rugged lacrosse game … it was a hard fought battle and either team could have won that lacrosse game,” Mouradian said.
Grant said the Mammoth played well – just not well enough to avoid a second straight loss.
“I thought we played a good game,” he said. “Our guys battled and we have 48 hours to get these guys back. Our goal is the playoffs, we need to start playing a little bit better and finishing games.”
Kevin Crowley and Adam Jones, two of the NLL’s top rookies, were front and center Friday. Crowley, the first overall pick in the 2011 Entry Draft, recorded two goals and three assists. Jones, who was taken two picks after Crowley, scored two goals with an assist.
“I thought we battled for the most part, and just fell a little short,” Hamley said.
Chris Levis made 36 saves on 49 shots for Colorado, Miller stopped 35 of 47 shots.
The teams will meet again Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center.