Colorado Mammoth Win 2022 NLL Cup Game Recap

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PLAYOFFS
WK
1
Fri, May 6
FINAL/OT
Thunderbirds
13
Rock
14
Fri, May 6
FINAL
Mammoth
16
Roughnecks
12
Sat, May 7
FINAL
FireWolves
5
Bandits
10
Sat, May 7
FINAL
Wings
8
Seals
9
PLAYOFFS
WK
2
Fri, May 13
FINAL
Mammoth
14
Seals
12
Sun, May 15
FINAL
Rock
17
Bandits
18
PLAYOFFS
WK
3
Sat, May 21
FINAL
Bandits
10
Rock
9
Sat, May 21
FINAL/OT
Seals
11
Mammoth
10
PLAYOFFS
WK
4
Sat, May 28
FINAL
Mammoth
15
Seals
13
PLAYOFFS
WK
5
Sat, Jun 4
FINAL
Mammoth
14
Bandits
15
PLAYOFFS
WK
6
Sat, Jun 11
FINAL
Bandits
8
Mammoth
11
PLAYOFFS
WK
7
Sat, Jun 18
FINAL
Mammoth
10
Bandits
8
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Mammoth Rally Comes Up Just Short

With the opportunity to earn the two-seed in the West Division and secure a home playoff game next weekend, the Colorado Mammoth came up just short, dropping a 10-9 decision to the division champion Saskatchewan Rush on Friday night at Pepsi Center in front of a season-high 17,209 fans.

Colorado jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the first quarter on Fan Appreciation Night, but scored only once in both the second and third quarters.

Saskatchewan tallied the first two in the fourth to build a commanding four-goal lead (10-6) with less than six minutes to play.

Then, the Mammoth offense came to life. Joey Cupido scored on a breakaway. Chris Wardle buried in a six-on-five with one-minute, 15-seconds remaining. And Eli McLaughlin pulled the home team within one with 12 seconds left with an extra attacker on the floor.

Dan Coates won the ensuing face-off to Cam Holding, who had a point-blank scoring opportunity on Rush netminder Aaron Bold but was denied with one tick showing on the clock.

“[The Rush defense] did a good job locking off our offensive guys,” explained Holding. “I had to make the decision – I had to take it to the net and unfortunately I couldn’t bury it.”

The Mammoth man-down unit kept the team in the game, limiting the Rush to just one power-play goal on six attempts. It was Colorado’s best penalty-kill effort of the season. Saskatchewan’s lone man-up marker was scored by University of Denver alum Mark Matthews late in the third.

Colorado endured two scoreless droughts of 15-plus minutes, which proved to be too much to overcome.

“We got away from our game-plan, and we addressed that at the half,” said forward Jacob Ruest, who finished with two assists. “We came together in the fourth there, but it was a little bit too late.”

Now the Mammoth must play the waiting game. If the Stealth wins tomorrow at the Black Wolves, the West Division Semifinal will be played in Vancouver. A Stealth loss means the game will be in Denver next Saturday, May 6 at 7:00pm MDT.

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