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Fri, Dec 2
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Philadelphia
8
Halifax
18
Sat, Dec 3
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Vancouver
8
Toronto
19
Sat, Dec 3
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San Diego
15
New York
14
Sat, Dec 3
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Albany
11
Buffalo
10
Sat, Dec 3
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Rochester
16
Georgia
11
Sat, Dec 3
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Colorado
6
Saskatchewan
18
WK
2
Fri, Dec 9
20:30:00
Las Vegas
Panther City
Fri, Dec 9
22:00:00
Saskatchewan
San Diego
Sat, Dec 10
19:00:00
Toronto
Rochester
Sat, Dec 10
21:30:00
Vancouver
Calgary
WK
3
Fri, Dec 16
22:00:00
Calgary
Vancouver
Fri, Dec 16
22:30:00
Panther City
Las Vegas
Sat, Dec 17
19:00:00
Buffalo
Toronto
Sat, Dec 17
19:00:00
Rochester
Albany
Sat, Dec 17
19:00:00
Philadelphia
Georgia
Sat, Dec 17
19:30:00
Halifax
New York
Sat, Dec 17
20:00:00
Colorado
Panther City
WK
5
Fri, Dec 30
19:30:00
Halifax
Buffalo
Fri, Dec 30
21:00:00
San Diego
Calgary
Sat, Dec 31
21:00:00
Panther City
Saskatchewan
WK
6
Fri, Jan 6
22:30:00
Philadelphia
Las Vegas
Sat, Jan 7
19:00:00
Panther City
Rochester
Sat, Jan 7
19:00:00
Halifax
Albany
Sat, Jan 7
19:00:00
Buffalo
Georgia
Sat, Jan 7
19:30:00
Toronto
New York
Sat, Jan 7
22:00:00
Calgary
Colorado
Sat, Jan 7
22:00:00
Vancouver
San Diego
WK
7
Fri, Jan 13
18:30:00
Albany
Halifax
Fri, Jan 13
21:00:00
Saskatchewan
Colorado
Sat, Jan 14
19:00:00
Halifax
Toronto
Sat, Jan 14
19:00:00
Panther City
Philadelphia
Sat, Jan 14
19:30:00
Georgia
Buffalo
Sat, Jan 14
21:00:00
San Diego
Calgary
Sat, Jan 14
22:00:00
Las Vegas
Vancouver
Sun, Jan 15
15:00:00
Rochester
New York
WK
8
Fri, Jan 20
19:30:00
Buffalo
Rochester
Fri, Jan 20
22:30:00
Vancouver
Las Vegas
Sat, Jan 21
19:00:00
New York
Albany
Sat, Jan 21
19:00:00
Toronto
Philadelphia
WK
9
Fri, Jan 27
18:00:00
Rochester
Halifax
Fri, Jan 27
19:00:00
Buffalo
Philadelphia
Sat, Jan 28
19:30:00
Buffalo
New York
Sat, Jan 28
20:30:00
Las Vegas
Saskatchewan
Sat, Jan 28
21:00:00
Toronto
Calgary
Sat, Jan 28
21:00:00
San Diego
Colorado
Sat, Jan 28
22:00:00
Panther City
Vancouver
WK
10
Fri, Feb 3
21:00:00
Georgia
Colorado
Sat, Feb 4
18:00:00
Calgary
Halifax
Sat, Feb 4
19:00:00
New York
Toronto
Sat, Feb 4
19:00:00
Albany
Philadelphia
Sat, Feb 4
19:30:00
Rochester
Buffalo
Sat, Feb 4
22:00:00
Panther City
San Diego
Sat, Feb 4
22:00:00
Saskatchewan
Vancouver
Sat, Feb 4
22:30:00
Colorado
Las Vegas
WK
11
Fri, Feb 10
19:30:00
Toronto
Georgia
Fri, Feb 10
21:00:00
Saskatchewan
Calgary
Sat, Feb 11
19:00:00
Halifax
Rochester
Sat, Feb 11
19:30:00
Albany
New York
Sat, Feb 11
20:00:00
Vancouver
Panther City
Sat, Feb 11
21:00:00
Colorado
Calgary
WK
12
Fri, Feb 17
22:00:00
Saskatchewan
San Diego
Fri, Feb 17
22:00:00
Calgary
Vancouver
Sat, Feb 18
19:00:00
Georgia
Toronto
Sat, Feb 18
19:00:00
Las Vegas
Albany
Sat, Feb 18
19:30:00
Philadelphia
Buffalo
Sat, Feb 18
20:00:00
Colorado
Panther City
Sun, Feb 19
13:00:00
New York
Halifax
WK
13
Fri, Feb 24
21:00:00
Panther City
Colorado
Fri, Feb 24
22:30:00
Calgary
Las Vegas
Sat, Feb 25
19:00:00
New York
Rochester
Sat, Feb 25
19:00:00
Albany
Georgia
Sat, Feb 25
20:00:00
Vancouver
Saskatchewan
WK
14
Fri, Mar 3
18:30:00
Buffalo
Halifax
Sat, Mar 4
11:30:00
New York
Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 4
16:00:00
Las Vegas
San Diego
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19:00:00
Rochester
Toronto
Sat, Mar 4
19:00:00
Georgia
Albany
Sat, Mar 4
20:00:00
Saskatchewan
Panther City
Mon, Mar 6
19:00:00
Toronto
Philadelphia
WK
15
Fri, Mar 10
19:30:00
Halifax
Buffalo
Fri, Mar 10
21:00:00
Calgary
Colorado
Sat, Mar 11
19:00:00
Albany
Toronto
Sat, Mar 11
19:30:00
Philadelphia
New York
Sat, Mar 11
20:30:00
San Diego
Saskatchewan
Sat, Mar 11
22:30:00
Vancouver
Las Vegas
Sun, Mar 12
16:00:00
Rochester
Georgia
WK
16
Fri, Mar 17
21:00:00
Saskatchewan
Calgary
Fri, Mar 17
22:00:00
San Diego
Vancouver
Sat, Mar 18
11:00:00
Georgia
Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 18
18:00:00
Toronto
Halifax
Sat, Mar 18
19:30:00
Albany
New York
Sat, Mar 18
19:30:00
Colorado
Buffalo
Sat, Mar 18
20:00:00
Las Vegas
Panther City
Sun, Mar 19
15:00:00
Philadelphia
Rochester
WK
17
Fri, Mar 24
20:30:00
San Diego
Panther City
Sat, Mar 25
19:00:00
Toronto
Albany
Sat, Mar 25
19:00:00
Halifax
Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 25
19:30:00
Georgia
New York
Sat, Mar 25
21:30:00
Calgary
Saskatchewan
Sat, Mar 25
22:00:00
Buffalo
San Diego
Sat, Mar 25
22:00:00
Colorado
Vancouver
Sat, Mar 25
22:30:00
Rochester
Las Vegas
WK
18
Fri, Mar 31
20:00:00
New York
Georgia
Fri, Mar 31
21:00:00
Las Vegas
Colorado
Fri, Mar 31
22:00:00
Calgary
San Diego
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19:00:00
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Toronto
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20:00:00
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Panther City
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21:30:00
Vancouver
Saskatchewan
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13:00:00
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Halifax
Sun, Apr 2
18:00:00
Rochester
Philadelphia
WK
19
Sat, Apr 8
19:00:00
Albany
Rochester
Sat, Apr 8
19:00:00
Saskatchewan
Georgia
Sat, Apr 8
21:00:00
Panther City
Calgary
Sat, Apr 8
21:00:00
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Colorado
Sat, Apr 8
22:30:00
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Las Vegas
WK
20
Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
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Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
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19:00:00
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Sat, Apr 15
19:00:00
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Sat, Apr 15
21:30:00
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Sat, Apr 15
22:00:00
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Vancouver
WK
21
Fri, Apr 21
20:30:00
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Panther City
Sat, Apr 22
18:00:00
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Halifax
Sat, Apr 22
19:00:00
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20:00:00
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21:30:00
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Sat, Apr 22
22:00:00
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Sun, Apr 23
15:00:00
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Albany
WK
22
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
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Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
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Sat, Apr 29
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Sat, Apr 29
22:00:00
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Road Home: Mammoth Put Away Black Wolves, 12-10

The Colorado Mammoth (10-3) clinched a home playoff game after a tough test on the road, beating the New England Black Wolves (7-5) by a score of 12-10 on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Arena. The Black Wolves fought hard and kept pace offensively, but the Mammoth defense took full advantage of key mistakes by the Black Wolves’ offense and held on defensively to take the win. The Mammoth break a tie with the Saskatchewan Rush (9-3) to grab sole possession of first place in the West.

“It feels great,” said Mammoth head coach Pat Coyle. “As players, the three of us coaches, we played when the Mammoth were great and we won there, and it feels like since then the Mammoth have not been where we want them to be. That’s where we’re heading and to be a part of that is awesome. Our goal is obviously to get a home playoff game, but we don’t want to be done with that and to come in here and beat New England says a lot for us. They’re a really good team and we’re proud of what we did.”

“It’s a good team so you don’t want to overreact, but you don’t want to underreact,” said Black Wolves head coach Glenn Clark. “I think at times you fall into that trap as a team of reading your own press clippings and thinking you’ve arrived and as soon as you do that you’re done. We were a little sloppy at times and we turned the ball over. We just weren’t crisp and lean and purposeful on the floor, and some of those turnovers and mistakes ended up in our net. You learn lots from losses, and it’s time to reload.”

“It was our game to lose,” said Black Wolves forward Shawn Evans. “If we played the same way we have the last couple of games, we would’ve had the upper edge, but we didn’t come out with that upper edge tonight.”

In a rematch of their March 5th game, the Black Wolves and Mammoth picked up right where they left off, with the first face-off of the game ending with a pile of players against the glass fighting over the ball. The Mammoth stuck first, scoring just over a minute into the game. The Black Wolves responded with forward Shawn Evans putting it in the back of the net off a deep pass from defender Zac Reid following a big defensive stop. Sloppy turnovers and passes by the Black Wolves offense allowed the Mammoth offense to take over and they led 4-2 after the first quarter. Even though the Black Wolves fought back a bit in the second quarter, the Mammoth held a 7-6 lead at halftime. 

“I feel like that’s one of the big differences with our team this year,” Coyle said. “It’s that we can be down a goal or two, and have the confidence that we can come back. We don’t want to do that, but I think in years past when we were down one or two goals, there was a sense of panic. There’s a sense of calm on the bench, and that translates on the floor.”

“The defense we played against tonight, they played a little bit different,” Evans stated. “They put a little more pressure on us and made us make decisions. Obviously tonight we didn’t make the right decisions.”

The Mammoth started the scoring in the third quarter, taking an 8-6 lead. However, quick passes and sloppy turnovers by the Mammoth allowed the Black Wolves to crawl back and take a 9-8 lead with just under three minutes to go in the third quarter. The Mammoth answered back quickly with an Adam Jones goal to tie the game at 9 going into the fourth quarter. The Mammoth took a 10-9 lead early in the fourth quarter, but the Black Wolves answered within less than fifteen seconds and tied the game at 10. Callum Crawford blocked an Evan Kirk clearance and put it in the back of the net to give the Mammoth an 11-10 lead, and from there it was a defensive battle until another Mammoth goal put the game away.

“It’s hard because you just played a good shift at defense and then they get a layup,” Clark said. “Those ones sting, but the game is in its entirety too. We didn’t do enough collectively, it’s not on one play. We didn’t do enough as a group to be successful.”

“I think Crawford got up there 15-16 feet,” stated Black Wolves goalkeeper Evan Kirk. “He’s a pretty tall guy with big arms. I want that back, of course. It’s a bad goal, and that’s just a mental mistake I’ve got to figure out.”

Defensively, the Mammoth held strong and closed off major passing lanes for the Black Wolves, quickly shutting down any momentum shifts with ease. Goalkeeper Alex Buque had a great outing, making 31 saves on 40 shots faced. Forward Callum Crawford led the way with five goals and four assists, while Eli McLaughlin collected three goals and one assist. Defender Cameron Holding got in on the action offensively, adding two goals and one assist.

“He [Crawford] played like a man,” Coyle said. “I think he had five goals, and I don’t know how many assists. What’s great about him is that if you don’t play him hard enough, he’ll score, but if you play him too hard, he’ll pass the ball. To me he’s a great feeder he’s a great shooter; he’s a double threat and we’re lucky to have him.”

For the Black Wolves, the defense held strong and kept the pack in the game, but the offense could not overcome a constant one-goal deficit. While the Black Wolves were able to keep pace with the Mammoth most of the way, costly turnovers cemented their defeat. Goalkeeper Evan Kirk had a phenomenal game, making 43 saves on 55 shots on goal. Offensively, forward Shawn Evans led the way with four goals, while Kevin Buchanan collected one goal and three assists. Kevin Crowley and Kyle Buchanan each added one goal and two assists, while Pat Saunders had two goals.

“Yeah I made some saves, but I’ve got to make some more,” Kirk said. “There’s some times where our offense puts everyone on their back; I’ve got to do that, and our defense has got to do that. I think all around we just weren’t ready to come out, so going into next weekend we’ve just got to be ready to go out.”

Three Stars of the Game:

1) Callum Crawford
2) Evan Kirk
3) Shawn Evans

The New England Black Wolves (7-5) return to action April 8, 2016 as they take on the Saskatchewan Rush (9-3) at 7 p.m. ET at Mohegan Sun Arena. The Colorado Mammoth (10-3) return to action April 10, 2016 as they take on the Georgia Swarm (4-9) at 12:05 p.m. ET.

By Alyssa McLaughlin for NLL.com. Photo by Khoi Ton.

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