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Fri, Dec 2
FINAL
Philadelphia
8
Halifax
18
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
Vancouver
8
Toronto
19
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
San Diego
15
New York
14
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
Albany
11
Buffalo
10
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
Rochester
16
Georgia
11
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
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
Vancouver
San Diego
Sun, Jan 8
0:00:00
Calgary
Colorado
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
Fri, Mar 3
21:00:00
Las Vegas
San Diego
Sat, Mar 4
11:30:00
New York
Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 4
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
Sat, Apr 1
19:00:00
Buffalo
Toronto
Sat, Apr 1
20:00:00
Albany
Panther City
Sat, Apr 1
21:30:00
Vancouver
Saskatchewan
Sun, Apr 2
13:00:00
Georgia
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
Vancouver
Colorado
Sat, Apr 8
22:30:00
San Diego
Las Vegas
WK
20
Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
Las Vegas
Calgary
Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
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Colorado
Sat, Apr 15
19:00:00
Philadelphia
Toronto
Sat, Apr 15
19:00:00
Georgia
Albany
Sat, Apr 15
19:30:00
New York
Buffalo
Sat, Apr 15
21:30:00
Halifax
Saskatchewan
Sat, Apr 15
22:00:00
Panther City
Vancouver
WK
21
Fri, Apr 21
20:30:00
Calgary
Panther City
Sat, Apr 22
18:00:00
New York
Halifax
Sat, Apr 22
19:00:00
Georgia
Rochester
Sat, Apr 22
20:00:00
Toronto
Buffalo
Sat, Apr 22
21:30:00
Colorado
Saskatchewan
Sat, Apr 22
22:00:00
Las Vegas
San Diego
Sun, Apr 23
15:00:00
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Albany
WK
22
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
Philadelphia
Rochester
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
Buffalo
Albany
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
Halifax
Georgia
Sat, Apr 29
22:00:00
Colorado
San Diego
Sat, Apr 29
22:00:00
New York
Vancouver
Sat, Apr 29
22:30:00
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Season Preview: Colorado Mammoth

Every team believes it has the right pieces in the right place heading into a new season. The Colorado Mammoth are no different, and the excitement in Denver for the 2015 National Lacrosse League season is palpable. There are plenty of returning players coming back to a team that was better than its record indicated, and the offseason tuneup with draft picks and other acquisitions have the Mammoth believing this is the year they’ll give their 15,000 fans something extra for which to cheer. Let’s take a closer look at what the Mammoth are bringing into the 2015 season.

2014 record/playoffs: 8-10 regular season, 0-1 in playoffs.

Top 3 returning scorers: John Grant Jr. (40 goals, 51 assists for 91 points), Adam Jones (39-26, 65), Drew Westervelt (30-33, 63).

Key additions: Eli McLaughlin (F), Robert Hope (D), Tyler Codron (D), Alex Turner (F), Alexis Buque (G).

Key losses: Joel Dalgarno (F, released), Casey Powell (F), Mat MacLeod (F, released), Chet Koneczny (D, work), Nick Carlson (D, retird), Tye Belanger (G, traded).

Outlook: The 8-10 record in the regular season wasn’t what the Mammoth hoped for in 2014, obviously, but it is a bit deceiving. The Mammoth clearly were better than their record indicates. They played a league-high 7 games decided by 1 goal and while they were a commendable 5-3 in those games, the third 1-goal loss came in the first round of the playoffs against Calgary.

So what does that mean for the Mammoth going forward? The line between winning and losing is so fine in the NLL and they believe they’ll get over that line this season with the right pieces in place. Some teams last winter were caught up in thinking the game would change with the smaller game-day rosters as dictated by a new labor agreement, but that change didn’t really materialize. While the transition game is important, the Mammoth may have put too much emphasis on it while forsaking some defensive principles, but they learned last year that stay-at-home defense remains vital to success and they believe they have that in place for 2015.

Certainly, the offense is set with the likes of John Grant Jr., Adam Jones and Drew Westervelt leading the charge. Sean Pollock and Athan Iannucci provide critical depth and it’ll be needed even more with the departure of Joel Dalgarno and Casey Powell, who has yet to decide his NLL future. Colorado will also look to rookie Eli McLaughlin for scoring support, while the offseason acquisition of Alex Turner can also provide some points. On the man-up, the Mammoth scored an NLL-best 43 goals, so that’s a trend they’d like to see continue, especially after Grant led the league with 15 of those power-play goals.

Getting the ball to the forwards is in good hands and speedy wheels. Joey Cupido doesn’t get the credit he deserves for the hustle he brings every shift, and Cam Holding is another unsung grinder who brings more confidence after playing a solid role in helping Team Canada win field gold this summer. Rookie draft pick Robert Hope has looked good in camp as well, giving the Mammoth a bit of both with speed and smarts in transition as well as some old-fashioned physical defense. Farther back, Dan Coates enters his third season and is as solid as it gets on defense, while the addition of Tyler Codron brings some quickness and toughness to the back end. Ian Hawksbee is back after a year off  and there’s plenty of veteran leadership in back with guys like Dan Ball, Bob Snider and Creighton Reid. And while the transition game will get plenty of reps, the transition D needs to be better this winter after giving up a league-high 12 short-handed goals in 2014.

All will be counted on to boost a unit that surrendered a league-high 228 goals last winter. But at least this season, they’ll know who the No. 1 goalie is. Dillon Ward didn’t lock down that role until a few weeks into last season but once he did, there was no doubt. Although it was field lacrosse, Ward was MVP of the world final that clinched gold for Canada and while he’s back at the indoor game for the Mammoth, the experience in July can only do good things for his confidence. He’ll need to be sharp and stay sharp with the departure of Tye Belanger (New England). Rookie backup Alexis Buque helped Whitby win a Minto Cup in 2013 and played for New Westminster of the WLA this past summer, so he may need some time to adjust to the new speed and quickness of the NLL.

The biggest challenge for Colorado this season isn’t how much it has improved, because it clearly has. But those improvements are not only just on paper, they’re in a West Division that includes powerhouses in Calgary and Edmonton. So the Mammoth clearly have their work cut out for them because while hitting your stride in the postseason certainly is possible, that’s not something any team wants to rely on. They want to prove during the regular season that they can be a contender so they can bring some confidence into the postseason, and the only way Colorado will do that is by shoring up its defense so that everything else can function without pressure.

Story courtesy of Bob Chavez from ILIndoor.com.

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