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Fri, Dec 2
6:00 pm ET
Wings
Thunderbirds
Sat, Dec 3
5:00 pm ET
Warriors
Rock
Sat, Dec 3
7:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Bandits
Sat, Dec 3
7:30 pm ET
Seals
Riptide
Sat, Dec 3
8:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Swarm
Sat, Dec 3
8:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Rush
WK
2
Fri, Dec 9
8:30 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Panther City
Fri, Dec 9
10:00 pm ET
Rush
Seals
Sat, Dec 10
7:00 pm ET
Rock
Knighthawks
Sat, Dec 10
9:30 pm ET
Warriors
Roughnecks
WK
3
Fri, Dec 16
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Warriors
Fri, Dec 16
10:30 pm ET
Panther City
Desert Dogs
Sat, Dec 17
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Rock
Sat, Dec 17
7:00 pm ET
Wings
Swarm
Sat, Dec 17
7:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
FireWolves
Sat, Dec 17
7:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Riptide
Sat, Dec 17
8:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Panther City
WK
5
Fri, Dec 30
7:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Bandits
Fri, Dec 30
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Roughnecks
Sat, Dec 31
9:00 pm ET
Panther City
Rush
WK
6
Fri, Jan 6
10:30 pm ET
Wings
Desert Dogs
Sat, Jan 7
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Swarm
Sat, Jan 7
7:00 pm ET
Panther City
Knighthawks
Sat, Jan 7
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
FireWolves
Sat, Jan 7
7:30 pm ET
Rock
Riptide
Sat, Jan 7
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Mammoth
Sat, Jan 7
10:00 pm ET
Warriors
Seals
WK
7
Fri, Jan 13
6:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Thunderbirds
Fri, Jan 13
9:00 pm ET
Rush
Mammoth
Sat, Jan 14
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Rock
Sat, Jan 14
7:00 pm ET
Panther City
Wings
Sat, Jan 14
7:30 pm ET
Swarm
Bandits
Sat, Jan 14
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Roughnecks
Sat, Jan 14
10:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Warriors
Sun, Jan 15
3:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Riptide
WK
8
Fri, Jan 20
7:30 pm ET
Bandits
Knighthawks
Fri, Jan 20
10:30 pm ET
Warriors
Desert Dogs
Sat, Jan 21
7:00 pm ET
Rock
Wings
Sat, Jan 21
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
FireWolves
WK
9
Fri, Jan 27
6:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Thunderbirds
Fri, Jan 27
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Wings
Sat, Jan 28
7:30 pm ET
Bandits
Riptide
Sat, Jan 28
8:30 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Rush
Sat, Jan 28
9:00 pm ET
Rock
Roughnecks
Sat, Jan 28
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Mammoth
Sat, Jan 28
10:00 pm ET
Panther City
Warriors
WK
10
Fri, Feb 3
9:00 pm ET
Swarm
Mammoth
Sat, Feb 4
6:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Thunderbirds
Sat, Feb 4
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
Rock
Sat, Feb 4
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Wings
Sat, Feb 4
7:30 pm ET
Knighthawks
Bandits
Sat, Feb 4
10:00 pm ET
Panther City
Seals
Sat, Feb 4
10:00 pm ET
Rush
Warriors
Sat, Feb 4
10:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Desert Dogs
WK
11
Fri, Feb 10
7:30 pm ET
Rock
Swarm
Fri, Feb 10
9:00 pm ET
Rush
Roughnecks
Sat, Feb 11
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Knighthawks
Sat, Feb 11
7:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Riptide
Sat, Feb 11
8:00 pm ET
Warriors
Panther City
Sat, Feb 11
9:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Roughnecks
WK
12
Fri, Feb 17
10:00 pm ET
Rush
Seals
Fri, Feb 17
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Warriors
Sat, Feb 18
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
Rock
Sat, Feb 18
7:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
FireWolves
Sat, Feb 18
7:30 pm ET
Wings
Bandits
Sat, Feb 18
8:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Panther City
Sun, Feb 19
1:00 pm ET
Riptide
Thunderbirds
WK
13
Fri, Feb 24
9:00 pm ET
Panther City
Mammoth
Fri, Feb 24
10:30 pm ET
Roughnecks
Desert Dogs
Sat, Feb 25
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Swarm
Sat, Feb 25
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
Knighthawks
Sat, Feb 25
8:00 pm ET
Warriors
Rush
WK
14
Fri, Mar 3
6:30 pm ET
Bandits
Thunderbirds
Sat, Mar 4
11:30 am ET
Riptide
Wings
Sat, Mar 4
4:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Seals
Sat, Mar 4
7:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Rock
Sat, Mar 4
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
FireWolves
Sat, Mar 4
8:00 pm ET
Rush
Panther City
Mon, Mar 6
7:00 pm ET
Rock
Wings
WK
15
Fri, Mar 10
7:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Bandits
Fri, Mar 10
9:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Mammoth
Sat, Mar 11
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Rock
Sat, Mar 11
7:30 pm ET
Wings
Riptide
Sat, Mar 11
8:30 pm ET
Seals
Rush
Sat, Mar 11
10:30 pm ET
Warriors
Desert Dogs
Sun, Mar 12
4:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Swarm
WK
16
Fri, Mar 17
9:00 pm ET
Rush
Roughnecks
Fri, Mar 17
10:00 pm ET
Seals
Warriors
Sat, Mar 18
11:00 am ET
Swarm
Wings
Sat, Mar 18
6:00 pm ET
Rock
Thunderbirds
Sat, Mar 18
7:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Bandits
Sat, Mar 18
7:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Riptide
Sat, Mar 18
8:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Panther City
Sun, Mar 19
3:00 pm ET
Wings
Knighthawks
WK
17
Fri, Mar 24
8:30 pm ET
Seals
Panther City
Sat, Mar 25
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Wings
Sat, Mar 25
7:00 pm ET
Rock
FireWolves
Sat, Mar 25
7:30 pm ET
Swarm
Riptide
Sat, Mar 25
9:30 pm ET
Roughnecks
Rush
Sat, Mar 25
10:00 pm ET
Bandits
Seals
Sat, Mar 25
10:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Warriors
Sat, Mar 25
10:30 pm ET
Knighthawks
Desert Dogs
WK
18
Fri, Mar 31
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
Swarm
Fri, Mar 31
9:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Mammoth
Fri, Mar 31
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Seals
Sat, Apr 1
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Rock
Sat, Apr 1
8:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Panther City
Sat, Apr 1
9:30 pm ET
Warriors
Rush
Sun, Apr 2
1:00 pm ET
Swarm
Thunderbirds
Sun, Apr 2
6:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Wings
WK
19
Sat, Apr 8
7:00 pm ET
Rush
Swarm
Sat, Apr 8
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Knighthawks
Sat, Apr 8
9:00 pm ET
Panther City
Roughnecks
Sat, Apr 8
9:00 pm ET
Warriors
Mammoth
Sat, Apr 8
10:30 pm ET
Seals
Desert Dogs
WK
20
Fri, Apr 14
9:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Roughnecks
Fri, Apr 14
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Mammoth
Sat, Apr 15
7:00 pm ET
Wings
Rock
Sat, Apr 15
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
FireWolves
Sat, Apr 15
7:30 pm ET
Riptide
Bandits
Sat, Apr 15
9:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Rush
Sat, Apr 15
10:00 pm ET
Panther City
Warriors
WK
21
Fri, Apr 21
8:30 pm ET
Roughnecks
Panther City
Sat, Apr 22
6:00 pm ET
Riptide
Thunderbirds
Sat, Apr 22
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
Knighthawks
Sat, Apr 22
8:00 pm ET
Rock
Bandits
Sat, Apr 22
9:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Rush
Sat, Apr 22
10:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Seals
Sun, Apr 23
3:00 pm ET
Wings
FireWolves
WK
22
Sat, Apr 29
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Swarm
Sat, Apr 29
7:00 pm ET
Wings
Knighthawks
Sat, Apr 29
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
FireWolves
Sat, Apr 29
10:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Seals
Sat, Apr 29
10:00 pm ET
Riptide
Warriors
Sat, Apr 29
10:30 pm ET
Rush
Desert Dogs
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Tap The Rockies: Roughnecks Dig In For Mammoth Opener

The next chapter in a heated rivalry between the Colorado Mammoth (1-0) and Calgary Roughnecks (0-1) will be written on Saturday night at Pepsi Center in Denver. Watch live on WatchESPN & Altitude (U.S.) and TSN GO (Canada) starting at 9 p.m. ET.

Whether it is regular or postseason, revenge or redemption often is the case between these West Division foes. While both teams saw issues in their Week 1 outings, one cannot dwell on the past for too long.

In fact, it should not matter at all according to Mammoth coach Chris Gill, who made the team’s mentality clear in this week’s media call when asked about the team’s first-round playoff loss to Calgary in overtime.

“It’s a clean slate, no one likes to lose,” he said. “We’re just going to play in the moment, stick to our systems and our principles and try and dictate the pace.”

Those systems seemed ridged in certain areas in Colorado’s win against Minnesota in Week 1. While an 11-goal fourth quarter propelled the Mammoth to a win, the quick paced contest mirrored some of Colorado’s struggles from 2014.

“We were happy at the end of the game with the win in Minnesota, but there’s a lot of things that we need to tidy up,” Gill added. “It might have been one of the fastest games that I’ve been a part of, it was up and down the floor so fast, so much. I think it got us out of rhythm in the first half, but we made some adjustments in the second half and played more of our system.”

Mammoth veteran John Grant, Jr. seemed to concur with his coach’s assessment of their performance on the floor, citing imbalance on offense and being forceful on transition.

“We didn’t score in the first quarter, we were able to find some rhythm in the second, I think we were still shaky in the third and obviously we erupted in the fourth,” noted Grant. “Consistency is the big thing on offense that we need to keep the ball moving and the bodies moving.”

All in all, cleaning up the little things will be a factor in Colorado’s home opener. But home field advantage has not been on their side the last few seasons, where the Mammoth hold a 15-20 home record since 2010. It is an ‘X’ factor Junior hopes the team can revive sooner rather than later.

“In the last few years, we haven’t taken that to our advantage,” Grant said. “We’ve been giving up a tremendous amount of losses at home…they come in expecting a loud crowd, a great city and rabid fan base. Sometimes that gets the other team fired up…maybe we take it for granted how great the fans are, but the fans are great for both teams in a respect. We just have to make Pepsi Center a tough place to play like it used to be, and I think that’s one of our goals.”

Grant and Adam Jones meanwhile led the team in offense against the Swarm, recording nine (4+5) and seven (5+2) points respectively. Combined, the offensive pair were responsible for 23 of Colorado’s shots on goal. On defense, Dillon picked up his first win of the season, stopping 35 of 48 shots, and will now seek to pick up his third win against the Riggers between the pipes.

For the Roughnecks, the team did not get the start they wanted last weekend losing to the Vancouver Stealth 18-14 at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Calgary head coach Curt Malawsky was less than happy with what he saw out of his team in their home opener.

“I don’t think we had very good floor balance on offense,” said Malawsky. “I think we took some ill-advised shots, forced a lot of things in transition and from watching the tape, getting on and off the floor was atrocious.”

There is some good news for the Roughnecks as Jeff Shattler, Curtis Dickson and Dane Dobbie all recorded three goals in the game. However, Malawsky says it’s the little things that matter most.

“From a systems perspective, we just got to clean up those little things,” remarked Malawsky. “We got to pay the price, and in a one-goal league for the most part if you don’t do those little things, you’re going to end up on the short end… All the little things need to be cleaned up or you’re going to get the same result the following week.”

Roughnecks transition Geoff Snider played, who had three points (1+2) in Week 1, also didn’t like the way his team performed and says that’s going to change.

“From an accountability standpoint, we didn’t follow the game plan to the level that was expected of us,” he said. “That’s going to change for us moving into Colorado.”

The Mammoth are coming off a big win last weekend against the Minnesota Swarm and Malawsky knows Colorado is going to ride that momentum into this weekend.

“They had a great game last weekend against Minnesota,” he said. “It’s always tough to play down there, they’re a very loud crowd and the players feed off their crowd.”

“They have a great offense and they got a world-class goaltender in net that’s been playing with a lot of confidence.”

Snider couldn’t agree more with his coach saying the boys know exactly what lies ahead for them in Denver.

“They’re a team coming off a big win,” he said. “They’re incredibly talented, very well coached, excellent goaltending and we’re going to have our hands full. We’re looking forward to the weekend and obviously going to make some adjustments internally moving into Saturday night.”

The ‘Necks and Mammoth faced off three times during the regular season last year, with the Riggers winning two of the three meetings. Calgary also barely slid by Colorado in the playoffs beating them in overtime in an exciting semi-final match-up.

The two teams have a lot of history and Malawsky fully understands what it’s going to take to win this game.

“We’re going to have to stick to our ideology, our principles and play a clean possession game,” said Malawsky. “Hopefully we can hang around until the end of the fourth quarter.”

Snider also knows what it is going to take to get that first win of the season on the road, and says him and his teammates are up for the challenge.

“We’ll be prepared,” he said. “Our coaching staff always has a rock solid game plan and I think that’s the adjustment that we’ll make as players.”

“The best part about the NLL is you get to get right back at it next weekend,” he added. “Every game’s important and it’s always exciting coming into the Pepsi Center and playing. I know that we’re excited, ready to go. Feeling a lot of positive pressure and looking forward to the weekend.”

Story by Nick Salen (@MammothBeat) & Kassidy Collins (@RoughnecksBeat) for NLL.com. Photo by Jack Dempsey.

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