By Lindsey McGuire | NLL.com Staff Writer
The Colorado Mammoth aren’t superstitious, but they’re a little stitious. After falling to the Calgary Roughnecks twice this season (once at home and once away) the Mammoth got some much needed revenge in game 3 with a 18 – 9 win at Pepsi Center.
The Mammoth sprinted out of the gate in the first quarter and earned a 4-0 lead on their rivals. Mammoth lead scorer, Eli McLaughlin, helped kick off the night with an assist to Stephen Koegh (11:58), then went back-to-back with two goals of his own. Roughnecks Defenseman, Garrett McIntosh put the Roughnecks on the board after Brent Adams widened the Mammoth lead to 4. One more goal by Colorado’s Jacob Ruest brought the quarter to a close – 5-1 Colorado.
Only 34 seconds into Q2, lefty Tyson Bell found the back of the net for the Roughnecks. Dane Dobbie backed him up with another quick shot with his 18th goal on the season. McLaughlin and Callum Crawford added to the Mammoth’s score, but the Roughnecks weren’t done yet. Riley Loewn and Tyler Digby scored twice in 30 seconds, making the score 7-5. One more goal-to-goal battle at the nets by Colorado’s Crawford and Calgary’s Jeff Shattler rounded out the first half. Even though the Roughnecks came out firing with 21 shots on the quarter to the Mammoth’s 9, the rivals walked off the field at the half with the Mammoth leading 8-6.
Mammoth Captain, Dan Coates, won the face-off to launch the quarter for the third time tonight. Roughneck Bob Snider fired one into the net for his first goal on the season at 12:42. Crawford sealed the deal on a hat trick on the night with his 19th regular season, but he didn’t stop there! Crawford came through once again with an unassisted goal with 8:43 left on the third quarter clock. 3 more goals by Colorado (Downing, Keogh, Crawford) kept the Mammoth on top 13-7 heading into the 4th.
Once again, the Roughnecks were the first to score in the quarter when Curtis Dickson snagged a goal less than a minute in. Mammoth Defenseman Creighton Reid answered back with an unassisted goal just over a minute later. Then, a familiar name showed up once more – Callum Crawford ran away with his sixth goal of the night — his 22nd goal on the season. Curtis Dickson showed out again with another goal, bringing the Roughneck’s score to half of the Mammoth’s 16. A hat trick by Colorado Forward Koegh made the score 16-9 Mammoth. Eli McLaughlin, who also acquired a hat trick in the second quarter, scored again on an assist by Josh Sullivan and Ilija Gajic. Brent Adams claimed the last goal of the night, ushering a Mammoth victory with a final score of 18-9.
This was absolutely a game of the goaltenders! Dillon “The Wall” Ward did more than impress with an incredible 50 saves to the Rouchnecks’ 35 total saves (Bianco 12, Scigliano 23).
The Mammoth will be back on the road next Saturday, March 11 as they take on the Saskatchewan Rush at SaskTel Center. Face-off is at 6:30 MST (8:30 EST).