Roughnecks suffer first defeat of the season with 13-12 OT loss to the Mammoth.
By Tom Frank, Lacrosse Inside the Game correspondent
Photos by Marcelo Saguez
Scotiabank Saddledome – Colorado Mammoth captain, Gavin Prout, scored 45 seconds into the extra quarter to keep his team undefeated (3-0) and give them sole-possession of first place in the NLL’s West Division. Calgary dropped to second.
The Riggers’ Shawn Evans was called for tripping 29 seconds into overtime as he attempted to recover a dropped ball. This led to Prout’s opportunity, and game winner, on the ensuing power play.
Scott Ranger had the chance to win the game for Calgary with 2.2 seconds in regulation, but his shot ricocheted off the crossbar into the stands.
Colorado opened the scoring, 47 seconds into the match, as John Grant Jr. found Sean Pollock all alone in front of the net. The teams traded goals before Calgary rattled off 4 straight markers to take a 5-2 lead. The Mammoth scored with just over a minute remaining in the quarter to cut the Riggers lead to two. Grant’s assist on the goal marked his 1,000th point in his 12 year career.
Calgary looked tentative in the opening frame, but gained momentum as time progressed. Shots on goal favoured the Necks 22-10.
The Mammoth tallied three straight goals to start the second quarter as they took advantage of Calgary’s penalty woes and regained the lead 6-5. At 1:20, Kaleb Toth was called for Delay of Game. Twenty seconds later, Dane Dobbie was called for Unsportsmanlike Conduct and the Necks were called for Illegal Substitution. This allowed Grant to score on a penalty shot and Prout potted his first power play marker.
Calgary recovered and battled back to reclaim their two goal lead finishing the half 9-7.
Geoff Snider dominated the face-off circle, winning all 15 draws in the first half.
There was a much faster pace in the second. The Riggers used their possession time effectively and Mike Poulin was sharp in net.
Ball possession went back and forth to start the third frame until Evans found the back of the net at 7:27 on the powerplay. Calgary had a four goal lead at one point 11-7, but Grant grabbed a short-handed goal and Hopcroft scored his second of the game to stay within two of the Necks 11-9.
Curtis Manning scored on a breakaway at 3:03 of the fourth to give Calgary a three goal lead. Unfortunately, they couldn’t hang on and the Mammoth fought back to tie the game on a power play goal by Adam Jones.
With 1:58 remaining, Colorado thought they had scored the go ahead goal, but it was ruled “No Goal” after video review. Peter McFetridge was stopped on his breakaway attempt with one minute left, by former Roughneck goalie, Chris Levis.
The Roughnecks host the Toronto Rock (0-2) next Saturday for their second meeting of the season, while the Mammoth entertain the Rochester Knighthawks (1-1) at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
Daryl Veltman lead Calgary scorers (3, 3); Shawn Evans (2, 3); Scott Ranger (2,1).
Colorado’s Grant lead all scorers (4, 6); Adam Jones (3, 3); Gavin Prout (2, 4).
John Grant Jr. became the fifth player in the NLL to reach 1,000 points. The milestone came with his assist on Derek Hopcroft’s goal, late in the first quarter.
Other members of the 1,000 point club include – John Tavares, Gary Gait, Colin Doyle and Josh Sanderson.
The Calgary Roughnecks and Edmonton Rush have reached an agreement with Sportsnet to televise all four of their head-to-head match-ups this season.
The dates are:
Sat. Feb 18 7pm MT SN (West /Pacific)
Fri. Mar 9 9pm ET SN One
Sat. Mar 10 7pm MT SN (West /Pacific)
Sat. Apr 21 9pm ET SN One
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