Five Straight Wins for the Colorado Mammoth
Vanquishing the Vancouver Stealth (1-12) 13-10 in Langley, BC, Saturday night, the Colorado Mammoth (9-3) took home its fifth straight win.
Saturday's win was a good team win. The Mammoth's offense scored on 4 of 5 power plays. On the defensive side, goaltender Dillon Ward saved 49 out of 59 shots on goal.
Assistant Captain Joey Cupido said of the defense, "I thought we did a pretty good job in spurts. We stuck to our game plan for the majority of the time but, at some points, we got sloppy and Ward bailed us out big. There's definitely room for improvement but when you hold a team to 10 goals or less you know you're doing something right".
It was Cupido who took scored for the Mammoth 23 seconds into the first quarter. His first goal of the night was also his 100th career point.
"It's a pretty cool milestone," said Cupido. "I'm more excited that it came with a win. I'm excited to keep chipping away and helping where I can."
Within six minutes of Cupido's goal, Jeremy Noble tallied two more for the Mammoth, tying his career high of 18 goals in one season. At 7:54, Tony Malcom put Vancouver on the scoreboard. The final goal of the quarter came two minutes later as Stephen Keogh scored for Colorado. At the end of the first, the Mammoth led 4-1.
A quick goal by Pat Saunders to begin the second quarter brought the score to 4-2 Mammoth. The Mammoth then widened its lead with two goals in two minutes. But beginning at 6:58, the Stealth answered back with two goals in just under one minute. Just 11 seconds before halftime, Eli McLaughlin scored once more for the Mammoth, bringing the score to 7-4 Mammoth.
The third quarter saw the Stealth tie up the game 7-7 by 10:49 with three goals, two scored by Joel McCready, two scored on power plays, and all three assisted by Rhys Duch. At 13:29, The Mammoth regained the lead, 8-7, as McLaughlin scored his second goal of the night.
In the fourth quarter, the Mammoth and Stealth traded goals, but while the Mammoth twice went on two-goal runs, the Stealth was unable to score consecutive goals all quarter.
The Stealth did keep the score tight in the fourth though, within a two-point differential, until Zack Greer scored at 10:12, putting the Mammoth up by three with the score at 12-9.
At 12:51, With an extra attacker, Corey Small scored once more for Vancouver.
Finally, In the last minute, with an empty net, Cupido scored a book-end goal, cementing a 13-10 Mammoth win, bringing the Mammoth's streak to five games won.
Next Saturday, March 24, the Mammoth meets the Stealth at Pepsi Center for their fourth and final matchup this season.
Cupido said, "We have to make sure we're doing the proper work off the floor. We know the Stealth is going to be a desperate team. They need to win next week, so we need to match their intensity. It's going to come down to hard work and desire."
If the Mammoth clinches its sixth consecutive win next weekend, the team will tie its longest winning streak record. The Mammoth has previously streaked through six successive wins in 2004, 2007 and 2012.
Fittingly, on March 24, the Mammoth will also raise John Grant, Jr.'s No. 24 jersey to the rafters of Pepsi Center in a pre-game ceremony, beginning at 7 PM MT. To find seats, visit AltitudeTickets.com.
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