DENVER - The Colorado Mammoth halted a two-game losing streak in defeating the San Jose Stealth 14-11 at HP Pavilion in a matinee on Saturday. The win improves Colorado's record to 5-4 while San Jose slips to 3-7 on the season. Saturday marked the second meeting between the Mammoth and Stealth this season. San Jose won the first match 14-9.
Brian Langtry led Mammoth scorers with four goals and five assists while Colin Doyle led the Stealth with three goals and three assists. Mammoth goalie Andrew Leyshon played all 60 minutes, stopping 42 of 53 shots in the win.
Saturday's game was filled with penalties and power play opportunities - 16 infractions in the first quarter alone. By the end of the match-up both teams racked up 28 penalty minutes on 14 infractions each. The first string of power play opportunities was successful for the Mammoth with forward Gary Rosyski getting the first goal of the game at 5:45. This goal would mark the first of eight power play goals scored by the Mammoth on Saturday. Jed Prossner picked up the second power play goal at 6:39, assisted by Gavin Prout and Jamie Shewchuk.
San Jose answered with their first goal of the afternoon scored by rookie Rhys Duch and assisted by Tom Johnson at the 7:24 mark of the first, followed by a power play goal by Cam Sedgewick just 20 seconds later, evening the score at 2-2.
Gavin Prout, Chris Gill and Brian Langtry all added goals late in the first, giving the Mammoth a 5-2 lead after one period of play.
San Jose opened the second quarter with a goal by Colin Doyle, his first of three goals Saturday. The Mammoth would push their lead to four late in the second with goals by Gavin Prout and Nick Carlson with just 43 seconds remaining in the period, bringing the score to 9-5.
Following an illegal substitution call against Colorado early in the third, the Stealth gained some momentum as powerhouse Jeff Zywicki, who had seven points on the day, brought the Stealth within three. Things started to look up for the Stealth when Mammoth goalie Andrew Leyshon sent a pass into the hands of San Jose's Peter Veltman, setting him up with his first goal of the season.
Colorado would answer, though, as Langtry got his second goal of the night with a play goal - assisted by Prout and Rosyski - and they were up by four at 11-7.
Langtry tacked on another goal early in the fourth which was followed by Rhys Duch's third goal of the game for the Stealth and 19th on the season. The final Mammoth goal was scored by John Gallant, an empty netter with 32 seconds remaining. San Jose finished the period with a goal scored by extra attacker Tom Johnson, with one second left in the game.
In addition to Langtry's hat trick and impressive nine point game (four goals, five assists), Gavin Prout had six assists and two goals while Jamie Shewchuk added two goals and four assists. Gary Rosyski pitched in with a goal and four assists.
The Mammoth will travel to Calgary to face off against the West Division leading Roughnecks next Saturday, March 21st before returning to Pepsi Center on Sunday, March 22 for a battle with the Minnesota Swarm. The ball drops at 6pm for the March 22 match featuring Dollar Hot Dog Night and a Battle of the Badge (Police vs. Firemen) game at halftime.
Tickets for all Mammoth home games are on sale now at the Pepsi Center box office, all Ticketmaster retail centers, online at Ticketmaster.com and by phone at 303.830.TIXS or 719.520.9090.
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