Mammoth Wins 11-10 in Georgia
The Mammoth won, but they aren't done. Friday, the Mammoth (6-3) began their back-to-back weekend with an 11-10 win over the Swarm (4-6) at Infinite Energy Arena. The Mammoth's excitement over winning in Georgia was palpable, but so was the sense that their mission is not yet accomplished. The Mammoth have two games to win this weekend. Now, they're halfway there.
The first quarter commenced with Randy Staats scoring for Georgia at 1:12. By 5:53, the Mammoth had scored two power play goals for a 2-1 lead. The Swarm scored twice more - Staats scoring on a power play - to end the quarter 3-2 Georgia.
The second quarter began with a four-goal Mammoth run and ended with a four-goal Swarm run. Georgia took a 7-6 lead as Brian Cole scored just 33 seconds before halftime.
In both the first and second quarters, the Mammoth scored two power play goals while the Swarm scored one.
Mammoth Head Coach Pat Coyle said, "I thought our power play was effective again. It shows that if teams play shorthanded against us they will pay. What I really like is how we finished 5v5."
In the third quarter, the Swarm preserved their lead, but the Mammoth kept things tight. Both teams scored two goals apiece, bringing the score to 9-8.
The Swarm scored quickly in the fourth quarter, extending their lead to 10-8. The Mammoth and Swarm then traded shots back and forth for nearly nine minutes, the Mammoth with five shots, the Swarm with seven, none of them finding the back of the net.
At 10:03 Jacob Ruest brought the Mammoth back within one point. Exactly two minutes later, Keogh tied the game 10-10. Then, with just five seconds left in the game, Keogh scored the game-winning goal.
In their win over the Swarm, the Mammoth's offense was unselfish. Six players contributed goals. Stephen Keogh led the team with six points (3G, 3A), notably surpassing 300 career points.
Credit is due also to the Mammoth's defense who battled all four quarters with Ward saving 42 out 52 shots.
Head Coach Pat Coyle said, "Ward was awesome. The great thing is what a competitor he is. It doesn't matter how tired he is. He wants to play."
Turning his focus to tomorrow night's game, Coyle continued, "We'll have to see how Ward feels tomorrow but I'm sure he'll say he is ready to go."
Tomorrow, the Mammoth return to Pepsi Center to face off against the Eastern Division-leaders, the Buffalo Bandits at 7 PM MT.
Saturday's game is also the Mammoth's Colorado Pride Night: a Colorado-themed night that the team celebrates in their fan-favorite Colorado flag colored uniforms.
To give fans an opportunity to participate in Colorado Pride Night, the Mammoth is auctioning off players' Colorado jerseys and shorts online. To participate in the auction, fans can visit Mammoth.gesture.com or can text "Mammoth" to 52182. Fans can bid today through the end of halftime on 3/3. They do not need to be present at the game to win. Winners will be notified after halftime on 3/3.
Along with Colorado uniforms, the Mammoth is auctioning off players' Lacrosse Out Cancer jerseys through halftime on 3/3.
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National Lacrosse League Stories from March 3, 2018
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- Mammoth Wins 11-10 in Georgia - Colorado Mammoth
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