April 9, 2011

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Colorado Keeps Playoff Hopes Alive

from press release

DENVER – The Colorado Mammoth earned a 13-6 win over the Edmonton Rush at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta Saturday night.

Colorado scored first and never relinquished the lead coasting to a convincing victory. The win puts Colorado one step closer to qualifying for the playoffs needing only one more win to clinch a spot.

Top performers for the night included forward Brian Langtry who scored four goals and added two assists while forward John Grant Jr. contributed a hat trick plus two assists while goalie Chris Levis finished with 38 saves.

Colorado's Brian Langtry got the Mammoth on the board first by rolling off his defender then netting a dive-shot across the crease at the 4:31 mark. The Rush matched as Corey Small cut across the floor rocketing a left-handed shot past Levis. Colorado reeled off three consecutive goals (including two transition goals) before Edmonton scored its second as Rush forward Ryan Ward tallied at the 12:45 mark. Grant scored his first of the night by spinning off his defender then bouncing the ball home to give Colorado a 5-2 advantage after one quarter of play.

The second quarter proved to be more defensive as neither team scored for more than nine minutes. Ward broke the scoring silence with a power-play goal at the 9:35 mark, but Colorado answered quickly with two goals just 30 seconds apart. The first from forward Joel Dalgarno, the second coming from Langtry on another dive shot, only on this one, Langtry shot behind his back before landing in the crease. Edmonton worked for a short-handed goal with less than two minutes remaining in the half to bring the Rush to within three at the half with a score of 7-4.

Colorado scored two goals early in the third quarter then hit a dry spell for the next eight minutes allowing Edmonton to score two of its own. Langtry got Colorado rolling again scoring his third and fourth goals of the game to push the score to 11-6 going into the final frame.

The offensive onslaught continued in the fourth quarter with forward Alex Gajic scoring a power-play goal and Grant completing a hat trick with a goal at the 8:45 mark. The Mammoth held the Rush scoreless in the quarter to cap a convincing win.

Colorado returns home next weekend for the final home game of the season and the opportunity to secure a spot in the playoffs on Friday, April 15 at 7 p.m. as it again faces the Calgary Roughnecks on HealthONE Field at Pepsi Center.


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