Mammoth Drops Back End of Home-and-Home
from press release
DENVER – A night after the West Division-leading Colorado Mammoth held serve at Pepsi Center against the Washington Stealth to move within a game of a postseason berth, the Stealth responded at home at Comcast Arena in Everett, Wash. with an 11-8 win. The offensive output by the Mammoth on Sunday was the first time this season that the team failed to reach double-digits in goals scored.
"It was a long day of travel, and these were two exhausted teams," said Colorado head coach Bob Hamley. "Both sides battled hard. We just ran out of gas late."
Playing without forward John Grant Jr. (the National Lacrosse League's leading scorer) for the second consecutive game, the Mammoth scored just one goal in the first quarter and one in the game's final 12-plus minutes.
"With 'Jr.' out of the line-up, [Mammoth forward Sean Pollock] really stepped up these last two games and took leadership of the offense," said Hamley.
Washington, which won at home for the first time this season, mustered just three goals in the first half and trailed 4-3 at the break. In the second half, the Stealth scored four times in the third and four in the fourth.
After Pollock's hat-trick tally on the power play 2:44 into the 4th quarter tied the score at seven, Washington forward Rhys Duch completed his hat trick 40 seconds later. Stealth forward Athan Iannucci converted on the power play 7:13 into the frame for what proved to be the game-winner.
"This was a tough game," said Pollock. "We took some selfish penalties late, and throughout the game for that matter. [Washington's] power play killed us tonight."
Jamie Lincoln, Jed Prossner, Mat MacLeod, Cameron Holding and Ian Hawksbee each scored a goal for Colorado in the loss. Duch and Iannucci led the Stealth with three goals apiece.