Colorado Hosts Vancouver in NLL Division Tilt Friday
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Colorado Mammoth Preview
Riding a three-game winning streak into the second half of the season, the Colorado Mammoth (4-5) returns to HealthONE Field at Pepsi Center on Friday night at 7pm MT to face the Vancouver Stealth (2-6). The game will be the fourth and final time the teams meet this season.
Colorado, looking to extend its winning streak in the Valentine's Day affair, is fresh off a one-goal victory over Vancouver last Saturday.
"This is a game where we can get back to .500 for ourselves and climb out of the hole that we put ourselves in," said Mammoth forward Sean Pollock. "We can really put a halt to Vancouver's playoff chances already, so it's a big game for both teams."
All three meetings between the division opponents this season have been decided by just one goal, with the Mammoth sporting a 2-1 series edge.
"Every team has good goaltending, and every team is talented," said Colorado coach Bob Hamley. "We've got to keep getting better each time out. That's our main focus."
Colorado appears to have found the answer to continually improving.
"I think the biggest difference has been the defense and the goaltending with Dillon Ward, especially last game, they gave us the chance to win," said Pollock. "Obviously when you have good goaltending and defense, it gives your offense more confidence and a few more possessions to make good plays and score more goals. I think the big key has been consistency on the back-end."
The Mammoth allowed just one goal in the first half – and nine goals overall – in last weekend's game in Vancouver. Statistically, it was the team's best defensive effort of the season.
Tickets to the game are on sale now at the Pepsi Center Box Office, all Altitude Tickets outlets, online at AltitudeTickets.com, or by phone at 866.461.6556.
Vancouver Stealth Preview
by Kyle Donen
The Vancouver Stealth (2-6) will face-off against the Colorado Mammoth (4-5) at the Pepsi Centre in Denver, on Friday night. This will be the final meeting of the regular season between these two Western Division rivals. The Mammoth lead the season series 2-1.
It's been a close battle between these two teams in every game this season, as each game has been decided by just one goal. The most recent game took place last weekend with the Stealth's comeback falling just short, as the Mammoth earned a 10-9 victory,
"I thought we played a pretty good game," said Stealth head coach, Chris Hall.
"It was a defensive battle both ways but our offense is still struggling. There were some good signs, so we're looking forward to another game this weekend in Colorado."
The Stealth will have a couple key players returning to the lineup this weekend as Rhys Duch returns after missing last week's game with a suspension and captain Kyle Sorensen also re-enters the lineup after missing time with injury and a one game suspension,
"I'm looking forward to getting back," said Sorensen.
"It will be nice to play a full 60 minutes and help get our club a W."
The return of both Sorensen and Duch should provide a boost for the Stealth on both sides of the ball as they look to end their five game losing streak,
"It's tough to pin point one thing that's going wrong right now. I thought we battled hard last week," said Sorensen.
"We can't look too far ahead, we have to look to the game on Friday first."
The Stealth currently sit at the bottom of the Western Division but play their next four games against teams within their division which should allow them to make up some ground. Tomorrow night's game will be the first of two matchups this weekend for the Stealth, as they travel to Calgary for a Saturday night game at the Saddledome.
The Stealth begin their two game weekend at 6PM PST in Colorado on Friday night, as they look to improve their 22-14 all-time record against the Mammoth.