If you’re a fan of solid defense and stellar goaltending, then Friday’s game between the Colorado Mammoth (6-6) and Toronto Rock (6-4) is a must-see.
The teams, both of which are in second place in their respective divisions, are one-two in NLL scoring defense. Colorado’s Dillon Ward and Toronto’s Nick Rose were Goaltender of the Year finalists in 2016, and occupy the top two spots in goals-against-average this season. Ward’s .804 save percentage is three-thousandths from the League-lead; Rose is third at .792.
Friday’s a homecoming for Ward, who grew up an hour outside Toronto. Same goes for forward Jeremy Noble, who returned to the line-up five days ago after missing nearly two months due to injury.
“You realize how much the game means to you. I learned a lot when I was out, just little things. But man is it nice to be back around this group of guys!”
Two-thirds of Colorado’s roster is from Ontario. There will be hundreds of Mammoth fans in the stands on Friday at 5:30pm MDT at the Air Canada Centre cheering on the burgundy, silver and black.
Both teams have enjoyed similar success at face-offs this season. Toronto enters the game second in the NLL, leading Colorado by the slimmest of margins. The Mammoth is the only undefeated team against the East (4-0) this year; the Rock boasts the only unblemished mark (3-0) against the West. Something has to give!
Friday’s contest marks the debut of the NLL Game of the Week of Twitter. Click here to learn how to watch the game live for free.