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Game Preview: Toronto Rock, April 28

4/26/2018

The Mammoth (10-7) return to Pepsi Center on Saturday, April 28, for their Fan Appreciation game against the Toronto Rock (8-9).

The Mammoth are known for having the loudest, most intense fans in the NLL. It is appropriate, then, that the one word every Mammoth player has used in preparing for their game on Saturday is “intensity.”

Jeremy Noble said, “This game is going to have playoff intensity. We are looking to go into the playoffs on a high note and Toronto needs to win for a chance to make the playoffs. This weekend will be a great opportunity for both teams to compete at a high level.”

Though Colorado’s rematch against Toronto will be their last in the 2017-18 regular season, the Mammoth are preparing for the game as though it is a beginning rather than an end. To the Mammoth, the race to the NLL Championship begins Saturday.

Mammoth assistant captain Zack Greer said, “The teams that win championships in this league are playing their best lacrosse heading into playoffs. At this point in the season, you are one of two things in this league: you're somebody, or you're nobody.  We need to be at our best this weekend to get momentum rolling in the right direction.”

After three straight losses, Mammoth players worked to build playoff momentum during the bye week by intensifying their physical and mental training, adding 300-yard shuttles at the end of workouts and brain training charts in between sets.

Mammoth captain Robert Hope said, “We have not been good in our last couple games so we have worked to make sure we are ready for Toronto and then our home playoff game. We cannot just take this game easy and then hope to turn a switch on for playoffs. We have to treat this weekend like a playoff game with our preparation and intensity.”

While the Mammoth have clinched a home game in the first round of the NLL Playoffs and have also clinched the second seed in the West Division, they have yet to secure the second seed overall. On Saturday, the Mammoth still have something to lose and still have much to gain.  

Assistant captain Joey Cupido said, “This weekend, not only do we have an opportunity to lock up second place overall, but we have a chance to compete against a team that is playing for their season. This game will have playoff intensity and a win would give us great momentum and confidence heading into our home game with Calgary.”

 

Players to Watch:

Ryan Benesch is four back from reaching 400 regular-season career goals. As he co-leads the league in power plays (15 PPG), look for Benesch to score those final four on the Mammoth man-up.

In his second season with the Mammoth, Jacob Ruest has already scored 60 points; a 60% increase from the 36 points he scored in his rookie season. In March, Ruest played a strong game against the Rock in Toronto, tallying six points (2G, 4A). If Ruest can score four points in the Rock rematch this weekend, he will he will hit the century mark in career points.

To find seats for the Mammoth’s Fan Appreciation game on Saturday, April 28, visit AltitudeTickets.com.

Pepsi Center doors will open early at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 28. To celebrate Fan Appreciation night, the Mammoth invites fans to enjoy happy hour concession prices, which will apply at select concession stands from 5:30-6:30 p.m.  

For more information, click here.