MAMMOTH CELEBRATION SPOILED BY KNIGHTHAWKS
On a night when the Colorado Mammoth celebrated its first 100 home games and the 200th overall in franchise history, the team had a first half it couldn’t overcome. After mustering just four shots-on-goal in the first quarter, Colorado trailed Rochester, 4-1. Fifteen minutes later, at the intermission, it was 7-2 Knighthawks.
“We had a slow start in the first quarter,” said Mammoth transition player Mat MacLeod. “But we showed a lot of perseverance in the second half, only allowing four goals. We really battled back as a team.”
That it did. Colorado cut Rochester’s lead to two twice in the fourth quarter, and was on the power-play when the final horn sounded. Forward Drew Westervelt led the Mammoth with a hat trick, and had another goal taken off the board after a replay review. It was one of four challenges, all going the way of the visitors.
“It is frustrating,” said Westervelt. “The fact of the matter is I’ve got to stay out of the crease!”
Knighthawks forward Stephen Keogh had five goals – all in the first half – to lead the way for the 11-9 victors. It was Rochester’s first win of the season against a West Division opponent.
Colorado defenseman John Gallant was honored during the first quarter. He is the franchise’s all-time leader in games and loose balls. After the game, he put his 12 seasons in Denver in perspective.
“I’ve been very fortunate,” said the assistant captain. “For my family and the organization and the coaching staff that I’ve been able to play with for those 100 [home] games…you take a look back at all those people who helped you get there.”
The Mammoth fell to 4-7 on the season. It hosts the archrival Calgary Roughnecks on Sat., Mar. 8 at 7pm MT on HealthONE Field at Pepsi Center on ‘Lacrosse Out Cancer’ Night. 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.