MAMMOTH IN PHILLY FOR FINAL TUNE-UP BEFORE PLAYOFFS
The Colorado Mammoth concludes the regular-season when it visits the Philadelphia Wings on Sat., Apr 26 at 5:30pm MT. The Mammoth clinched a playoff berth with its 18-12 victory over the Minnesota Swarm last Saturday and will face a Wings team eliminated from playoff contention. Despite the void of post-season implications, the game still holds importance to a Mammoth team looking to enter the playoffs on a high note.
“We’re just really going to focus on the next shift that we’re playing and win that shift,” said interim coach Pat Coyle. “I don’t think we will get away from that because the game doesn’t mean anything in the standings; I think it means something to us. It’s important that we keep reinforcing the good things that we’re doing…”
Colorado will look to continue the success it enjoyed against Minnesota, scoring a season-high 18 goals as Dillon Ward made a career-best 51 saves. The Mammoth received offensive production from nearly its entire roster a week ago. Colorado defensemen contributed two goals and ten assists while transition players added another four goals and one assist.
“As long as it’s not one or two guys that we’re relying on to score our goals, I think we become a stronger and harder team to defend. If they’re going to shut down [John Grant] Jr., then [Athan] Iannucci’s going to score and if they shut down Iannucci, then [Drew] Westervelt’s going to score,” said Coyle. “It just goes down the line. Plus, we’re getting three or four goals from our back-end. It feels much more balanced.”
Whether or not the Mammoth avenges its 14-12 March loss to the Wings, Colorado will continue on to the West Division Semifinal to play Calgary at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Sat., May 3. If the Mammoth defeats the Roughnecks, which it has done in two of three regular-season meetings this year, Colorado will host game one of the West Division Final against the Edmonton Rush on Friday or Saturday, May 9 or 10. Edmonton hosts game two on Fri., May 16 at 8pm MT. The winner of the series will advance to the Champion’s Cup Final.
Saturday’s game will air live exclusively on UniversalSports.com, available for U.S. subscribers of Universal Sports Network and non-subscribers in Canada only. The game will air on Altitude on tape-delay on Sun., Apr. 27 at 10pm MT.