COLORADO WINS THIRD STRAIGHT IN TALE OF TWO HALVES
In the first half of Saturday’s game between the Colorado Mammoth and Vancouver Stealth in British Columbia, the teams combined for just four goals (COL - 3; VAN - 1) on 45 shots on net. The second half was an offensive explosion, with 15 combined tallies. In the end, the Mammoth prevailed, 10-9, at Langley Events Centre to win its third straight and improve to 2-1 against the Stealth this year.
Mammoth goalie Dillon Ward made 41 saves, and didn’t allow a goal for the first 22 minutes of the game.
“He was brilliant in the first half,” said Colorado coach Bob Hamley. “Our defense was sensational as well. As for Dillon, he had the answer all night. With the gaffe at the end of the game, Dillon bailed us out!”
Colorado led by one with less than 10 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter when Mammoth forward Drew Westervelt turned the ball over on an errant pass. It led to an odd-man rush, and Westervelt and Ward tag-teamed the final denial.
The Mammoth was without Adam Jones. Meanwhile, the Stealth played without its offensive star.
“Any time you lose your leading scorer, it’s tough to replace,” said Hamley. “I’m sure Vancouver would say same without (Rhys) Duch.”
Colorado improved to 4-5 as it reached the midpoint of its season, while dropping Vancouver to 2-6.
The Stealth led for just 52 seconds, as Tyler Digby’s third goal of the third quarter was answered by Mammoth forward Sean Pollock. When Vancouver’s Brett Bucktooth scored 8:05 into the final frame to tie the game at eight, Colorado’s Dan Ball netted a transition tally 1:15 later.
“One thing I was really happy with tonight was we answered their goals,” said Hamley.
The teams meet for the fourth and final time this season this Fri., Feb. 14 at 7pm MT on HealthONE Field at Pepsi Center. Tickets are on sale now.