The Colorado Mammoth came up short as they were beaten by the New England Black Wolves on 'Lacrosse Out Cancer' night presented by Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, 10-6.
The Mammoth got the scoring started five minutes into the game with a breakaway goal from Brad Self after the Black Wolves blew a defensive assignment on a shift. However New England would score three straight, including a rifle from Kyle Buchanan to push the Black Wolves ahead in the first quarter, 4-1.
Self would again provide the offense in the second quarter with a wicked back-handed goal to beat Black Wolves goalie Aaron Bold. Self finished with the two goals on the night.
Eli McLaughlin ignited the Loud House crowd by scoring his first of the night in the second quarter, McLaughlin finished with one goal and two assists on the night.
With six minutes left in the second quarter, matching penalties on Jeremy Noble and David Brock showcased some four-on-four Lacrosse for the Mammoth faithful, but inside the four-on-four play, the Black Wolves got a rifle from Kevin Crowley, his third of the game. Crowley would finish the game as the number one star of the game, with five goals and an assist for six points on the night.
At halftime, the Black Wolves led the Mammoth 6-3 as the field cleared for a special ceremony. The Mammoth included fans in a special ceremony at halftime for pediatric patients, their families and their caregivers at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children. The ceremony included a video about the bond Mammoth players and kids at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children have formed through hospital visits and special events throughout the last month.
Through Lacrosse Out Cancer night presented by Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, the Mammoth raised funds for local cancer related charities through ticket sales and silent auctions. A portion of the proceeds from every ticket sold for Lacrosse Out Cancer went toward local cancer related charities.
As the Mammoth got the second half started, Black Wolves defenseman David Brock was called on an illegal cross check major, sitting him in the Loud House box for five minutes.
The Black Wolves defense stood tall, however, as the Mammoth did not score for the entirety of the power play.
Needing some juice, the Mammoth fans broke out into a "Let's Go Mammoth" chant and Joey Cupido responded. Juking defenders on his way to a point-blank shot, Cupido put one into the net, snapping a scoring drought that nearly lasted a full quarter for the Mammoth.
Jacob “The Rooster” Ruest saw what Cupido did and decided he'd get into the mix, scoring a goal off a beautiful feed from McLaughlin and Jeremy Noble as the Mammoth continued its comeback. However two quick goals from the Black Wolves pushed their lead 9-5 at the end of the third quarter.
The Mammoth attempted to engineer a comeback as Noble found the back of the net for his first goal of the game. Noble would finish with one goal and two assists on the night. The Black Wolves were just too stiff in goal, as Aaron Bold -- the second star of the game -- made 36 saves on 42 shots.
Crowley would score his fifth goal of the game with 39 seconds to seal the win for the Black Wolves.
Dillon "The Wall" Ward started in net for the Mammoth finishing with 39 saves including a penalty shot in the fourth quarter.
This was the second-to-last game for the Colorado Mammoth in the regular season and they will host the Toronto Rock in the season finale on Saturday, April 28th.
The Mammoth have already clinched a spot in the NLL playoffs and are locked in as the No. 2 seed in the Western Division, preparing to play Calgary once the season comes to a close.
This Colorado Mammoth game recap is presented by Mile High Sports AM 1340 | FM 104.7, written by Ronnie Kohrt. You can find Ronnie K on Twitter with content and news about the Colorado Mammoth: @RonnieKRadio