The Mammoth faces off against old rivals, the Calgary Roughnecks, 12/29, at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta.
Last season, the Mammoth and the Roughnecks faced off three times. The Mammoth fell to the Roughnecks 14-12 at home then 12-8 on the road before dealing a decisive blow to the Roughnecks in their third meeting, winning 18-9 in The Loud House. This season, the Mammoth travels to Calgary on a 2-0 high, while the Roughnecks seek to gain the upper hand at home on a 1-1 start. The Mammoth have battled to gain victories over the Vancouver Stealth (15-8) and the Georgia Swarm (14-11), while the Calgary Roughnecks collapsed against the Rochester Knighthawks (17-6) but bounced back against the Stealth (15-12).
Mammoth Team Captain Robert Hope said, “Every time we play Calgary it’s been a difficult game. They’re one of our major rivals and they’re a very good team. They have a potent offense and a good defense. They are well-coached and they have good goaltending. But we expect every time we step on to the floor to be competitors at the highest level.”
Forwards to watch on Saturday include forwards Ryan Lee and Ryan Benesch. Benesch scored a home opener hat-trick against the Swarm and, with five goals this season, is first in goals scored for the Mammoth. Benesch’s sharpshooting will give the Mammoth a boost against Calgary’s forward Riley Loewen. Loewen scored a hat-trick against the Stealth and is tied for first in goals scored for the Roughnecks. The Mammoth’s Ryan Lee, in his rookie season, has already scored two goals which makes him an even match for Roughneck rookie, forward Zach Currier, who also has two goals behind him.
On the defensive side, Robert Hope and Scott Carnegie will be players to watch. Robert Hope, currently at seven caused turnovers, is also No. 1 in the league in caused turnovers and will seek to stay at the top in a rivalry game. Scott Carnegie will face his former team for the first time since donning Mammoth Burgundy this season. Prior to signing with the Mammoth, Scott Carnegie played for the Roughnecks with his brother, defensemen Mike Carnegie, for nine seasons.
Mammoth Alternate Captain Zack Greer said, “We're looking forward to a battle. Calgary is a team who can score in bunches, so we need to see if we can quiet the crowd early, limit their runs and extend ours as much as possible.”
The Mammoth returns to The Loud House on Saturday, January 13 to face off against the Saskatchewan Rush. January 13th's game theme is “Kids Take Charge". The Mammoth encourages parents to let their kids take them out to a game for a change! In-game entertainment will be geared toward kids. Adult single game tickets will be 25% off for January 13. To find seats please visit AltitudeTickets.com.