The Colorado Mammoth tied the Saskatchewan Rush 10-10 with less than three minutes left in the game on Friday, February 2, but held themselves back from a win by allowing 3 goals in the final 3:00. The Rush ran off with the rematch, winning 13-10.
The 4-2 Mammoth’s only February home game at Pepsi Center on Friday was also a rematch with their rivals and West division leaders, the 6-1 Rush.
The Mammoth dictated the first quarter, Stephen Keogh putting Colorado on the scoreboard at 1:21. Colorado ended Q1 with a 1-0 lead, leaving the Rush scoreless through an entire quarter for the first time this season.
Saskatchewan gained control in the second quarter, taking a 2-1 lead while they held Colorado to just one shot for the first 2:42, and without a goal for the first 3:45. The Mammoth and Rush traded runs back and forth and, despite Benesch scoring a hat trick, the Rush took a 5-4 lead by halftime.
The two teams traded goals once again, bringing the score to 6-5 Rush early in the third quarter. With just under five minutes left in the period, the Mammoth offense scored three straight goals putting them up 8-6. The Rush scored once more but the Mammoth answered back and headed into the final quarter with an 8-7 lead.
The final 15:00 stayed tight despite Saskatchewan taking off with three goals for a 10-8 lead. The Mammoth rallied to tie the game 10-10 at 12:22, but the Mammoth’s defense did not hold. Saskatchewan scored two goals in 30 seconds, 12-10 Rush. At 14:54, Ben McIntosh scored an empty-net goal, securing the Rush’s second win of the season against the Mammoth as well as their position at the top of the West Division.
Though not able to rise over the Rush, the Mammoth’s offense played more cohesively and unselfishly Friday night than they did in their first face-off against the Rush on Saturday, January 13.
Stephen Keogh, who lead the Mammoth with six points (3+3), beginning with an incredible behind-the-back shot, said, “Our offensive unit dictated play tonight and worked hard to open up opportunities. Luckily, my shots were going through, but as the coaches said, for a win in Calgary we need to work on our shot-selection.”
The Mammoth take off for a three-game road trip before coming home for their fan-favorite “Colorado Pride” game on March 3, facing off against the Buffalo Bandits. To find seats visit AltitudeTickets.com.