Saturday, the Colorado Mammoth host the San Diego Seals in the second of three meetings between the teams this season. A win would keep the 3-7 Mammoth squarely in the playoffs race and would tie this season’s series with San Diego at 1-1.
Last Time Out
The Mammoth dropped their most recent outing, 17-11, at the New England Black Wolves last Sunday. Eli McLaughlin led the Mammoth with seven points (four goals, three assists), extending his scoring streak to 10 games. Lee followed closely with six points (four goals, two assists), also bringing his goal streak into the double digits.
Last Saturday, the Seals recovered from a two-game skid, sinking the Warriors, 13-10. Kyle Buchanan tallied five goals and, adding an assist to bring his total to six points, tied with Austin Staats and Casey Jackson atop the points. Goalie Frank Scigliano made 39 saves on 49 shots.
Last Time They Met
The Mammoth hosted the Seals at their 2018-19 season home opener on Saturday, December 22, and fell to the new franchise, 17-12. Scigliano earned First Star of the game, saving 44 of 56 shots. Staats posted five goals and four assists in his first career game.
After the game, Mammoth head coach Pat Coyle said, “We had no excuses tonight. We were healthy. That wasn’t an issue. I think we came in here thinking we’re really good and it showed.”
What to Watch
New Career High
With 25 goals, Eli McLaughlin currently leads the Mammoth in that category. With five more goals, McLaughlin will beat his career-high of 29 goals in a season; a record the 25-year-old set in 2017 and tied in 2018.
Penalty Kill Comeback
Colorado has gone 0-3 on penalty kill opportunities in their last two outings, but, overall, the Mammoth have been formidable while shorthanded this season, having killed 55.2 percent of opponent penalty-kill chances.
Who to Watch
Dillon Ward’s performance this Saturday across from Seals goalie Frank Scigliano, who holds the league’s second-highest save percentage (.795), will certainly be one of the determining factors in Saturday’s contest.
In the Mammoth’s last meeting with the Seals, netminder Dillon Ward had a rare off-night, saving 21 of 34 shots. But Ward moved on from that game to play some of the best lacrosse of his career, setting a new career record of 57 saves in a single game against Toronto just two weeks later.
The Mammoth and Seals both finalized trades with the Rochester Knighthawks on Wednesday, March 6. The Mammoth acquired left-handed forward Cory Vitarelli who will wear #26 for the team, while the Seals acquired right-handed defenseman Paul Dawson, who will also wear #26.
Mammoth fans should watch for Vitarelli to complement Eli McLaughlin on the left side.
The Mammoth’s Colorado Night contest with the San Diego Seals is slated for 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, at Pepsi Center. Tickets are available now at AltitudeTickets.com.
Locally, fans can watch the game on Altitude 2. Bleacher Report Live will live-stream the game.
Mammoth fans can bid for a game-worn Colorado jersey now through halftime on March 9. For more details, click here.