The Colorado Mammoth (4-2) travels to the Scotiabank Saddledome for a rematch against Rocky Mountain rivals, the Calgary Roughnecks (2-5), on Saturday, February 10.
The Mammoth’s first 2017-18 faceoff against the Roughnecks ended in a decisive 11-7 Mammoth win. Colorado’s special teams’ performance – scoring on 5 of 7 power plays – was crucial to their win. Dillon Ward’s goaltending - 40 saves for an 0.851 save percentage – was also significant in Colorado’s win.
After their Saddledome victory, the Mammoth returned home to Pepsi Center for a three-game stretch which ended with a 13-10 loss to the Saskatchewan Rush last Friday.
Mammoth Head Coach Pat Coyle is focusing on future opportunities, despite a disappointing loss.
Coyle said, “I like how many scoring opportunities we got in our last game. We need to build on that and realize how we got those chances. We moved the ball and we moved our feet. If we keep getting those opportunities good things will happen.”
Now in Week 10, halfway through the NLL season, Colorado is second in the West Division while Calgary is third. But nothing is certain in the NLL, an example being Calgary trumping Toronto 16-8 at home last week. Goaltender Christian Del Bianco made 47 saves for a 0.855 save percentage. Forwards Curtis Dickson (4+2), Wes Berg (2+4) and Holden Cattoni (2+4) scored 6 points each, while Dane Dobbie scored a hat trick and total of 5 points.
Coach Coyle said, “Defensively we need to focus on playing the whole 60 minutes. We have these incredible stretches where we play real solid defense and then we relax and the other team has scored 3 goals. We need to stay sharp each and every shift.”
Who to Watch on Offense: Stephen Keogh put up a total of 6 points (3+3) against the Saskatchewan Rush last week, ending up on NLL Versus for his final goal of the game. Watch for more of Keogh’s sharpshooting against the Roughnecks this weekend.
Who to Watch on Defense: Brad Self is 3 loose balls away from reaching 900 loose balls. Assistant Captain Joey Cupido, is 4 points away from 100 points. Cupido currently leads NLL defenders in points. He has had 5 goals and 6 assists for 11 points.
Join the Mammoth at Bender’s Bar & Grill for a Mammoth Watch Party on Saturday, February 10 at 7 PM! Meet the Wild Bunch, enter to win autographed prizes and cheer on the Mammoth this Saturday night while the team takes on the Roughnecks in Calgary! For more details, visit our Facebook event HERE.
The Mammoth return home to Pepsi Center for their Colorado Pride game against the Buffalo Bandits on March 3. To find seats visit AltitudeTickets.com.