In tonight’s battle in the Saddledome, the Colorado Mammoth defeated old rivals, the Calgary Roughnecks 11-7. This was the Mammoth’s third win, advancing them to a 3-0 start, relegating the Roughnecks to a 1-2 start.
The Mammoth’s offense proved their preparedness from the game's start. Mammoth forward Ryan Benesch earned first star of the game unequivocally. Benesch was the only scorer for the Mammoth in the first quarter with two goals. Benesch hustled for a hat-trick in the second quarter, then found the goal twice more in third, ending the game with five goals and three assists. With three assists for Benesch, Jeremy Noble assisted the majority of the Mammoth’s goals, ending the game with an impressive six assists. The offense reached a season high as they made five power-play goals out of seven attempts (71 percent).
The Mammoth’s defensemen were just as ready for the Roughnecks. Jordan Gilles scored his second goal of the season and caused four turnovers, tying his game high for caused turnovers from March 25, 2017 against the Saskatchewan Rush. Greg Downing tied Gilles with four caused turnovers. Brad Self scored his first goal of the season in his first road game of the season. The Mammoth’s defense completely shut out the Roughnecks offense in the third quarter. This was the second quarter this season they have left an opponent scoreless (the first quarter being the second quarter against Vancouver in the 2017-18 season opener). Mammoth defensemen also reached a season high by killing two penalties out of five power plays (40 percent). Mammoth goaltender Dillon Ward played another winning sixty-minutes with 40 saves.
Post-game, Ryan Benesch said,
I thought we played a complete team game tonight. The defense and Wardo played outstandingly against a very good offense. Our offense played a very unselfish game and stuck to the coaches game plan the whole night.
The Mammoth refused to let the Roughnecks ride to a win, but Calgary played a rivalrous game. Forward Riley Loewen managed two goals for the Riggers as did forward Wes Berg. Proving he’s a Roughneck to watch, rookie defenseman Zach Currier led the team with three caused turnovers.
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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.