The Colorado Mammoth (5-8) played playoff lacrosse in Rogers Arena on Friday night, burying the Vancouver Warriors (4-9), 11-7.
After the game on Friday, Mammoth head coach Pat Coyle said, "It's nice to have two wins in a row for the first time this season. I'm proud of how we battled. It feels like half the job is done this weekend."
With one game won, the Mammoth get just one sleep before facing off against the Warriors again tomorrow night at Pepsi Center.
"We'll wait on any lineup changes until tomorrow morning to see how the players are feeling and assess then," said Coyle.
The First Star of the Game went to “The Wall” Dillon Ward who denied 41 of 48 shots in the Mammoth’s net.
“It was a great game,” said Ward. “It was pretty close game until the end there when we were able to pull away a little bit. We knew what we were getting into. It was a playoff game. We’re both jockeying for that final playoff spot, and [the Mammoth] came out on top tonight.
“[Defense] was good. We came out with a game plan, and I think we executed it very well. I think that shows in the seven goals we gave up tonight.”
Second-year forward Ryan Lee, who has extended his scoring streak to 12 games, scored the most points of any player on either team tonight. As the Mammoth hurtle toward the playoffs, Lee just gets hotter each week. Last week, against Calgary, Lee posted the first hat trick of his career. Tonight, Lee did one better, tallying four goals for the first time in his two NLL seasons, and adding three assists.
“We had lots of energy coming out,” said Lee. “This is the first quarter we put together, as a whole. If we keep playing like that, putting up four or more in the first, we’re going to keep winning from there.”
The play of the game went to Mammoth rookie Kyle Killen, whose behind-the-back missile in the fourth quarter reminded Vancouver announcers and NLL fans alike of a young John Grant, Jr.
The Mammoth return to Pepsi Center tomorrow night, March 23, for their series finale against the Warriors, slated for 7 p.m. MT. With a second win over the Warriors, the Mammoth would hold the tie-breaker over their Western Division rivals. It would be the Mammoth’s second series-win in two weeks as Colorado won their series versus Calgary last Saturday.
The Mammoth’s game tomorrow is also the team’s Military Appreciation Night. One of the Military Night highlights will occur at halftime, when more than 150 future soldiers will be sworn in on the Mammoth’s turf.
Tickets for the Mammoth’s Military Night game presented by AAA Service, Phantom K-9 and Budweiser are available now at AltitudeTickets.com.