“His back is hurting. It might be because he’s carrying his team,” said play-by-play announcer Brendan Glasheen after Eli McLaughlin completed his hat trick, but was also cross-checked in the fourth quarter of the Mammoth’s contest against the New England Black Wolves on Sunday afternoon at Mohegan Sun Arena.
McLaughlin did carry the Mammoth on Sunday, netting over a third of the Mammoth’s total goals on in Uncasville, CT. Adding three assists to four goals, McLaughlin led the team with seven points, posting his second seven-point game this season.
McLaughlin’s scoring streak has now reached 25 goals over 10 games, and he’s not alone. Former RIT stand-out Ryan Lee, who followed McLaughlin closely with six points against the Black Wolves, including two goals, has also scored in all 10 games this season, racking up 14 points so far.
“It’s nice to score in every game,” said Lee. “I’m not really thinking about that, though. As an offensive unit, and the whole team in general, we’re just looking for wins, pretty much.”
“We gotta work together. We didn’t score in the first quarter, which is obviously a big thing for the offense, so, we just have to work together as a unit, and keep pushing, and maybe make a couple changes. We just keep moving forward from here.”
Kyle Killen, a fellow-RIT product, has also tallied goals in all his appearances this season (7), posting one goal and two assists against New England.
“With a scoring streak, obviously, it’s a good feeling, but, at the end of the day, all I want to do is get those two points every time I’m out on the floor,” said Killen. “We’re just trying to figure out what we need to do to get those two points.”
“Personally, I’m just focusing on the little things: when I shoot the ball, don’t stand there and run into the net; get back and help our defense out so we can stop transition; whatever they need for me to do out there.
Despite seeing goals from six different scorers, the Mammoth’s effort fell short against the New England Black Wolves who triumphed 17-11 in the Wolf Den in a Sunday matinee matchup.
On attack for the Black Wolves, league-leading scorer Callum Crawford topped the scoreboard with a 10-point afternoon (four goals, seven assists). Crawford did earn a six-game suspension last week, after the Black Wolves’ win over the Rock, but was able to play on Sunday afternoon since the PLPA appealed the suspension.
Black Wolves goalie Doug Jamieson, who has been a stalwart throughout New England’s current three-game win streak made 49 saves on 60 shots.
“This was disappointing”, said Mammoth head coach Pat Coyle. It felt like, ‘Here we go again’. It’s too bad because, to be honest, the last four or five games I really felt like we were moving in the right direction. It feels like we took a big step back tonight.”
When asked what the team needs to do in preparation for their eight-remaining games, Coyle said, “Commit. Commit to what we decide we’re going to do.”
The Mammoth return to Pepsi Center for their second meeting with the San Diego Seals on Saturday, Mar. 9. The upcoming contest is the Mammoth’s annual Colorado game. For more information on what is in store for Colorado night, and for details on the $3.03 flash-sale running through the end of Sunday, click here.