The Colorado Mammoth triumphed 14-4 at Pepsi Center in front of a crowd of 12,826 on Saturday night, taking the tie-breaker in their series versus the Vancouver Warriors.
After overcoming a slow first quarter to win 11-7 in Vancouver on Friday night, the Mammoth came out swinging against the Warriors on Saturday, taking the lead with two quick markers by 6:17 on the clock.
Vancouver leveled the score at 2-2 by 10:43 in the first, but the Mammoth answered back with an eight-goal run and ended the first half up 10-3.
Getting right back to it in the second half, the Mammoth took off on a three-goal stretch to extend their lead to 13-3.
Vancouver managed one goal in the fourth quarter before McLaughlin put the game, and the series, to rest with his fourth goal of the night at 8:22 in the final frame.
"It was a really good weekend for us," said Mammoth Head Coach Pat Coyle. "Obviously, we knew what was at stake, so that part is great, but to see how we won was really awesome.
"Our offense looked fantastic and our defense looked good. We got a good start for the first time. Steve Fryer played great in-net. Our offense moved the ball and moved their feet. It was a good team win."
The game ball went to goalie Steve Fryer who made 49 saves on 53 shots in his first start for the Mammoth this season. Fryer also hit the career milestone of 200 minutes.
Mammoth rookie forward Kyle Killen, age 22, had his best game to date, firing off four goals in the first two frames, and adding one helper, then coming back for one more goal in the fourth quarter.
Leading Mammoth scorer Eli McLaughlin posted 12 points, a single-game career-high, with four goals and eight assists, tying New England’s Callum Crawford for the most points tallied in a single game this season.
Coyle said that two honorable mentions in the Mammoth's win on Saturday go to defenseman Tim Edwards, who won 15 of 22 faceoffs, and to Cory Vitarelli, a NLL veteran whom the Mammoth recently acquired from Rochester, who netted two goals and added an assist.
Tonight was the Mammoth’s third-straight win. With two victories over the Warriors in as many days, the 6-8 Mammoth are two games ahead of the 4-10 Warriors, three games off the lead, and are in sole possession of fourth place in the Western Division, with a solid foothold in the NLL playoffs hunt.