The Colorado Mammoth play their penultimate game of the regular season in Pechanga Arena versus the San Diego Seals this Friday.
The Mammoth (6-10) fell twice to the Seals (9-7) earlier in the season, so the series between the teams is not on the line this Friday. For the Mammoth, though, a playoff bid could hinge on a win in San Diego. This week, Colorado can clinch a postseason berth with a win over San Diego on Friday, or with a Vancouver loss to Rochester on Saturday.
Last Time Out
In their meeting with the Rochester Knighthawks in The Loud House last Saturday, the Mammoth sunk to a four-goal deficit, 8-4, by 8:06 in the third quarter. The Mammoth rallied then, outscoring the Knighthawks 5-2, posting two goals on power plays, to knot the game at 9-9 by the final buzzer. The extra frame went Rochester’s way with Kyle Jackson diving to score the game-winning marker.
Chris Wardle completed his second hat trick of the season, filling an offensive void left by Eli McLaughlin, who left the game in the first half due to an upper body injury. Ryan Lee led with two goals and three assists in the game and tallied the game-leveling marker at 14:29 in the final frame. Netminder Dillon Ward made 44 saves on 54 shots.
Last Friday, back home after back-to-back road games, the San Diego Seals fell to the Saskatchewan Rush, 14-8. Rush assistant captain Ben McIntosh had an eight-point game, posting a sock trick and adding two helpers. On the San Diego roster, Connor Kelly topped the points column, but, with three goals and one assist, only tallied half McIntosh’s amount. Seals goalie Frank Scigliano saved 35 of 47 shots in just over 52 minutes. Tyler Carlson relieved Scigliano for the last 7:55 of the game, denying three of five shots.
Last Time They Met
In their last meeting in March, the Seals beat the Mammoth 13-10 at Pepsi Center. The Mammoth’s slow start put them at a 7-2 deficit by halftime. The team did launch a convincing comeback campaign in the second half with Kyle Killen, McLaughlin and Wittig netting two markers apiece in the final stanzas. By 8:25 in the fourth quarter, the Mammoth were within two goals, down 11-9. But in the final minutes, San Diego outscored Colorado 2-1 to keep the home team at bay and to win the game 13-10.
What To Watch
In San Diego’s last victory over Colorado, the Seals killed all four of the Mammoth’s man-up opportunities. If the Colorado returns the favor on Friday, it will be the Mammoth’s third-straight perfect week on the penalty kill. In the last two weeks, the Mammoth have killed three of three power play opportunities against the Saskatchewan Rush and the Rochester Knighthawks.
Who To Watch
Mammoth: Kyle Killen
Rookie right-handed forward Kyle Killen is on a 13-game goal-scoring streak, having netted at least one ball in each of his appearances this season. Last week, Killen scored five-hole on a fourth-quarter power play. Going into San Diego this week, Killen is the only Mammoth forward still on an unbroken scoring run.
Seals: Garrett Billings
Three-time All-Pro First Team forward Garrett Billings is tied with Shawn Evans for the third-most assists in the league this season, with 60 helpers throughout 14 games. Last week, Saskatchewan held Billings scoreless, but the righty still managed four assists. On Friday against the Mammoth, one can bet that the Seals will try to send the ball through Billings.
The Colorado Mammoth travel to Pechanga Arena for their third and final regular-season game, but their first road game, versus the San Diego Seals. The game is slated for Friday, April 19, at 8:30 p.m. M.T. Fans can live stream the game on Bleacher Report Live.