The 10-8 Colorado Mammoth went into WestJet Field at Scotia Bank Saddle Some to battle the 10-8 Calgary Roughnecks.
A crowd of nearly 15,000 packed the building and were raucous the entire game
“It was one of the biggest crowds since the Championship Game.”- Calgary Head Coach, Curt Malawsky
Calgary takes the second spot in the West Division with the 14-11 victory
Kevin M. Neibauer.
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Big games sometimes bring out the best in great players.
That would be the case with the man they “Superman”, Curtis Dickson who was a one man wrecking crew with a sock trick and a pair of helpers.
“He’s the best goal-scorer in the world, Dicks finds a way to score, and he’s very athletic, and he’s a tough check. He played really well.
“The guys just follow him on and off the floor — exceptional leader. He stepped up — he was great.” gushed Malawsky.
How Did it Happen ..
If you are a fan of special teams, this one was for you.
A combined 8 power play goals on 13 chances with a shorthanded tally.
Just :06 in, Zed Williams was whistled on a body check call
It took all of forty two seconds for Tyler Pace and Jesse King to set up Dickson to give Calgary the early lead
Williams (2g,1a) atoned for his penalty and made it a 1-1 game on a power play goal of his own at 3:03.
The goals were coming fast with Chris Wardle hitting Eli McLaughlin (4g,2a) just forty nine ticks later to put Colorado up, 2-1.
At 4:36, Haiden Dickson teamed with Tanner Cook (2a) to get it back even
Wardle (2g,2a) matched by Dickson’s second of the quarter closed the opening 15:00 with a 3-3 score.
Second and Superman Time.
Dickson took center stage with not one, not two, not three, but four goals in a row for a natural hat-trick and a sock trick with the goal to close the first stanza, it was five in a row.
The markers in just over five minutes, 7:22, 8:14, 9:51 and 12:02.
Tyler Pace (3g,3a) and, on a transition fast break started by netminder Christian Del Bianco, Jesse King (1g,4a) to end the Dominating quartet with a 9-3 Roughnecks advantage
To the Third..
Zach Herreweyers made it 8 Calgary goals in a row on a man down situation set up Curtis Dickson and King.
Colorado caught their breath with Ryan Lee and McLaughlin setting up Connor Robinson (1g,2a) cutting the lead to 10-4.
Robinson turned playmaker for a tally from McLaughlin.
Haiden Dickson (1g,1a) and Pace made it a 12-2 Calgary run between the middle periods and heading to fourth, we had a 12-5 affair.
Colorado, having a sense of urgency ripped off a six goal run
Ryan Lee (1g,5a), with Joey Cupido (1g) hitting net just :08 later.
At 2:11 McLaughlin hit on a power play quickly followed with Lee and Robinson working the ball to Zed Williams on yet another power play at the 2:38 mark and the crowd was quieted down a bit
Things settled down until 10:38 when John Lintz (1a) dished off McLaughlin’s fourth of the night.
Two and a half minutes later we found ourselves with a 12-11 score with Lee doing the work for Wardle.
The comeback was snuffed out with Eli Salama (1g) Mitch Wilde (1g) putting the icing on the 14-11 cake.
Inside the Game:
• Shots on Goal favored Colorado, 47-44.
• Face offs went 28-15 the Mammoth way with Tim Edwards having 15 for 28.
• Zach Currier scooped 11 loose balls for the victors.
• Power plays had Colorado with 4 of 7 and Calgary 4 of 6 with the one short handed marker.
• Dickson (6g,2a), Pace (3g,3a) and King (1g, 4a) combined for an unreal, 19 points
• Dillon Ward took the loss but made 30 saves with counterpart, Christian Del Bianco stopping 36 and threw in an assist.
• Same bat time, same bat channel as the teams meet in the opening round of playoffs.
Calgary Clinches Home Playoff
Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.
Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.
A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.