A West Division match up between the Colorado Mammoth and the struggling Calgary Roughnecks saw a 9-7 Calgary win.
Calgary, who have struggled all season, were, once again, without Curtis Dickson.
Despite Colorado now, 5-2, being dominating the last month, the 6,591 Calgary fans were treated to a solid 60 minute contest.
The win keeps the 2-4 Rougnecks nipping at the heels of the Saskatchewan Rush.
Saskatchewan keeps things interesting by virtue of their loss to Vancouver.
Tell Me All About It.
Calgary scored on the first shot of the contest with Haiden Dickson (1g, 2a) using a nice spin move to convert a set up from Tyler Pace and Jesse King with just :50 played.
King and Dickson went back to work with Kyle Waters (1g, 1a) reaping the benefit to make it 2-0 at 2:53.
Colorado would counter with MVP Candidate, Ryan Lee (2g,2a) sniping off a Zed Williams (3a) feed followed by Eli McLaughlin (3g) converting a pretty behind the back pass from.Tyler Digby on the advantage.
McLaughlin lit the lamp again at 14:36 off a set up from…you guessed it. Williams.
That closed the curtain on the opening quarter with the Mammoth in front, 3-2.
On to the Second
The second quarter revealed the offense for both teams getting untracked.
Kyle Waters hit Zach Herreweyers for his lone goal of the affair to tie it 3-3 with :52 played.
It took Tyler Digby (1g, 3a) only twenty seven seconds to respond
The goal deluge continued with a Jesse King (2g, 5 points) man advantage tally at 3:27 that made it a 4-4 game
Just when you thought things were calming down, Connor Robinson (1g) gave Colorado the lead 86 seconds later.
Now, things were beginning to calm…The calm lasted four minutes when McLaughlin picked up his hat-trick to give the Mammoth a two goal edge, 6-4.
Tanner Cook (1g, 1 helper) with a Colorado defender draped all over him, hit net to close the first half with 6-5 Colorado advantage.
To The Third
The defenses made adjustments in the room and things radically changed.
A simple three goal third stirred the pot of intrigue.
Digby hit a streaking Lee to, once again, give the visitors a two goal cushion at 4:44…remember that time…it’s significant. It would be last goal the Mammoth would score on this night.
At 6:32, Pace set the pace of the remainder of the game to draw Calgary to within a goal at 7-6.,
Calgary netminder, Christian Del Bianco jump-started a transition goal that Zach Currier (2g) took end to end to close the third with a nail-biting, 7-7 score.
Here We Go
Player of the Game, Jesse King, with a highlight reel crease drive gave the home team a one goal.lead.
Colorado would pull netminder, Dillon Ward but, the plan back fired when Del Bianco (1a) teamed up with Currier who scored the easiest goal.of his career to send Calgary to victory.
“Straight-up and honest with you, the way I see it is they have a world-class goaltender,”So all we can do is get our guys to the top of the crease, and are they willing to take a beating and stand in front and have those chances when you’ve got 6-foot-3, 225-(lb.) guys trying to kill you? And they did. So I look it as a positive. We had some great chances.”
Roughnecks Head Coach, Curt Malawsky.
Notes and Quotes
Tim Edwards, the Mammoth face off specialist, left with an undisclosed injury mid game.
Tyler Burton won 13 of 20 draws for Calgary.
Shots went the way of Calgary, 49-42 with Dillon Ward having 40 saves.
Power plays were The Mammoth posting 3 goals in 4 tries and Calgary notching 1 of 3.
Calgary goalkeeper, the 24 year old Christian Del Bianco made history by notching his 2,000th save.
“That’s almost a game you’d rather win 9-7 than win 15-7, Ithink we need to learn how to win a bit and learn how to win in tight games, where you have to grind it out. That was definitely a pretty big building point for our team. You have to learn how to not play scared to lose. I think we did that and got our result.” Christian Del Bianco.
Calgary With Big Win
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