Colorado Inches Closer To .500 With Win Over Calgary

Eduardo Curros – Pacific Correspondent, All Lacrosse All The Time

Week 8 in the NLL wrapped up with the Calgary Roughnecks paying a visit to the Colorado Mammoth at Ball Arena in their only meeting this season. Calgary came in with a record of 2-2, while Colorado was not faring much better with a 1-4 record. Both teams need to improve or they will be looking at the playoffs from the outside under the new Unified Standings. Led by a four-goal performance from Connor Kelly, Colorado pulled away from a 5-5 halftime tie to prevail 13-10.

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Defensive Showcase In The First Half

Calgary’s Tanner Cook opened the scoring with assists from Jesse King and Dan Taylor at 1:52. Colorado took over the rest of the scoring for the period with two goals from Eli McLaughlin at 8:03 and 8:44. Zed Williams followed with a goal off a pass from Connor Robinson at 12:16 to give Colorado a 3-1 lead.

The Roughnecks answered in the second quarter with goals from Thomas Hoggarth at 0:53, Dan Taylor at 2:01, and Haiden Dickson at 2:47. Connor Kelly would score twice, at 3:43 (from Chris Wardle and Eli McLaughlin) and 8:43 (from Robinson and McLaughlin) to restore a one-goal Colorado lead. Hoggarth tied the game at 11:13, with help from Tyler Pace and Jesse King to end the first half in a 5-5 tie.

Colorado Pulls Away In Second Half

The third quarter featured a string of transition goals. Jordan Gilles broke the tie 3:07 into the third off a feed from Mammoth goaltender Dillon Ward. Calgary played copycat when Shane Simpson took a long pass from goaltender Christian Del Bianco and leveled the game at 5:29. Colorado struck back with a transition goal from Brett Craig at 7:02, followed by Chris Wardle (from Robert Hope and Ward) at 7:55. The Roughnecks cut the lead to one with Cook finding Dickson at 8:28.  

The Mammoth would go on a three-goal flurry in the fourth quarter with Kelly scoring 0:32 seconds in. Tim Edwards scored off a pass from Paul Dawson at 1:56, then Tyson Gibson at 2:17 gave Colorado an 11-7 lead. Calgary would score two straight power play goals, first at 9:18 by Cook from King and Pace, then at 10:28 by Simpson from Zach Currier. The fourth goal from Kelly at 11:52, and a follow-up goal from Joey Cupido at 12:23 pushed Colorado’s lead to 13-9. Hoggarth scored a hat trick at 14:41, with assists from King and Pace, but Calgary would get no closer.

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“Muffler” Mike Kostiuk was formally introduced to box lacrosse when he attended a New England Black Wolves game on a whim in 2016. Instantly hooked, he has since become an avid follower of the National Lacrosse League. Following the postponement of the 2019-2020 NLL season, he was offered the chance to share his wealth of statistical knowledge and unique insights with the lacrosse community at large. He cheerfully accepted, and currently serves as Edge of Philly’s correspondent for both the Albany FireWolves and New York Riptide.