Desert Dogs Outlast Mammoth

Saturday evening’s matchup between the Colorado Mammoth (5-11) and the Las Vegas Desert Dogs (4-12) was at the Michelob ULTRA Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Desert Dogs and Mammoth both have been involved in their fair share of close contests this season, and both have been involved in a number of disappointing results as well.  The Desert Dogs announced Friday afternoon that they’d be relocating their home next year from Michelob ULTRA Arena on the downtown Las Vegas strip to Lee’s Family Forum in Henderson, Nevada.

Las Vegas needs one more victory to equal last year’s record of 5-13.  Colorado had another rough outing the previous evening, losing to Philadelphia 16-12 at the Wells Fargo Center.  More importantly, All-Star goalie Dillon Ward went down with an injury and left the game in the first half.

The goalie match-up had Landon Kells in net for the Desert Dogs facing Nate Faccin of the Colorado Mammoth.

With Dillon Ward sidelined, the Colorado Mammoth had to use a “Goalie by Committee” attitude.  Nate Faccin played the first half, while Tyler Carlson played the second.

An evenly played game from both sides had the lead go back and forth all night.  Connor Kelly (5g,1a) had a big night for the Mammoth, while Jack Hannah (4g,1a) and Casey Jackson (2g,5a) had big games for Las Vegas.  The Desert Dogs held on for the 12-11 victory.

To The Game:

The Mammoth opened the scoring when Brett Craig went coast to coast in transition to beat Landon Kells shorthanded at 8:32.  The Desert Dogs answered quickly when Jack Hannah bounced an underhand shot past Nate Faccin off a Casey Jackson pass at 9:22.

Las Vegas continued the run when Hannah scored his second of the game, again converting a Casey Jackson pass at 10:29, followed by Charlie Bertrand finding the far corner from in close off a Rob Hellyer feed at 11:22.

The Mammoth got within one when Connor Kelly blasted a shot from the top of the crease off a Tyson Gibson pass at 13:00.

After one quarter, Las Vegas 3 Colorado 2.

Second Quarter:

Colorado got rolling early when Tyson Gibson blasted a Thomas Vela pass past Landon Kells at 0:32 seconds, followed by Connor Kelly firing a shot into the top corner off a Jordan Gilles pass at 1:21.  Kelly then added his third of the night with a quick stick off a Tyson Gibson feed at 2:31.

Tor Reinholdt tied the game in transition burying a shot to the top corner unassisted at 2:51, followed by Dylan Watson converting a Marshal King feed at 3:19.

Tyson Gibson then gave Colorado the lead once again converting a loose ball from in front at 3:40, but Casey Jackson answered back converting a Rob Hellyer pass at 6:25.

Thomas Vaesen fired a high to high shot off a Casey Jackson feed at 7:52 to give the Desert Dogs’ the lead, but Tyler Garrison answered for the Mammoth unassisted at 12:44.

At the half, Colorado 7 Las Vegas 7.

Third Quarter:

Tyler Carlson went in the net for Colorado to start the half.

On a five minute major penalty to Tor Reinholdt for cross checking, Colorado capitalized with a pair of goals.  Tyson Gibson scored his third of the night with a blast from in front off a Thomas Vela pass at 1:49, followed by Connor Kelly scoring his fourth of the night picking the far corner off an Eli McLaughlin pass at 6:05.  Jon Phillips scored from the side of the net off a McLaughlin pass to increase the Mammoth lead to three at 6:52.

Charlie Bertrand scored his second of the night off a Casey Jackson pass at 8:47, followed by Jack Hannah scoring his third of the night off a Jackson feed as well at 10:49.

After three quarters, Colorado 10 Las Vegas 9.

Fourth Quarter:

Rob Hellyer opened the fourth quarter scoring, tying the game once again off a Charlie Bertrand feed at 2:25, followed by Jack Hannah with bis fourth of the night at 4:40 to give the Desert Dogs the lead once again.

Casey Jackson gave Las Vegas a little insurance, scoring off a Connor Kirst pass at 8:34.  The Mammoth kept pressing and were rewarded with a goal by Connor Kelly off an Eli McLaughlin pass at 14:15. 

Final score, Las Vegas 12 Colorado 11.

The Three Stars:

1. Jack Hannah
2. Connor Kelly
3. Casey Jackson

Game Stats:

Shots on goal were 59-57 in favor of Colorado.

The faceoff battle went to the Mammoth 18-10.

Loose balls were  dominated by Colorado 90-74.

The Mammoth went 2 for 4 on the power-play, also scoring a shorthanded goal.

The Desert Dogs went 0 for 2 on the power-play.

Top Scorers:

Colorado Mammoth:

Tyson Gibson 3g, 4a
Connor Kelly 5g, 1a
Eli McLaughlin 0g, 3a
Thomas Vela 0g, 3a

Las Vegas Desert Dogs:

Casey Jackson 2g, 5a
Jack Hannah 4g, 1a
Rob Hellyer 1g, 3a

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Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.