The Colorado Mammoth completed a miraculous comeback by erasing an eight-goal deficit to defeat the Vancouver Warriors 18-15 on Friday night.
The game wasn’t even five minutes old and the Warriors held a 7-0 lead. Finding the back of the net was Kyle Killen with a pair, Logan Schuss, Mitch Jones, Marty Dinsdale, Tyrell Hamer-Jackson and Brandon Goodwin.
Dylan Ward would get the hook in goal for Colorado and in came Tyler Carlson to save the day.
Eli McLaughlin would finally get the Mammoth on the board at 8:51 on the power play. Dylan Kinnear added another to narrow the lead.
Killen would add his second of the game and Adam Charalambides scored a power-play marker in the dying seconds of the first quarter. Make the score 9-2 in favour of Vancouver after one.
Cue the Comeback
After that, the Mammoth would go on to outscore the Warriors 16-6 to close out the game.
Schuss would extend the Warriors’ lead with another power-play goal only 37 seconds into the frame to make it 10-2 Vancouver.
Chris Wardle would find the back of the net about 40 seconds later as the Mammoth chipped away at the eight-goal deficit. McLaughlin would bulge the twine at 3:18 and suddenly Colorado was only five goals back.
After Riley Loewen made it 11-5 for Vancouver, the Mammoth would go on a four-goal run. Goals came from Jalen Chaster, Connor Robinson, Tyler Digby and Sam LeClair.
Jordan McBride and Joey Cupido exchanged goals to make the score 12-10 for Vancouver at the half.
Eight-Goal Deficit Disappears
A three-goal run by the Mammoth to open the third quarter would give them a 13-12 lead to rid themselves of the eight-goal deficit. Scoring for Colorado were Digby, McLaughlin and Robinson.
Mitch Jones would tie it up 13-13 at the 11:16 mark of the third quarter, but Colorado regained the lead off of a Ryan Lee goal at 12:15.
Robinson scored his third and fourth goals of the game to extend the Mammoth lead in the fourth quarter and that was pretty much all she wrote for Vancouver.
The two teams would exchange goals to close out the games. Killen and Loewen would put in markers for Vancouver. Lee and Wardle would score for Colorado.
Ryan Lee, 2g, 10a
Connor Robinson, 4g, 4a
Eli McLaughlin, 3g, 4a
Mitch Jones, 2g, 7a
Kyle Killen, 4g, 3a
Shawn Slaght has been a sports reporter across the Canadian prairies for over 10 years and has experience covering everything from junior hockey to World Cup skiing to all levels of lacrosse. He is the Saskatchewan correspondent for All Lacrosse All The Time.