Mammoth Halt Knighthawks’ Win Streak

The Colorado Mammoth hosted the Rochester Knighthawks at Ball Arena in Denver Saturday night in Week 17 action. Rochester was riding a three-game win streak, looking to leapfrog more teams in the playoff picture. Colorado was tied for last place and dealt away some players at the trade deadline. After trailing at halftime, Colorado outscored Rochester 10-2 to win 13-7. The Mammoth improve to 5-9, keeping their playoff hopes alive. Rochester has their winning streak snapped and fall back below .500 at 6-7. More importantly, they fall to 9th place in the Unified Standings, just outside of a playoff spot.

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Mammoth trail after low-scoring first half

Things looked rough for the Mammoth in the first quarter, as Rochester jumped out to a 4-1 lead. Ryan Lanchbury went back-to-back (1:23; 4:12) to open the game. Connor Robinson got the Mammoth on the board at 6:51, but goals by Ryan Smith (10:05) and Connor Fields (10:41) pushed the Knighthawks’ lead to three. Ben McDonald kicked off the second quarter with his first career goal (4:26), followed by Zed Williams (10:18 power play) to cut the deficit to 4-3. A second tally from Fields (11:53) made 5-3 in favor of Rochester at the half.

Mammoth dominate Knighthawks in second half

It took less than six minutes for Colorado to turn the game completely upside down on Rochester. Brett Craig (1:25), Eli McLaughlin (2:48), Williams (3:38), and two more from McLaughlin (4:24; 5:27) put the Mammoth up 8-5. Doug Buchan briefly replaced Rochester starting goaltender Riley Hutchcraft, but was lifted after the third goal from McLaughlin. Robinson scored his second on a power play (9:09) to extend the lead to 9-5 before Smith broke the six-goal run with his own power play marker (12:45). Williams scored to end the third quarter (13:43), then again to start the fourth quarter (4:03), making it a five-goal margin. Fields got one back at 7:25, but the Knighthawks could not mount any sort of comeback. McLaughlin’s fourth (13:10) and Dylan Kinnear (14:07) closed the book on yet another surprising outcome in Week 17.

Other Stats of Note

Knighthawks: Fields (3g, 1a); Lanchbury (2g, 3a); Smith (2g, 1a); Thomas McConvey (3a)

Mammoth: Williams (4g, 4a); McLaughlin (4g, 3a); Robinson (2g, 3a); Craig (1g, 4a); Kinnear (1g, 2a)

Dillon Ward (COL): 7 GA; 44 Saves

Colorado remaining schedule: Buffalo Week 19; Philadelphia/at Las Vegas Week 20; at Halifax Week 21

Rochester remaining schedule: Halifax Week 18; New York Week 19; at Toronto Week 20; at Georgia/Philadelphia Week 21

“Muffler” Mike Kostiuk

“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.