Panther City Roars Back to .500 With Overtime Win

On Friday night, the Panther City Lacrosse Club returned to Dickies Arena for the first time in over a month, looking to even their record at 4-4. Their opponents the Colorado Mammoth were 3-5, coming off a lopsided loss to San Diego in which they were held to a single-digit goal total for the fourth time this year. The Mammoth topped double-digits in goals but had no answer for Ryan Sheridan (5g, 1a), whose breakout game helped Panther City to an all-important 14-13 overtime win. PCLC moves up to 8th place in the Unified Standings, while Colorado drops to 13th place at 3-6.

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Rookies put Panther City up at halftime

Rookie Jason Knox drew first blood for Panther City, beating Mammoth goaltender Dillon Ward at 3:11 for a 1-0 lead. Tim Edwards took the next faceoff and scored four seconds later to even the game. Will Malcom (4:26) put PCLC up 2-1, and Knox’s second goal (7:42) extended the lead to 3-1. A strike from Tyson Gibson (10:19) made it 3-2 after one quarter of play.

Zed Williams drew Colorado even just 24 seconds into the second quarter. Jonathan Donville (1:47) and Connor Kelly (4:14) traded goals before another PCLC rookie, Ryan Sheridan, scored a natural hat trick (4:28; 7:38; 8:40) to give Panther City a three-goal lead. Kelly’s second goal (9:03) made it 7-5, but Patrick Foley scooped up the next loose ball and beat Ward to push the PCLC lead back to three. Gibson’s second of the night, a buzzer-beating quick-stick (14:58), cut Colorado’s deficit to 8-6 at the half.

Sheridan, Malcom take over in fourth for Panther City

By comparison, the third quarter was relatively quiet. Eli McLaughlin (3:02 power play) and Kelly’s hat trick goal (10:49) leveled the game at 8-8, while Panther City was shut out. Dylan Kinnear (0:44 fourth quarter) gave the Mammoth their first lead of the game. The teams then alternated lead changes with two-goal runs. Callum Crawford (2:40 power play) and Will Malcom (4:12) put PCLC up 10-9. Williams (6:21) and McLaughlin (7:13 power play) put Colorado back on top 11-10. Sheridan went back-to-back (9:06; 10:05) to restore a 12-11 lead for Panther City. But Williams’ third (11:07) and Kelly’s fourth (12:45) gave the Mammoth a 13-12 lead. Will Malcom would strike once more in the clutch, tying the game with 34 seconds remaining. The game would go into overtime, where Donville scored 29 seconds in to give PCLC the 14-13 victory.

Other Stats of Note

Colorado: Kelly (4g, 4a), Williams (3g, 2a), Gibson/McLaughlin (2g, 3a), Connor Robinson (0g, 4a)

Panther City: Sheridan (5g, 1a), Malcom (3g, 4a), Donville (2g, 3a), Knox (2g, 2a), Crawford (1g, 2a)

Colorado dominated on faceoffs 22-8, including Tim Edwards winning his 1,200th career faceoff

Nick Damude (PCLC): 34 saves

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