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The Calgary Roughnecks were able to sweep their pair of weekend home games with a 13-9 win over the Colorado Mammoth on Saturday night.
You would expect this game to be a track meet. However, the Mammoth announced shortly before the game that transition specialist Joey Cupido suffered a season-ending Achilles injury.
Meanwhile, the Roughnecks continued where they left off after defeating the Saskatchewan Rush 13-6 the night previously. The Roughnecks held a massive 11-2 lead at the half.
Playing two games in two nights started to show in the second half as the Mammoth outscored Calbary 7-2, but couldn’t complete the comeback.
All Roughnecks in the first quarter
The Roughnecks dominated the first quarter as they jumped out to a 5-0 lead. Tyler Pace opened the scoring 49 seconds into the game.
Dan Taylor would follow that up with 12:44 on the clock to make it 2-0. The acquisition of Josh Currier continued to pay dividends for the Roughnecks as he scored a pair to extend Calgary’s lead to four.
Pace would add another on the power play with 13 seconds left in the first quarter to make it 5-0.
Mammoth finally get on the board
Pace finished off his hat trick 2:40 into the second quarter before Colorado finally got on the board. Chris Wardle’s power play marker 3:44 into the second would make the score 6-1.
Calgary continued to pour it on with Haiden Dickson scoring a transition goal at 10:35 with Zach Currier and Christian Del Bianco picking up assists. Taylor scored his second on the game at 7:20 to give the Roughnecks a commanding 8-1 lead.
Colorado turned to Eli McLaughlin to get Colorado back on the board at 6:11, but the Roughnecks would finish off the quarter scoring three goals in a span of 2:12. Josh Currier would score his third and fourth goals, while Tanner Cook scored his first of the game to make it 11-2 at the half.
Colorado cuts Calgary’s lead in half
The Mammoth came out firing in the second half. Ty Thompson opened the scoring 1:32 into the third quarter to make it 11-3. Cook scored another transition goal four minutes into the second half with assists from Zach Currier and Del Bianco.
Colorado finished off the third quarter with a three-goal run to cut Calgary’s lead in half 12-6.
Evan Downey started the run with 7:22 on the clock followed by Rhys Duch 25 seconds later. McLaughlin would then round out the scoring at the 3:51 mark.
Mammoth comeback falls short
McLaughlin scored his hat trick goal to open the fourth quarter. Zed Williams would follow that up with 9:02 left to play to get Colorado within four goals 12-8.
Pace would pot his fourth of the game at 5:29. McLaughlin replied right back 27 seconds but it wouldn’t be enough as Calgary would win its two weekend home games 13-9.
Tyler Pace, 4g 3a
Tanner Cook, 2g 4a
Josh Currier, 4g
Jesse King, 4a
Eli McLaughlin, 4g 2a
Zed Williams, 1g 3a
Ty Thompson, 1g 3a