Staats And Petterson Come Up Huge In Thunderbirds Victory

The Colorado Mammoth (5-13) headed east to face the Halifax Thunderbirds (10-8) on Saturday night at Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia in front of 10,595.

Despite their record this year, the Mammoth are a squad that are quite explosive.  Eli McLaughlin (40g, 48a), Connor Robinson (18g, 37a), Zed Williams (27g, 25a) Connor Kelly (37g, 24a) and Tyson Gibson (21g, 33a) can matchup with any offense in the league.

With 214 goals, the Thunderbirds are second in league scoring, it’s been by a bit of a committee approach as none of the team’s players have hit the 100 point mark yet with just one game remaining.  Leading the charge is Clarke Petterson (38g,59a), Austin Shanks (22g,59a), Ryan Benesch (42g,36a), Cody Jamieson (20g,39a) and Dawson Theede (28g,27a) who haven’t been afraid of sharing the load, as each of the five athletes have enjoyed 50+ point seasons so far.

The goalie match-up had Tyler Carlson in net for the Mammoth facing Warren Hill for the Thunderbirds.

A feisty first quarter set the tone for the game with twenty seven minutes in penalties.  Both teams took advantage of power-plays with Halifax ahead 5-4 after one.  The rough play continued in the second quarter, with Halifax starting to pull away.  Clarke Petterson got his 100th point of the season on a dive from behind the net opening up a five goal lead. 

An equally feisty half had both teams doing a lot of extra curricular activity, keeping the parade to the penalty box going.  The Mammoth made a valiant effort to get back in the game, but Halifax was able to stave off the challenge for the 14-10 victory.

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To The Game:

Colorado got on the board first in transition when Zed Williams beat Warren Hill with a twister at just 0:38 seconds, but Ryan Terefenko answered immediately in transition as well, with a bounced shot just 0:09 seconds later.

Aaron Woods gave the Thunderbirds their first lead of the night with a give and go to Cody Jamieson finished by Woods in front at 6:00. 

Connor Kelly tied the game with an outside sidearm shot off a Tyler Garrison pass at 8:32, followed by Sean Kriwokon in transition with a blast from the outside off a Robert Hope feed at 10:10. 

Cody Jamieson tied the game with a twister at 10:31, followed by Jake Withers off the faceoff with a high to high shot just 0:09 seconds later to regain the lead.

Tensions boiled over with Warren Jeffrey and David Brock squaring off, after a cross check from Owen Down.

Dawson Theede increased the Thunderbirds lead on the power-play with a quick stick off a Clarke Petterson pass at 11:35.

Another group of squirmishes break out yeilding roughing penalties to either team, but also a five minute boarding penalty to Jake Withers.

The Mammoth got one back on a two man advantage when Eli McLaughlin fired a laser off a Tyson Gibson pass at 14:39.

After one quarter, Halifax 5 Colorado 4.

Second Quarter:

Cody Jamieson scored his second goal of the game off a behind the back feed from Randy Staats at 0:37 seconds, followed by Austin Shanks on the power-play from the side of the net off a Ryan Benesch pass at 1:39.

Johnny Pearson added to the Halifax lead off a long lead pass from Warren Hill through the five-hole of Tyler Carlson at 3:25, followed by Clarke Petterson diving from behind the net for his 100th point of the season at 4:07. 

At the half, Halifax 9 Colorado 4.

Third Quarter:

Owen Down opened the scoring for the Mammoth, grabbing a loose ball going coast to coast in transition at 1:53, followed by Zed Williams with a high to low blast from the outside off an Eli McLaughlin pass at 2:33.

Randy Staats answered for the Thunderbirds after Clarke Petterson flipped a behind the back pass at 3:17.  Staats then scored on the power-play off yet another behind the back pass from Clarke Petterson to the shortside at 9:01.

Eli McLaughlin scored for Colorado shorthanded in transition off a long lead pass from Tyler Carlson at 9:57.

After three quarters, Halifax 11 Colorado 7.

Fourth Quarter:

Clarke Petterson opened the fourth quarter scoring on the power-play with a quick stick off a Ryan Benesch pass at 0:35 seconds, but Eli McLaughlin kept it close with his third of the night all alone in front of the net at 5:20. 

In a strange goal, Warren Hill made the initial save on Zed Williams, but the extra movement by Hill knocked the ball in the net at 6:14, followed by Connor Kelly converting an Eli McLaughlin feed on a delayed penalty at 8:20 to bring the game within two goals.

Dawson Theede added his second of the night on a screen off a Ryan Terefenko pass at 10:18, followed by Randy Staats on the power-play off another behind the back flip pass from Clarke Petterson at 11:55.

Final score, Halifax 14 Colorado 10.

The Three Stars:

1. Clarke Petterson
2. Randy Staats
3. Eli McLaughlin

Game Stats:

  • Shots on goal favored Colorado 54-52
  • The faceoff battle was dominated the Thunderbirds 20-9.
  • The loose ball battle went to the Mammoth 77-73.
  • Colorado went 1 for 12 on the power-play, scoring a shorthanded goal.
  • Halifax went 5 for 8 on the power-play.

Top Scorers:

Colorado Mammoth:

  • Eli McLaughlin 3g, 2a
  • Zed Williams 3g, 0a
  • Connor Kelly 2g, 0a

Halifax Thunderbirds:

  • Clarke Petterson 2g, 5a
  • Randy Staats 3g, 2a
  • Cody Jamieson 2g, 2a

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