Wings Return To Win Column, Improve Draft Position

The Philadelphia Wings snapped a four-game losing streak in the Mile High City on Friday night, beating the Colorado Mammoth 16-12 to start Week 20 in the NLL. The Wings improve to 6-11 on the season; while eliminated from playoff contention, the game had important implications for the 2024 Entry Draft later this year. Their first-round pick, acquired in the trade with New York for Taggart Clark, originally belonged to Colorado, who drop to 5-11 with the loss and are also mathematically eliminated. The Mammoth currently sit in 14th place in the Unified Standings, and play the back end of a doubleheader against last-place Las Vegas (4-12) Saturday night. A Vegas win over Colorado guarantees the Wings the #1 or #2 overall pick, pending Week 21 outcomes.

The Wings had a huge first quarter and played very well on both sides of the ball. Philadelphia opened the game with 5 unanswered goals, chasing Mammoth goaltender Dillon Ward. It was later reported Ward suffered an undisclosed injury. The Wings did a great job of creating plays in the offensive zone, with good ball movement and setting of screens. On defense, this Philly team played much more disciplined. Even when committing penalties, they limited the damage by successfully killing four of Colorado’s five power plays. Wings goaltender Zach Higgins played extremely well, shutting out the Mammoth in the first quarter and making enough big saves (39 overall) in the second and third quarters to keep Colorado at arm’s length (the Mammoth never led in this game).

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Jones, McIntosh Come Up Huge For The Wings

Mitch Jones and Ben McIntosh were a dangerous combo tonight, taking advantage of their scoring opportunities to total 15 points between them. McIntosh had 4 goals and 3 assists for 7 points, while Jones had 4 goals and 4 assists for 8 points. Jones set the tone of the game by finding a wide-open Joe Resetarits for a power play goal, then McIntosh would score back-to-back. Jones followed up with a power play marker to get his first goal of the night and chase Ward from the game. Tyler Carlson came on in relief for the Mammoth, making 31 saves, but Philly’s offense did a great job of keeping Colorado’s defense on their heels the entire game.

Mammoth Offensive Staying Aggressive

The Colorado Mammoth might have lost this game, but I was impressed by how aggressive their offense was. The second things started to turn around for this Colorado team, they just kept pouring their offensive pressure down the throats of the Wings. By being aggressive down low and getting open shots on net, they forced Philly to step up on defense. Zed Williams scored 3 of the Mammoth’s first 4 goals. Connor Kelly also scored three goals in the late third and early fourth quarters. However, with no definitive word on Ward’s availability for Saturday’s game against the Desert Dogs, this Mammoth team will need the offense to stay aggressive if they hope to avoid losing both ends of their doubleheader weekend.

Pat Bernard
Pat Bernard

Pat Bernard has four years of podcasting. His first year with the Pattison Ave Phantics and four years running Devereaux Sports. Now currently, both Devereaux Sports and Edge of Sports. Pat is a  for 6 Philly sports fan.  Flyers, Phillies, Eagles, Sixers, Wings, and Union. The Gobbler is a former pro wrestler and ACPW Hall of Famer! He is originally out of Ambler from Northeast Philly (by the Tacony Bridge).  Pat is a credentialed Philadelphia Wings Beat Reported under Edge of Philly Sports.