Junior Helps Mammoth Clinch Playoff Spot
from press release
DENVER – The Colorado Mammoth clinched a playoff berth with an 11-6 victory over the league-best Calgary Roughnecks in front of 17,841 fans on HealthONE Field at Pepsi Center Friday night. Top performers for the Mammoth in this first-round playoff preview included John Grant Jr. who finished with three goals and one assist, Joel Dalgarno who tallied two goals and two assists and Dan Carey who contributed two goals and an assist while goalie Chris Levis finished with 40 saves on the night.
The Roughnecks came out firing early, though, scoring a goal just 57 seconds into the game as forward Brandon Ivey tallied the night's first goal. Colorado answered with two goals of its own with forwards Jamie Floris and Gavin Prout scoring both scoring goals right on the crease. Former Mammoth forward Corey Conway scored a goal for Calgary at the 7:37 mark as he ripped a shot from outside, stinging the top-right corner to tie the game at two apiece going into the second quarter.
After scoring a pair of crease goals in the first quarter, Colorado netted the bounce-shot trifecta in the second quarter scoring all three goals in the quarter off bounce shots. The first came as Mammoth transition player Jed Prossner knifed his way through the defense and buried a hard bounce shot through Calgary goalie Mike Poulin's legs just 1:18 seconds into the quarter.
Colorado's Grant bounced the second one home on an off-speed shot from outside. The next goal came as Roughnecks forward Curtis Dickson managed to tuck the ball into the net on a dive-shot from behind the goal bringing Calgary to within one at the 6:36 mark. Grant pushed Colorado's lead back to two with his second goal of the night scoring a power-play goal for the Mammoth.
Five minutes into the second half, forward Dan Carey weaved his way through the defense to score Colorado's only goal of the third quarter. Calgary scored two of its own to bring the Roughnecks to within one with a score of 6-5 going into the final frame.
Behind by one goal was as close as the Roughnecks would get as the fourth quarter saw a flurry of goals by the Mammoth, scoring five goals while allowing only two. Dalgarno scored two in the fourth while Grant completed the hat trick.
Colorado wraps up the regular season with a road game against the Minnesota Swarm on Saturday, April 23 at 6:30pm. The game will be shown on tape delay on Sunday, April 24 at 11pm on Altitude Sports and Entertainment.