January 21, 2012

Mammoth Edge Calgary in Overtime

from press release

DENVER
– In 2011, the Colorado Mammoth didn't win its third game of the season until April. This season, the franchise got its third win on Saturday night in its third game of the year.

The Mammoth defeated the Calgary Roughnecks, 13-12, at Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday on a Gavin Prout power-play goal 45 seconds into overtime, leaving Colorado alone atop the West Division. The loss dropped Calgary to 2-1.

"It feels great, but the job is not done," said Prout. "The first three wins mean nothing. We need to get right back to work."

Mammoth forward John Grant Jr. once again led all scorers, as he has done in each of the first three games this season. His four-goal, six-assist performance, including the helper on Prout's game-winner, gave Grant an NLL-best 30 points on the season. It was his third point of the night that will forever be remembered, as the veteran's assist on Derek Hopcroft's 1st quarter goal was Grant's 1,000th career point.

"The ball is going to [Mammoth President & General Manager] Steve Govett," said Grant. "He has done a lot for me and for the game. [The ball] will look nice beside Gary [Gait's] 1,000th that Steve already has."

Colorado, fresh off of a win in Edmonton on Friday, trailed 5-3 after the first period, 9-7 after two, and 11-9 at the end of the third. But the Mammoth outscored the Roughnecks, 3-1, in the 4th quarter, thanks in large part to 13 saves from goaltender Chris Levis. The 35-year-old made 44 total stops, including several on Roughnecks' fast-break opportunities.

Despite losing 27 of 28 face-offs and having played a night earlier, Colorado hung around throughout.

"We have a bunch of young guys who are really fit, and two old guys [Grant and Prout] who are pretty fit as well," said Mammoth Head Coach Bob Hamley. "John is what he is, a coach on the floor. He loves playing with the kids."

One of those 'kids', 1st round draft pick Adam Jones, is playing well beyond his years. His three-goal, three-assist night was his third hat trick in his first three career games. He now has 20 points on the season.

"We knew Adam would be a star," continued Hamley. "He's a great player with a big heart, and he's fit in well."

The Mammoth will honor Grant for his 1,000th career point at the team's next home game on Saturday, January 28 as Colorado plays host to the Rochester Knighthawks on HealthONE Field at Pepsi Center.


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