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National League Lacrosse: Washington Stealth Avance To Third NLL Championship Game In Four Years With 14-13 Win Over Calgary Roughnecks
The Mammoth’s previous worst loss at home was by nine goals on Jan. 10, 2009 versus Portland, a 14-5 game.
“They wanted it a little more than we wanted it today,” said Colorado captain Gavin Prout. “There are no excuses. You can’t score one goal in a half – and on transition – and win a game. That is not the way this league works and we had to be better offensively.”
The Mammoth had been the only undefeated team in the NLL coming into the match-up with the Roughnecks, and is now 6-1 overall on the season.
Five Colorado players will be represented at the All-Star game on Saturday at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y.: forwards John Grant Jr., Gavin Prout and Adam Jones, defenseman Rory Smith and goaltender Chris Levis. Grant will captain the West Division All-Star squad.
A goal with two minutes left in regulation proved to be the difference as the Roughnecks left Everett with a 12-11 victory.
There were fireworks from the opening face-off in this one as two heavyweights, the Stealth’s Jeff Moleski and Calgary’s Geoff Snider dropped the gloves to set the tone for the evening. From that erupted four more fights in the quarter. But following the first quarter outbursts, the two teams combined for just 21 minutes of penalties the rest of the game.
The Roughnecks scored the first two goals of the game, with the Stealth answering with goals from Rhys Duch and Brett Bucktooth. The first quarter ended with the score knotted at two.
The teams traded goal-scoring blows for the remaining 45 minutes of action, ending the second quarter tied at six and the third quarter tied at eight. Stealth goaltender Tyler Richards was stellar in goal all night, making 39 of his career-high 59 saves in the first half.
“Tyler was amazing for us tonight,” said Stealth assistant coach Art Webster. “We should have won this game based on his play. He proved that he’s one of the top goaltenders in the world tonight.”