John Grant Jr. scored at 2:09 of overtime to lead the Colorado Mammoth to a 14-13 win over the Calgary Roughnecks.
CALGARY, AB -- John Grant Jr. scored at 2:09 of overtime to lead the Colorado Mammoth to a 14-13 win over the Calgary Roughnecks.
The National Lacrosse League veteran surprised Calgary goalie Mike Poulin with a behind-the-back goal from the slot as the Mammoth (2-5) avenged a 13-11 setback to the Roughnecks (2-3) in Calgary on Jan. 10.
“He deserved to put the ball in the net,” said Roughnecks head coach Curt Malawsky following the game. “He took a beating all night long and a 37-year-old putting it behind the back, that’s a world class finish. We aren’t going to beat ourselves up, that’s not the play that I’m worried about.”
Unfortunately for the Roughnecks, they only led for a few minutes at the very beginning of the game.
“It’s really hard to play from behind,” Malawsky said. “We started off with the 1-0 lead, but we didn’t really get a whole lot after that. We came back and tie it but then they would score. It was similar to the Western Final where we couldn’t get the one we needed.”
On Pete The Plumber Superhero Night, several Roughnecks had stellar showings in front of a raucous crowd of 9,121 fans at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
Dane Dobbie scored twice and added four assists to lead the way for the Riggers, while Jeff Shattler also had a six-point outing with a goal and five helpers.
Shawn Evans (2g, 3a), Curtis Dickson (2g, 1a), Dan MacRae (2g), Scott Ranger (2g), Daryl Veltman (1g, 1a) and Curtis Manning (1g) also scored for Calgary.
Poulin stopped 29 of 41 shots he faced in the Calgary net, while Frankie Scigliano also saw some playing time and finished with three saves on five shots.
Adam Jones counted seven goals and one assist to lead the Mammoth attack. It was the third time in club history that an opponent has notched seven goals in a regular-season game against the Riggers.
Back on Jan. 25, 2003, John Tavares scored seven times to lead the Buffalo Bandits to a 23-17 win at home over the ’Necks, while Jeff Zywicki accomplished the feat in Calgary as his San Jose Stealth beat the ’Necks 17-16 in overtime.
Grant finished the game with a hat trick and also set up two others for Colorado, while Dan Ball, Joey Cupido and Jackson Decker chipped in with a goal and an assist each. Athan Iannucci also scored, while goalie Dillon Ward made 35 save to record the win.
Veltman opened the scoring 91 seconds into the first quarter when he picked the top corner behind Ward. After Iannucci drew the Mammoth even, MacRae counted his first goal of the season for the Roughnecks to put Calgary up by a goal once again.
Colorado scored twice late in the opening frame and two more times early in the second to build up a 5-2 lead. Dobbie then scored a nice behind-the-back goal to pull Calgary within a pair before Jones notched a short-handed marker to put Colorado up 6-3.
After Ranger whipped a long-range shot past Ward, Dickson finished off an outstanding individual effort to cut Colorado’s lead to one goal. Dickson leapt high in the air to knock down a pass by Ward. He then made a quick move before going airborne and tucking a shot into the far corner behind the Colorado netminder.
Jones the scored back-to-back goals 33 seconds apart before Evans responded for Calgary with two goals in a span of 86 seconds. That made the score 8-7 in Colorado’s favour at halftime.
Jones notched his sixth goal of the game at 3:32 of the third quarter before Manning scored 34 seconds later. For Manning it was his first goal since he scored five times in the 2012 season.
The see-saw battle continued as Cupido converted a breakaway opportunity for Colorado before Dickson and MacRae replied with goals for Calgary to knot up the score at 10-10. Grant and Ranger then traded goals before the end of the third quarter, which ended in an 11-11 tie.
Adam Jones continued his spectacular night with his seventh goal early in the final frame before Ball scored at 5:04 of the fourth to put the Mammoth up 13-11.
Once again, the Riggers showed their resiliency as Dobbie scored his second spectacular behind-the-back marker of the game before Shattler notched a quick-stick goal when he converted a nice pass from Evans.
That set the stage for Grant’s back-breaking OT goal.
After a bye week, the Roughnecks will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 8 when they travel to Minnesota to face the Swarm.