Rocking their 303 jerseys, the Colorado Mammoth (now 6-4) showed up in a big way on Friday night, beating the Roughnecks 18-9 at the Pepsi Center.
The Mammoth got off to a strong start in this one, with Stephen Keogh (3g, 2a), Eli McLaughlin (4g, 3a), and Brent Adams (2g, 2a) scoring the game’s first four goals. Calgary’s Garrett McIntosh (1g) broke up the Mammoth streak with a snipe in transition, but rookie Jacob Ruest (1g, 2a) would add another for Colorado to make the score 5-1 after one quarter.
To open the second quarter, Tyson Bell (1g, 1a) and Dane Dobbie (1g) both added goals on the powerplay to get the Roughnecks right back into it. However, McLaughlin and Callum Crawford (6g, 3a) had other plans, scoring goals in quick succession to get the lead back to four. The Riggers scored three of the next four goals to get within two as the first half came to an end.
Bob Snider (1g) opened the scoring in the second half to bring the Roughnecks within one, but that’s when the wheels would fall off for Calgary. Crawford led Colorado on a five-goal run, giving them a six-goal lead heading into the final quarter.
Despite a pair of goals from Curtis Dickson (2g, 3a) in the final frame, another five goals by the Mammoth was more than enough to finish off the Riggers.
The Roughnecks managed to put 59 shots on goal, but Mammoth backstop Dillon Ward was spectacular in turning aside 50.
Calgary (3-6) will get back at it tomorrow night against the Georgia Swarm at the Scotiabank Saddledome at 7:30pm MT.