The Colorado Mammoth announced on Thursday that the team has removed the ‘interim’ title from its coaching trio and signed Pat Coyle, Chris Gill and Dan Stroup to two-year contracts. The former Mammoth players were hired in early March and led the team to a winning record and a postseason berth. “Pat, Chris and Dan did a phenomenal job down the stretch this past season, and got buy-in from players and the front office,” said Mammoth president & general manager Steve Govett. “I’m excited for the future, and confident the coaches will take this team to new heights.” READ MORE »
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Dillon Ward has his gear back, thanks to the big heart of a total stranger. When the rookie goalie for the Colorado Mammoth discovered his gear was stolen from in front of his Denver residence 2 days before last weekend’s playoff game, he had to borrow gear from the Vancouver Stealth. Ward and the Mammoth lost to the Calgary Roughnecks, ending their National Lacrosse League season. But on Wednesday, Ward said he was contacted by Denver resident Dan Barnett, who said he bought the gear for $30 from a group of men who appeared to be homeless. “I don’t think they even knew what it was for sure,” Barnett told ColoradoMammoth.com. “They were just saying it was hockey equipment. Then they said they got it out of a garbage can.” Either way, Ward’s just happy to have his gear back. “He didn’t have to do that,” Ward told Denver’s CBS4. “He didn’t have to stop and ask them where they got the bag or where they got it from or get it back for me. The fact that he did is just awesome.”
The Calgary Roughnecks and Buffalo Bandits are moving on to the division finals in the National Lacrosse League playoffs after they each secured opening-round wins in a pair of high-scoring games Saturday night. Calgary had to go to overtime then scored on their first shot once they got there. Shawn Evans spun off a check and ripped home an outside shot at 1:23 of the extra frame to send the Roughnecks on to the West Division final series against the Edmonton Rush starting next weekend in Calgary with a 16-15 win over the Colorado Mammoth. In Toronto, the Bandits ended the eight-game losing streak on which they wrapped up the regular season, downing the Rock 15-13 behind a 7-goal, 3-assist night from Ryan Benesch. They move on to face the Rochester Knighthawks in the East Division final starting in Buffalo next weekend. READ MORE »
Dillon Ward’s equipment problem has found a solution, albeit not the ideal one. Ward, the Colorado Mammoth rookie goalie whose gear was stolen from outside his residence, will have a set of goalie equipment to wear for the Mammoth’s West Division semi-final game against Calgary Saturday night. Colorado president and GM Steve Govett says Ward’s gear is still missing but he’ll be able to play wearing a set on loan from the Vancouver Stealth, one of several teams that offered to lend an hand. “Obviously we wish this never happened, and we wish Ward could wear what he feels comfortable in. But, I’m incredibly thankful to [Stealth president & general manager] Doug Locker, and to the others who reached out, for the generous offer.” The release says that former Stealth and current Mammoth player Athan Iannucci, who lives in Vancouver, was to pick up the gear from the Stealth offices Friday afternoon and bring them to Calgary with him.
There are no strangers as the National Lacrosse League divisional semifinals kick off on Saturday evening. In the West Division Colorado and Calgary have met three times in the 2014 regular season, the Mammoth with two overtime wins. In the East Division Buffalo and Toronto have also faced off three times this year, the Bandits taking the first two.
Even with regular season records not in their favour, the Roughnecks and Rock are favourites among the ILIndoor staff to move onto the Division Finals. With their recent divisional semi-finals records, how can you choose against them?
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Got gear? Dillon Ward doesn’t. The rookie Colorado Mammoth goalie, as he and teammates prepare for Saturday’s National Lacrosse League playoff showdown against the Calgary Roughnecks, told the team on Thursday that his gear has been stolen from outside his residence. The team is scheduled to fly out for Calgary on Friday morning and while getting new gear isn’t a problem, adjusting to it and getting comfortable in it isn’t the ideal scenario for a team searching for its first playoff win since 2006. “I’ve been in the league for 20 years and this is a first,” Mammoth president and general manager Steve Govett said in a statement. “I don’t know who, in their right mind, would want smelly lacrosse goalie gear.”
Let’s get ready to rumble!
In a fairly unsurprising week 18 in the NLL, the Colorado Mammoth and Calgary Roughnecks both finished the regular season with wins in their respective games last weekend, keeping spirits and confidence high as they prep to face off against each other come Saturday in a single game elimination Divisional Semi-Final. Over in the East Division, the Buffalo Bandits dropped their eighth straight in Rochester while the Toronto Rock swept the Minnesota Swarm to nab second place in the East and the coveted home floor playoff game.
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As improbable as it seemed about a month ago, the Toronto Rock will be playing host to the Nati0nal Lacrosse League’s East Division first round playoff game next weekend. For that to happen, the Rock had to win their last four games and the Buffalo Bandits had to lose the final eight games of their season. Last night, the final pieces to the puzzle played out as the Rock downed Minnesota 8-6 and the Bandits lost 16-14 to the Rochester Knighthawks. That means round one will play out at the Air Canada Centre next Saturday.
Toronto outshot the Swarm 61-53, but both Minny’s Zach Higgins and the Rock’s Brandon Miller were on their game. Stephan Leblanc led the Toronto scoring parade with a hat trick despite being covered tightly on two of his three goals. Logan Schuss and Shayne Jackson each had a pair for the Swarm, who could beat Miller only twice through three quarters but put on a push in the fourth with the final four goals of the game. As has been the case with so many Minnesota comebacks this year, this one was too little too late. READ MORE »
All nine teams will see action in five games in the last weekend of the regular season. The six playoff spots have been solidified – Edmonton, Calgary, and Colorado in the West and Rochester, Buffalo, and Toronto in the East.
To close out their record-breaking season, the Edmonton Rush (15-2) treat their fans to another home game as they host the Vancouver Stealth (4-12) on Friday night. The Stealth then return home Saturday to face the other Alberta powerhouse, the Calgary Roughnecks (11-6. READ MORE »
All six playoff spot have been filled – Edmonton, Calgary, and Colorado in the West, and Rochester, Buffalo, and Toronto in the East. The only variable left to determine is will there be a home playoff game in Buffalo or Toronto?
Buffalo could have locked up second place in the East with a win in either Toronto or Rochester last weekend; instead the Bandits, who once sat atop the division, extended their losing streak to seven games, dropping a pair on the road and leaving their chance at a home playoff game down to the wire.
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