Sunday, April 17, 2011

Mammoth Win Secures Playoff Spot

By Melissa Dafni

Whenever the Colorado Mammoth and the Calgary Roughnecks face one another, things usually get interesting and very quarrelsome to say the least.
Surprisingly, the game was relatively reserved in all aspects.  Outside of Geoff Snider, who got into it with Ilija Gajic in the second quarter and then ejected in the final minutes of the fourth after putting Matt Leveque in an MMA style guillotine, both teams could almost be described as aloof.
Calgary really didn’t have much to play for and played like it.  Some of their bigger names like Jeff Shatler were healthy scratches and they weren’t playing overly aggressive. You could say they were playing to not lose rather than to win.
After Kaleb Toth’s hit from behind last Friday that knocked out Mammoth Captain, John Gallant, some wondered if Toth would be playing, or if he was, if the Mammoth might try to pay him back.  Neither of which happened.
Unlike Calgary, the Mammoth had something to play for.  If they won, not only would they clinch the final playoff spot in the West, they would also have beaten the team for the second time this season they would be facing in the playoffs. Watching their play though, you wouldn’t have known it.
The Mammoth made mistakes left and right all game. Chris Levis failed to block the first shot he faced from Brandon Ivey and once again the offense barely moved the ball. The Mammoth did well on the power play though scoring four times out of nine while the Roughnecks only capitalized on one of their seven opportunities. Unfortunately though, the Mammoth continued their trend of giving up short handed goals; Calgary scored two of them.  Mammoth did however score their own short hander along with an empty netter
The Roughnecks won’t play again until the playoffs when they face the Mammoth in Calgary in two weeks.  The Mammoth though will head to Minnesota to face the Swarm in a game that may very well determine who takes second in the West.  If the Swarm wins, they will be tied with the Washington Stealth and the Swarm holds the tie breaker.
Final Score:
Colorado Mammoth 11, Calgary Roughnecks 7
Attendance: 17,841
MVP: Chris Levis

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