Saturday, January 21, 2012

Mammoth Get Past Rush In A Heartbreaker

Photo Credit: Larry Wong 
By Avry Lewis-McDougall
The game came down to the final seconds, and the ball was with John Grant Jr. That doesn't usually spell good things for other clubs as Colorado got past Edmonton 13-12 in the home opener for the Rush.

The game started off well for the Rush as they were able to get thanks to Corey Small, Zack Greer and Scott Evans 3 goals on 3 shots past Chris Levis to get the reeling early but that did not last for long. The Mammoth responded with goals of their own testing Aaron Bold often in the 1st and 2nd quarter. Adam Jones, John Grant and Jed Prosner brought the Colorado offense to life and before you could say "two scoops of raisins in a corporate cereal" 3-0 Edmonton turned into 7-4 Colorado by halftime.

The start of the 3rd was more Colorado making things hard for Bold (minus a Zack Greer goal to make it 7-5) in his Rush debut. The Mammoth dominated in shots on net and this game could have easily gotten out of hand but Derek Keenan's troops battled back.

The away team stretched the lead to 9-5 thanks to guess who again? John Grant Jr and Adam Jones. With some help from former Rush member Gavin Prout, they continued to make the handful of Mammoth fans at the game happy.

Edmonton late in the 3rd and early in the fourth capitalized on a series of powerplays to come back to make it a 9-9 game courtesy of Shawn Williams (9 points tonight, 1 goal and 8 helpers). Small, Ryan Ward, and Brett Mydske hung around to keep it a one goal game but then as I mentioned early, JGJ struck again to break the hearts of Rush fans with a goal with 14 seconds left on the clock to make it 13-12.

Avry's Points:

-Shawn Williams 9 point night was phenomenal debut, breaking records for most points and most assists by a Rush player in a single game.
-Aaron Bold faced a lot of shots tonight and he's going to need more help come next week vs Washington. The shots early in the 2nd were 36-15 Colorado, yikes!
-Small, Ward and Greer showed why they have been key cogs for the Rush before with their play tonight.
-Making sure John Grant Jr does not get a shot off late in the game is an absolute must in a tie game.
-Adam Jones is scary good for the Mammoth as a rookie with an 8 point outburst tonight!

Colorado heads to Calgary to face the Roughnecks on January 21st and The Rush are in action again at Washington on January 28th.

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