Saturday night was social media night at HealthONE Field inside the Pepsi Center and Adam Jones was doing his part of the laundry as he had a sock trick (six goals in a game) against Buffalo Bandits. This helped catapult the Colorado Mammoth to a 15-14 OT win and with that, the Colorado Mammoth are 3-0 and are the only unbeaten team in the NLL.
Lisa Marquette actually brought a second battery for her phone as she said her posse got to the Pepsi Center early and were taking selfies outside before the doors opened. And once inside, they rushed to their seats to take selfies with HealthONE field as a backdrop. And the pics kept coming. After getting selfies by the field, they rushed back to the main concourse and got pics with the Wild Bunch and then anyone that caught their fancy. But they were not the only ones. Cellphones were taking video, pics and fingers were fast to tweet and post. And if any of them were tracking Adam Jones, they got some pretty sweet pics as this sock trick came just four regular-season games after his last sock trick. It was April 18, 2015 when the Mammoth traveled to Edmonton and Jones got seven goals that night.
With social media night being a winner, the Colorado Mammoth win was a little harder to come by. Before the game, as announcements were being made, they did announce that this game would be a high scoring game and one of the more exciting to witness. This statement held true as the game was hard fought and the hits were enormous.
But if you follow the NLL, you knew that Saturday night would be a tough game. Adam Jones and Buffalo Bandits Ryan Benesch were two of the League’s top-three-goal-scorers of the 2015 season. In the first two games, Adam Jones has scored seven goals this season and Ryan Benesch scored twice on the Buffalo Bandits Opening Night.
Although the Colorado Mammoth had a great first half and kept themselves in the game, their 11-1- lead at the end of the third quarter diminished quickly in the fourth. The first two-minutes-and-19-seconds the Buffalo Bandits put a squash on the Mammoth lead. Making his NLL debut, Colorado Mammoth defenseman Bryce Sweeting scored a goal on his only shot. On the next ensuing face-off, Sweeting scooped up a loose ball and found the net on a bounce-shot past Buffalo’s Anthony Cosmo to come within one goal of a tie.
The Buffalo Bandits fought back and now the Colorado Mammoth were down by two at 5:48 in the fourth. Adam Jones was not going to allow this to ruing the perfect season and he completed his sock trick. Next up was defenseman and speedster Joey Cupido. Cupido got his first goal of the season to tie the game again.
Dillon Ward stepped up his game and blocked all remaining shots on goal. With just under five minutes left in the game Ward seemed like he grew taller and wider as the Bandits tried every which way to score. With 2 seconds left in regulation, Adam Jones looked like he was going to get goal number 7, but the ball hit the crossbar instead and the game was headed to overtime.
Forward Mike Burke ended the game in overtime and not only sent the Bandits back to Buffalo but kept the winning streak alive for a perfect 3-0 season. With the win tonight, the Colorado Mammoth now have a one-and-a-half game lead over the Rush and Stealth, and a two-game lead against the Roughnecks.
Other Mammoth players who assisted in the game winner was John Grant Jr., who had three goals and three assists, Chris Wardle has two goals, and Eli McLaughlin had one goal. Another hot stick belonged to Callum Crawford. Although he did not score a goal, he did have nine assists to lead all players in points.
Social media was a great night and the fans had fun. And if you are a facts person here are some final facts from Saturday’s game.
Forward Callum Crawford led all players in points even though he did not score a goal. He had nine assists, including as assist on the game-winner.
Despite being negative in the loose ball category – (86-66), the Colorado Mammoth won.
Both teams had a total of 55 shots on goals.
The Colorado Mammoth are 3-0 for the second straight year, and for the fifth time in team history.
Colorado has started the season with three wins against East Division opponents. They will not meet another East Division team until March.