(Photo Courtesy of Vancouver Warriors)
In a game that was highlighted by the outstanding play in goal on both ends, the Vancouver Warriors were able to secure the 7-5 win against the Colorado Mammoth.
Also, the final score of 7-5 made this game tied for the second-lowest scoring game in NLL history and the Warriors tied a league record for least goals by a winning team in a game, per NLL statistical extraordinaire Graeme Perrow.
Jeff Wittig got the Mammoth on the board first, backing down a Vancouver defender and putting one far side with 11 minutes left in the first quarter. Jordan McBride answered back for Vancouver less than a minute later.
A goal in transition from Sam Clare not only gave him his first career NLL goal, but gave the Warriors their first lead of the game. Each team found the back of the net once more in the first to make it a 3-2 Vancouver lead heading into the second quarter.
While the first quarter saw some stellar goalie play, the second saw even more elite performances from Dillon Ward and Eric Penny. Mitch Jones scored a shorthanded goal for Vancouver early on in the quarter and Jacob Ruest found the back of the net for Colorado late in the quarter.
Coming out of half, Vancouver held a 5-3 lead and had plenty of momentum on their side. After some more heavy defensive play to start the third, Vancouver was able to add to their lead with a goal from Riley Loewen. Late in the quarter, Eli McLaughlin was able to end the Mammoth’s scoring drought, cutting the Vancouver lead to 5-4.
Keegan Bal scored late in the third to put Vancouver up 6-4 heading into the fourth quarter. Jordan McBride scored his second goal of the game early in the fourth to push the Warriors’ lead out even more. Colorado had some opportunities to potentially turn the tide, but they were only able to find the back of the net once in the fourth with Ryan Lee scoring midway through the quarter as Vancouver walked away with the much much needed win.
Mitch Jones led Vancouver with four points (2G/2A) while Keegan Bal also had four points (1G/3A), as well. Eli McLaughlin led the way for Colorado with three points (1G/2A).
Eric Penney made 48 saves off of 53 shots on goal for Vancouver and Dillon Ward made 31 saves off of 38 shots on goal for Colorado.