A quick scouting report on the the Roughnecks next opponent, the Colorado Mammoth
If history has anything to say about, Roughnecks fans should expect a tight playoff game against the Colorado Mammoth on Saturday night – and overtime would not be out of the question.
Dating back three seasons covering eight games, five of the matchups between the two teams have come down to a single goal, including three OT contests.
“We have the utmost respect for Colorado and their coaching staff and the personnel that they have on and off the floor,” said Roughnecks bench boss Curt Malawsky.
“It’s going to be a challenge and we’re going to be very prepared as they will be.
“The team that makes the least amount of mistakes and can play that so-to-speak perfect game is the team that’s going to be successful.”
In a tight NLL, only two wins separate first place (Roughnecks) and fourth place (Mammoth).
Calgary’s experienced success against their West Division rival.
Two of the three games between the two squads went to overtime, the latest of which needed Curtis Dickson to end it in overtime.
The third turned into a Roughnecks blowout 21-10 win that saw Shawn Evans set a franchise record with 13 points in a game.
THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH:
1. John Grant Jr.: This would have been the fourth time this season you’d see me write something nice about Grant Jr. Instead, I’ll let Greg Harnett describe the lefty: “Obviously he’s an unbelievable player. We have a team defence. We play a system and we’re just going to stick to that. We’re not going to get too over-focused on John Grant because then there’s a lot of other players on the team that can take advantage of that like Casey Powell and Adam Jones.”
2. Tye Belanger: No one really knew what to expect out of the 22-year-old goalie this year. When the Mammoth released Matt Roik and Chris Levis earlier this season, they handed the reins to Belanger who had a grand total of 21 minutes of experience in the NLL beforehand. Since that time, he’s won five of seven games and put together a stat line of 10.77 GAA and 0.776 save percentage. One of those losses came against the Roughnecks.
3. Adam Jones: There was no sophomore slump for the reigning NLL Rookie Of The Year. After putting up 76 points in his first season, he followed it up with a 72 point season to finish second on the Mammoth. The big shot from the left side, he’s coming off his best game of the year with five goals and three helpers last week to help the Mammoth clinch a playoff spot with a win over the Minnesota Swarm.