January 23 2016, Vancouver BC- The Colorado Mammoth stayed undefeated with a 14-5 win over the Vancouver Stealth on Saturday night at the Langley Events Centre. It marked the first of four meetings on the season between the Western rivals. Eric Penney started in net for the Stealth, while Dillon Ward played for the Mammoth.
After four minutes of scoreless action, Jeremy Noble scored the opening goal of the game with a shot cutting across the middle that beat Penney stick-side. With 6:25 to play, Jordan Gilles made it a 2-0 score for Colorado as he slipped a bounce shot past Penney in transition. At the 10:42 mark, Adam Jones scored his first of the night with a hard shot that snuck through the legs of the Stealth goaltender. With 3:12 remaining, John Grant Jr made it a 4-0 lead for Colorado with a buzzer beater and took Penney out of the game for the rest of the quarter. The Mammoth would take their four goal advantage into the second quarter, but were outshot 9-7.
The Stealth would get on the board at 2:36 with a power play goal from Corey Small. Rhys Duch and Logan Schuss made quick passes near the net and eventually found Small, who buried his seventh goal of the season. The three goal deficit would not last long though, as Jones and Callum Crawford replied back to back and made it a 6-1 game. However, on the ensuing face-off, Travis Cornwall snuck past the Mammoth defense and scored the Stealth’s second goal of the game on a breakaway. For the Coquitlam native, it was his third straight game with a goal. Tyler Garrison and Mitch McMichael earned the helpers on the marker. During a delayed Stealth penalty, Callum Crawford scored his second of the quarter with a pin point shot that beat Chris Levis over the left shoulder. Crawford was not done there, as he capped off the second quarter hat-trick to make it an 8-2 lead. With 7:32 to play, the birthday boy Logan Schuss took the ball near the crease and dove in front of Ward to put away his second of the season. The play would be reviewed, but did stand as a good goal. McMichael would get the only assist on the play. With 6:26 left in the first half, Grant Jr took a pass in transition and made no mistake beating Levis beneath the right arm for his second of the evening. The Stealth coaching staff threw the challenge flag, but was determined his foot did not touch the crease. The Mammoth veteran Grant Jr was not finished, as he scored his hat-trick goal with 4:12 to play to make it a 10-3 advantage. Grant Jr continued to take over the game, scoring two more goals, which gave him a total of five in the first half. Colorado took a 12-3 lead into the third quarter and were outshooting the Stealth 30-20.
After back and forth play to begin the second half, Crawford scored his fourth of the game with a quick shot cutting towards the middle of the floor behind Penney, who started the third quarter. With just under 10 minutes to play, Joel McCready scored a power play goal to make it a 13-4 game. Logan Schuss had the only helper on McCready’s fourth of the year. Soon after, Jeremy Noble would notch his second of the game, as he found room behind the Stealth defense and made no mistake on Penney. With 1:20 to play, Joel McCready scored his second of the quarter on the power play with a great diving effort. Schuss and Duch earned the assists on the Stealth’s fifth goal of the evening. Both teams would trade two goals a piece in the third quarter, as the Mammoth would go into the final quarter up nine goals.
The fourth quarter was the tamest of the four, as no goals were scored on either Penney or Ward.
The Mammoth’s eight goal second quarter turned out to be the difference in the game. Grant Jr and Jones led the charge offensively for the Mammoth with seven points each. Logan Schuss led the Stealth with one goal and three assists.
With the loss, the Stealth fall to 1-2 on the season and will take on the Calgary Roughnecks on Saturday, January 23 at the Scotiabank Saddledome.