Toronto, Calgary, Washington Pick up Friday Night Wins

Second year T Jordan MacIntosh commanded face-offs Friday night, winning 21 of 29 while collecting 14 loose balls and even scoring a goal in the process.

Also scoring on the night were F Joel Henry and T Andrew Watt, each grabbing their first goals of the year.

Garrett Billings led the way for the Rock with eight points (2g, 6a) and goaltender Nick Rose had 24 saves.

Minnesota continues their 2013 season tomorrow night on Treasure Island Field at Xcel Energy Center at 7 CT against the Washington Stealth. It will be the first Swarm home game of the season and the organization will be celebrating Native American heritage.

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DENVER Six days ago, the Colorado Mammoth stole a win from the Calgary Roughnecks at Scotiabank Saddledome in Alberta. On Friday night, the Roughnecks got their revenge, beating the Mammoth, 19-12, on HealthONE Field at Pepsi Center.

"It's tough to find a positive after tonight," said Colorado captain Gavin Prout, whose first of two goals he scored on Friday was the 200th of his Mammoth career.

A week after Roughnecks forward Shawn Evans' four-goal, three-assist performance was outshined by NLL Offensive Player of the Week John Grant Jr.'s six goals and two helpers, the 26-year-old answered back. Evans finished with 13 points (4g, 9a), 10 of which came before halftime, to set a new franchise single-game points record.

Mammoth forward Sean Pollock, who netted the overtime game-winner last Saturday, scored on the power-play 34 seconds into Friday's contest, giving Colorado its first lead in regulation this season. Goals by Jamie Lincoln and Mat MacLeod quickly made it 3-0, but Calgary was fast to respond. The Roughnecks would score seven of the next eight to finish the 1st quarter with a 7-4 cushion ... and they never looked back.

"We were up 3-0, but as soon as they came back and got a couple goals, we didn't get the ball as much," said Colorado's Adam Jones, who finished with two goals and three assists. "It deflated us a little bit."

So too did Calgary's two short-handed goals in the first 90 seconds of the 3rd quarter to extend the lead to 13-6.

The Mammoth and Roughnecks are both 1-2, and have split the season series to date. Colorado's next game is at home against the Minnesota Swarm on Saturday, February 2 on Lacrosse Out Cancer Night.

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EVERETT, Wash. The Washington Stealth secured their third win of the NLL season holding off a late Edmonton rally to down the Rush 12-10, Friday night before 5,416 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta.

With the win and a 3-1 record, the Stealth increased their lead in the NLL West to a full game over second-place Colorado, which dropped its game with Calgary 19-12.

"It's a solid confidence builder," said Stealth Coach Chris Hall. "Getting a front-end win on the road from a team that blew us out at home last week is a confidence builder. We can go into Minnesota (Saturday) with our heads higher."

Overcoming a four-goal deficit with 11:08 remaining in the second quarter, the Stealth neutralized Edmonton's transition game, which produced seven goals against the Stealth last Sunday, to work their way back into the game.

"We made some adjustments on (handling their transition game) during the week," said Hall. "Tonight we executed well. With a little strategy, more smarts and better effort we were able to do a better job in not giving up those transition goals."

Beginning with a Mitch McMichael score at 5:27 of the second, the Stealth went on to score the next three straight and eight of the next nine goals to take a 10-7 lead on a Lewis Ratcliff goal with 12:46 remaining in the fourth quarter.

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2013-01-26



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