K-Hawks, Swarm, Mammoth, Stealth Prevail on Saturday

"The defense is keeping the shots to the outside they're packing it in," said the 22-year-old, who improved to 4-2 this season. "They're giving me easy saves."

Hamley's squad was minus-20 in shots-on-goal. But the Rush only mustered three even-strength tallies. Three of the other four were on the power-play, one was short-handed.

"There's nothing left to say; the kid's just been outstanding," said Hamley of his netminder. "He's given everybody else confidence. He's given the coaches confidence. He's given the defense confidence. In turn, it's helping our offense be a little more patient and pick their times ... "

Casey Powell led the Mammoth with two goals. Seven others had a goal apiece.

The game wasn't decided until the final seconds. Trailing 8-7 with an extra attacker on the floor, Rush forward Ryan Ward hit the post. Mammoth forward John Grant Jr. then scored the empty-netter with 8.9 seconds remaining.

Colorado has now won four of five, and is peaking at the right time. During the current streak, the defense is allowing just 9.4 goals per game. Belanger lowered his goals-against-average to 9.48, which would lead the league if he had logged enough minutes to qualify.

Rookie sensation Mark Matthews lit up the Mammoth for five goals and one assist in the first meeting of the year. On Saturday, the University of Denver alumnus managed just one goal and two helpers.

Next Saturday, the Mammoth hosts the Minnesota Swarm at 7:00 pm MT on HealthONE Field at Pepsi Center on Fan Appreciation Night. A postgame concert featuring The Epilogues and My Body Sings Electric will be held on the field after the game.

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2013-04-07



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