Colorado Drops Two; Wings Edged; K-Hawks Down Rock

DENVER For all 60 minutes of regulation, the Colorado Mammoth never trailed the Vancouver Stealth on Friday night at Langley Events Centre. In a game that produced five ties, including four in the fourth quarter, the Stealth defeated the Mammoth, 14-13, on a goal from Lewis Ratcliff 2:18 into overtime.

"It's a tough way to lose," said Colorado's Adam Jones, "but I think there are a lot of positives for us to take out of tonight."

Earlier in the sudden-victory period, Jones, who entered the game leading the NLL in goals and points, buried a ball in the back of the net. Called no-goal on the floor, the official review upheld the call. It was awfully close.

"I think it was a goal," said Jones. "There was a little hesitation from the ref, a good three seconds or so. I think if he would have called it a goal to begin with, then it would have been a goal. I don't think the call was going to be reversed because it was too close."

The Mammoth jumped out to a 3-0 lead, and owned a 7-5 halftime edge its first time leading at the intermission this season. After Colorado failed to score on a five-minute major penalty, momentum appeared to shift in favor of the home team. But Sean Pollock's goal 12:16 into the frame his third of the game reestablished the Mammoth's two-goal advantage.

In the fourth, a five-minute roughing major by Dan Ball was compounded by a two-minute delay of game call against Jones. Vancouver capitalized on the man-up.

"There were a couple tough breaks down the end, and it was anybody's game there," said Pollock. "We've just got to find a way to close those games out."

Pollock and Drew Westervelt each had three goals and four assists. Jones finished with six points (2g, 4a). Captain John Grant Jr. had the highlight of the year thus far in the NLL. Early in the fourth quarter, with his team down a man, Grant reenacted a goal he scored in 2012. The off-hand, one-handed, behind-the-back bounce-shot to the top-corner beat goaltender Tyler Richards to give Colorado an 11-10 lead. Grant finished with a hat trick and three assists.

Rhys Duch led Vancouver with eight points (2g, 6a). Richards took the win with 31 saves.

Rookie Dillon Ward suffered the loss despite making 39 saves between the pipes.

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Minnesota 11, Colorado 10

Despite starting the game energized and motivated, the Philadelphia Wings fell to the Minnesota Swarm 11-10 to remain winless at home in 2014. The Swarm took an advantage in the second quarter with a 6-1 scoring run and carried their momentum to the win.

The Wings struck first with three early goals Kyle Buchanan, Jordan Hall, and Garrett Thul which provided an early spark out of the gate. Minnesota began to buzz at the end of the first period and into the second with a 5-0 scoring run. Minnesota owned a 7-4 advantage at halftime.

"Obviously we are frustrated with three losses and again we dug ourselves into a hole in the second period," said Head Coach Blane Harrison. "We need to put together a whole game and have all parts of the team work together."

Philadelphia opened the second half with a scoring barrage from veterans Tracey Kelusky and Jordan Hall, cutting the Swarm lead to one. Back-to-back power plays by Philadelphia had them down by one score entering the final stanza.

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