NLL Saturday: Three 1-Goal Games; Grant with BTB OT Winner

DENVER With the Colorado Mammoth in desperate need of a win, the league's leading goal-scorer delivered. Forward Adam Jones had a career-high seven goals in regulation at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary on Saturday night. Two-time MVP John Grant Jr. scored a highlight-reel, behind-the-back goal in overtime for the game-winner as the Mammoth defeated the Roughnecks, 14-13.

The Mammoth entered the game on a four-game losing streak, and was winless on the road (0-3). The Roughnecks, meanwhile, were unbeaten at home (2-0). It all changed on Saturday, despite the Mammoth power-play converting just once on eight attempts.

Dillon Ward stopped 35 of the 48 shots he faced and earned his second-career NLL win.

Colorado and Calgary have now split the 30 regular-season head-to-head match-ups in franchise history, with both teams winning nine times in Alberta. Four of the last five regular-season meetings in Calgary have gone to overtime, with Colorado victorious in three of the four extra-frame contests.

The Mammoth didn't trail after Jones' first goal of the night 11:32 into the game. Colorado's largest lead of the game was three; Calgary's was just one.

Colorado improved to 1-1 in overtime this season. Its last two road games have needed the bonus frame. The Mammoth hosts the Minnesota Swarm on Wooly's Birthday next Sat., Feb. 1 at 7:00 pm MT on HealthONE Field at Pepsi Center.

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Buffalo 11, Rochester 10

January 25, 2014 ... The Rochester Knighthawks nearly completed an incredible fourth-quarter comeback, but finished one goal short to the Buffalo Bandits, 11-10.

The Knighthawks fell behind 6-2 at half and 10-3 after three, but put together their best offensive quarter of the season and had 18 seconds to try to tie the game and force overtime. Rochester scored seven goals in the final quarter, which included five goals in the last four minutes of the fourth quarter to put pressure on the Bandits.

Trailing 11-5, Stephen Keogh scored on a power-play goal to cut the deficit to five. Joel McCready then netted consecutive goals 1:04 apart. Johnny Powless and Joe Walters each added goals, the latter with just over 18 seconds left. Buffalo, however, won the ensuing faceoff and ran out the clock to secure the win.

Cody Jamieson scored a team-high six points (3+3), followed by McCready with five (3+2). Jamieson's goal in the second quarter was his 100th career goal, and McCready extended his goal-scoring streak to 10 games. Angus Goodleaf stopped seven of eight shots he faced in the fourth quarter, while Matt Vinc made 25 saves in three quarters of work.

The Bandits' offense and transition was clicking in the first three quarters as they built a 10-3 lead, their largest of the game. John Tavares led the Bandits with four goals, and Buffalo native Joe Resetarits scored three goals with one assist. Buffalo goalie Anthony Cosmo was named the First Star with 46 saves.

The Bandits now hold a one-game lead over Rochester in the East Division. Rochester now sits in second place in the East Division with a 3-1 record, while Buffalo jumps ahead with a 4-1 mark. The Knighthawks' three wins to start the season tied the best start in franchise history.

Rochester will fly to Edmonton to battle the top team in the West Division on Saturday, February 1st. The 9:00 p.m. game against the Rush will be broadcast on Sportsradio 950 ESPN and online at www.sportsradio950espn.com. The game will be also carried live on YouTube via The Lacrosse Network.

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