K-Hawks Get Mammoth Win; 'Necks Storm by Rock

DENVER On a night when the Colorado Mammoth celebrated its first 100 home games and the 200th overall in franchise history, the team had a first half it couldn't overcome. After mustering just four shots-on-goal in the first quarter, Colorado trailed Rochester, 4-1. Fifteen minutes later, at the intermission, it was 7-2 Knighthawks.

"We had a slow start in the first quarter," said Mammoth transition player Mat MacLeod. "But we showed a lot of perseverance in the second half, only allowing four goals. We really battled back as a team."

That it did. Colorado cut Rochester's lead to two twice in the fourth quarter, and was on the power-play when the final horn sounded. Forward Drew Westervelt led the Mammoth with a hat trick, and had another goal taken off the board after a replay review. It was one of four challenges, all going the way of the visitors.

"It is frustrating," said Westervelt. "The fact of the matter is I've got to stay out of the crease!"

Knighthawks forward Stephen Keogh had five goals all in the first half to lead the way for the 11-9 victors. It was Rochester's first win of the season against a West Division opponent.

Colorado defenseman John Gallant was honored during the first quarter. He is the franchise's all-time leader in games and loose balls. After the game, he put his 12 seasons in Denver in perspective.

"I've been very fortunate," said the assistant captain. "For my family and the organization and the coaching staff that I've been able to play with for those 100 [home] games ... you take a look back at all those people who helped you get there."

The Mammoth fell to 4-7 on the season. It hosts the archrival Calgary Roughnecks on Sat., Mar. 8 at 7:00 pm MT on HealthONE Field at Pepsi Center on 'Lacrosse Out Cancer' Night.

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(March 1, 2014)... The Rochester Knighthawks defeated the Colorado Mammoth 11-9 tonight at the Pepsi Center. With the victory, the Knighthawks (6-3) moved one-half game behind Buffalo for first place in the East Division.

Rochester used a smothering defensive effort and timely goals to earn its second road win of the season. Goalie Matt Vinc turned aside 35 shots to earn the win in goal.

Colorado fell to 4-7 with the loss.

"They played well, especially in this place. It's a great place to play and a great atmosphere," said Knighthawks Head Coach Mike Hasen. "The guys persevered and 'Vno' came up with a couple of big saves and we had a couple of blocked shots by Paul (Dawson) and Sully (Jon Sullivan)."

Rochester never trailed and Stephen Keogh got Rochester off to great start with a career-high five goals and one assist in the first half. He credited veterans Dan Dawson and Cody Jamieson with his recent success.

"Talking to guys like 'Jammer' and Dawson they told me to just keep shooting," said Keogh. "My confidence is up right now and the ball has been dropping for me. It's all my teammates work, finding me open for great shots and luckily I have been picking the corners. It's been a good feeling and I hope it continues."

Paul Dawson was also feeling it tonight as he tied his career highs with two goals and three points. His first of the game gave the Knighthawks a 3-1 lead and his second gave Rochester an 8-3 advantage midway through the third quarter.

"It doesn't come very often, but I try to pride myself on (making sure) if there is an opportunity to make sure to bury it," said Dawson. "It was just one of those games where I had to chances they arrived and I got two goals."

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