Wings, 'Necks, Rush, Stealth Prevail on Saturday

DENVER On Saturday night at Pepsi Center, the Colorado Mammoth and Philadelphia Wings were tied at the end of the first quarter, at the end of the second, and the end of the third. Mammoth forward John Grant Jr.'s power-play goal with 2:09 remaining in the fourth tied the game again. But two goals from the Wings in the final minute of the game, including one empty-netter, gave Philadelphia a 14-12 win on 'Western Night'.

"We put together a full 60 [minutes]," said Colorado goaltender Dillon Ward, who shined in a 47-save performance. "It just so happened to go the other way. We had slow starts in our last couple games. Today we just had a slow ending."

The Mammoth welcomed back forward Adam Jones, who suffered an injury nearly two months ago. He had two goals and three assists in the losing effort.

"It felt great!" said the 24-year-old about returning to the line-up.

But the outcome wasn't what Jones envisioned.

Colorado donned blue jerseys inspired by the Colorado state flag for the first time in franchise history. Mutton bustin', an annual Mammoth tradition, entertained fans at halftime. And Athan Iannucci's four goals brought the 16,322 fans in attendance to their feet. Ultimately, said Jones, it was the final sixty seconds that was the difference-maker.

"Unfortunately we weren't able to put it away late in the fourth."

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Denver, CO Finding success on the road, the Philadelphia Wings defeated the Colorado Mammoth 14-12 to take game one of the season series between the two on Saturday night at the Pepsi Center. Philadelphia improved to 5-9 on the season and trail Toronto by only a half game for the final playoff spot in the NLL East Division.

Philadelphia never trailed in the first quarter. The Wings were provided offense from the hot stick of Forward Jordan Hall. Hall recorded the initial two goals of the night for Philadelphia to open the game. Colorado evened things up late in the quarter to set the scoreboard at 2-2 after 15 minutes.

Rookie Forward Garrett Thul powered the Wings in the second quarter. Thul tallied two goals including a memorable behind the net dunk. Philadelphia again, never trailed in the quarter. Colorado ended the first half on a 2-0 scoring run to tie the game at 5-5 as the heads entered halftime.

For the third time in the evening, a quarter ended with the game tied. Philadelphia and Colorado swapped goals in the frame to combine for eight goals. The third quarter ended in a 9-9 tie. The Wings had surprising goals from Defenders John Ranagan and Brett Manney.

The final 15 minutes provided a thriller for the fans. With five minutes remaining, the score was even at 11-11. Philadelphia closed on a 3-1 scoring run to come away with the victory.

Captain Brodie Merrill and Forward Garrett Thul provided the Wings with the necessary offensive punch on the evening. Merrill posted seven points (one goal, six assists) and Thul recorded his first career hat trick.

Two former Wings led the scoring attack for Colorado. Forwards Drew Westervelt and Athan Iannucci totaled seven of the Mammoth's 12 goals. Both recorded hat tricks against their former squad. Veteran John Grant Jr. led all runners with nine points (seven assists, two goals).

Philadelphia makes their way back home to host the Calgary Roughnecks on Friday, April 4 at 7:00 p.m. at Wells Fargo Center.

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(March 29, 2014) ... The Rochester Knighthawks' fourth-quarter rally fell short tonight at The Blue Cross Arena in a 15-11 loss to the Edmonton Rush (12-0).

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