It’s a shame that it had to end the way that it did, but the Colorado Mammoth really were playing over their skill level the last few games during that fine run to the playoffs. That run ended today in the first round of the NLL playoffs, as they lost to the Calgary Roughnecks 10-6 at the Saddledome in Calgary.
Colorado started the game strong as they have done for the last few games, with a quick goal by Alex Gajic giving the Mammoth a quick lead that eventually turned into a 3-2 lead. Unfortunately for the Mammoth that would be the last lead that they would hold in the match as the Roughnecks quickly rattled off goal after goal. The half ended 6-3.
Colorado kept on trucking but Roughnecks keeper Mike Poulin had a wonderful game making saves on some incredibly hard to stop shots. By the 4th quarter the game was at 7-5 and the Mammoth would not come within two goals again in the game. Calgary scored two empty netters at the end to seal the deal at 10-6.
Next season will be much improved from this one most likely, assuming that the team currently remains intact with perhaps one more good sniper and a slightly better goalkeeper or at least a more consistent one. See you all next year, folks. The Mammoth will most certainly have improvement judging by the end of this season.