As Snoopy once wrote, it was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Well it sure rang true Sunday night at the Pepsi Center as the best – Gavin Prout’s jersey (No.9) was retired and sent high in the air with 2 other jerseys. The worst of times – Vancouver Stealth had to face the Colorado Mammoth again. Their first time, they were delivered a beat-down by the Colorado Mammoth. This time, they were delivered a beat-down by the Colorado Mammoth. Proud Colorado Mammoth retired player Gavin Prout signed a one day contract back in January to be able to have the fans of Colorado say thank you and what a player he was for the Colorado Mammoth.
But the story does not end there. After the tears were streaming down the cheeks of all fans, backup goaltender Alex Buque quickly brought the tears of joy to eyes wide opened as he played his first professional lacrosse game and made it a living nightmare for the Vancouver Stealth. The beginning was a little rough as it was quickly 2-0 in favor of the Stealth. But things quickly changed and Alex found his groove and a miracle was about to happen.
Playing in place of Dillon Ward, Buque made 49 saves, helped the Colorado Mammoth to a 12-6 victory and was named the 1st Star of the Game. Not bad rookie, not bad at all. When asked at the end of the game in the on-field interview what he thought of his performance, he gave an ear to ear smile and said “I think I did pretty good”. Alex you did more than pretty good, you did fantastic. Let’ recap your evening, you recorded double digit saves in all four quarters, you allowed the fewest points given up by the Mammoth this season and you were the 1st Star of the Game.
But Alex Buque was not the only rookie to deliver Sunday night. After the first goals by Vancouver were posted on the scoreboard, Colorado Mammoth rookie Eli McLaughlin had his best game since being in the NLL with two goals and four assists. Rookie Jeremy Noble out in two goals and three assists. Captain John Grant Jr. led the way for the Colorado mammoth offense with three goals and four assists. Alex Turner put in two goals and two assists and Drew Westervelt had one goal and four assists.
With this win, Colorado Mammoth are now up a two-and-a-half game lead over the Vancouver Stealth for second place in the West. The Colorado Mammoth are now only one-half game behind the Edmonton Rush. And if all goes well next weekend, the Mammoth could clinch a playoff berth with a win at home and if Calgary (who is also playing at home) win.
And finally the scores of the 2015 All Stars and their predictions. We are changing the scoring to make it more fun and see who can come out the winner. All ladies will receive a point for which team they pick as the winner. With this said, here are the season scores so far.
World class bodybuilder and athlete Brittany Culp has a total of 5 wins.
Athlete and student Janelle McFadden has a total of 5 wins.
Model and figure skater Monica Ariel has a total of 5 wins.
So as you see, the scores are close and it could come down to the final game. Good luck and with 3 remaining home games it will be exciting. And if the Colorado Mammoth make the playoffs, this could create more home games.