The Colorado Mammoth scored seven goals in the fourth quarter to erase a five goal deficit before scoring at 3:30 of overtime to hand the Vancouver Warriors a stunning 17-16 overtime loss in the Mile High City on Friday night.
The loss overshadowed the incredible game by Warriors forward Keegan Bal. Bal, from Coquitlam B.C., scored eight goals and added four assists for a twelve point night. Ladner’s Logan Schuss scored one goal and added five assists to hit 300 career assists and 500 career points in his NLL career. Rookie defender Reid Bowering added to his Rookie of the Year resume, scoring twice in transition, adding an assist and collecting another 10 loose balls. Vancouver also had two goals from Kyle Killen and singles from Brett Mydske, Riley Loewen and Owen Barker. Rookie forward Adam Charalambides chipped in with a six assist night.
Alex Buque started the game in net for the Warriors, but Head Coach Chris Gill lifted Buque for Steve Fryer when the Mammoth scored to take a 15-14 lead at 10:20 of the fourth quarter. Steve Fryer came in and the Warriors were able to force overtime with two late goals from Keegan Bal, including his team leading 27th to give the Warriors the late lead. However, Ladner’s Eli McLaughlin tied the game with 54 seconds to play and then won it with a shot past Fryer to seal the improbable comeback.
With the loss, Vancouver falls for a fourth consecutive game and sees their record now at 5-7 with six games to play. The Warriors remain in third place in the West but are now just percentage points ahead of the Calgary Roughnecks, who have two games in hand and will play on Saturday night at home to Panther City.
The Warriors return home to take on the division leading San Diego Seals in a key Western Conference matchup on Friday March 25th. Game time at Rogers Arena is at 7:30 PM.
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