December 7, 2009

NLL Preseason: Gajic Hat Trick Paces Mammoth

from press releases

DENVER – The Colorado Mammoth defeated the Washington Stealth, 8-5, Sunday morning in the teams’ first preseason scrimmage of the season.  The Mammoth, led by rookie forward Alex Gajic’s hat trick, outscored the Stealth, 4-1, in the second half en route to the victory.

“I felt good out there and I was happy to go play against another team in a closed-door environment,” said Gajic. “It helped eliminate some of the nerves.”

The Mammoth trailed from the outset, and were held scoreless until Gajic’s first goal late in the 2nd quarter. Colorado’s first lead of the game came on a tally from Brian Langtry, the team’s leading scorer from a season ago, to make it 5-4 in the 3rd.

After the Stealth tied the game at five, recently-acquired Chad Culp, and rookies Shaun Dhaliwal and Kevin Unterstein, led Colorado on a 3-0 run in the final quarter to break away from Washington.

“All of the players on our roster got a chance to play,” said Mammoth head coach Bob McMahon. “It was a great opportunity to evaluate individual players, not so much the team as a whole.”

The Mammoth is back in action next Saturday, Dec. 12, as it hosts the Minnesota Swarm in another closed-door scrimmage for the team. Colorado hosts Minnesota at Pepsi Center on Friday, Dec. 18 in a preseason tilt open to the public. Tickets are on sale now at just $10 each for that game.

The Mammoth opens the 2010 regular season on the road against the Washington Stealth on Jan. 9.  The home-opener is one week later as Colorado hosts the Edmonton Rush at Pepsi Center on Saturday, Jan. 16.  2010 Mammoth season tickets are on sale now.  Tickets for regular season games go on sale Friday, Dec. 18.

Roughnecks' Couling Retires

CALGARY, Alberta --  Calgary Roughnecks defenseman Kyle Couling announced Sunday that he will be hanging up his gloves in favor of retirement from the National Lacrosse League.

Couling played 10 seasons in the National Lacrosse League, including two seasons with the Roughnecks. The 36-year-old started his NLL career with the Buffalo Bandits in 2000 and spent eight seasons with the club.

The native of New Westminster, BC, tallied an assist and 11 penalty minutes in 12 games last season with the Roughnecks. In 135 career NLL games, Couling has notched 64 points, including 19 goals and 45 assists. In that time, he also collected 588 loose balls and racked up 219 penalty minutes.

Outside of the NLL, Couling suits up for the Nanaimo Timbermen, where he recorded three assists and 14 penalty minutes in nine games this past summer.

During the summer, fellow Roughneck Kyle Goundrey announced his retirement from the league.

The Calgary Roughnecks and Edmonton Rush are scheduled to hit Lethbridge’s ENMAX Centre on Saturday, Dec. 19 for an exhibition matchup. Game time is 7:30 p.m. MST.

The Calgary Roughnecks open the 2010 season Sunday, Jan. 10 at the Pengrowth Saddledome against the Minnesota Swarm.

Rochester Hosts Orlando in Exhibition

The Rochester Knighthawks and the National Lacrosse League will get their first look at the Orlando Titans on Saturday, Dec. 12, as the Knighthawks host the Titans in an NLL scrimmage at 8 p.m. The contest will be held at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena at 3201 Second Line Road in Hagersville, Ontario. The contest is free and open to the public.
The scrimmage is a rematch of the first round of the 2009 NLL playoffs, which was won by the then New York Titans, 11-10, in overtime. New York would advance to the Champion’s Cup Finals only to fall to the Calgary Roughnecks. In the offseason, the Titans relocated to Orlando. 
The scrimmage will be the first test for the Knighthawks, who open their 16th season Saturday, Jan. 9 against the Buffalo Bandits. The game is set for an 8:05 p.m. start at The Blue Cross Arena.

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