February 25, 2012

West Ends Losing Skid in NLL All-Star Game

from press releases

BUFFALO – Colorado Mammoth captain Gavin Prout entered the 2012 NLL All-Star Game with 16 career assists in all-star competition, tied for the most all-time. On Saturday night, he was the goal-scorer. Prout tied Calgary's Geoff Snider, named the game's MVP, with four goals as the West All-Stars defeated the East All-Stars, 20-18, at First Niagara Center in Buffalo to snap a four-game losing streak.

"I'm not surprised at all he had a game like that," Mammoth rookie forward Adam Jones said of Prout.

Mammoth goaltender Chris Levis, making his second consecutive all-star appearance and his first start, had 28 saves. Colorado forward John Grant Jr., the West Division captain, registered one goal and three assists, while Jones had a goal and four helpers. Mammoth defenseman Rory Smith, a first-time all-star, scooped up six loose balls in the winning effort for the West.

The East led 6-2 after the first quarter, and 11-8 at halftime. Minnesota rookie transition player Jordan MacIntosh (West) tied the game at 15 apiece with one second remaining in the third quarter. Grant's goal 56 seconds into the fourth gave the West its first lead of the night, one it wouldn't relinquish.

Forwards Josh Sanderson and Garrett Billings along with defender Sandy Chapman and goaltender Matt Roik were the four Rock players suiting up for the East Division All-Stars. Rock Head Coach Troy Cordingley served as the bench boss for the East Division squad for the second consecutive year. Rock Captain Colin Doyle was originally selected but withdrew from the game early last week.

Billings was the top scorer among the Rock players participating as he scored once and added four assists for a five-point effort in his second career All-Star appearance. Sanderson picked up a single assist and Chapman did not register a point.

Roik played the second half replacing Buffalo's Mike Thompson who was the starting goaltender for the East. The Rock goaltender allowed 12 goals on 40 shots in 30 minutes of work making his second All-Star appearance.

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