DENVER – Dan Carey scored a hat trick and added three assists Saturday to give the Colorado Mammoth a 14-11 NLL victory over the Edmonton Rush.
Gavin Prout had a seven-point night with one goal and six assists, while Nenad Gajic (two), Jed Prossner, Pat Coyle, Josh Sims (two), Nick Carlson, Jordan Cornfield and Jamie Shewchuk each scored for the Mammoth.
A.J. Shannon led the Edmonton offence with three goals, two assists, while Ben Prepchuk had two goals, three assists for Rush. MIke Accursi also chipped in five points (one goal, four assists).
Cornfield broke a 7-7 tie early in the third quarter with his first goal of the season. Wulder had an assist on the goal his second of the game to become just the 20th player in league history to tally 500 points.
Carey followed with his third goal of the game, pushing the Mammoth advantage to 9-7, but Kyle Goundrey answered to pull the Rush within one heading into the fourth quarter.
Prout scored his first goal of the season early in the fourth to give the Mammoth a 10-8 lead, but Prepchuk cut the lead back down to one with a goal less than a minute later.
The Mammoth finally pulled away, scoring four of the game’s final six goals including an empty-net tally by Sims to win for the second time in as many games this season.
“It was a battle all the way,” Mammoth coach Bob McMahon said. “Edmonton never allowed us to pull away, but our guys kept the pressure on.”
Mammoth goaltender Gee Nash recorded his second victory of the season, stopping 31 of 42 shots. Curtis Palidwor took the loss in net for the Rush, making 41 saves and allowing 13 goals.