DENVER — The Buffalo Bandits and Colorado Mammoth calmed down for their second meeting in as many weeks on Saturday night. The result, though, was no different.
The Mammoth earned a 16-13 victory over the Bandits in the Pepsi Center. The loss dropped Buffalo to 5-6 on the season. It was the Bandits’ third straight defeat, and it’s the first time the team has been below the .500 mark since an opening-night loss to Philadelphia.
Last week’s game featured almost 200 penalty minutes and eight suspensions. Two of the players, David Brock and Nick Cotter of the Bandits, opted not to appeal and sat out Saturday’s game, while Billy Dee Smith did appeal and faced the Mammoth.
Colorado (4-7) finished with six power-play goals, and added two short-handed scores as well.
After an even start, Colorado scored the first four goals of the second period – all via special teams – to take the lead for good. The Bandits took two five-minute majors during that span. The Mammoth led, 7-5, at halftime.
The second half featured runs by both teams. Colorado scored the first three goals of the third period to jump out ahead by a 10-5 count. But Buffalo scored the final four goals of the quarter to make it 10-9.
The Mammoth had an answer for that run. John Grant Jr. scored the first two goals of the fourth quarter, and Colorado built the lead to 14-9 with a little more than eight minutes to go. Buffalo scored four goals in a row to make it tense at 14-13. However, the Mammoth’s Richard Morgan was awarded a goal when he was tackled on a breakaway with the Buffalo net empty with 58 seconds left.
Grant, the league’s top scorer last season, was the game’s top scorer with three goals and five assists, while new Colorado forward Casey Powell had a goal and five assists. Derek Hopcroft, just off the practice squad, had three goals and two assists for Buffalo, while Jamie Rooney added two goals and John Tavares had six points.
The Bandits return home Saturday night to face the Edmonton Rush.