(Photo: Richard Olson, nll.com)
The Washington Stealth took a tough loss last weekend at the hands of the Rochester Knighthawks while John Grant, Jr. led the Colorado Mammoth to a big win over the Minnesota Swarm.
Grant, Jr. had an 11-point night against Minnesota to pick up the Offensive Player of the Week award. That gives him 30 on the season, good for fourth in the NLL, with games in hand on the players ahead of him. On his current pace, another scoring title is well within reach.
Colorado's Achilles' Heel to date has been their goaltending.
With Chris Levis released, Matt Roik is now the No. 1 guy. He acquitted himself pretty well against the Swarm, but got thrown out late for wearing illegal equipment, a ruling that the league has now admitted was incorrect.
Roik and his 12.50 goals against will likely start this game, with Dan Lewis ready to step in if things go wrong.
Washington lost a heart breaker to Rochester last weekend but will be looking to bounce back.
Tyler Richards has been performing well between the pipes for the Stealth, posting an 11.01 goals against to date.
Bob Snider is leading the league in faceoff wins (115) and is second in loose balls (75), just behind his brother Geoff of the Calgary Roughnecks.
Rhys Duch has been his usual self offensively. "Clutch" Duch has picked up 28 points in the Stealth's first six games.
Cliff Smith, who exploded for 15 points in the first two games, has cooled off significantly since then but is still second on the team in scoring with 24 points.
On paper this is another game that look like a dead heat, but my gut says this one is Colorado's to lose, so I'm calling it a 13-12 Mammoth win.
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