Black Wolves win big NLL game on road at Colorado 10-6
Denver — Kevin Crowley tied his season-high with five goals and added one assist as the New England Black Wolves defeated the Colorado Mammoth 10-6 in a National Lacrosse League game at the Pepsi Center on Saturday night.
New England (8-8) beat the Mammoth (10-7) for the first time since relocating from Philadelphia after the 2014 season, keeping their playoff hopes alive with its second straight win.
Crowley now has seven consecutive hat tricks and a single-season career best 49 goals. He has also scored in 35 consecutive games for the Black Wolves.
Kyle Buchanan added a one goal and three assists for New England while Callum Crawford added one goal and two assists and goalie Aaron Bold made 36 saves.
Stephan Leblanc got things going for New England, finding the back of the net just 32 seconds into play. Colorado tied it up just under five minutes later, but with 5:20 left to play in the first quarter Crowley picked up his first of the night to put New England up 2-1. He followed that 1:16 later with his second and Buchanan put the Black Wolves up 4-1 with a half second left in the first.
Brad Self pulled the Mammoth within two 1:04 into the second, but Mark Cockerton scored just over a minute later to restore New England's lead to three goals.
Colorado scored with 10:40 left in the second to cut it the lead back down to two goals, but Crowley secured his hat trick with 5:46 left to put the Black Wolves up 6-3 to close out the first half.
The Mammoth scored the first goal of the second half to pull within two, 6-4, but Crowley answered yet again 51 seconds later to push New England's lead back a three-goal advantage, 7-4.
Colorado answered with a goal from Jacob Ruest with 3:47 to go in the quarter before Crawford scored against his former team to put New England up 8-5 with 47 seconds remaining. On the ensuing faceoff, Adam Bomberry scored off a rebound to give the Black Wolves a four-goal advantage with 31.6 seconds left and New England took a 9-5 lead into the fourth.
Noble and Crowley traded goals in the fourth quarter, Crowley's coming with just 40 seconds remaining to put the game away.
New England will remain on the road, visiting Rochester on April 21 at 7:30 p.m.
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