DENVER – Don’t tell Jeremy Noble there’s supposed to be a learning curve when you first come into a league. In his NLL debut, Noble stole the show! The University of Denver alum had two goals and five assists to tie veteran John Grant, Jr. with a game-high seven points en route to being named the 1st Star of the Game as the Mammoth defeated the Swarm, 12-8,on Sunday night at Pepsi Center.
“That’s awesome, it means a lot,” said Noble of the honor, who had a game-high 10 loose balls, “but I’m just happy we got the win.”
Colorado now sits in second place in the West Division, one-half game behind the Edmonton Rush. While Grant passed his longtime teammate, Shawn Williams, for fourth on the NLL’s all-time assists list, Sunday’s St. Patrick’s celebration was thanks in large part to goaltender Dillon Ward and the defense. The Mammoth held the Swarm scoreless in the second quarter, marking the first time this season Colorado has kept an opponent off the board for an entire frame.
“Any time you can shut anybody out in any quarter…that’s a huge feat,” said coach Chris Gill.
A 3-3 tie after the first suddenly became a 7-3 Colorado lead at the intermission. Minnesota would twice crawl back to within two goals, but failed to get any closer.
Ward had 41 saves in the victory. Forward Adam Jones had four goals and one assist.
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