STEALTH CLINCH PLAYOFF BERTH WITH 11-10 OT WIN
Duch breaks rookie single season scoring record; Doyle ties assist record
04/11/2009The San Jose Stealth won their fourth game in five tries and clinched a spot in the playoffs on Saturday night by winning an 11-10 overtime thriller over the Colorado Mammoth. Rookie Rhys Duch, who broke the rookie single season scoring record, delivered the game-winner for San Jose seven minutes and 42 second into the extra period. Despite the loss, the Mammoth can still clinch a playoff berth next weekend with a victory over the Edmonton Rush.
The contest went back-and-forth all night after Stealth forward Andrew Biers tied the game at four with 3:50 off the clock in the second quarter. From that point on, neither team held a lead greater than two goals.
With just 52 second remaining in the fourth quarter, Mammoth forward Chris Gill scored what appeared to be the game-winner to make the score 10-9. However, Stealth forward Colin Doyle tied the game 30 seconds later as San Jose went with an extra attacker to score the equalizer.
Duch put an explanation point on his record-breaking night by gathering a rebound off of a Jeff Zywicki shot and firing it past Mammoth goaltender Andrew Leyshon to seal the win and put the Stealth in the postseason. Duch set the new rookie single season scoring mark by tallying five goals and three assists; Duch now has 86 points, four more than Mammoth forward Gavin Prout's old record of 82 set in 2002.
Doyle also enjoyed a record-setting night. The Stealth captain tied the single season assist record of 71, which was initially set by Josh Sanderson in 2005, by finishing with four assists to go with his three goals.
The Mammoth now stand at 6-9 on the season and are in a tie for the fourth and final playoff spot in the West Division. They will host the Edmonton Rush next week and will make the playoffs with a victory despite the loss to San Jose on Saturday.