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Wings will see familiar face Saturday when they host struggling Colorado Mammoth

Friday, 22nd January 2010

Categories Boy's/Men's, Pro, Posted 1/22/10
From Press Releases

The Philadelphia Wings will host a familiar face Saturday when the Colorado Mammoth visits the Wachovia Center for a National Lacrosse League game at 7 p.m.

The Mammoth recently hired General Manager Dave Govett as its head coach following an 0-2 start under Bob McMahan. Govett played five seasons with the Wings (1994-98) and helped lead the Wings to three league championships.

In his five-year career with the Wings, Govett, known for his gritty style, compiled 49 points (26 goals, 23 assists) and 115 penalty minutes in 36 regular season games played. He also added 23 points (15G, 8A) and 29 penalty minutes in his 10-game postseason career.

“Philadelphia has always been a special place for me” said Govett. “That team and that logo was the site of three championships for me and a pretty exciting time for me in this league. Dave (Huntley) is a great friend and I thought of him when making a coaching change. I thought if Dave could do it anyone could.”

The Mammoth have been having trouble getting started with seven rookies on this year’s roster. Colorado lost its home opener, 14-13, on Jan. 16 to the Edmonton Rush, and it fell, 17-8, to the Washington Stealth on the road on Jan. 9.

The Mammoth feature David Morgan, at 6-foot-10 the tallest player in the NLL. He is third on the team with 12 penalty minutes in two games. While the Wings have the Snider Brothers (Bobby and Geoff) on their roster, the Mammoth feature a trio of brothers, Alex, Ilija, and Nenad Gajic.

Jamie Shewchuk is currently sixth in the league with 12 points (6G, 6A) while Ilija Gajic, is ninth in the league with 10 points (6G, 4A). The Mammoth’s 2009 season came to an end when it lost in the first round of the playoffs to eventual league champion, the Calgary Roughnecks.

The Wings (1-1) are lead by Drew Westervelt (5G, 3A), Matt Giles (2G, 5A) and Dan Teat (4G, 2A). Geoff Snider is fourth in the league with 21 penalty minutes.

Westervelt scored two of goals to go along with his three assists and goaltender Brandon Miller (named NLL Defensive Player of the Week) recorded 41 saves to defeat the Boston Blazers, 12-8, last Saturday. The eight first half goals were a drastic improvement over the three the Wings scored last week in their season opening loss in Orlando.

“I think we got the outcome we deserved in the first game and I think we got the outcome we deserved in the second game” said Wings General Manager and Head Coach David Huntley. “I don’t think it is anymore complicated than that. We executed fairly well in most phases of the game. We played well and I think the score reflected the game accurately.”

Huntley is excited to coach against Govett.

“I am always surprised when there is a coaching change” Huntley. “It certainly wasn’t a decision he (Govett) didn’t take lightly. I know Steve will do a great job as a coach there and competing in the game on Saturday.”


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