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Unlikely source comes to aid of Mammoth goalie whose gear was stolen

DENVER — With the National Lacrosse League playoffs beginning Saturday, Colorado Mammoth goalie Dillon Ward is missing something.

His gear.

The Mammoth said Ward’s goalie equipment was stolen outside his home Thursday. On Friday, it was still missing, but an unlikely source has come to the rescue.

A rival team.

Mammoth President and General Manager Steve Govett said several NLL teams called to offer their gear for Ward to use in Saturday’s game against the Calgary Roughnecks. The team will take up the offer from the Vancouver Stealth.

“It’s a relief,” Govett said on the team’s website. “Obviously we wish this never happened and we wish Ward could wear what he feels comfortable in. But I’m incredibly thankful to (Stealth President and General Manager) Doug Locker and to the others who reached out for the generous offer. We owe him one!”

The team is flying to Calgary on Friday for Saturday’s game. Govett said Mammoth forward Athan Iannucci lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, and is flying separately to Calgary. Iannucci, who played for the Stealth from 2012 to 2013, will pick up the gear from the Stealth’s offices and bring it with him.

“I’ve been in the league for 20 years and this is a first,” Govett said in first announcing the gear had gone missing. “I don’t know who, in their right mind, would want smelly lacrosse goalie gear. Now we’re up against a real deadline to try to find a solution and to give Dillon a chance to make his postseason debut.”

Govett said numerous NLL teams called to offer their gear for Ward to use, but there was one notable exception.

Calgary, the Mammoth’s opponent Saturday.