Minnesota Swarm Faces Tough Loss During Return Home
SAINT PAUL, Minn. -The National Lacrosse League's (NLL) Minnesota Swarm (5-6) fell to the Calgary Roughnecks (9-3) 15-10 on Treasure Island Field in front of 8,510 fans at Xcel Energy Center.
Hanging tough through the third quarter, the Swarm failed to deliver offensively in the fourth and was held scoreless. Calgary notched five goals to Minnesota's zero to seal the deal with the Swarm lacking its leading scorer F Ryan Benesch. In the regular season series, the Swarm faired 1-1 against the Roughnecks.
Transition player Jordan MacIntosh (2g, 1a) recorded his second goal of the game in the third to bring the score to a 9-7 Calgary lead. Collecting his second goal of the night, a career-high for the rookie, F Joel Henry (2-1) brought the score down to a 10-8 Calgary lead. Further chipping away at the Roughnecks lead, T Tyler Hass (1g) recorded his first goal the season to bring the score to 10-9. T David Earl (1g) tallied the final goal for the Swarm, ending the third quarter at a 10-10 tie.
At the beginning of the second quarter, MacIntosh netted his 16th goal of the season to bring the score down to 6-5 Calgary advantage. After facing a tough quarter offensively, T Andrew Watt (1g, 1a) snuck one in shorthanded with 1:15 remaining to bring the score to 8-6 in favor of Calgary. Minnesota trailed Calgary 9-6 at halftime.
In the first quarter on the power play, Henry snuck one in the five-hole after receiving a behind the back pass from F Kevin Ross (1g, 4a) to bring the score to 1-0 in favor of the Swarm. Ross then notched a goal of his own, putting Minnesota up 2-0. After falling behind to the Roughnecks, with a quick stick F Corbyn Tao (2g) added two goals for the Swarm to bring the game to a 4-4 tie. The Swarm trailed 5-4 at the end of the first quarter.
Goalie Evan Kirk (2-3) recorded 37 saves on 52 shots.
Forward Jeff Shattler (3g, 3a) led Calgary with six points. Goalie Mike Poulin made 39 saves on 49 shots for the Roughnecks.
Tonight's game can be viewed on KSTC-TV Channel 45 during a rebroadcast on Sunday, April 4 at 4 p.m.
Minnesota hits the road tomorrow night to take on the Philadelphia Wings at 6 p.m. CT on Sunday, March 31. Fans can visit mnswarm.com to view a live stream of the game.
Tickets for the three remaining regular season home games start as low as $20 and can be purchased by calling 1-888-MN-SWARM or visiting mnswarm.com.
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