Minnesota Swarm Return To Winning Form In Calgary
SAINT PAUL, MN - The National Lacrosse League's (NLL) Minnesota Swarm defeated the Calgary Roughnecks (6-5) for the second time this season, 17-13, in front of 10,486 fans Friday night at Pengrowth Saddledome.
The win moved the Swarm within a.5 game behind the Roughnecks and gives Minnesota a possible tiebreaker advantage heading into the playoffs. Minnesota will have a chance to move into second place in the West tomorrow night with a win over Edmonton (6-4).
The Swarm was led by a handful of record setting performances Friday night. F Ryan Benesch recorded a career-high 11 points and a team record nine assists to lead Minnesota on offense. F Callum Crawford also tied his career-high in points with nine (2g, 7a).
On defense, G Nick Patterson rebounded in a big way after a tough outing Philadelphia, stopping a career-high 59 shots. The sixth-year Swarm veteran single handedly killed several Roughneck power play chances through out the game and held Calgary to six goals in the second half, despite seeing 40 shots.
Forwards Sean Pollock (2g, 3a) and Kevin Ross (3g) put together their best scoring nights on the season and F Aaron Wilson (4g, 2a) recorded three of his four goals in the first half.
As a team, Minnesota converted on five of its six power play chances and finished the game with a.472 SOG%.
For the first three quarters the game remained close. Both teams battled back and forth, while scoring the same amount of goals in all three quarters. That all changed in the fourth quarter, when the Swarm outscored the Roughnecks 7-3.
Tied at 10 apiece to start the fourth, Minnesota found itself with an early power play opportunity. It took 55 seconds for Wilson to take advantage of the situation and give the Swarm an 11-10 lead. From then on, Minnesota stayed hot.
Ross added his third goal of the night on another power play opportunity shortly after to push the Swarm's lead to 12-10. Calgary managed to pull the game within one, 13-12, midway through the quarter, but Minnesota would soon close the door.
Tallies from T Jay Throrimbert, Benesch and Crawford gave the Swarm their largest lead of the night, 16-12, with 5:00 remaining. D Jon Sullivan put the icing on the cake with 22 seconds left when he converted on an empty netter deep in Calgary's zone to seal a 17-13 victory.
The Swarm will look to win their second road game in a row tomorrow night in Edmonton when they battle the Rush at 8:00 p.m. at Rexall Place. Fans can watch the game LIVE on mnswarm.com with Swarm Vision and can also join the Swarm's gameday blog powered by CoveritLive for additional insights on the action. Fans not near a computer during the game can text "SWARM TURF" to 91944 to receive halftime and final score updates.
Minnesota returns home against the Rush on Saturday, April 3 at 7:35 p.m. CST at Xcel Energy Center. The team will be wearing pink and black uniforms in addition to specially made pink Reebok helmets for Hive Cares night.
Fans can purchase the Onword Spirit "Swarm On" T-Shirt Ticket Package for $25 and receive a ticket to the game along with a special commemorative Hive Cares T-shirt, $3 of which will go to the Grace Fund on behalf of Julie Johnson. Tickets are available online at mnswarm.com or by calling 888-MN-SWARM.
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