Minnesota Swarm's Comeback Not Enough against Edmonton
SAINT PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota Swarm (5-12) lost to the Edmonton Rush (12-5), 16-12, Saturday night in front of a crowd of 8,013 on Ho-Chunk Nation Field at Xcel Energy Center. The regular season series between the two ended 1-1 with both teams winning on the road. The Swarm got a boost in their lineup against Edmonton when both D Kiel Matisz (1g,1a) and T Jordan MacIntosh (3g, 3a) returned from injuries. MacIntosh led the team with six points and Matisz made an impact on both sides of the floor. "They've both battled real, real hard; game shape is something they have to get back into but it was great to see them out there," Swarm coach Joe Sullivan said. "They both obviously contributed real early on the floor."
The first half featured a flurry of goals as 15 were scored between the Swarm and Rush. Edmonton edged Minnesota by one in the half with an 8-7 lead. In the first quarter, the Rush struck first but Minnesota fought back and trailed 5-4 in a high scoring first 15 minutes of action. Swarm forward Miles Thompson (3g, 2a) recorded his fourth hat trick of the season before the break on a 5-on-3 chance. Thompson ranked second in the NLL with 26 goals and 59 points.
Earlier this year the Swarm defeated the Rush in dramatic fashion on the road by a score of 14-10. Minnesota knew Edmonton would come out looking for revenge at The Hive.
"That team is looking to clinch first overall, we knew they were coming and they were going to be hungry. They're very experienced," Sullivan said in regards to Edmonton. "They were coming out with no quit and we stayed with them at 8-7."
The second half started out in Edmonton's favor as it outscored Minnesota 6-0 to build a 14-7 lead. Minnesota F Corbyn Tao (1g, 1a) got things started in the fourth with a goal just 46 seconds into the quarter. The Swarm added four more goals to finish the game which included rookie F Joe Maracle's first career NLL goal. MacIntosh got his third hat trick of the season when he scored what would be the final goal of the game with one minute remaining. Despite the loss, several of Minnesota's younger players were once again given the chance to showcase their abilities on the floor, in particular Maracle.
"He's done a really good job of coming every practice and working hard all year," MacIntosh said. "He's kind of getting rewarded these last couple games to get in, so to see him score is great."
Forward Robert Church (3g, 4a), T Zack Greer (4g, 1a) and F Mark Matthews (2g, 3a) led the scoring for Edmonton. Goaltender Tyler Carlson made 30 saves in net and collected his first win of the year.
The Swarm returns to The Hive on Saturday, May 2 for the final time this season to take on the Rochester Knighthawks (12-5) during Fan Appreciation Night. Early arriving fans will receive a 2015 Swarm team poster and can get autographs from players after the game on the turf. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-888-MN-SWARM or by visiting www.mnswarm.com. -- SWARM -- Mariah Holland MNSwarm.com Intern | Minnesota Swarm Professional Lacrosse (NLL) www.mnswarm.com.
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