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Swarm extend streak, defeat Wings

March 14, 2009 - National Lacrosse League (NLL) - Minnesota Swarm News Release

PHILADELPHIA, pa - The Minnesota Swarm (5-5) won its third game in a row with a 13-12 victory over the Philadelphia Wings (4-7) Saturday night in front of 10,160 at the Wachovia Center. F Aaron Wilson (3-4=7) and F Kevin Buchanan (2-5=7) each had seven points to lead Minnesota and G Nick Patterson made 35 saves in the win. F Athan Iannucci led the Wings with seven points (5-2=7) and F Drew Westervelt added five (2-3=5) as G Rob Blasdell made 41 saves in the loss.

Minnesota entered the game giving up the first goal in eight out of nine games this season and had been outscored 33-16 in the first quarter. Saturday proved to be a different story for the Swarm as it jumped out to a 4-0 first quarter lead. D Ryan Cousins, F Dan Marohl, Aaron Wilson and Kevin Buchanan all scored while forwards Andrew Watt and Chad Culp added two assists each. Philadelphia responded in the second quarter, out-scoring the Swarm 4-2. Cousins scored his second goal of the game and Marohl also scored for Minnesota while Athan Iannucci scored two goals and added an assist for the Wings to cut the halftime deficit to 6-4.

The teams traded three goals in the third period as neither team was able to take control of the game. Buchanan and Wilson added their second goals of the game and F Sean Pollock added a power-play goal for the Swarm late after Iannucci cut the Minnesota lead to one. Philadelphia responded early in the fourth quarter, scoring four of the first five goals to take its first lead of the game. The see-saw battled continued as Minnesota responded with goals from Wilson and Pollock to regain a 12-11 lead. The Wings did not go away though as F Merrick Thomson tied the game at 13:35 before Culp's game-winning-goal in the final seconds.

Minnesota finished 1-for-3 on the power-play and out-shot the Wings 58-47 on the night. The Wings scored on its only power-play of the night as the Swarm took just one minor penalty for the game. Culp finished with five points (1-4=5) and Marohl added three goals for the Swarm who won its third game in a row after dropping five consecutive games. Minnesota finishes its stretch of five consecutive road games next Sunday at Colorado, 7:00 PM (CST) at the Pepsi Center.

Minnesota's next home game is Saturday, March 28th vs. the Calgary Roughnecks. Swarm single game tickets are on sale now at the Xcel Energy Center Box Office and all Ticketmaster locations, by calling 888-MN-SWARM or by visiting Swarm Single game tickets are available in all price categories and range from $13.00 to $65.00.

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