Minnesota Swarm split weekend home-home series with Edmonton Rush

Photo by Matt Blewett/The Minnesota Sports Report
Photo by Matt Blewett/The Minnesota Sports Report
Photo by Matt Blewett/The Minnesota Sports Report

The Minnesota Swarm hosted the Edmonton Rush in the second game of a home-home weekend series on Sunday February 24, 2013. The Swarm defeated the Rush in Edmonton 13-8 in the first game of the series on Friday February 22. The Swarm would lose the second game 9-14, splitting the weekend series with the Rush.

The Swarm missed Captain Andrew Suitor who left Friday’s game with a knee injury. Veteran Jordan MacIntosh wore the “C” for Sunday’s game in Suitor’s absence.

The Swarm played flat footed and were dominated in the first three quarters being outscored 10-1. It seemed that every bounce and bit of luck was leaning toward the Rush, who smothered the Swarm for two and a half quarters.

The Swarm showed tremendous heart scoring eight goals on 18 shots in the fourth quarter and closing the Rush lead to within three (12-9). Chanhassen’s own Ryan Ward fed Zack Greer who scored with less than a minute left and put a damper on the Swarm momentum. Chris Corbell picked up an empty net goal resulting in the final score Edmonton 14, Minnesota 9.

The player of the game for Minnesota was forward sniper Ryan Benesch who scored four goals and picked up two assists on 13 shots. Jordan MacIntosh scooped up a team-leading 16 loose balls and won 62% of the face-offs he took.

The Swarm fall to a record of 3-5 and will travel to Washington to face the Stealth on March 3 as they try to right the ship. The team has not won two games in a row this season and as they start the second half of the NLL season will work on consistency as they try to get back to their winning ways. The team is a very young team and the effort in their fourth quarter comeback run, even though it did not end well, showed that the team can play with anyone in the league.

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