The Minnesota Swarm played their best game of the year on March 16, 2013 as they destroyed the Washington Stealth in a game that displayed everything a Swarm fan likes to see. The final score was Minnesota Swarm 12 while Washington Stealth 5 despite outshooting the Swarm for the majority of the game.
The Stealth started the scoring when Dean Hill put one in the net in the seventh minute of play. Callum Crawford retaliated with two goals, one at 7:46 and one in the tenth minute to complete the first quarter scoring. After one quarter the Swarm led 2-1.
The Stealth scored first as Mike Grimes found the back of the net at 2:45. The Swarm scored four unanswered goals to bring the score after two quarters to 6-2. Most notably was the play of Swarm captain Callum Crawford who needed five points to break the 300 career point mark and three goals to break the 100 career goals mark. Crawford also needed just three assists to break the Minnesota Swarm assist record.
Crawford scored two goals in the first quarter. In the second quarter at 8:09 Crawford assisted Jay Card’s goal. At the 12:19 mark Crawford scored on a fee from Ryan Benesch and Josh Gillam, scoring his 100th career goal. Less than 30 seconds later at 12:36 Crawford scored again, reaching the 300 point mark. Crawford needed two more assists to tie the Swarm’s all-time assist record.
The third quarter saw only one goal scored, a shorthanded (3 on 5) goal scored by Jay Card. The action in the third quarter was the physical play that culminated in an altercation between Dan Ball of the Swarm and the Stealth’s Billy Hostrawser. While both players landed a few haymakers Ball looked like he took the worst of it but had five minutes to think it over in the penalty box.
The fourth quarter was the quarter that Swarm fans have been waiting for all season. The Swarm scored five goals including a hat trick by Ryan Benesch. With the three goals Benesch (131 career goals) tied Sean Pollock’s record for goals in a Swarm jersey. Callum Crawford was not satisfied with 300 career points and reaching the century mark in goals, Crawford picked up three assists, breaking Pollock’s all-time assist mark.
It is also worth noting that Minnesota goalie Tyler Carlson played a monster game saving 49 of the 54 shots he faced and picking up a couple assists. The only person who may not have enjoyed the evening was former Swarm Sean Pollock who saw two of his scoring records erased in less than 20 minutes.
The Swarm improves to 4-7 and drop the Stealth to 7-5 on the year. The teams have met 18 times and the Swarm have had their number, leading the all-time series by 11-7 including a 7-1 record in The Hive. The Swarm will play at home next when they host the Philadelphia Wings in two weeks on March 29. Stay tuned to The Minnesota Sports Report and Examiner.com for continued Minnesota Swarm coverage.