The Minnesota Swarm close out their regular season.

The Minnesota Swarm loses the regular season finale at home to the Colorado Mammoth 14-16.  Coming into the game, having clinched a playoff berth, pride as the.  Unfortunately, for the Swarm, the loss increases the Mammoth led the series 8-7.  With the loss the Swarm drop to 9-7 against the Mammoth all-time.

The Mammoth jumped out quickly scoring five goals on 15 shots in the first quarter.  Minnesota’s Matt Gibson and Josh Gillam scored the only two Swam goals of the quarter.  After one the Mammoth led 5-2.

The second quarter saw Ryan Benesch score two goals while Tyler Hass, Jay Card and Gibson would pick up one goal each.  The Mammoth would also pick up three in the second quarter with Adam Jones finding the net twice, including his third of the game in the eighth minute of the second quarter.  After two the Mammoth led 8-7.

The Swarm stuck first in the after halftime when Shayne Jackson fooled everyone in the stadium on a brilliant behind the back goal from the middle of the offensive zone.  Mammoth goalie Tye Belanger didn’t have a chance.  Kiel Matisz would also pick up a goal in the ninth minute as would Colorado’s Adam Jones would score again with less than a minute left.  The Swarm would end the third quarter tied with the Mammoth.

The fourth quarter the Mammoth scored seven points on 14 shots including five of the first six goals of the quarter.  Adam Jones ends the game with five points and three assists.  The Mammoth held the NLL player of the week (four of the last five weeks) to one goal, three assists.

The Swarm will head to Toronto to play the first round of the 2013 NLL playoffs.  Even though it is an “away game” the Swarm has 14 men on their active roster who hail from Ontario and the team expects to have support.

Now that the regular season has come to a close picks in next year’s NLL lottery have been finalized and, once again, the Swarm will have multiple first round draft picks.  Their first three picks this year, Brock Sorensen (2nd overall), Kiel Matisz (3rd overall), and Shayne Jackson (4th overall) have all contributed in major ways to the team’s success.  Stay tuned to The Minnesota Sports Report for playoff news and coverage this off season.  Congratulations to the Swarm for making the playoffs again this year.

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