It is do or die time for the Minnesota Swarm as they hosted the Philadelphia Wings at The Hive, or as the locals call it, the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. on March 29, 2013. The Swarm entered the game sitting only one half game better than the Colorado Mammoth for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
The 8000+ fans in attendance were treated to a fun and high scoring game that saw the Swarm score six goals in the second quarter on their way to a 20-11 win. The game’s attendance was.
The starters were:
|Philadelphia Wings||Minnesota Swarm|
|Jeff Reynolds||Greg Downing|
|Paul Rabil||Jordan MacIntosh|
|Brodie Merrill||David Earl|
|Ned Crotty||Dan Ball|
|Kyle Hartzell||Mitch Belisle|
|Angus Dineley (Goal)||Evan Kirk (Goal)|
The first quarter ended with the Swarm 3, the Wings 1. Swarm goals were scored by Jordan MacIntosh, Callum Crawford with MacIntosh scoring two. The Wings’ Kevin Crowley scored their only goal of the quarter.
The second quarter saw four of the six goals scored on the power play. Tyler Hass of the Swarm was called for a five minute major penalty with four and a half minutes remaining in the quarter. The Wings were able, with the man advantage, to eliminate the Swarm lead and tie the game up going into halftime.
The third quarter belonged to the Swarm as they would pull ahead 11-7 by the end of the quarter. Scoring in the third for the Swarm were Jeff Gilbert, MacIntosh, Crepinsek, Crawford (two goals in the quarter,) and Kiel Matisz (PP).
The fourth quarter continued the Swarm’s dominance as they outscored the Wings 9-4 in the final quarter bringing the score to 20-11. The player of the game was Swarm goalie Evan Kirk who stopped 44 of the 54 shots on goal. Most impressive was the performance put in by the Swarm offense. The team had three players with seven points, Callum Crawford (4g, 3a), Kiel Matisz (2g, 5a) and Josh Gillam (1g, 6a). Jordan Macintosh scored four goals and Ryan Benesch racked up two goals and an assist.
The Swarm are on a two game winning streak and will look to continue their winning ways when the Buffalo Bandits ride into town on April 6, 2013. Stay tuned to The Minnesota Sports Report and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for continued Minnesota Swarm news and photos.