The Minnesota Swarm mug Buffalo Bandits, deal them sixth straight loss

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Photo Credit: Matt Blewett/The Minnesota Sports Report

The Minnesota Swarm hosted the Buffalo Bandits on April 6, 2013 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota for the second meeting of the year between the teams.  The Bandits stole the first game by one point in the season opener at Buffalo.

The Swarm entered the game on a two game win streak having shattered the team’s single game scoring record in the March 29 game against the Philadelphia Wings.  They are battling for the final playoff spot in the West division with the Colorado Mammoth and, going into the game, were ½ games ahead of the Mammoth.  The Bandits travel to Minnesota looking to break a five game losing streak that goes back to February and where they were outscored by their opponents 71-47 in the last five games.

Minnesot Swarm Starters Buffalo Bandits Starters
Greg Downing – Defense Derek Suddons – Defense
Jordan MacIntosh – Transition Kevin Brownell – Transition
David Earl – Transition Steve Priolo – Defense
Dan Ball – Defense Mike Hominuck – Forward
Mitch Belisle – Defense Jay Thorimbert – Transition
Tyler Carlson – Goal Anthony Cosmo – Goal

 

The first quarter ended in a 3-3 tie with the Bandits firing 13 shots on net to the Swarm’s 11.  Jordan Macontosh scored a power play and even strength goal while Callum Crawford picked up a power play goal on a five minute major to Priolo for high sticking in the fourth minute of play.

The second quarter’s shots on goal were the mirror image of the first quarter’s shots with the Swarm releasing 13 to the Bandits’ 11.  The goals in the second quarter were far from even with the Swarm scoring four unanswered goals in the first six minutes of play and a total of seven goals in the quarter.  The Swarm got goals from Kiel Matisz (PP), David Earl (2), Shayne Jackson (2), Josh Gillam (PP), and Corbyn Tao (SH) in the quarter and ended the half with a 10-5 lead.

It took almost five minutes for the Swarm to pick up the scoring in the third quarter but when they did get on the board they dominated the offense for the rest of the period.  In fact the Swarm outscored the Bandits 5-0 in the quarter despite being outshot 12-10.  The Swarm ended the quarter on a 7-0 scoring run that would continue until the 12th minute in the fourth quarter.

The Swarm’s complete dominance of the middle part of the game saw them to on an 11-0 run that took 30 minutes off the clock.  Buffalo scored twice in the 12th minute of the fourth quarter but the Swarm six goals in the fourth bringing the final score to 21-7.

The stats are quite remarkable for this game.  Here are a few of the highlights:

  • Minnesota Swarm goalie Tyler Carlson stopped 40 of 47 goals, over 85% save percentage.
  • Minnesota’s Jordan MacIntosh had five goals and three assists (8 points)
  • Minnesota’s Shayne Jackson got a hat trick with three goals and five assists (8 points)
  • Minnesota’s Kiel Matisz scored two and picked up two assists.
  • Perhaps the most impressive individual stat was picked up by Minnesota’s captain Callum Crawford who scored two goals and picked up EIGHT assists, giving him 10 points on the game.
  • Minnesota goalie Tyler Carlson picked up an assist and had saved 85% of the shots he faced (40/47).
  • The Minnesota Swarm were 8-10 on the power play (80%)
  • With the 21 goals scored in the game the Swarm broke the single game goals record just a week after breaking it on March 29.
  • Callum Crawford, with the ten point game now sits in sixth place in the league points standings
  • Ryan Benesch had two goals and two assists and sits seventh place in the league points standings.
  • You can see the full box score and highlights from the National Lacrosse League and the Swarm

The Minnesota Swarm has now won three straight and improve to 6-7 on the year and will look to regain .500 on April 7, 2013 when they travel to Philadelphia in a rematch their 20-11 win on March 29.  The Swam travel to Colorado on April 13 and will return to The Hive in St. Paul to close out the regular season against the Colorado Mammoth on April 20 in a game which may have playoff implications.

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