Minnesota steals one from Bandits to keep playoff hopes alive

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The Minnesota Swarm hosted the Buffalo Bandits in the fourth annual “Hive Cares” game to benefit the Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund.

Last year the team raised about $24,000for the fund, bringing the cumulative total raise at Hive Cares events to over $54,000.  This year’s fundraising events include a donation for every ticket sold, an auction for game worn jerseys, a coach’s challenge that combined will contribute $100/Swarm goal.

Likely the most unique fundraiser was the first ever Swarm Half-K, a leisurely walking tour that took participants to well-known local watering holes before the game. Our estimate is that over $30,000 was raised for charity tonight but we will update this story when final numbers arrive.

Meanwhile on the field as the Minnesota Swarm prepared to take on the Buffalo Bandits the hopes for their season lay in the balance.  The Swarm, in addition to needing to win the rest of their games, needs help from the Philadelphia Wings to make the post season.

The Minnesota Swarm hosted the Buffalo Bandits on April 12, 2014 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.Members of the Junior Swarm accompanies their Minnesota Swarm colleagues down the “tunnel” during the introductions.  See the full gallery of Junior Swarm/Minnesota Swarm player introductions.

The Swarm got their early scoring monkey from the last few games off their back, scoring three goals in the first quarter. They did, however, have a scoreless quarter, the third quarter.

The player of the game was rookie Logan Schuss who scored four goals including two in the first quarter, Schuss picked up an assist on the other goal that quarter.

The Hive took a collective gasp at the 9:33 mark of the fourth quarter when Mark Steenhuis scored on the power play to tie the game at nine.  Rookie Logan Schuss scored with four and a half minutes left to put the Swarm up by a goal.  Schuss’ fourth goal of the game and his 30th goal of the season to break the Swarm rookie season scoring record and puts Schuss in a great spot to win rookie of the year awards.

The Swarm will take on the Colorado Mammoth on April 19 at 7:00 in St. Paul. The Philadelphia Wings lost to the Toronto Rock today putting the Swarm (4-12) just a game back from the Wings (5-11) with two games to go in the season.

Come out to The Hive for the final two games of the season and cheer your Swarm on to victory.  Last year the Swarm made a late surge and made the playoffs.  They do not control their own destiny but took care of the first step today.

Stay tuned to The Minnesota Sports Report for more news and photos from the last two Swarm games of the year.