The Minnesota Swarm lose in overtime to the Toronto Rock and fall to 2-7 on the season. The game, the Swarm’s first home game in a month, marked the beginning of the final third of their season. The Hive will be buzzing again next week, March 23, for a Sunday afternoon 1:00 face-off.
The Swarm got started on the wrong foot, allowing the Rock to take a 5-0 lead after the first quarter. The second quarter ended with the Rock up on the Swarm 7-4 with goals by Andrew Suitor, Jeff Gilbert, Kiel Matisz and Logan Schuss, who’s Sports Center-worthy behind the back goal got the crowd energized.
At the half the Swarm trailed the Rock 7-4. The third period saw the buzz leave the hive as the two teams, combined, scored just 1 goal, a Rock goal about a quarter of the way into the half. Despite 13 shots on net, and at least one waived off goal, the Swarm could not put the ball in the net.
The fourth quarter belonged to the Swarm. They had 17 shots on net and scored four goals. The game was tied at eight going into overtime. The Hive was still asleep from the third quarter, and, after prodding from the announcers, slowly rose to its feet for overtime.
It took less than three minutes for Toronto’s Colin Doyle to score, ending the game at 9-8 with Toronto going home with the victory.
The Swarm, over the off-season dealt several veterans and crowd favorites, choosing instead to load up on draft picks this year and in the coming several years. This plan had worked for the team last year but the team has not found their stride, as they did last year at the season’s midpoint.
At 2-7 the Swarm are in danger of missing the playoffs. They are now 6.5 games out of first place and need to win soon to keep their playoff hopes alive (they are one game out of the playoffs currently.)
Stay tuned to The Minnesota Sports Report for coverage from next week’s (March 23) Swarm home game. The Minnesota Sports Report will also be covering the Big Ten and NCAA West Men’s Hockey tournaments to wrap up March.