Swarm struggle to maintain playoff hopes as they lose to Knighthawks in overtime

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The Minnesota Swarm prepared to host the Rochester Knighthawks on April 4, 2014 needing a win to stay in contention for the final playoff spot in the NLL.  The final five games of the 2014 National Lacrosse League season have the Swarm playing four at home in the Hive.

The Rochester Knighthawks entered the weekend home-home series with the Swarm atop the NLL East with a 9-4 record and one of the stingiest defenses in the league, giving up only 9.15 goals against per game.

The Swarm opened extremely slow for the second consecutive game at the Hive.  Last game the Swarm and the Buffalo Bandits set an NLL record for the first scoreless 15 minute quarter in NLL history.  Against the Knighthawks the first quarter ended in a 1-1 tie.

The second quarter saw nine goals scored and ended with a score of 6-5 with the Swarm on top thanks to a last second goal by Shayne Jackson, setting the Swarm fans abuzz into halftime.

The third quarter ended tied at nine and the crowd at the Hive was getting anxious for the final quarter.  When Logan Schuss put the ball in the net at 11:04 in the fourth quarter, giving the Swarm a 14-11 lead there was a nervous sigh as it appeared that the Swarm had dodged a bullet, taking a three goal lead with less than four minutes left in the game.

A little more than a minute later the score was 14-13 and, with just 24 seconds left in the game the Knighthawks’ Stephen Keogh scored the tying goal and the game went into overtime.

As Swarm head coach Joe Sullivan took a timeout and drew up a final play, the Hive started buzzing.  It was all for naught as the Swarm could not score, sending the game into overtime, for the second straight game at the Hive.  Swarm Fans were dreaming of the last overtime.

In the end, the Rochester Knighthawks would send Swarm fans home disappointed as they scored their 15th goal 1:59 into the overtime period ending the game and making a playoff berth that much farther out of reach.

The Swarm will be traveling to New York to face the Knighthawks tomorrow and then finish their season off at home with three games to finish April. Although statistically it will be difficult for the Swarm to make it to the playoffs, with four games left, they are not out yet.

Come to The Hive (the Xcel Energy Center) on Saturday April 12, for the annual Hive Cares game benefiting the Randy Shaver Cancer Research & Community Fund.

Saturday April 19 where fans will receive a free bottle of Lion’s Tap burger seasoning.

The final game in the 2014 Minnesota Swarm season will be on Saturday April 26 for fan appreciation night.

As always stay tuned to The Minnesota Sports Report for news and photos from Minnesota’s sports events.