The Swarm steal overtime victory from Bandits for first win, keep playoff hopes alive

The Minnesota Swarm came to the Hive on March 23, 2014 in desperate need of a win at home as they were winless at home since they were knocked out of the playoffs at the end of the 2013 season. To add intrigue to the game, Minnesota’s all-time leading scorer and fan favorite, Ryan Benesch, would make his return to The Hive after being traded to the Buffalo Bandits in the off-season.  The Swarm would pick up the win in dramatic overtime fashion in a game that will likely be in the record books for some time.

The 6,081 fans in attendance at the Hive witnessed something that, in the 28 years of NLL action, has never happened.  The Bandits and Swarm held each other scoreless for over 18 minutes of action before the Bandits’ Joe Resetarits found the back of the net. Never before in NLL history had the first quarter of a game ended in a scoreless tie.  Only three times in NLL history has there been 15 minute stretches of scoreless action, never before a full quarter of scoreless action.

Another notable statistic from the game was that the 185 game point streak held by Bandits’ captain John Tavares was broken.  To put the streak in perspective, the NLL has been in existence since 1986, Tavares’ has scored at least one point (goal or assist) in every game since 2002, a streak lasting for almost half of the league’s existence.

Back to the game action…

Callum Crawford scored the Swarm’s first goal of the game 5:22 into the second quarter. Crawford scored the game winning golden goal in overtime at the 7:51 mark. Crawford added two assists for a total of four points. Teammates Shayne Jackson and Logan Schuss also scored two goals and two assists.

No team’s lead exceed two points throughout the game and, interestingly enough, the score was tied at the conclusion of every quarter; 0-0 after the first, 3-3 after the second, 7-7 after the third and 9-9 after the fourth, forcing overtime. More details from the game can be found in the game summary.

The Swarm win their fourth game of the year by a score of 10-9 almost eight minutes into overtime and remain half a game out of playoff contention. They have six games left in the 2014 season. Four of the six will be at home in April.  The full schedule, including links for tickets and promotions can be found on the Minnesota Swarm’s schedule page.

Stay connected to The Minnesota Sports Report for updates news and photos from the remaining home games.

Photos by Matt Blewett/The Minnesota Sports Report

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