The Minnesota Swarm had a busy end of March as they traded away several fan favorites. The first occurred on March 30 when the Swarm dealt captain Andrew Suitor away in return for Black Wolves captain Joel White. The next day the Swarm sent 2nd year player Logan Schuss to Vancouver in return for a veteran, three time NLL champion, 22 year old Johnny Powless.
Ironically, the first game after the trades featured the New England Black Wolves, Suitor’s new team, in the fourth meeting of the year between the teams. The play was very chippy from the beginning with the teams combining for 34 minutes of penalties in the game.
The Swarm’s newest players had great games as White and Powless both scored their first goals in a Minnesota uniform in the second quarter. Powless finished the game with four points (1g, 3a) while White picked up a goal and an assist.
The offensive player of the game was assistant captain Callum Crawford whose seven points (3g, 4a) was matched by the masterful goaltending performance put on by Zach Higgins. Higgins stopped 38 shots including stopping 14 of 16 shots in the critical fourth quarter.
Also rounding out the top scorers were familiar faces in Shane Jackson (1g, 4a) and Jordan MacIntosh (2g, 2a) while fan favorite, Corbyn Two added two goals.
Thw Swarm outscored the Black Wolves 4-2 in the fourth quarter and held Andrew Suitor to just one shot (no goals and no assists) in his first game in over four years not in a Swarm jersey. Suitor picked up a two minute penalty when he leveled Jordan MacIntosh in the first quarter but was not a factor offensively.
The win game after a pretty major shakeup in the organization, trading two leaders, and hopefully signifies the start of a new chapter for the team. With the win the Swarm improves to 5-8 and with five games remaining in the schedule. The Swarm will play four of their remaining five games at home, each Saturday through May 2, 2015.
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