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Before Minnesota’s February 16 matchup with Calgary, Swarm head coach Joe Sullivan insinuated that the team would employ a hardnosed style of lacrosse.
“We’re going to play a hard-hitting brand of defense this week,” Sullivan said. “Look for us to be physical early and often.”
That is exactly what happened as two fights broke out in the beginning of the game – both won by Swarm players. It started with captain Andrew Suitor breaking up a first quarter faceoff with Roughneck transition player Geoff Snider for the pair’s second fight in two seasons. Suitor decked Snider into the boards in front of the Swarm bench to the delight of his fired up teammates.
Suitor would later miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury. However, in a Q&A with mnswarm.com the youngest captain in NLL history vowed to come back “bigger, faster, and stronger.”
Minutes after Suitor’s skirmish with Snider, Swarm defenseman Nik Bilic dropped his gloves to fight Calgary’s Greg Harnett. Bilic was victorious as Harnett was taken to the locker room after the tussle.