SAINT PAUL, Minn. – In the second longest game in league history (72 minutes, 23 seconds), the National Lacrosse League’s (NLL) Minnesota Swarm (2-2) defeated the Edmonton Rush (1-3) 10-9 in overtime on Treasure Island Field in front of 7,012 fans at Xcel Energy Center during the first game of its doubleheader weekend.
Forward Ryan Benesch (3g) sank the game winning goal 12:23 into the longest overtime in Swarm history to give Minnesota its second straight win at home. The longest game ever recorded lasted 76 minutes and six seconds when the Boston Blazers took on the Orlando Titans on Feb. 20, 2010.
"I wanted to make sure I at least got it on the net, being on my wrong side," Benesch said. "Luckily it went in.
"We wanted to win for our fans. When the ball goes in the net, you want to hear them get up and scream. I think that drives pretty much everybody. Our fans are great, and were loud when we needed them to be loud. That's what we need from them and they bring it every game."
Benesch’s hat trick led the Swarm and marked his fourth straight game with at least three goals. Forward Callum Crawford (1g, 5a) led Minnesota with six points (1g, 5a).
Rookie goalie Tyler Carlson (2-1) picked up his second career win after making 32 saves on 41 shots in nearly 73 minutes of play.
Forward Jamie Shewchuck (1g, 1a) tallied his only goal of the game to give the Swarm an 8-7 edge one minute and five seconds into the fourth quarter. With only 1:10 remaining, Transition player Andrew Suitor (1g) notched his fifth goal of the season tying it up at 9-9 and sending Minnesota into its first overtime game of the season. Minnesota is now 9-7 all-time in overtime play.
During the third quarter, Benesch tallied his second goal of the night with 5:41 remaining to tie the game up at 6-6. Rookie T Jordan MacIntosh (1g) netted his sixth career goal to give Minnesota its first lead of the game. The Swarm held a 7-6 advantage at the end of the third.
After getting off to a slow start offensively in the second quarter, D Joe Cinosky (1g) broke away with the ball and notched his first NLL career goal. With 3:24 remaining, he brought the Rush’s lead down to 5-3. Benesch further chipped away at Edmonton’s lead by adding his eleventh goal of the season. With three seconds remaining in the quarter, Crawford posted his only goal of the game to tie up the game up at 5-5 going into halftime.
In the first quarter, rookie F Corbyn Tao (1g, 1a) started off the scoring for the Swarm by tallying his seventh career goal and tying the game up at 1-1. F Kevin Ross (1g, 1a) netted Minnesota’s final goal of the quarter on the power play after sneaking one in the corner of the net. The Swarm trailed the Rush 3-2 at the end of the first quarter.
Former Minnesota Swarm F Ryan Ward (2g, 1a) led Edmonton with three points.
Tonight’s game can be viewed on KSTC-TV Channel 45 during a rebroadcast on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 4 p.m.
After tonight’s victory, Minnesota’s now leads the all-time record (4-3) against Edmonton. The Swarm’s last win against the Rush came at home on Jan. 22, 2011 when it defeated Edmonton 9-8.
Minnesota will continue its doubleheader weekend at home as it take on the Rochester Knighthawks for the second time this season at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12 during Family/Dog Day at the Hive. Fans are encouraged to bring their dogs* and sit in the upper bowl for only $10 per ticket. Early arriving fans will receive key chains courtesy of Old Dutch and the first 300 arriving dogs with receive a dog bowl courtesy of the Swarm. Free product samples will also be available courtesy of Old Dutch.
Lower level tickets start at as little as $20 and can be purchased by calling 1-888-MN-SWARM or visiting mnswarm.com. Swarm fans looking to lock up season tickets in 2012 can take advantage of a Buy 2 Get 2 at 50% offer. By purchasing two season tickets at full price, fans can add an additional two tickets for half the cost.