SAINT PAUL, Minn. – The Swarm (3-7) fell on the road 19-15 to the Calgary Roughnecks (6-5) Friday night in a back-and-forth scoring matchup. While the Swarm held an early 3-2 lead, Calgary scored five unanswered goals in the second quarter to break open the game. Minnesota pulled the lead to within just four goals several times throughout the second half, but the strong Roughneck second quarter effort proved to be the difference.
“We’re trying to shape our lineup as best as we can right now,” said Swarm associate general manager and head coach Joe Sullivan. “When our offense puts up 15 points and we still lose that’s not acceptable. We talked about that after the game and now it’s time to put those words to work.”
Although Minnesota lost the divisional tilt, it was still a night to remember for two of the team’s seasoned veterans. Ryan Benesch had a career game, scoring four goals to go along with three assists to reach more than 300 points in a Swarm uniform. The Kitchener, Ontario native is the third player in franchise history to reach the milestone and is the first lefty.
Callum Crawford was Minnesota’s leading scorer on the night, amassing 10 points (3g, 7a). That is a personal record for Crawford, who is the team’s acting captain after Andrew Suitor went down with a season-ending knee injury last month. The Ottawa, Ontario native is now only two assists away from the Swarm record of 200, set by former player Sean Pollock.
Even with the career efforts from Swarm veterans, rookies Kiel Matisz and Shayne Jackson contributed on the offensive end as well – just as they have done all season. Matisz finished with six points (2g, 4a) followed by Jackson’s five point night (1g, 4a). Both first round draft picks have been named NLL Rookie of the Week (Matisz a league-best three times) and are among the rookie leaders in points.
Another Swarm first-year made an impact in the game as well. Rookie Matt Gibson played in his second career NLL game and recorded his first assist as a member of the Swarm on a third quarter feed to Crawford.
Forward Joel Henry chipped in with two goals for Minnesota to tie his career-high. Henry has scored twice in his last three games against the Roughnecks. The Swarm forward is a native of Cochrane, Alberta, located fewer than fifty miles from Calgary.
Leading the Roughnecks in scoring were Dane Dobbie with 10 points (6g, 4a) and Shawn Evans (1g, 7a).
Photo Credit: Brad Watson
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