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Swarm Defeats Calgary 13-8, Clinches Playoff Spot

04/02/2011, 3:22pm CDT
By mnswarm.com

Rookies Suitor and Hass break out; Croswell picks up first win of the season

Swarm snap three-game losing streak

SAINT PAUL, Minn. –The Minnesota Swarm (6-7) defeated the Calgary Roughnecks (10-4) 13-8 on Treasure Island Field at Xcel Energy Center during the Swarm’s LIVE broadcast on KSTC-TV Channel 45.

"This was a huge win," coach Mike Lines said. "We gave the last few games away and tonight we bounced back against a really good opponent. The difference between last night and tonight is that we answered their runs."

With the win, Minnesota joins Calgary and Washington in clinching a spot in the playoffs for the West Division. This marks the fifth time in franchise history that the Swarm will journey to the playoffs.

"Tonight's win goes out to our fans," rookie transition player Andrew Suitor said. "They deserved this one."

Suitor (4g) posted a career-high goal four goals for the Swarm and G Kevin Croswell played a complete game and recorded his first win of the season, tallying 47 saves on 55 shots.

"It was good to get back in front of net and we knew we had to get it done tonight, and we did," Croswell said.

In the fourth quarter, the Swarm continued to gain momentum. The team recorded a total of seven goals, two of which came as empty netters. Suitor registered a one-handed goal for the Swarm at the 14:48 mark to build a 7-6 lead. It was also Minnesota’s first lead since the first quarter. Forwards Sean Pollock (1g, 1a), Aaron Wilson (2g, 3a) and Kevin Ross (1g, 1a) each notched a goal, bringing the Swarm lead to 10-6. With 1:13 seconds remaining in the quarter, T Tyler Hass (2g) recorded his second goal of the game on an empty net.

During the third quarter, F Callum Crawford (1g, 2a) collected his fifth power play goal of the season at the 11:45 mark. Forwards Mat Giles (1g, 1a) and Ryan Benesch (1g, 2a) both tallied shorthanded goals on the same penalty, tying the game up at 6-6 at the end of the quarter. With his goal, Benesch increased his NLL lead to 37 goals on the season.

Suitor notched a shorthanded goal for Minnesota, his first goal in the NLL, to give the Swarm a 3-2 lead with 10 minutes remaining in the second quarter.

"I've never felt anything like that before in my life," Suitor said. "I just saw an opening and I just went with my gut instinct. To get that first goal takes a monkey off my back. It felt great to be able to contribute to the team tonight and the sky is the limit for this team right now."

At halftime, Minnesota trailed Calgary 4-3.

In the first quarter, Hass recorded the first goal of the game at the 10:05 mark. Wilson capitalized on the power play for the Swarm and tallied his 17th goal of the season, giving Minnesota a 2-0 lead. The Swarm led the Roughnecks 2-1 at the end of the first quarter.

Forwards Dane Dickson (2g, 1a) and Cory Conway (2g) led Calgary with two goals each. Goalie Mike Poulin made 25 saves on 36 shots.

Minnesota is now 1-1 against Calgary this season. The Swarm fell to the Roughnecks 15-12 on Friday, April 1at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary.

Make sure to visit mnswarm.com on Saturday, April 9 as the Swarm head to Washington to battle the Stealth at 9:30 p.m. CDT. Fans not near a computer during the game can text “SWARM TURF” to 91944 to receive halftime and final score updates. Minnesota returns home to take on Philadelphia on Saturday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m. during the second annual “Hive Cares Night.” Proceeds raised from the event will benefit the Randy Shaver Cancer Research & Community Fund as part of an NLL initiative to help “Black Out Cancer.”

Lower level single game tickets can be purchased for as low as $24 for 2011 home games. Tickets are available online at mnswarm.com or by calling 888-MN-SWARM.
 

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IN-GAME COMMENTARY

6:09 PM - Hello Swarm fans, and welcome to the in-game commentary.  The Swarm face (5-7)  off against a tough division opponent  in the Calgary Roughnecks (10-3).  Be sure to check the in-game commentary for updates and analysis.

It's "Hockey Night at the Hive" and Xcel Energy Center had to go through a quick transistion after the Wild game earlier today.  The Swarm are looking to split the home-and-home series with the Roughnecks which would clinch a playoff berth. 

Today's game is being broadcast LIVE on KSTC-TV Channel 45

1st Quarter

10:05 - T Tyler Hass starts off the scoring and puts the Swarm up 1-0.  Assist by the Swarm's newest member T Shayne Bennett

9:23 - G Kevin Croswell is getting his first start of the season for the Swarm, and has been flawless so far today with five saves in the opening minutes.

3:26 - Calgary will go on a two minute powerplay as D Jon Sullivan is called for an illegal cross-check. 

1:26 - Swarm are back to full strength as G Kevin Croswell makes another great save, his 12th of the game.

1:02 - F Dane Dobbie is called for illegal cross-checking again! The Swarm quickly capitalize with a goal by F Aaron Wilson.  2-0 Swarm. 

0:35 - Calgary answers back with a gaol of their own by F Curtis Dickson.  The Swarm are challenging the goal. 

0:35 - The goal stands, the Swarm lead 2-1. 

0:00 - After one quarter of play, the Swarm still lead 2-1.  The story so far has been the outstanding play of G Kevin Croswell.  13 saves after one quarter, not too shabby for his first start this season!

2nd Quarter

13:27 - The Roughnecks strike first in the second quarter to knot things up at 2-2. Forward Derek Hopcroft scores his first career goal for the Roughnecks.

10:00 - Three minutes after F Derek Hopcroft scored his first career goal for the Roughnecks, rookie T Andrew Suitor notched the first of his NLL career to extend the Swarm's lead to 3-2. Congrats Suits!

5:50 - F Cory Conway ties it up for the Roughnecks.  The Powerplay goal makes it 3-3.

5:18 - T Shayne Bennett is called for holding, giving the Roughnecks another powerplay. 

4:50 - T Geoff Snider rifles one past Croswell for another powerplay goal.  Calgary is now leading 4-3. 

0:05 - Croswell makes another great save, but holds on to the ball a little too long and is called for delay of game.

0:00 - Calgary will start off the second half on the powerplay, because of the mistake by Croswell, but he has more than made up for it with his 30 saves so far today.  He is on pace for a team high in saves for a single game this season.

The intensity definitely picked up in the second quarter.  Both sides have started to lay the wood, unfortunately the Swarm have been a little over agressive at times and have been called for a few penalties that have been costly.  Calgary has been on the powerplay five times and it has resulted in half their goals. 

2nd Half

13:58 - Calgary opens up the scoring in the second half with two quick goals to take a 6-3 lead.

11:56 - The Swarm will go on the powerplay as F Dane Dobbie is called for holding.  His third penalty of the game

11:45 - F Callum Crawford gets his first goal of the game.  Swarm trail by two. 

10:25 - Calgary is again called for a penalty.  T Devan Wray goes to the penalty box for illegal cross-checking. 

9:29 - A fight breaks out between Minnesota  D Joe Cinosky and Calgary F Dane Dobbie.  Cinosky is sent to the penalty box for five minutes for boarding while Dobbie will be in for two minutes for holding. Doesn't seem fair to me!

7:29 - F Dane Dobbie comes out of the penalty box.  Calgary will enjoy a three minute power play.

4:29 - Minnesota successfully kills the penalty, but still trails 4-6.  Calgary may have already clinched home field advantage for the first two rounds of the playoffs, but they aren't letting the Swarm get away with anything tonight.  It's a hard fought battle between both teams.

3:13 - A powerplay coming up for Calgary, as T Tyler Hass is called for checking from behind.  The call looked like it was clean, either way it was a hard hit by Hass.

2:27 - Shorthanded goal by F Mat Giles! That is just the spark the Swarm need to get back in this game.  They now trail 5-6.

1:41 - A hard fought goal by F Ryan Benesch (1g, 1a).  He willed his way past two defenders to tie the game at six.

0:00 - It's anyone's game right now but the Swarm have all of the momentum.  6-6 going into the final quarter of play.

Quarter 4

14:48 - T Andrew Suitor wastes no time and scores for the Swarm.  The Goal was challenged by Calgary to see if he stepped inside the crease before shooting,

14:48 - The goal is confirmed!  Swarm lead 7-6.  Nice unexpected burst of offense from Mr. Suitor tonight.  The rookie scores his first two career goals.  This one took a lot of grit, as Suitor was falling backwards into a Calgary defender when he scored. 

13:13 - F Curtis Dickson goes down in pain, and heads over to the Calgary bench.  He is currently being looked at by trainers.

9:52 - A big hit by D Matt Kelly stops a fastbreak and potential score fo the Roughnecks. 

8:26 - The Swarm are 3/17 on faceoffs, something that has plagued them all year.  G Kevin Croswell continues to play well for the Swarm with 42 saves so far tonight.

7:24 - F Sean Pollock gives the Swarm some much needed insurance.  They now lead 8-6.

6:57 - F Aaron Wilson joins in on the fun and scores for the Swarm.  9-6 Swarm lead.

6:57 - Calgary changes their goalie.  Curtis Palidwor is now in net for the Roughnecks.

4:47 - Tonight's attendance is 6,504.  Thanks to everyone that came out to "Hockey Day at the Hive."  The Swarm are holding on to a three goal lead, but they know they aren't out of the woods yet.  Calgary went on an 8-1 run lastnight, and definitely pack enough offensive power to get back in this game.

4:29 - F Kevin Ross sneaks one between the goaltender's legs, and the Hive is rocking to the tune of a four point lead with less than five minutes to play.

4:29 - Calgary challenged the goal by Ross, but the call stands.  Calgary is charged with a delay of game because they have no more timeouts left.  Powerplay for the Swarm!

4:04 - Calgary will not go quietly into the night.  They answer back with a goal.  Swarm lead. 10-7. 

2:44 - Can you say hat trick Andrew Suitor?!  Suits scores a breakaway goal on an open net, then jumps off the boards and is "swarmed" by his teammates to congratulate him.

1:37 - F Dan Dobbie is kicked out of the game after hitting a defenseless Andrew Suitor.  Suitor is then awarded a goal which makes it his fourth of the night.

1:12 - T Tyler Hass increases the lead, and puts one in the net to make it 13-8.

0:00 - The Swarm finish the game with a 10-2 run and are now playoff bound!  Kevin Croswell ends up with 47 saves, Aaron Wilson leads the team with 5 points (2g, 3a), and upstart Andrew Suitor scores the first four goals of his career.

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