SAINT PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Swarm (3-1) defeated the Washington Steath (2-3) 11-10 on Saturday night in front of 8,911 fans on Treasure Island Field at Xcel Energy Center.
Minnesota’s overtime win was its first since defeating Philadelphia at home 15-14 in overtime on April 12, 2008. It also ended a five-game overtime losing streak.
F Ryan Benesch led Minnesota with five points (3g, 2a) and recorded the game winning goal 2:13 into overtime. He also scored the lone goal of the third quarter for the Swarm, giving Minnesota a 7-6 lead.
"We've had a run of bad luck in close games in the past," Benesch said. "It's great to finally pull out a overtime win.
"I couldn't have scored that last goal without Kevin Ross setting that amazing pick. It opened up the floor."
Two weeks ago, Benesch recorded a franchise-high seven goals in the Swarm's 16-8 road win against the Stealth. The Kitchener, Ontario native leads the team with 26 points (13g, 13a) this season.
F Aaron Wilson (2g, 3a) scored two goals in the fourth quarter to give Minnesota a 10-8 lead. Washington went on to tie the game up at 10-10, sending the game into overtime.
G Nick Patterson recorded 40 saves in the win.
In the second quarter, T Rich Morgan (1g, 1a) recorded his sole goal of the game and F Kevin Ross (1g, 2a) scored his first goal of the season. F Callum Crawford (2g, 3a) tied up the game 4-4 after tallying two goals for Minnesota. At halftime, the Swarm led the Stealth 6-4.
F Zack Greer (2g, 2a) started off the scoring for the Swarm at the 8:37 mark in the first quarter, and was countered by a goal from Stealth T Paul Rabil 24 seconds later. Washington held a 2-1 lead after the first quarter. Rabil led Washington with six points (3g, 3a) and G Tyler Richards made 36 saves on 47 shots in the loss.
Minnesota picked up its second victory at home during the 2011 season and its second win over Washington. The Swarm defeated the Stealth 16-8 on the road on Jan. 14. Minnesota now leads the Western Division with a 3-1 record.
Make sure to visit mnswarm.com next weekend as the Swarm hit the road to take on the Buffalo Bandits on Friday, Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m. CST. Fans not near a computer during the game can text “SWARM TURF” to 91944 to receive halftime and final score updates.
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.