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SAINT PAUL, Minn. –The National Lacrosse League’s (NLL) Minnesota Swarm (3-2) fell to the Buffalo Bandits (3-2) 15-12 on Friday night in front of 15,001 fans at HSBC Arena in Buffalo.
Forward Ryan Benesch led Minnesota with seven points (3g, 4a). He recorded the first goal of the fourth quarter and recorded a hat trick for the Swarm, bringing the Bandits lead down to 13-9.
Forwards Kevin Ross (1g, 1a) and Tim Campeau (1g, 1a) posted their sole goals of the game in the fourth quarter; Campeau’s being his first of the season. Closing the gap to 14-11, T Andrew Watt (2g) tallied his second shorthanded goal of the game for Minnesota with 5:47 remaining. The Bandits quickly countered Watt’s goal 27 seconds later.
G Nick Patterson (1a) recorded 16 saves on 23 shots. He was pulled during the second quarter after almost 21 minutes of play, and was replaced with G Kevin Croswell (2a). Croswell registered 24 saves on 32 shots in the loss.
Forward Sean Pollock (2g, 1a) became the Swarm's all-time points leader after picking up an assist in the fourth quarter. Pollock entered the game with 308 career points and need two points to tie former F Ryan Ward's record of 310 points.
With the assist, the native of Wallaceburg, Ontario now has 311 points in his career with the Swarm.
Forward Mat Giles (1g, 2a) netted his seventh goal of the season and Pollock notched his first goal of the season in the second quarter. Buffalo held an 8-4 lead at halftime.
In the first quarter, F Aaron Wilson (1g, 1a), along with Benesch, each notched a goal for the Swarm. Buffalo led Minnesota 5-2 after the first quarter.
Forward John Tavares led Buffalo with eight points (2g, 6a). G Mike Thompson played a complete game for the Bandits and made 21saves on 33 shots.
With the loss, Minnesota ended its three-game winning streak. Buffalo now leads the all-time series against Minnesota 12-2.
Make sure to visit mnswarm.com next weekend as the Swarm hit the road to take on the Rochester Knighthawks for the second time this season on Saturday, Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m. CST. The Knighthawks defeated the Swarm 11-10 in overtime during Minnesota’s home opener on Jan. 8. 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.