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Minnesota Swarm

Minnesota Swarm
(4-8 H 1-3 A 3-5)

Vs New England Black Wolves

New England Black Wolves
(3-7 H 2-4 A 1-3)

Friday, April 3, 2015 - 7:30 pm CST
Ho-Chunk Nation Field at The Hive
St. Paul, Minnesota


Last Update: April 3, 2015 5:55 am Central

Live Statistics

TV/Internet/Radio Coverage:

NLL Live
Tape Delay: Channel 45 on April 4th at 4:00 pm Central
Swarm Twitter
Black Wolves Twitter

More Coverage of this game at:

Minnesota Swarm Website
New England Black Wolves Website
National Lacrosse League Website
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One-Page Game Program

Standings (04/01/15) Overall Division V. Swarm  
East Division W L   W L   W L   +/-
x-Toronto Rock 11 3   6 2   2 0   36
Rochester Knighthawks 7 4   5 3   0 1   1
Buffalo Bandits 7 6   3 6   2 0   -3

Minnesota Swarm 4 8   3 5         -27
New England Black Wolves 3 7   3 4   1 2   -23
 
West Division W L   W L   W L   +/-
Edmonton Rush 7 4   4 1   0 1   47
Colorado Mammoth 7 5   4 3   2 0   10
Vancouver Stealth 4 7   3 5   1 0   -28

Calgary Roughnecks 3 9   2 4   0 0   -13

y - Clinched home playoff game
x - Clinched playoff spot

Series History:

Minnesota Overall Home Road Home (2015) Road (2015)
vs New England 2-1 0-1 2-0 0-1 2-0
Total 2-1 0-1 2-0 0-1 2-0

This is the fourth and final game in the season series between the two teams. The first three games in the series were all won by the road team:

  • 01/24/15 - Swarm 19-13 over New England in NE
  • 03/14/15 - Black Wolves 10-9 over Minnesota in MN
  • 03/29/15 - Swarm 13-9 over New England in NE

The two teams played against each other last Sunday with a solid 13-9 win. Miles Thompson & Jordan MacIntosh each had hat tricks and Zach Higgins stopped 50 of 59 shots. If the Swarm win, they win possibly a very important tiebreaker if they continue to win and have Buffalo and Rochester pratically lose out the rest of the way.

Notes:

  • Former Swarm with the Black Wolves: Andrew Suitor, Evan Kirk and Kevin Buchanan
  • Former Black Wolves with the Swarm: Joel White
  • Both teams have underwent some staggering changes since last Sunday's game:
    • The Swarm sent their captain for the last three years, Andrew Suitor, to the Black Wolves for their captain Joel White on Monday. The trade has proved quite unpopular amongst Swarm fans on social media who feel that team management has once again traded a talented fan favorite to cut costs or just for spite.

      Even though experts with an objective eye say both Suitor and White are about the same talent-wise, the moving of the heart and soul of the franchise at such a time seems to be irresponsible. Suitor will no doubt bring the same talent and intensity as a member of the enemy on Friday night as he has since he joined the Swarm for the 2011 season.

      White has become better each and every NLL season and was entrusted to the Black Wolves captaincy in the franchise's first year. He is first in the NLL in loose balls scooped per game for non-face off players and can score on transition. White won't make fans forget Suitor but he should be able to leave a very positive impression on the fans with his play on the floor.

  • Another big deal came on Tuesday for the Swarm as they dealt lefty Logan Schuss to Vancouver for lefty Johnny Powless. After a lot of hype in his first year in 2015 in Vancouver in which he struggled to score goals, Powless has a new lease on his 2015 season as he gets to orchestrate the offense with Shayne Jackson, Dean Hill and Shane MacDonald.
  • The Swarm have only scored 8.25 goals per game in their four home games this season.
  • Zach Higgins has saved 41, 41 & 50 shots in his three games against the Black Wolves this season.
  • The Black Wolves exchanged top righty forwards as they sent their leading scorer Kevin Crowley to Toronto for Garrett Billings. Billings has not played this year due to a knee injury suffered at the end of last season. He has been cleared to play for a month but a contract dispute with the Rock left him on the sidelines until this weekend when Rochester offered him a contract. The Rock matched but neither party would be together again so the trade was made. Billings has 3 straight years of 100 points, the only player to do so in NLL history but how fast can he get back on track in what should be his first game in 2015 on Friday night.

Prediction: Minnesota Swarm 10 New England Black Wolves 9

Like I said, the anger and fury shown by Swarm fans toward the team management has been immense and intense with numerous fans saying that renewing season tickets for next year will not occur. I do wonder how much anger and displeasure will be displayed by the fans at the game. It is always different how one reacts live at an event then behind a keyboard, that I know myself for sure. I think the team will rally amongst themselves even more then they probably already have and come out with a supreme effort in a low scoring tussle.
Team Stats Minnesota   New England
  Stat NLL Rank   Stat NLL Rank
Goals Per Game 10.9 9th   11.3 7th
Goals Against Per Game 13.2 6th   13.6 8th
Shots on Goal Per Game 49.6 7th   52.9 4th
Shots on Goal Against Per Game 53.1 7th   49.2 3rd
Loose Balls Per Game 67.3 3rd   65.9 4th
Forced Turnovers Per Game 11.3 6th   10.0 5th
Power Play 30.8% 8th   42.6% 7th
Penalty Kill 53.6% 4th   50.0% 8th
Short Handed Goals 4 7th   5 6th
Short Handed Goals Against 10 8th   11 9th
Penalty Minutes Per Game 14.4 7th   22.4 3rd

Projected Starting Goaltenders vs Opponent:

Minnesota GP W-L GAA Save %   New England GP W-L GAA Save %
Zach Higgins 3 2-1 10.67 .805   Evan Kirk 5 2-3 11.79 .747

Faceoffs:

Minnesota FOW FOT   New England FOW FOT
Jordan MacIntosh 130 281   Ryan Hotaling 140 260
Corbyn Tao 12 22   Mike Manley 9 15
Ethan O'Connor 9 20   Andrew Suitor 5 13

Personnel:

Minnesota Swarm

Runners
# Pos L/R Name Birthday Ht Wt Hometown College G A LB
2 F R Miles Thompson 12/08/90 5-11 185 Onondaga, NY Albany 21 25 41
8 D L Greg Downing 03/24/85 6-1 193 Auburn, NY Fairfield 1 6 49
10 D R Alex Crepinsek 02/18/89 5-11 185 Oakville, ON RIT 3 4 52
11 T R Joel White 07/05/89 6-2 200 Cortland, NY Syracuse 7 3 117
12 T R Sam Bradman 05/26/90 6-0 165 Canton,NY Salisbury 0 3 14
15 D R Jordan Houtby 11/01/91 6-3 181 St. Catharines, ON Detroit 1 5 23
24 T R Jordan MacIntosh - A 09/19/89 6-2 190 Oakville, ON RIT 16 20 125
32 F L Shayne Jackson 11/16/90 5-10 175 Bowmanville, ON Limestone 21 32 48
33 T L David Earl 08/02/87 6-1 185 Simsbury, CT Notre Dame 1 2 21
37 T R Ethan O'Connor 03/05/91 6-1 185 Milton, ON Hobart 1 3 62
45 T L Jason Noble 09/05/91 5-9 180 Orangeville, ON Cornell 0 3 42
66 F L Shane MacDonald 07/26/93 6-0 205 Elora, ON   6 5 9
67 D R Patrick Miles 10/22/92 5-11 170 Brampton, ON New England Coll 0 3 15
73 F L Dean Hill 10/26/84 6-3 225 Scarborough, ON Brock 9 10 18
84 F R Corbyn Tao 04/09/88 5-10 185 Coquitlam, BC Robert Morris 7 6 47
85 D R Mitch Belisle 11/09/85 5-10 190 Brewster, NY Cornell 1 1 44
93 F L Johnny Powless 03/15/93 5-11 175 Six Nations, ON   7 32 22
98 F R Callum Crawford - A 11/07/84 6-2 196 Ottawa, ON Dowling 15 27 41
Practice Roster
17 F R Marcus Holman 05/02/91 5-11 185 Baltimore, MD North Carolina
88 F L Joe Haodais Maracle 08/30/94 5-11 195 Six Nations, ON  
97 D R Ian Crawford 04/28/83 6-00 220 Ottawa, ON   0 0 1
Goaltending
# Pos L/R Name Birthday Ht Wt Hometown College W L GAA SV %
31 G L Zach Higgins 12/30/90 6-1 215 Courtice, ON Davenport 4 5 11.87 .773
50 G L Brodie MacDonald 09/11/89 6-7 245 Vernon, BC   0 3 15.86 .706
Practice Roster
  G R Cole Murray 07/10/83 5-11 265 Peteborough, ON Ottawa
Staff
Owner/GM Head Coach Assistant Assistant
John Arlotta Joe Sullivan Aime Caines Rory McDade
Depth Chart
Goaltenders Defense (Left) Defense (Right)
31 - Zach Higgins 8 - Greg Downing 10 - Alex Crepinsek
50 - Brodie MacDonald   85 - Mitch Belisle
---Practice Roster---   15 - Jordan Houtby
Cole Murray   67 - Patrick Miles
    ---Practice Roster---
    97 - Ian Crawford
     
Transition (Left) Transition (Right) Forwards (Left) Forwards (Right)
45 - Jason Noble 24 - Jordan MacIntosh - A 32 - Shayne Jackson 98 - Callum Crawford - A
33 - David Earl 11 - Joel White 93 - Johnny Powless 2 - Miles Thompson
  37 - Ethan O'Connor 73 - Dean Hill 84 - Corbyn Tao
  12 - Sam Bradman 66 - Shane MacDonald ---Practice Roster---
    ---Practice Roster--- 17 - Marcus Holman
    88 - Joe Haodais Maracle  


New England Black Wolves

Runners
# Pos L/R Name Birthday Ht Wt Hometown College G A LB
5 D R Mike Manley 07/21/88 6-1 200 Keuka Park, NY Duke 1 5 44
13 D R Brett Manney - A 09/21/85 6-3 225 Newtown, PA Delaware 2 4 27
14 F L Pat Saunders 07/01/89 6-1 205 Arthur, ON   21 19 32
19 F R Garrett Billings 02/04/86 6-1 187 Langley, BC Virginia
20 T R Ryan Hotaling 11/29/84 6-2 210 Syracuse, NY Nazareth 0 5 68
26 F R Brett Bucktooth 04/25/83 6-1 190 Nedrow, NY Syracuse 10 10 18
27 F L Kevin Buchanan 05/09/86 5-11 180 Cockeysville, MD Ohio State 14 30 42
39 F L Josh Johnson 10/28/94 5-8 170 Six Nations, ON   0 1 6
41 F L Mark Cockerton 05/17/91 5-10 175 Oshawa, ON Virginia 5 9 19
42 F L Jamie Lincoln 07/07/86 6-0 175 St. Catherines, ON Hofstra 14 8 35
58 D L Mike McNamara 01/07/90 6-2 220 Hamilton, ON   0 3 20
71 D R Sheldon Burns 10/05/91 6-1 185 Whitby, ON Dowling 1 4 31
84 D R Brian Megill 12/13/90 6-0 225 Clark, NJ Syracuse 0 2 25
88 D R Craig England - A 03/02/90 6-2 195 Fergus, ON Brock 0 0 14
91 F R Kyle Buchanan 10/22/87 5-8 160 Nepean, ON Robert Morris 17 26 47
93 T R Andrew Suitor 04/26/89 6-0 190 Orangeville, ON Adrian 9 6 60
96 D R Bill O'Brien 04/05/88 6-4 240 Lafayette, NY Sacred Heart 0 2 11
98 D L Jimmy Purves 11/01/90 6-0 190 Sarnia, ON   0 0 5
Practice Roster
6 D R Michael Diehl 02/09/90 6-3 225 Flemington,NJ Rutgers 1 0 27
7 F R Matt Crough 05/19/91 5-9 172 Peterborough, ON Dowling 0 2 0
66 D L Mark Farthing 06/25/89 6-1 188 Peterborough, ON Brock
Goaltending
# Pos L/R Name Birthday Ht Wt Hometown College W L GAA SV %
31 G R Tye Belanger 07/31/90 6-1 187 Mooretown, ON   0 1 13.37 .759
35 G R Evan Kirk 07/22/87 5-11 185 Orangeville, ON Hobart 3 6 13.39 .720
Staff
General Manager Head Coach Assistant Assistant Assistant
Chris Sienko Blane Harrison Chris Collins Tracey Kelusky Jim Mulligan
Depth Chart
Goaltenders Defense (Left) Defense (Right)
35-Evan Kirk 58-Mike McNamara 5-Mike Manley
31-Tye Belanger 98-Jimmy Purves 13-Brett Manney
  ---Practice Roster--- 71-Sheldon Burns
  66-Mark Farthing 96-Bill O'Brien
    84-Brian Megill
    88-Craig England
    ---Practice Roster---
    6-Michael Diehl
     
Transition (Left) Transition (Right) Forwards (Left) Forwards (Right)
  93-Andrew Suitor 14-Pat Saunders 91-Kyle Buchanan
  20-Ryan Hotaling 27-Kevin Buchanan 26-Brett Bucktooth
    42-Jamie Lincoln 19-Garrett Billings
    41-Mark Cockerton ---Practice Roster---
    39-Josh Johnson 7-Matt Crough
       

Next Games After This Match Up

  • Minnesota at Rochester - Saturday, April 4th, 2015 6:30 pm Central
  • New England at Buffalo - Saturday, April 4th, 2015 6:30 pm Central