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Minnesota Swarm

Minnesota Swarm
(5-9 H 2-3 A 3-6)

At Buffalo Bandits

Buffalo Bandits
(7-7 H 5-2 A 2-5)

Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 7:00 pm CST
Ho-Chunk Nation Field at The Hive
St. Paul, Minnesota


Last Update: April 5, 2015 10:06 pm Central

Live Statistics

TV/Internet/Radio Coverage:

Universal Sports Network
Tape Delay:
  • Universal Sports TV on April 16th at 3:00 pm Central
  • Channel 45 on April 18th at 4:00 pm Central

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More Coverage of this game at:

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Buffalo Bandits Website
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One Page Game Day Program

Standings (04/10/15) Overall Division V. Swarm  
East Division W L   W L   W L   +/-
x-Toronto Rock 12 4   6 3   2 0   39
Rochester Knighthawks 9 4   7 3   1 1   13
Buffalo Bandits 7 7   3 7   2 0   -4

Minnesota Swarm 5 9   4 6         -31
New England Black Wolves 4 8   4 5   1 3   -26
 
West Division W L   W L   W L   +/-
x-Edmonton Rush 9 5   6 2   0 1   54
x-Colorado Mammoth 8 6   5 4   2 0   6
Calgary Roughnecks 5 10   4 5   0 0   -8

Vancouver Stealth 4 10   3 7   1 0   -43

y - Clinched home playoff game
x - Clinched playoff spot

Series History:

Minnesota Overall Home Road Home (2015) Road (2015)
vs Bandits 6-18 4-6 2-12 0-0 0-2
vs Bandits-Playoffs 0-2 0-2 0-0 0-0
Total 6-20 4-6 2-14 0-0 0-2

This is the third and final game of the season series between the two teams. Buffalo has won the first two and both were in Buffalo that had the same theme: fast start for Buffalo, trying to catch up late for Minnesota. The Bandits jumped out to 11-3 lead to win 15-12 on January 30th and a 9-5 halftime lead on their way to a 12-8 victory on March 21st. With those two victories, the Bandits have won the season series and the ever important tiebreaker which is just one Bandit win on Saturday night from breaking the Swarm's back.

The Bandits have won six in a row against the Swarm in Buffalo; however, the Swarm may have a ray of hope as they have beaten the Bandits four straight at The Hive including two 10-9 victories last season.

Last Weekend:

The Swarm played twice last weekend, winning at home and losing on the road. Last Friday, the Swarm led throughout on their way to a 12-8 victory over the New England Black Wolves to win the season series three games to one. Callum Crawford led the Swarm with three goals and four assists.

The following night, the Swarm traveled to Rochester to play the Knighthawks and suffered a humiliating 10-2 defeat. The two goals for the Swarm are the lowest ever scored in a NLL regular season game and ties it with the 1999 NLL playoff win by the Toronto Rock over the Philadelphia Wings, 13-2. The season series is tied at one with both teams meeting to end the regular season at The Hive on May 2nd.

The Bandits played on Saturday night at home to the New England Black Wolves losing 12-11. Ryan Benesch had five goals and two assists to lead the Bandits. The Black Wolves lead the season series over the Bandits 2-0 with two more games left in the series.

Notes:

  • Swarm-Rollergirls Doubleheader Night
  • The Swarm must win their remaining games and get a lot of help to make the playoffs. Lose this weekend and they are eliminated from playoff contention.
  • April is the best month (and only winning month) at home for the Swarm in team history with a 16-14 record including last week's win over New England.
  • The Swarm in five home games this year have averaged nine goals for and twelve goals against.
  • Even with the struggles of the offense, the defense continues to give the team a chance. Last weekend, the gave up an average of nine goals per game in the two games that weekend. Joel White and Ethan O'Connor are getting to the loose balls while Greg Downing and Alex Crepinsek are locking down the other team's top scorers.
  • Zach Higgins continues to keep Brodie MacDonald on the bench with his sixth straight game of saving at least 76% of shots on net.
  • Kiel Matisz went on second level injured reserve (21 days) on March 21st due to an right arm injury suffered on March 14th against New England. It looks like he would be eligible to be activated on April 11th for this weekend's game if he is ready to go.
  • Both teams are the bottom two in the league in power play percentage by a wide margin as both are under 30% with the league average at 45%. The Swarm are 1 for 20 in their last five games. In the two games between the teams this year, both have went a combined 3 for 12 on the power play and neither scored in five chances in the game on March 21st.
  • Former Swarm with the Bandits: Ryan Benesch, Andrew Watt, Chad Culp and Jay Thorimbert
  • Mark Steenhuis was placed on the first level injured reserve (10 days) on April 7th, meaning he will miss this weekend's game. Steenhuis has 24 goals and 43 assists this season but is notorious for racking up the points against the Swarm including the game winner for the Bandits in the Swarm's first ever playoff game in 2006. He has played in all 26 games in the Swarm vs. Bandits series including both playoff games.
    • Regular Season: 24GP 44g 50a 94pts 1GWG
    • Playoffs: 2GP 2g 2a 4pts 1GWG
  • Ryan Benesch leads the NLL with 40 goals this season and is sixth in points with 77
  • Dhane Smith is eighth in the NLL with 75 points
  • At 46, this could be John Tavares last trip in uniform to The Hive, so get out to see NLL's all-time leading scorer. He has done quite a bit a damage against the Swarm:
    • Regular Season: 21GP 43g 66a 109pts 4GWG
    • Playoffs: 2GP 6g 5a 11pts 1GWG
  • David Brock will miss the second game of his two game suspension this weekend for an incident in against Toronto on March 13th.

Prediction: Minnesota Swarm 10 Buffalo Bandits 9

The Minnesota Swarm start the first of four straight to the end the regular season with all four at Ho-Chunk Nation Field at The Hive on Saturday night as they play host to the Buffalo Bandits. Win and continue to dream playoffs, lose and get ready for summer ball. I look for another fine Swarm defensive showing to lead the way and the Swarm offense to rally late for a come from behind victory.

Team Stats (04/09/15) Minnesota   Buffalo
  Stat NLL Rank   Stat NLL Rank
Goals Per Game 10.4 9th   11.9 6th
Goals Against Per Game 12.6 6th   12.2 5th
Shots on Goal Per Game 49.2 7th   51.9 4th
Shots on Goal Against Per Game 51.6 7th   52.5 8th
Loose Balls Per Game 68.0 3rd   68.6 2nd
Forced Turnovers Per Game 11.6 5th   7.9 9th
Power Play 27.4% 8th   24.0% 9th
Penalty Kill 50.8% 6th   50.0% 7th
Short Handed Goals 5 7th   7 4th
Short Handed Goals Against 10 7th   5 3rd
Penalty Minutes Per Game 14.4 8th   23.9 2nd

Projected Starting Goaltenders vs Opponent:

Minnesota GP W-L GAA Save %   Buffalo GP W-L GAA Save %
Zach Higgins 3 0-2 11.88 .778   Anthony Cosmo 13 6-4 10.22 .786

Faceoffs:

Minnesota FOW FOT   Buffalo FOW FOT
Jordan MacIntosh 150 319   Jay Thorimbert 259 393
Corbyn Tao 13 24   Jamie Batson 1 2
Ethan O'Connor 9 20   Nick Weiss 0 1

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 22 28 54
8 D L Greg Downing 03/24/85 6-1 193 Auburn, NY Fairfield 1 6 56
10 D R Alex Crepinsek 02/18/89 5-11 185 Oakville, ON RIT 3 4 58
11 T R Joel White 07/05/89 6-2 200 Cortland, NY Syracuse 8 4 134
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 29
24 T R Jordan MacIntosh - A 09/19/89 6-2 190 Oakville, ON RIT 17 22 147
32 F L Shayne Jackson 11/16/90 5-10 175 Bowmanville, ON Limestone 22 36 59
33 T L David Earl 08/02/87 6-1 185 Simsbury, CT Notre Dame 1 2 26
37 T R Ethan O'Connor 03/05/91 6-1 185 Milton, ON Hobart 2 3 71
45 T L Jason Noble 09/05/91 5-9 180 Orangeville, ON Cornell 0 3 50
66 F L Shane MacDonald 07/26/93 6-0 205 Elora, ON   6 5 11
67 D R Patrick Miles 10/22/92 5-11 170 Brampton, ON New England Coll 0 3 20
73 F L Dean Hill 10/26/84 6-3 225 Scarborough, ON Brock 10 11 23
84 F R Corbyn Tao 04/09/88 5-10 185 Coquitlam, BC Robert Morris 10 7 54
85 D R Mitch Belisle 11/09/85 5-10 190 Brewster, NY Cornell 1 2 52
93 F L Johnny Powless 03/15/93 5-11 175 Six Nations, ON   8 34 25
98 F R Callum Crawford - A 11/07/84 6-2 196 Ottawa, ON Dowling 19 31 51
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 5 6 11.35 .776
50 G L Brodie MacDonald 09/11/89 6-7 245 Vernon, BC   0 3 15.86 .706
Practice Roster
35 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
35 - 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  

Buffalo Bandits

Runner
# Pos L/R Name Birthday Ht Wt Hometown College G A LB
2 F L Jerome Thompson 06/04/88 6-0 210 Akwesasne, ON Onondaga 8 13 27
3 D L Billy Dee Smith - A 06/30/82 6-3 195 St. Catharines, ON   1 4 27
4 D L Jamie Batson 04/02/85 6-0 218 Brantford, ON Lakeland 0 0 5
7 D L Derek Suddons 06/10/78 6-2 210 Oshawa, ON Hartford 1 2 30
8 T R Kevin Brownell 08/16/88 6-1 175 Burlington, ON Robert Morris 5 9 51
11 F L John Tavares - C 09/04/68 5-11 185 Toronto, ON Wilfrid Laurier 7 14 18
15 T L Matthew Bennett 01/25/93 6-0 185 Brampton, ON   0 0 7
17 F L Ryan Benesch 01/30/85 5-9 180 Kitchener, ON   40 37 77
19 F L Chad Culp 02/05/82 5-9 175 Fergus, ON   8 19 47
20 T R Nick Weiss 08/16/92 6-2 195 Port Hope, ON   3 4 65
22 T L Andrew Watt 01/09/84 6-1 205 Kitchener, ON Robert Morris 0 0 24
23 D R Steve Priolo - A 01/15/89 6-5 236 St. Catharines, ON Brock 4 14 86
24 T L Mitchell Jones 12/12/91 6-2 185 Delta, BC Northern Michigan
55 T R Mitch Wilde 11/21/91 6-3 208 Brooklin, ON Robert Morris 3 8 30
66 T R Alex Kedoh Hill 08/08/90 6-0 145 Six Nations, ON   16 15 80
75 T R Jay Thorimbert 07/06/86 6-0 205 Whitby, ON Guelph 4 3 184
92 F R Dhane Smith 09/23/92 6-3 195 Kitchener, ON Conestoga 32 43 5850
91 F R Corey Fowler 04/18/89 5-10 165 Niagara, ON Carleton
Practice Roster
21 F L Tyler Ferreira 06/25/93 6-1 155 Brampton, ON Dowling
Goaltending
# Pos L/R Name Birthday Ht Wt Hometown College W L GAA SV %
38 G L Kurtis Wagar 11/05/85 6-0 210 Blackstock, ON Brock
44 G L Anthony Cosmo 10/06/77 6-2 210 Mississauga, ON Brock 6 7 11.94 .771
Staff
General Manager Head Coach Assistant Assistant
Steve Dietrich Troy Cordingley Rob Buchan Rich Kilgour
Assistant Assistant Assistant Assistant
Rusty Kruger Dave Pym Dan Teat Steve Toll
Depth Chart
Goaltenders Defense (Left) Defense (Right)
44-Anthony Cosmo 7-Derek Suddons 23-Steve Priolo
38-Kurtis Wagar 3-Billy Dee Smith  
  4-Jamie Batson  
     
Transition (Left) Transition (Right) Forwards (Left) Forwards (Right)
22-Andrew Watt 75-Jay Thorimbert 17-Ryan Benesch 92-Dhane Smith
15-Matthew Bennett 55-Mitch Wilde 19-Chad Culp 91-Corey Fowler
24-Mitchell Jones 66-Alex Kedoh Hill 11-John Tavares  
  20-Nick Weiss 2-Jerome Thompson  
  8-Kevin Brownell ---Practice Roster---  
    21-Tyler Ferreira  

Next Games After This Match Up

  • Minnesota vs Calgary - Saturday, April 18th, 2015 7:00 pm Central
  • Buffalo vs Vancouver - Saturday, April 25th, 2015 6:30 pm Central