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Minnesota Swarm

Minnesota Swarm
(5-10 H 2-4 A 3-6)

Calgary Roughnecks
(5-11 H 4-5 A 1-6)

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 7:00 pm CST
Ho-Chunk Nation Field at The Hive
St. Paul, Minnesota


Live Statistics

TV/Internet/Radio Coverage:

Universal Sports Network
Tape Delay:
  • Universal Sports TV on April 23rd at 3:00 pm Central
  • Channel 45 on April 25th at 4:00 pm Central
Swarm Twitter
Roughnecks Twitter

More Coverage of this game at:

Minnesota Swarm Website
Calgary Roughnecks Website
National Lacrosse League Website
IL Indoor.com
One Page Game Day Program

Standings (04/17/15) Overall Division V. Swarm  
East Division W L   W L   W L   +/-
y-Toronto Rock 13 4   7 3   2 0   42
x-Rochester Knighthawks 10 5   7 3   1 1   21
Buffalo Bandits 8 7   4 7   3 0   -1

Minnesota Swarm 5 10   4 7         -34
New England Black Wolves 4 10   4 6   1 3   -31
 
West Division W L   W L   W L   +/-
y-Edmonton Rush 10 5   7 2   0 1   56
y-Colorado Mammoth 9 7   5 4   2 0   -2
Vancouver Stealth 5 10   3 7   1 0   -41

Calgary Roughnecks 5 11   4 6   0 0   -10

y - Clinched home playoff game
x - Clinched playoff spot

Series History:

Minnesota Overall Home Road Home (2014) Road (2014)
vs Roughnecks 5-10 2-4 3-6 0-1 0-1
Total 5-10 2-4 3-6 0-1 0-1

This is the first and only time these two teams meet each other this year. The Roughnecks have won five straight in the series dating back to March 3rd, 2012 when the Swarm beat the Roughnecks in Calgary by a 15-11 margin. The last time the Swarm beat the Roughnecks at The Hive was April 2, 2011 when the Swarm won 13-8. The Swarm have lost three straight at The Hive to the Roughnecks.

Last Weekend:

The Swarm were the first team eliminated from playoff contention this year as the Buffalo Bandits swept the three-game season series last weekend at The Hive by a 12-9 score. Shayne Jackson notched a career high five goals in the game but first-half injuries to Jordan MacIntosh and Callum Crawford that took both out of the game were too much for Jackson and the Swarm to overcome.

The Roughnecks played their Albertan rival, the Edmonton Rush, in a home and home series last weekend. Last Friday, the two teams met in Calgary with Curtis Dickson getting the short-handed game winner with 2:55 left in the game to hold off the Rush, 9-8. The next night, Shawn Evans had a goal and seven assists which were enough to break the single-season NLL record in points in one season with 117 in 16 games passing John Grant's 116 in fourteen games in 2012. However, Evans' historical night was not enough as the Rush got the split in Edmonton with a 11-9 win over the Roughnecks.

Notes:

  • Ladies Night at Ho-Chunk Nation Field at The Hive
  • The Swarm will be without Callum Crawford, who will miss the rest of season with a hand injury suffered last weekend and Jordan MacIntosh, who sprained an ankle last weekend. MacIntosh may make it back for the home finale but Crawford is definitely out.
  • With those two out, it appears that Shayne Jackson would be the captain as he has worn the "A" since the Andrew Suitor trade.
  • Joe Haodais Maracle was activated to replace Crawford who was put on the injured reserve. Maracle may see his first action this weekend in lefty rotation which will probably go four deep on Saturday night.
  • Corbyn Tao and Ethan O'Connor will split face off duties with MacIntosh out and both will be up against this weekend as they face Geoff Snider, who is the best faceoff man in the NLL for the last decade.
  • Sam Bradman and Joel White look to get a bit of time out the front door with MacIntosh and Crawford out.
  • The Swarm power play is 2 for 26 in the last six games and is going up against the league's second best penalty kill and second in shorthanded goals scored. The Swarm have to reverse those trends to have a reasonable chance to win.
  • The Swarm's defense key number is nine. They are 2-0 at home if they give up nine or less but 0-4 when they give up nine or more. With the Swarm only averaging nine goals per game at home this season, it requires the Swarm defense to be practically perfect.
  • The Roughnecks are battling the Vancouver Stealth for the last playoff spot in the West. Both teams finish the season in Vancouver on May 2nd in the game which more than likely will decide that playoff spot.
  • Former Swarm Sean Pollock joined the Roughnecks on March 17th after being released by the Colorado Mammoth. In six games with the Roughnecks, Pollock has four goals and four assists as he does the dirty work for Evans and Dickson.
  • Dickson leads the NLL with 46 goals and Evans is fifth with 40.
  • Evans leads the NLL with 77 assists and 117 points

Prediction: Minnesota Swarm 11 Calgary Roughnecks 9

For the Minnesota Swarm, new opportunities for the youngest of the young on the team as injuries and trades in the last month have created spots for players like Sam Bradman, Joe Haodais Maracle, Shane MacDonald and Patricke Miles to show they deserve to be given a look for 2016. These players minus injured stars Jordan MacIntosh and Callum Crawford will be spotlighted on Saturday night at Ho-Chunk Nation Field at The Hive as they attempt to derail the playoff hopes of the Calgary Roughnecks. The key for the Swarm is to limit the chances of the Roughnecks special teams and tighten up on transitional defense to come away with the home victory. They do that and another solid game in net from Zach Higgins should improve the Swarm's record to 6-10.

Team Stats (04/17/15) Minnesota   Calgary
  Stat NLL Rank   Stat NLL Rank
Goals Per Game 10.3 9th   11.8 6th
Goals Against Per Game 12.5 7th   12.4 6th
Shots Per Game 49.3 6th   51.4 4th
Shots Against Per Game 50.9 6th   48.4 2nd
Loose Balls Per Game 68.5 4th   57.9 7th
Forced Turnovers Per Game 11.40 4th   11.44 3rd
Power Play 26.5% 8th   55.1% 1st
Penalty Kill 50.7% 7th   63.5% 2nd
Short Handed Goals 5 8th   14 2nd
Short Handed Goals Against 12 7th   8 5th
Penalty Minutes Per Game 13.8 9th   21.6 4th

Projected Starting Goaltenders vs Opponent:

Minnesota GP W-L GAA Save %   Calgary GP W-L GAA Save %
Zach Higgins 2 0-0 20.95 .545   Frankie Scigliano 3 0-0 19.46 .615

Faceoffs:

Minnesota FOW FOT   Calgary FOW FOT
Jordan MacIntosh 151 325   Geoff Snider 224 320
Corbyn Tao 16 40   Garrett McIntosh 24 61
Ethan O'Connor 10 23   Curtis Manning 22 59
        Karsen Leung 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 23 29 60
8 D L Greg Downing 03/24/85 6-1 193 Auburn, NY Fairfield 1 6 60
10 D R Alex Crepinsek 02/18/89 5-11 185 Oakville, ON RIT 3 4 60
11 T R Joel White 07/05/89 6-2 200 Cortland, NY Syracuse 8 6 145
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 32
24 T R Jordan MacIntosh - A 09/19/89 6-2 190 Oakville, ON RIT 17 22 148
32 F L Shayne Jackson 11/16/90 5-10 175 Bowmanville, ON Limestone 27 37 63
33 T L David Earl 08/02/87 6-1 185 Simsbury, CT Notre Dame 2 2 29
37 T R Ethan O'Connor 03/05/91 6-1 185 Milton, ON Hobart 2 4 79
45 T L Jason Noble 09/05/91 5-9 180 Orangeville, ON Cornell 0 3 53
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 4 27
73 F L Dean Hill 10/26/84 6-3 225 Scarborough, ON Brock 11 11 27
84 F R Corbyn Tao 04/09/88 5-10 185 Coquitlam, BC Robert Morris 10 8 62
85 D R Mitch Belisle 11/09/85 5-10 190 Brewster, NY Cornell 1 3 56
88 F L Joe Haodais Maracle 08/30/94 5-11 195 Six Nations, ON  
93 F L Johnny Powless 03/15/93 5-11 175 Six Nations, ON   9 37 29
Practice Roster
17 F R Marcus Holman 05/02/91 5-11 185 Baltimore, MD North Carolina
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 7 11.33 .772
50 G L Brodie MacDonald 09/11/89 6-7 245 Vernon, BC   0 3 16.16 .701
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 11 - Joel White 32 - Shayne Jackson 2 - Miles Thompson
33 - David Earl 37 - Ethan O'Connor 93 - Johnny Powless 84 - Corbyn Tao
  12 - Sam Bradman 73 - Dean Hill ---Practice Roster---
  24 - Jordan MacIntosh - A 66 - Shane MacDonald 17 - Marcus Holman
    88 - Joe Haodais Maracle  

Calgary Roughnecks

Runners
# Pos L/R Name Birthday Ht Wt Hometown College G A LB
4 T R Geoff Snider 04/02/81 5-11 205 Calgary, AB Denver 3 7 102
6 D R Garrett McIntosh 06/17/89 6-4 235 Coquitlam, BC Drexel 1 1 26
10 D R Curtis Manning 03/12/87 6-4 205 Surrey, BC Simon Fraser 1 3 65
11 D L Greg Harnett 06/30/90 5-11 185 Caledon, ON Bishop's 0 5 43
12 F R Sean Pollock 07/07/82 5-10 175 Wallaceburg, ON   13 22 46
14 D L Jeff Moleski 02/03/82 6-1 205 Prince George, BC   1 8 47
15 F R Shawn Evans 04/28/86 5-8 175 Peterborough, ON Bellarmine 40 77 77
16 D R Mike Carnegie - A 03/24/84 5-10 192 London, ON Western Ontario 3 6 57
17 F R Curtis Dickson 07/18/88 6-2 195 Port Coquitlam, BC Delaware 46 37 52
20 T L Travis Cornwall 02/01/90 6-2 210 Coquitlam, BC Simon Fraser 0 4 17
21 T R Karsen Leung 04/21/90 6-0 180 Victoria, BC Bellarmine 8 23 65
22 D R Scott Carnegie 12/17/85 6-0 171 London, ON   1 2 27
33 D L Jon Harnett 05/28/88 6-1 180 Orangeville, ON Adrian 0 2 39
36 F L Daryl Veltman 09/25/85 6-0 180 Brampton, ON Hobart 20 32 29
37 D R Andrew McBride - C 12/09/82 6-0 185 Ladner, BC Calgary 0 1 33
44 F L Dane Dobbie 12/01/86 5-9 183 Elora, ON   34 28 30
77 T L Jeff Shattler 12/26/84 6-0 185 Edmonton, AB   23 29 65
80 D R Peter McFetridge 03/18/86 6-3 195 Vancouver, BC   2 3 28
Practice Roster
7 T L Tor Reinholdt 04/21/90 6-2 200 Port Moody, BC Limestone 0 1 5
24 D L Patrick O'Meara 02/04/90 6-5 205 Coquitlam, BC  
87 T R Tyson Roe 10/06/92 6-10 245 Duncan, BC Concordia (WI)
Goaltending
# Pos L/R Name Birthday Ht Wt Hometown College W L GAA SV %
30 G R Mike Poulin 12/17/85 6-2 215 Kitchener, ON Conestoga 1 5 12.89 .712
92 G R Frank Scigliano 01/16/92 6-4 290 Coquitlam, BC   4 6 11.42 .768
Staff
General Manager Head Coach Assistant Assistant Assistant
Mike Board Curt Malawsky Bruce Codd Bob McMahon Marty O'Neill
Depth Chart
Goaltenders Defense (Left) Defense (Right)
92-Frank Scigliano 14-Jeff Moleski 10-Curtis Manning
30-Mike Poulin 11-Greg Harnett 16-Mike Carnegie
  33-Jon Harnett 37-Andrew McBride
  ---Practice Roster--- 22-Scott Carnegie
  24-Patrick O'Meara 6-Garrett McIntosh
     
Transition (Left) Transition (Right) Forward (Left) Forward (Right)
20-Travis Cornwall 21-Karsen Leung 77-Jeff Shattler 15-Shawn Evans
---Practice Roster--- 80-Peter McFetridge 44-Dane Dobbie 17-Curtis Dickson
7-Tor Reinholdt 4-Geoff Snider 36-Daryl Veltman 12-Sean Pollock
  ---Practice Roster---    
  87-Tyson Roe    
       

Next Games After This Match Up

  • Minnesota vs Edmonton - Saturday, April 25th, 2015 7:00 pm Central
  • Calgary at Vancouver - Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 9:00 pm Central