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Minnesota Swarm (2-0) 10

San Jose Stealth (0-2) 7

Swarm Defense Rolls Another Seven in Victory

Saturday, January 10, 2009
St. Paul, Minnesota
Attendance: 13,094

The Minnesota Swarm (2-0) are on pace to give up 112 goals this year. That would definitely be a NLL record in a sixteen game season. It's unlikely that the team will only give up that many goals this year but after last night's 10-7 home opener victory over the San Jose Stealth (0-2) in the first home game of the Arlotta Era of Swarm Lacrosse, they sure look like a team that could do it. Including last week's victory over Portland, the Swarm have given up only seven goals in each game this year. They have done it with two different goaltenders (Kevin Croswell and Nick Patterson) starting and finishing each of the two games. They have done it with team captain Ryan Cousins missing the first game along with Jon Sullivan and Travis Hill. They have done it with a rookie that was slated to replace last year's leading scorer, Andy Secore, but is now evolving into a fantastic two-way threat in Andrew Watt. They have done it by limiting big time NLL scorers like Ryan Powell and Derek Malawsky of Portland and Colin Doyle and Jeff Zywicki of San Jose. Even with the challenges of the rest of season yet to come, the Swarm defense has so far shown the capability to fight through them.

The Swarm debuted new blue home jerseys and their start made the Stealth feel more blue than the Swarm's new apparel. After the Stealth's Frank Resetarits was called for an illegal stick, the Swarm went on the power play where Craig Point's long range rocket got past Stealth goaltender Aaron Bold for the 1-0 lead. Sean Pollock increased the lead to 2-0 only 22 seconds after the Point goal as he found an alley to the net to score. A high sticking major by the Stealth's Mike Kirk would insure a Swarm power play after Sullivan served the minor concurrent penalty. Watt put the Swarm up 3-0 but the Stealth challenged the goal and it was overturned as the referee deemed that Watt was in the crease. The Swarm would eventually get that 3-0 lead when Ryan Ward scored on the above mentioned power play. That was the way the first quarter finished as the Swarm limited the Stealth to only six shots and zero goals. The first quarter shut out was the fourth time in history that the Swarm have accomplished that feat.

Ward started the second quarter as he finished the first by scoring more goals. The first one was set up on an instinctive righthanded and underhanded alley-oop pass on the pick and roll from Craig Point. The second goal of the quarter and Ward's third of the night saw Ward dive across the crease. Orginally, that goal was waived off by the officials due to a crease violation. Swarm Head Coach Duane Jacobs challenged the call and it was overturned, so Ward got his hat trick and the Swarm were up 5-0. Dan Marohl made it 6-0 as he set up behind the goal. He waited and waited and when Bold moved the way he wanted, Marohl pulled off the Air Gait to the left of Bold. That goal was enough for Stealth Head Coach Jeff Dowling, who made the goaltender change from Bold to Matt Roik. The Stealth finally got one by Patterson as Colin Doyle scored off the pick and roll to cut the Swarm lead to 6-1. Chad Culp then showed his grit by forcing a turnover next to the penalty box as the Stealth were bringing the ball across the center line. Fighting off two Stealth, Culp won the scoop and found Pollock going to the net for the goal. Watt finally got his first NLL goal as Darren Halls found him on the penalty kill that led to the breakaway goal. Watt's goal was the first shorthanded marker for the Swarm this year. The Stealth got two goals within 35 seconds of Watt's goal to get the Stealth within five at 8-3. The Swarm finished the first half with their second shorthanded goal of the game as Kevin Ross won an one on one battle to the net for the 9-3 halftime lead.

The third quarter was once again kryptonite for the Swarm. The Stealth scored four in a row including two power play goals to narrow the Swarm lead to 9-7. It just seemed as if nothing would go right for the Swarm all of sudden especially with the Stealth's seventh goal of the night as the ball rebounded off the glass behind the net and Travis Gillespie caught it in stride and put it right by Patterson. Somehow the Swarm had to stem the tide and it looks like Nick Inch was the man to do it. When Halls was hit from behind and ganged up on, Inch came in to help out. Eventually, he dropped the gloves and his challenged was met the Stealth's Kyle Hartzell. Unfortunately for fans looking for a fight, crew chief Chet Couture was in the perfect position at that time to warn the combatants if they continued that both of them would get game misconducts due to the potential fight occuring after play had stopped. The fight did not come off, but it seemed to symbolize that the Swarm were through with this game's third quarter inadequacy and had enough of the mini-Stealth resurgency which now had ended. Marohl continued his goal highlight reel for the night with a beauty of a behind the back goal crossing the goaltender from right to left of him. That goal finished the third quarter scoring with the Swarm up three 10-7.

The fourth quarter was all about Patterson saying no mas to the Stealth as he made 14 saves on 14 shots and the Swarm defense scooping up any Stealth mistake. The offense tended to be maybe a bit too patient and only got five shots on net. This last quarter presented a rarity in the NLL, a completely scoreless quarter as neither team scored in the fourth. This is the first time in Swarm history that this occurred and with that occurence the game ended in yet another Swarm victory by the score of 10-7. The Swarm only scored one goal in the second half, which set a infamous Swarm record for the fewest goals in any one half for the team.

Ward led the Swarm with three goals and two assists. He is now one goal short of 100 regular season goals as a member of the Swarm. Ross continued his five point per game average for the season with a goal and four assists. Marohl and Pollock each scored two goals in the game. Those two and Ward have scored at least two goals in each of the first two games of this season. Patterson made a spectacular 2009 debut with 36 saves on 43 shots. The Swarm have now won their last two home openers after losing their first three in their history.

With the victory, the Swarm lead the West Division along with the Calgary Roughnecks (2-0). They have the week off before they host their arch-nemesis, the defending NLL Champion Buffalo Bandits (2-0), on January 24. The Swarm played a pretty complete game against the Stealth, if you disregard the dreaded third quarter. They will have to play 60 minutes and not only 45 minutes to beat the Bandits. Even with that in mind, the Swarm have the look of a team that is ready for that challenge especially on defense.

Game Statistics

Pointstreak Box Score | Minnesota Swarm Game Center



Team Stats 1 2 3 4 F   Sv/S PIM PP SHG S SOG LB FO
Minnesota 3 6 1 0 10   36/43 14 3/7 2 63 43 64 8/21
San Jose 0 3 4 0 7   29/39 30 3/4 0 55 39 75 13/21


# Minnesota G A Pts PIM PPG SHG S SOG LB FO
7 Dan Marohl 2 1 3 0 1 0 4 3 1 0/0
9 Craig Point 1 2 3 0 1 0 6 3 4 0/0
16 Noah Talbot 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0/0
17 Sean Pollock 2 1 3 0 0 0 9 7 5 0/0
19 Chad Culp 0 1 1 0 0 0 4 1 9 0/0
22 Andrew Watt 1 0 1 0 0 1 2 2 5 0/0
23 Jon Sullivan 0 1 1 4 0 0 1 1 1 0/0
26 Ryan Sharp 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 5 0/0
27 Colin Achenbach 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/0
28 Darren Halls 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 9 7/14
34 Nick Inch 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 5 0/0
44 Ryan Ward 3 2 5 2 1 0 11 7 2 0/0
47 Travis Hill 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 1/7
50 Ryan Cousins 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 3 0/0
71 Kevin Ross 1 4 5 0 0 1 7 7 3 0/0
73 Dean Hill 0 3 3 0 0 0 7 5 4 0/0
93 NickPatterson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0
31 Kevin Croswell Backup Goaltender - DNP
4 Joe Cinosky Did Not Dress
12 Eric Pacey Did Not Dress
21 Kevin Fines Did Not Dress
33 Kevin Buchanan Did Not Dress
77 Riley Kemp Did Not Dress
 
# Minnesota MIN GA Saves Shots Dec  
93 NickPatterson 60:00 7 36 43 W 1-0  
31 Kevin Croswell 0:00 0 0 0    
 
# San Jose G A Pts PIM PPG SHG S SOG LB FO
2 Brett Manney 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 0/0
3 Ryan Marshall 0 0 0 15 0 0 1 1 2 0/0
5 Frank Resetarits 0 2 2 2 0 0 7 4 0 0/0
6 Curtis Hodgson 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0/0
7 Colin Doyle 2 3 5 0 0 0 14 11 5 0/0
8 Tom Johnson 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 7 0/0
9 Jeff Zywicki 1 3 4 0 0 0 13 7 6 0/0
10 Rhys Duch 2 2 4 0 2 0 8 6 5 0/0
11 Kyle Sorensen 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 0/0
18 Kyle Hartzell 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0/0
23 Mike Grimes 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 8 0/0
26 Mike Kirk 0 0 0 7 0 0 1 1 3 0/0
29 Cam Sedgwick 1 1 2 0 1 0 7 3 4 0/0
31 Will Dalton 0 1 1 2 0 0 1 0 13 13/21
37 Matt Roik 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0
44 Travis Gillespie 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 9 0/0
77 Aaron Bold 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0
81 Paul Rabil 0 1 1 0 0 0 4 4 0 0/0
00 Tyler Richards Did Not Dress
14 Michael Doneger Did Not Dress
22 Alex Turner Did Not Dress
25 Eric Martin Did Not Dress
34 Luke Hinton Did Not Dress
 
# San Jose MIN GA Saves Shots Dec  
77 Aaron Bold 20:10 6 17 23    
37 Matt Roik 39:50 4 12 16 L 0-2  


Scoring
Quarter Time MN SJ Team Goal 1st Assist 2nd Assist Notes
First 7:35 1 0 Minnesota Craig Point Kevin Ross Ryan Ward PP
First 7:57 2 0 Minnesota Sean Pollock Dan Marohl Kevin Ross  
First 13:26 3 0 Minnesota Ryan Ward Kevin Ross Sean Pollock PP
Second 2:55 4 0 Minnesota Ryan Ward Craig Point Nick Inch  
Second 4:26 5 0 Minnesota Ryan Ward Dean Hill    
Second 5:10 6 0 Minnesota Dan Marohl Dean Hill Craig Point  
Second 7:10 6 1 San Jose Colin Doyle Jeff Zywicki Paul Rabil  
Second 8:37 7 1 Minnesota Sean Pollock Chad Culp    
Second 10:35 8 1 Minnesota Andrew Watt Darren Halls   SH GWG
Second 10:59 8 2 San Jose Rhys Duch Colin Doyle Jeff Zywicki PP
Second 11:10 8 3 San Jose Jeff Zywicki Colin Doyle Rhys Duch  
Second 13:11 9 3 Minnesota Kevin Ross Dean Hill Jon Sullivan SH
Third 1:40 9 4 San Jose Rhys Duch Frank Resetarits Colin Doyle PP
Third 4:17 9 5 San Jose Cam Sedgwick Frank Resetarits Jeff Zywicki PP
Third 4:49 9 6 San Jose Colin Doyle Cam Sedgwick Rhys Duch  
Third 7:12 9 7 San Jose Travis Gillespie Will Dalton Curtis Hodgson  
Third 13:42 10 7 Minnesota Dan Marohl Kevin Ross Ryan Ward PP


Penalties

Quarter Time Team Player Penalty Bench Duration
First 6:24 San Jose Frank Resetarits Illegal Equipment   2:00
First 9:04 Minnesota Jon Sullivan Roughing   2:00
First 9:04 San Jose Mike Kirk High Sticking   5:00
Second 9:14 Minnesota Jon Sullivan Holding   2:00
Second 12:32 Minnesota Ryan Sharp Illegal Cross Checking   2:00
Third 1:12 Minnesota Craig Point Illegal Substitution X 2:00
Third 2:43 Minnesota Ryan Ward Unsportsmanlike Conduct   2:00
Third 5:01 San Jose Will Dalton Interference   2:00
Third 8:32 Minnesota Nick Inch Roughing   2:00
Third 8:32 Minnesota Darren Halls Roughing   2:00
Third 8:32 San Jose Kyle Hartzell Roughing   2:00
Third 8:32 San Jose Mike Grimes Roughing   2:00
Third 8:32 San Jose Mike Kirk Illegal Cross Checking   2:00
Third 11:16 San Jose Ryan Marshall Dangerous Contact to Head   5:00
Third 11:16 San Jose Ryan Marshall Dangerous Contact to Head Misconduct   10:00


Referees
Crew Chief Assistant Referee Technical Referee
2-Chet Couture 72-Matt Robinson 73-Daren Yates

Next Games After This Match Up

  • Minnesota (2-0) vs Buffalo (2-0) - Saturday, January 24 7:00 pm CST
  • San Jose (0-2) vs Rochester (0-1) - Sunday, January 18 7:30 pm CST