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Minnesota Swarm (2-1) 9

Buffalo Bandits (4-0) 10

The Measuring Stick Almost Measured Up

Saturday, January 24, 2009
St. Paul, Minnesota
Attendance: 11,458

Leading up to last night's game against the Buffalo Bandits, the Minnesota Swarm were talking of this game as being a measuring stick for their team. What the Swarm were measuring was where their team was in comparison with the defending NLL Champion Bandits. They measured up well but quite well enough in the 10-9 loss to the Bandits. John Tavares' goal coming off rolling behind a pick with 1:32 left in the game kept the Bandits one measured unit ahead in this year's 2009 season.

The Bandits sprinted out the gate in this game with Tavares finding Roger Vyse for the first goal of the game just 1:28 into the game. Mike Accursi scored two in a row after that to advance the lead to 3-0 and after Cory Bomberry fired a low laser past Nick Patterson (1-0 9.00 GAA .810 Save%) late in the first quarter to extend the lead to 4-0, the Swarm made a goaltender change to Kevin Croswell (1-1 7.31 GAA .852 Save%).

The Bandits kept on rolling in the second quarter with a Kyle Schmelzle breakaway goal for their fifth straight to begin the game. A fast start like this in the past often doomed the Swarm against the Bandits like in 2007, but not this time. The comeback started with Kevin Fines (3g 1a) on a breakaway goal through Mike Thompson's five hole. The Swarm next scored on the power play after Dean Hill (1g 7a) found Dan Marohl (5g 4a) on the other side of the crease for the only power play goal of the game for both sides. Ryan Ward (7g 4a) got his 100th regular season goal for the Swarm as he cut down the middle where D. Hill found him open on his way to the net. Chad Culp (2g 2a) scooped up a rebound from a Kevin Ross (5g 9a) shot and found a nook past Thompson. The Bandits challenged the goal but the goal stood to cut the Bandit lead to 5-4. Unfortunately for the Swarm, the Bandits nipped the rally in the bud with two goals in only one minute and a second after the Culp goal to give the Bandits a 7-4 advantage. Swarm fans got the opportunity to see their first fight of the year at the X late in the second quarter when Sean Pollock (4g 6a) to out his frustration on the Bandits' Brandon Swamp. Pollock did have a slight forehead shiner after the game but his rights connected often with the Bandits' main face off man.

The Swarm had some rare in the third quarter, a good third quarter. It started a man down after a too many men call on the team when Culp found Ward through two Bandits. Ward got the ball and stung it past Thompson. Ross then put the moves on Schmelzle eventually finding an opening to score and cut the lead to 7-6. The Bandits yet again thwarted the Swarm comeback with Vyse scoring his second of the night. Tavares then pulled off the air gait to make it 9-7 but the Swarm challenged the goal. The crew chief overturned the Tavares goal since his stick touched Croswell leaving the score at 8-7. The Swarm then had a 4 on 2 break going led by Andrew Watt (1g 2a) who found Ryan Cousins (1g 0a) attacking the middle for the goal. Ross appeared to tie it later in the quarter but the refs ruled a no goal. The goal was challengeable but since the Swarm had already used their one challenge for the half, there was nothing that could be done.

The Bandits started to last quarter getting back that two goal lead just 19 seconds in on a Sean Greenhalgh goal. Colin Achenbach (0g 2a) retrieved a loose ball in the defensive end and took it nearly the length of the floor before he found D. Hill coming off the bench to cut the deficit to 9-8. Ross nearly tied it at nine but Pollock was in the crease at the time and the goal was waived off. Pollock redeemed himself with a backhanded flip to Fines who came off the pick set for Pollock to tie the game at nine. Tavares then got the aforementioned game winner but the Swarm were unable to answer to tie it by the end of regulation.

Ross and D. Hill both scored one goal and three assists while Ward and Fines each scored two goals to lead the Swarm. Patterson started the game in net making 11 saves on 15 shots. Croswell replaced Patterson late in the first and stopped 33 of 39 shots. Tavares led the Bandits with a goal and four assists. The game winner is the third for Tavares against the Swarm. Accursi and Vyse both had two goals for the Bandits. Thompson went the distance saving 58 of a Swarm team record 67 shots.

The Swarm did well in coming back. They limited the league's now third leading scorer Mark Steenhuis to just an assist. They came out strong in the third, did not allow a Bandit power play goal and matched the physicalness of the Bandits. Still, the Bandits got the upperhand in the end thanks to fantastic goaltending from Thompson and clutchness of Tavares. The Swarm will get the opportunity to avenge the loss on February 28 in Buffalo but before then, the Swarm will numerous obstacles that need to be overcome. This first priority is the undefeated and West leading Calgary Roughnecks (4-0) on February 6.

Game Statistics

Box Score | Minnesota Swarm Game Center



Team Stats 1 2 3 4 F   Sv/S PIM PP SH S SOG LB FO
Minnesota 0 4 3 2 9   44/54 13 1/2 1 92 67 95 10/23
Buffalo 4 3 1 2 10   58/67 13 0/2 0 80 54 86 13/23


# Minnesota G A Pts PIM PPG SHG S SOG LB FO
7 Dan Marohl 1 1 2 0 1 0 7 7 5 0/0
9 Craig Point 0 0 0 2 0 0 11 6 4 0/0
16 Noah Talbot 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0/0
17 Sean Pollock 0 1 1 5 0 0 13 11 8 0/0
19 Chad Culp 1 1 2 0 0 0 6 6 3 0/0
21 Kevin Fines 2 0 2 0 0 0 5 3 8 1/5
22 Andrew Watt 0 1 1 0 0 0 4 1 12 0/0
23 Jon Sullivan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0/0
26 Ryan Sharp 0 1 1 0 0 0 4 1 6 0/0
27 Colin Achenbach 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0/0
28 Darren Halls 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 13 9/18
31 Kevin Croswell 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0
34 Nick Inch 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 4 0/0
44 Ryan Ward 2 0 2 0 0 1 12 7 4 0/0
50 Ryan Cousins 1 0 1 0 0 0 5 5 8 0/0
71 Kevin Ross 1 3 4 0 0 0 11 7 5 0/0
73 Dean Hill 1 3 4 2 0 0 12 1 3 0/0
93 NickPatterson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0
4 Joe Cinosky Did Not Dress
12 Eric Pacey Did Not Dress
33 Kevin Buchanan Did Not Dress
47 Travis Hill Did Not Dress
77 Riley Kemp Did Not Dress
 
# Minnesota MIN GA Saves Shots Dec  
93 NickPatterson 13:19 4 11 15    
31 Kevin Croswell 46:41 6 33 39 L 1-1  
 
# Buffalo G A Pts PIM PPG SHG S SOG LB FO
2 Ian Llord 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0/0
6 Chris White 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0/0
8 Delby Powless 1 1 2 0 0 0 4 3 2 0/0
9 Mark Steenhuis 0 1 1 2 0 0 18 10 7 0/0
11 John Tavares 1 4 5 0 0 0 13 11 6 0/0
14 Joe Smith 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/0
17 Brandon Swamp 0 0 0 5 0 0 1 1 2 0/0
18 Phil Sanderson 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 11 0/0
19 Sean Greenhalgh 1 2 3 0 0 0 11 7 4 0/0
24 Kyle Schmelzle 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 5 0/0
28 Clay Hill 1 0 1 2 0 0 3 3 10 0/0
44 Mike Accursi 2 0 2 0 0 0 10 6 6 0/0
51 Kevin Dostie 0 3 3 0 0 0 2 2 2 0/0
66 Mike Thompson 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0
72 Cory Bomberry 1 2 3 0 0 0 8 5 4 1/2
81 Roger Vyse 2 1 3 0 0 0 8 5 5 0/0
84 Brandon Francis 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 13 12/21
29 Ken Montour Back up  Goaltender - DNP
3 Billy Dee Smith Did Not Dress
4 Andrew Lazore Did Not Dress
12 Brian Croswell Did Not Dress
63 Thomas Montour Did Not Dress
88 Cody Jacobs Did Not Dress
 
# Buffalo MIN GA Saves Shots Dec  
66 Mike Thompson 60:00 9 58 67 W 2-0  
29 Ken Montour 0:00 0 0 0    


Scoring
Quarter Time MN BUF Team Goal 1st Assist 2nd Assist Notes
First 1:20 0 1 Buffalo Roger Vyse John Tavares Kevin Dostie  
First 6:08 0 2 Buffalo Mike Accursi Cory Bomberry John Tavares  
First 7:22 0 3 Buffalo Mike Accursi John Tavares Sean Greenhalgh  
First 13:19 0 4 Buffalo Cory Bomberry John Tavares Sean Greenhalgh  
Second 2:19 0 5 Buffalo Kyle Schmelzle Mike Thompson    
Second 2:52 1 5 Minnesota Kevin Fines Nick Inch    
Second 6:22 2 5 Minnesota Dan Marohl Dean Hill Kevin Ross PP
Second 8:10 3 5 Minnesota Ryan Ward Dean Hill Kevin Ross  
Second 8:53 4 5 Minnesota Chad Culp Kevin Ross Dan Marohl  
Second 9:11 4 6 Buffalo Clay Hill Delby Powless Ian Llord  
Second 9:54 4 7 Buffalo Delby Powless Roger Vyse    
Third 4:27 5 7 Minnesota Ryan Ward Chad Culp Ryan Sharp SH
Third 8:33 6 7 Minnesota Kevin Ross      
Third 8:43 6 8 Buffalo Roger Vyse Cory Bomberry    
Third 10:13 7 8 Minnesota Ryan Cousins Andrew Watt    
Fourth 0:19 7 9 Buffalo Sean Greenhalgh Kevin Dostie    
Fourth 4:24 8 9 Minnesota Dean Hill Colin Achenbach    
Fourth 10:34 9 9 Minnesota Kevin Fines Sean Pollock Dean Hill  
Fourth 13:28 9 10 Buffalo John Tavares Mark Steenhuis Kevin Dostie GWG


Penalties

Quarter Time Team Player Penalty Bench Duration
First 9:59 Minnesota Craig Point Illegal Substitution X 2:00
Second 4:23 Buffalo Phil Sanderson Illegal Cross Checking   2:00
Second 4:50 Buffalo Clay Hill Unsportsmanlike Conduct   2:00
Second 4:50 Minnesota Craig Point Illegal Cross Checking   2:00
Second 5:59 Buffalo Mark Steenhuis Checking from Behind   2:00
Second 12:50 Buffalo Brandon Swamp Fighting   5:00
Second 12:50 Minnesota Sean Pollock Fighting   5:00
Third 3:43 Minnesota Craig Point Illegal Substitution X 2:00
Third 7:36 Buffalo Brandon Francis Roughing   2:00
Third 7:36 Minnesota Dean Hill Roughing   2:00


Referees
Crew Chief Assistant Referee Technical Referee
12-Todd Labranche 17-Jeff Dolan 73-Daren Yates

Next Games After This Match Up

  • Minnesota (2-1) at Calgary (4-0) - Friday, February 6 8:30 pm CST
  • Buffalo (4-0) at Edmonton (2-2) - Thursday, January 29 8:00 pm CST