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Minnesota Swarm (3-5) 13

Toronto Rock (2-6) 10

Kevin Buchanan Levels His Cannon on Rock

Friday, February 27, 2009
Toronto, Ontario
Attendance: 13,324

Many have been distresed about the Minnesota Swarm investing in American field lacrosse talent for a game played indoors, especially with the talent and experience playing indoors north of the 49th parallel. The Swarm drafted seven players last September in the Entry Draft, six of which were Americans, including two in the first round. One of those first rounders definitely showed last night why he was indeed so highly thought of. Kevin Buchanan (7g 3a) ran through and around the Toronto Rock defense onto tying a team single game record of five goals. One of those five was the game winner as he and Swarm ended their five game losing streak with a 13-10 victory over the Rock Friday night in Toronto.

As with nearly all games this year, the Swarm dug themselves a deep hole to start the game. With the Rock up 1-0, Buchanan got the ball behind the net and found Sean Pollock (9g 16a) alone out front top right for the goal. The Rock then rattled off three straight after that. Craig Conn (2g 6a) assisted on all three of those Rock goals and at the end of the first quarter, the Rock were up 4-1 and literally running away with the game as their transition was looking awesome.

Buchanan got his first goal of the night to start the second quarter when he twisted and turned through the Rock defense to score on Bob Watson (2-6 13.68 GAA .735 Save %). The Rock countered with two transition goals, the first by Jeff Gilbert (1g 3a) and the second was shorthanded by Rob Marshall (3g 5a). For Gilbert, that was his first ever NLL goal. The Swarm were down 6-2 and that may have been time most teams would have burrowed back in the hole and hibernate. Not the Swarm. Dan Marohl (11g 16a) started it off by finding Ryan Ward (18g 17a) emerging from behind the net for a power play goal to cut the lead in half. Colin Achenbach (1g 3a) got his first goal of the season as he got behind the defense and planted himself on the crease where Ward found him with a pass. Buchanan then scored on a 4 on 4 situation as he ran around the defense and scored on his off side to the right of Watson. Buchanan then tied it going down the middle, changing hands and letting one rip by Watson. The Rock were able to get the final answer of the half, when Luke Wiles (14g 17a) unleashed a low laser from the restraining line by Kevin Croswell (2-3 10.23 GAA .802 Save %) for a 7-6 lead at the half.

Aaron Wilson (11g 10a) started the third quarter scooping up a rebound and putting it back in. That goal was his 200th in regular season action and his first for the Swarm since arriving via trade on February 19. After Chris Driscoll (5g 5a) got the lead back for the Rock, Kevin Ross (8g 14a) tied it up again spinning off of Gilbert and going in alone on Watson. Buchanan got his fourth of the night weaving through the Rock at the 6:05 mark, crossing the crease, faking once then slipping past Watson as he passed the crease. That gave the Swarm their first lead in a game since the 0:32 mark of the second quarter against Colorado on February 7th when Craig Point (4g 9a) put the Swarm up 3-2 over the Mammoth. That was four games ago or 200 minutes and 33 seconds of not having a lead in a game. Marohl did his patented Air Marohl goal (shooting from behind the net and putting it in from the side) to give the Swarm a two goal lead at 10-8. Buchanan got his fifth goal off a screen that opened up a shooting alley on Watson. That goal would prove to be the game winner and the Swarm went to the fourth with a 11-8 lead.

Andrew Watt (5g 7a) scored his third shorthanded goal of the season to start the fourth quarter on the breakaway faking once and scoring. Former Swarm Kasey Beirnes (15g 7a) then scored the next two goals for the Rock to try to rally the Rock back in the game but Wilson put the dagger in the Rock scoring on the crease to make it 13-10. Wiles then was called for an unsportsmanlike penalty after that goal and the Swarm whittle the Rock away man up for the rest of the game.

Buchanan made quite a splash Friday night leading the Swarm with his five goals and an assist. Last year, Point had his breakout game in his rookie year in Toronto, this year Buchanan's breakout game was in Toronto also. Both Pollock and Ward had a goal and four assists. Wilson scored two goals and assist in his first game in Toronto after being traded to Rochester in the offseason. Croswell was stellar in net, holding the Rock to three second half goals and withstanding the Rock transition game that tired itself out by halftime. Croswell faced 54 shots and saved 44 of them. Beirnes, Wiles and Driscoll each had two goals and one assist and Watson saved 40 of 53 shots for the Rock.

Game Statistics

Box Score

Minnesota Swarm Game Center

Highlights



Team Stats 1 2 3 4 F   Sv/S PIM PP SH S SOG LB FO
Minnesota 1 5 5 2 13   44/54 8 1/3 1 71 53 71 15/28
Toronto 4 3 1 2 10   40/53 6 0/4 1 74 54 83 13/28


# Minnesota G A Pts PIM PPG SHG S SOG LB FO
7 Dan Marohl 1 2 3 0 0 0 11 8 3 0/0
10 Aaron Wilson 2 1 3 0 0 0 8 7 4 0/0
12 Eric Pacey 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 4 0/0
16 Noah Talbot 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 7 0/0
17 Sean Pollock 1 4 5 0 0 0 6 4 7 0/0
19 Chad Culp 0 1 1 0 0 0 8 7 5 0/0
21 Kevin Fines 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 5 1/10
22 Andrew Watt 1 1 2 0 0 1 4 3 6 0/0
23 Jon Sullivan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0/0
27 Colin Achenbach 1 0 1 2 0 0 1 1 4 0/0
31 Kevin Croswell 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0/0
33 Kevin Buchanan 5 1 6 0 0 0 8 7 7 0/0
34 Nick Inch 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0/0
44 Ryan Ward 1 4 5 0 1 0 13 6 2 0/0
47 Travis Hill 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 14/18
50 Ryan Cousins 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 0/0
71 Kevin Ross 1 1 2 2 0 0 6 5 4 0/0
93 NickPatterson Backup Goaltender - Did Not Play
4 Joe Cinosky Did Not Dress
5 Josh Funk Did Not Dress
8 Rory McDade Did Not Dress
26 Ryan Sharp Did Not Dress
28 Darren Halls Did Not Dress
 
# Minnesota MIN GA Saves Shots Dec  
31 Kevin Croswell 60:00 10 44 54 W 2-3  
93 NickPatterson 0:00 0 0 0    
 
# Toronto G A Pts PIM PPG SHG S SOG LB FO
4 Jeff Gilbert 1 0 1 2 0 0 2 2 9 0/0
5 Mark Scherman 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 5 0/0
8 Craig Conn 0 3 3 0 0 0 9 5 4 2/4
12 Chad Thompson 1 0 1 0 0 0 5 4 1 0/0
14 Rob Marshall 1 1 2 0 0 1 2 2 8 0/0
15 Luke Wiles 2 1 3 2 0 0 12 6 5 0/0
16 Blaine Manning 1 1 2 0 0 0 11 9 1 0/0
23 Matt Carroll 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0/0
25 Mike Hobbins 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 2 1 0/0
27 Peter Lough 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 9 1/5
29 Bob Watson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0
33 Kasey Beirnes 2 1 3 0 0 0 8 7 10 0/0
37 Scott Campbell 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0/0
42 Lewis Ratcliff 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 6 3 0/0
44 Stephen Hoar 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 1 7 10/18
54 Jason Crosbie 0 1 1 0 0 0 6 5 10 0/1
93 Chris Driscoll 2 1 3 0 0 0 5 5 4 0/0
1 Curtis Palidwor Back up Goaltender - Did Not Play
10 Bill McGlone Did Not Dress
18 Josh Wasson Did Not Dress
22 Cam Woods Did Not Dress
43 Mike Attwood Did Not Dress
81 Michael Fleming Did Not Dress
 
# Toronto MIN GA Saves Shots Dec  
29 Bob Watson 60:00 13 40 53 W 2-6  
1 Curtis Palidwor 0:00 0 0 0    


Scoring
Quarter Time MN TOR Team Goal 1st Assist 2nd Assist Notes
First 2:19 0 1 Toronto Chris Driscoll Rob Marshall    
First 7:52 1 1 Minnesota Sean Pollock Kevin Buchanan    
First 8:16 1 2 Toronto Blaine Manning Craig Conn Kasey Beirnes  
First 10:15 1 3 Toronto Chad Thompson Craig Conn Mark Scherman  
First 13:26 1 4 Toronto Luke Wiles Craig Conn    
Second 1:07 2 4 Minnesota Kevin Buchanan Kevin Ross Aaron Wilson  
Second 1:59 2 5 Toronto Jeff Gilbert      
Second 5:21 2 6 Toronto Rob Marshall Chris Driscoll Peter Lough SH
Second 5:55 3 6 Minnesota Ryan Ward Dan Marohl Sean Pollock PP
Second 10:01 4 6 Minnesota Colin Achenbach Ryan Ward    
Second 12:02 5 6 Minnesota Kevin Buchanan Dan Marohl    
Second 13:15 6 6 Minnesota Kevin Buchanan Sean Pollock    
Second 13:57 6 7 Toronto Luke Wiles Mike Hobbins Peter Lough  
Third 1:06 7 7 Minnesota Aaron Wilson      
Third 4:10 7 8 Toronto Chris Driscoll      
Third 5:02 8 8 Minnesota Kevin Ross Ryan Ward    
Third 6:05 9 8 Minnesota Kevin Buchanan Ryan Ward Andrew Watt  
Third 14:06 10 8 Minnesota Dan Marohl Chad Culp    
Third 14:38 11 8 Minnesota Kevin Buchanan Sean Pollock Travis Hill GWG
Fourth 4:11 12 8 Minnesota Andrew Watt     SH
Fourth 8:20 12 9 Toronto Kasey Beirnes Jason Crosbie Blaine Manning  
Fourth 13:18 12 10 Toronto Kasey Beirnes Luke Wiles    
Fourth 13:49 13 10 Minnesota Aaron Wilson Sean Pollock Ryan Ward  


Penalties

Quarter Time Team Player Penalty Bench Duration
Second 4:58 Toronto Jeff Gilbert Holding   2:00
Second 11:20 Minnesota Kevin Fines Roughing   2:00
Second 11:48 Toronto Stephen Hoar Checking from Behind   2:00
Third 7:46 Minnesota Colin Achenbach Holding   2:00
Fourth 3:48 Minnesota Kevin Ross Goalie Interference   2:00
Fourth 6:16 Minnesota Eric Pacey Illegal Substitution X 2:00
Fourth 13:49 Toronto Luke Wiles Unsportsmanlike Conduct   2:00


Referees
Crew Chief Assistant Referee Technical Referee
6-Bill Fox 33-Steve Adamick 28-Jason Wiswell

Next Games After This Match Up

  • Minnesota (3-5) at Buffalo (7-1) - Saturday, February 28 6:30 pm CST
  • Toronto (2-6) at Rochester (2-5) - Saturday, February 28 6:35 pm CST