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Minnesota Swarm (4-5) 16

Buffalo Bandits (7-2) 15

Two Comebacks, Two Wins This Weekend

Saturday, February 28, 2009
Buffalo, New York
Attendance: 18,690

When Minnesota Swarm fans found out Ryan Ward (18g 17a) was not going to play for only the second time in his Swarm career, the cause for great concern was high. The team were playing their arch-nemesis, the Buffalo Bandits, in Buffalo, a team they had only beaten once in thirteen tries. The Bandits had the best record in the league and are the defending NLL Champions, and the Swarm were going up against them after playing the night before in Toronto and without their season leading and all-time leading scorer, Ward, out with a lower body injury. Not a problem evidently as the Swarm came back from two huge deficits to beat the Bandits, 16-15, in front of a sellout crowd of 18, 690 to extend their winning streak to two, win two of their first three on a five game road trip and move from sixth place to fourth place in the West leading up to next weekend's NLL All-Star Game in Denver.

After the Bandits took an 1-0 lead to start the game, Chad Culp (9g 14a) answered for the Swarm's first of the night. Kevin Ross (11g 15a) scored just after the Bandits killed a Swarm five minute power play to give the team their first first quarter lead since the Colorado game on February 7. The Bandits countered for the last three goals of the quarter, including Mark Steenhuis (35g 35a) second of the night. After the Steenhuis goal made it 4-2, Swarm Head Coach Duane Jacobs pulled Kevin Croswell (2-3 10.89 GAA .784 Save%) in favor of Nick Patterson (2-2 12.35 GAA .738 Save%).

Jacobs put Croswell back in to start the second quarter but the Bandits kept scoring. After Chris White (0g 4a) was sent to the box for a hold, the Swarm went on the power play. However, they couldn't convert but John Tavares (26g 24a) scored shorthanded eluding the Swarm defense. Tavares scored his third of the night, three minutes later, behind a screen to put the Bandits up 6-2. Sean Pollock (12g 22a) cut the lead in half with a low rocket from long distance to make it 6-3. Tavares and Sean Greenhalgh (10g 12a) scored on consecutive power plays to give the Bandits their biggest lead of the game at 8-3 at the 11:37 mark of the quarter. Momentum seemed in the Bandits hands as Croswell was pulled once again in favor of Patterson. They never give up big leads and bury teams routinely. They have won games 23-6 and 25-10 this year. Kevin Buchanan (9g 6a) wasn't so convinced and right off the faceoff, he streaked in for the loose ball and unleashed a rocket behind the restraining line to make it 8-4. The Swarm went on the power play soon after and Culp grabbed a rebound and put it back for another Swarm goal. Then it was the Aaron Wilson (16g 13a) show as he first was found by Dan Marohl (12g 19a) streaking down the middle for one goal and then was a recipient of an Eric Pacey (0g 2a) long outlet pass to finish the half down only one to the Bandits at 8-7.

Wilson scored his third straight goal to start the third quarter off a screen to tie the game at eight. Buchanan got the lead back for the Swarm as he beat White to the net for a goal. On the ensuing face off, Travis Hill (1g 3a) tangoed with Brandon Francis (0g 0a) which led to both going to the box for five minutes. Pollock scored just over a minute later as he found an open spot on the crease for a pass from Buchanan that he quickly deposited for the Swarm's seventh straight goal. With both T. Hill and Francis still in the box, Joe Cinosky (0g 0a), in his NLL debut, went to the box to put the Bandits a man up and Mike Accursi (16g 18a) capitalized with a power play goal to stop the Swarm streak and cut the Swarm lead to 10-9, which is the way the third quarter ended. The first three quarters were just a juicy appetizer to the smorgasbord of entrees served up in the final quarter.

The last quarter began with White committing a five minute illegal cross check just fourteen seconds in. White also was give a misconduct on that penalty which meant the East All-Star starter was out of the game. Then just another fourteen seconds after that Clay Hill (2g 10a) hit Culp from behind which got him sent to the box. The Swarm had now a 5 on 3 advantage which Wilson capitalized on just sixteen seconds later to make it 11-9. The Swarm still had the man advantage due to White's major but not only did they not score anymore on the power play, the Bandits scored twice shorthanded with goals from Accursi and Steenhuis to tie the game. The Bandits scored another three straight goals after tying the game, including two on the power play. When Steenhuis finished the 5-0 Bandit run to make it 14-11 with 4:19 left in the game, all of Bandit nation were euphoric and assured that their team would continue their dominance over the Swarm.

That is about the time the wheels fell of the Bandits bandwagon. Ross scored right off the ensuing face off to cut the lead to two. Both teams faced off again and this time, Wilson got his fifth goal of the night just 12 seconds after Ross. The Swarm had two goals in 29 seconds and were only behind by one. Ryan Sharp (3g 3a) then forced a turnover and took off towards the Bandits goal where Phil Sanderson (0g 5a) takes him down to prevent Sharp from tying the game. That gave the Swarm the power play opportunity which had Buchanan keep the play alive scooping the loosie and finding Pollock on the crease for the tying goal. The Bandits faltered again taking a ten second violation which gave the ball right back to the Swarm and Ross converted in the air on the crease for the go ahead goal with two minutes to goal. The Swarm got the ball back again and with just a minute left, Marohl pulled off his patented Air Marohl to put the Swarm up two at 16-14. The Bandits called a timeout with 51.2 seconds left, pulled Montour and Cory Bomberry (9g 27a) got free for the goal with 44 seconds to go down one. This may have been the time the Swarm would have said, "not again", instead they held their ground and ran out the clock to finish the Bandits off 16-15.

The sixteen goals was a season high and the most since they scored sixteen against the Titans on February 8, 2008. Points were racked up by the bushel with Pollock leading the team with three goals and six assists. Wilson showed off his goal scoring prowess with five goals. Culp had six assists to tie him with Pollock. Ross had three goals, his biggest output since the season opener in Portland and Buchanan had another big night with two goals and three assists, which may clinch NLL Rookie of the Week honors for him. Croswell had a tough night saving only six on fourteen shots, but Patterson came in relief and finally got a victory over the Bandits as he saved 24 of 31 shots. Tavares, Steenhuis and Accursi each had four goals to lead the Bandits.

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 2 5 3 6 16   30/45 19 3/12 0 74 55 62 21/35
Buffalo 4 4 1 6 15   39/55 37 5/9 3 60 45 57 14/35


# Minnesota G A Pts PIM PPG SHG S SOG LB FO
4 Joe Cinosky 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 3 0/0
7 Dan Marohl 1 3 4 2 0 0 8 6 3 0/0
8 Rory McDade 0 1 1 0 0 0 3 2 2 0/0
10 Aaron Wilson 5 3 8 0 1 0 21 15 4 0/0
12 Eric Pacey 0 1 1 2 0 0 1 1 4 0/0
16 Noah Talbot 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0
17 Sean Pollock 3 6 9 0 1 0 10 7 10 0/0
19 Chad Culp 2 6 8 0 1 0 7 6 7 0/0
22 Andrew Watt 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 3 4 0/0
23 Jon Sullivan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0
26 Ryan Sharp 0 1 1 2 0 0 3 2 9 0/1
31 Kevin Croswell 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0/0
33 Kevin Buchanan 2 3 5 2 0 0 8 6 6 3/6
34 Nick Inch 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/0
47 Travis Hill 0 1 1 7 0 0 0 0 2 18/28
50 Ryan Cousins 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0/0
71 Kevin Ross 3 1 4 0 0 0 7 6 3 0/0
93 NickPatterson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0
5 Josh Funk Did Not Dress
21 Kevin Fines Did Not Dress
27 Colin Achenbach Did Not Dress
28 Darren Halls Did Not Dress
44 Ryan Ward Did Not Dress
 
# Minnesota MIN GA Saves Shots Dec  
31 Kevin Croswell 25:13 8 6 14    
93 NickPatterson 34:47 7 24 31 W 2-2  
 
# Buffalo G A Pts PIM PPG SHG S SOG LB FO
2 Ian Llord 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0/0
6 Chris White 0 0 0 17 0 0 0 0 2 0/0
8 Delby Powless 0 1 1 0 0 0 4 3 2 0/0
9 Mark Steenhuis 4 2 6 2 1 1 15 13 6 0/0
10 Pat McCready 0 2 2 0 0 0 2 1 8 0/0
11 John Tavares 4 3 7 2 1 1 6 4 5 0/0
16 Rich Kilgour 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 2 0/0
17 Brandon Swamp 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0/0
18 Phil Sanderson 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 5 1/5
19 Sean Greenhalgh 1 3 4 0 1 0 8 3 2 0/0
28 Clay Hill 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 6 0/0
29 Ken Montour 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0
44 Mike Accursi 4 1 5 0 1 1 11 8 6 0/0
51 Kevin Dostie 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0/0
72 Cory Bomberry 1 5 6 0 0 0 8 7 2 4/6
81 Roger Vyse 1 0 1 0 1 0 3 3 3 0/0
84 Brandon Francis 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 9/24
66 Mike Thompson Back up Goaltender - Did Not Play
3 Billy Dee Smith Did Not Dress
12 Brian Croswell Did Not Dress
14 Joe Smith Did Not Dress
24 Kyle Schmelzle Did Not Dress
63 Thomas Montour Did Not Dress
 
# Buffalo MIN GA Saves Shots Dec  
29 Ken Montour 60:00 16 39 55 L 5-1  
66 Mike Thompson 0:00 0 0 0    


Scoring
Quarter Time MN BUF Team Goal 1st Assist 2nd Assist Notes
First 2:17 0 1 Buffalo Mark Steenhuis Sean Greenhalgh    
First 2:48 1 1 Minnesota Chad Culp Sean Pollock    
First 8:00 2 1 Minnesota Kevin Ross Sean Pollock Chad Culp  
First 12:26 2 2 Buffalo Mike Accursi Mark Steenhuis Pat McCready  
First 12:47 2 3 Buffalo John Tavares Sean Greenhalgh Phil Sanderson  
First 13:36 2 4 Buffalo Mark Steenhuis Phil Sanderson Ken Montour  
Second 6:19 2 5 Buffalo John Tavares Cory Bomberry Mike Accursi SH
Second 9:29 2 6 Buffalo John Tavares Cory Bomberry    
Second 9:54 3 6 Minnesota Sean Pollock Chad Culp Rory McDade  
Second 10:32 3 7 Buffalo John Tavares Cory Bomberry   PP
Second 11:37 3 8 Buffalo Sean Greenhalgh John Tavares Delby Powless PP
Second 11:43 4 8 Minnesota Kevin Buchanan      
Second 12:29 5 8 Minnesota Chad Culp Sean Pollock Aaron Wilson PP
Second 12:47 6 8 Minnesota Aaron Wilson Dan Marohl Chad Culp  
Second 13:47 7 8 Minnesota Aaron Wilson Eric Pacey    
Third 1:04 8 8 Minnesota Aaron Wilson Kevin Ross Sean Pollock  
Third 7:12 9 8 Minnesota Kevin Buchanan Dan Marohl Sean Pollock  
Third 8:46 10 8 Minnesota Sean Pollock Kevin Buchanan    
Third 10:45 10 9 Buffalo Mike Accursi Mark Steenhuis Cory Bomberry PP
Fourth 0:44 11 9 Minnesota Aaron Wilson Chad Culp Kevin Buchanan PP
Fourth 0:48 11 10 Buffalo Mike Accursi Pat McCready   SH
Fourth 2:44 11 11 Buffalo Mark Steenhuis Ian Llord Ken Montour SH
Fourth 5:37 11 12 Buffalo Roger Vyse Sean Greenhalgh John Tavares PP
Fourth 7:26 11 13 Buffalo Mike Accursi Brandon Swamp    
Fourth 10:41 11 14 Buffalo Mark Steenhuis John Tavares Cory Bomberry PP
Fourth 10:58 12 14 Minnesota Kevin Ross Sean Pollock Chad Culp  
Fourth 11:10 13 14 Minnesota Aaron Wilson Chad Culp Ryan Sharp  
Fourth 12:13 14 14 Minnesota Sean Pollock Kevin Buchanan   PP
Fourth 13:00 15 14 Minnesota Kevin Ross Aaron Wilson Dan Marohl  
Fourth 14:00 16 14 Minnesota Dan Marohl Aaron Wilson Travis Hill GW
Fourth 14:16 16 15 Buffalo Cory Bomberry     EA


Penalties

Quarter Time Team Player Penalty Bench Duration
First 2:48 Buffalo Rich Kilgour Illegal Cross Checking   5:00
First 4:16 Minnesota Ryan Sharp Checking from Behind   2:00
Second 4:40 Buffalo Chris White Holding   2:00
Second 10:18 Buffalo Mark Steenhuis Roughing   2:00
Second 10:18 Minnesota Kevin Croswell Roughing   2:00
Second 10:18 Minnesota Travis Hill Roughing   2:00
Second 11:13 Minnesota Dan Marohl Checking from Behind   2:00
Second 12:05 Buffalo Brandon Francis Elbowing   2:00
Third 7:16 Buffalo Brandon Francis Fighting   5:00
Third 7:16 Minnesota Travis Hill Fighting   5:00
Third 10:17 Minnesota Joe Cinosky Illegal Cross Checking   2:00
Fourth 0:14 Buffalo Chris White Illegal Cross Checking   5:00
Fourth 0:14 Buffalo Chris White Illegal Cross Checking   10:00
Fourth 0:28 Buffalo Clay Hill Checking from Behind   2:00
Fourth 5:04 Minnesota Kevin Buchanan Holding   2:00
Fourth 10:22 Minnesota Eric Pacey Illegal Cross Checking   2:00
Fourth 11:48 Buffalo Phil Sanderson Holding   2:00
Fourth 14:58 Buffalo John Tavares Interference   2:00


Referees
Crew Chief Assistant Referee Technical Referee
Mark Gardonio Matt Robinson Steve Miler

Next Games After This Match Up

  • NLL All-Star Game - Denver, Colorado - Saturday, March 7 6:00 pm CST
  • Minnesota (4-5) at Philadelphia (4-6) - Saturday, March 14 6:30 pm CST
  • Buffalo (7-2) at Rochester (3-5) - Saturday, March 14 6:35 pm CST