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Minnesota Swarm
(1-1 H 1-0 A 0-1)

Calgary Roughnecks
(1-1 H 1-0 A 0-1)

Patterson and the Swarm Win Home Opener With Panache

Friday, January 15, 2010
St. Paul, Minnesota
Attendance: 11,758

The Minnesota Swarm had a successful 2010 home debut at the Xcel Energy Center as they controlled the action and the Calgary Roughnecks throughout with the score on the board at the end of the game showing 12-10 in favor of the boys in blue. The win is the first this year for the Swarm as they even up their record at 1-1. The win against the Roughnecks also ties up the season series between the two teams with each winning at home with the tie breaker in Calgary on March 26.

Swarm rookie Zack Greer led the team in scoring with a goal and four assists. Tim Campeau got the game winning goal as he scored the first two goals of his Swarm career.  Nick Patterson saved 80% of his shots making 41 of 51 saves.  Callum Crawford and Jay Thorimbert scored their first Swarm goals in addition to Campeau.  The Swarm shutout the Roughnecks 3-0 in the third quarter, which is the first time the Swarm had ever shut out an opponent in a third quarter.

Tracey Kelusky had a hat trick for Calgary while Josh Sanderson had eight points on two goals and six assists.

Joshua Truax got the gist of the game down quite well. The Swarm give up the shorthanded goal to Kelusky to start the game and you may think, here we go again, but they tied it up in the next minute and from then on ruled the game.

The team was moving very well the whole night on both sides. Helping out on defense to limit Sanderson. Big hits by Cousins and Morgan throughout the night to rattle the Necks. Some nice transition goals by Sullivan, Watt and Thorimbert. The defense really worked hard in the fourth quarter killing of those five minute majors. The one on Greer sure looked like a dive by McBride but the team persevered.

One player who did well was Talbot, who had some issues before the game. He mentioned that his equipment bag was misplaced by the airlines and by the time he dressed, every piece of equipment was borrowed from another play. Even for his stick, he borrowed a head from one player and a shaft from another. After the game, he still didn't know where his bag was and who knows, it maybe lost forever.

The team only had one lull of no scoring from the last five of the second up to the last five of the third. Calgary rallied towards halftime but the defense came out strong in the third to kill the momentum.

The team struggled a bit with getting shots on net as only 38 of 62 were on goal but they got their goals at very opportune times throughout the game. Greer is improving each game and still has a lot of room to improve, but still got a goal and four assists. So I think shortly and after watching the Mammoth tonight, it may be next Friday, look for Greer to explode just like Buchanan did against Toronto last year.

What I like on offense is that all of the players are not afraid to put caution to the wind as they go to the net to make things happen. They don't try to waste much time outside just passing it around, they get right to quickly. With Buchanan tied up with work, it looks like Campeau is coming around pretty well which may leave Buck out of the line up for a while. I met Campeau after the game and he is quite a character and likes to dance. I don't want to jinx him but he maybe the newest favorite player of mine or at least definitely in the running.

I think the seven forwards you saw on Friday are who Lines will go with as much as possible going forward. Having Pollock back defnitely sparks things up and Crawford is working out well as he replaces Marohl.

Of course, the star of the show, was Patterson. I know some don't like his new haircut, but he worked out quite a bit in the offseason and he looks like the Patty of 2006 - 2008 and now even more wiser. Numerous big saves throughout the game, took away some breakaway chances and even a great outlet to Watt for his goal. I talked to Croswell after the game told him that if Patterson keeps this up, he may not get much playing time this year.

With travel issues, short turnaround and facing a team that beat them by five, just five days before, the Swarm performed quite well and the thing is, they have not peaked yet, the best is still to come.

Game Links

Joshua Truax's Post Game Write Up Minnesota Swarm Game Center
Box Score

Team Stats 1 2 3 4 F   Sv/S PIM PP SH S SOG LB FO
Minnesota 3 3 3 3 12   41/50 24 3/6 1 62 38 64 9/25
Calgary 1 4 0 5 10   26/38 16 4/10 1 61 50 60 16/25


# Minnesota G A Pts PIM PPG SHG S SOG LB FO
88 Zack Greer 1 4 5 5 0 0 11 4 4  
10 Aaron Wilson 2 2 4 0 0 0 6 4 0  
15 Tim Campeau 2 2 4 0 2 0 5 5 2 0/2
98 Callum Crawford 1 3 4 0 0 0 5 3 5  
17 Sean Pollock 1 2 3 2 1 0 10 5 3  
71 Kevin Ross 1 2 3 0 0 0 6 3 2  
21 Ryan Benesch 0 2 2 0 0 0 8 6 3  
6 Scott Self 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 1 6  
12 Eric Pacey 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0  
22 Andrew Watt 1 0 1 4 0 0 2 2 2  
23 Jon Sullivan 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 4  
75 Jay Thorimbert 1 0 1 2 0 0 3 1 12 9/23
50 Ryan Cousins 0 1 1 5 0 0 0 0 7  
93 Nick Patterson 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0  
5 Josh Funk 0 0 0 4 0 0 1 1 2  
11 Richard Morgan 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 6  
16 Noah Talbot 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 6  
31 Kevin Croswell Back Up Goaltender - Did Not Play
4 Joe Cinosky Did Not Dress
24 Sean Thomson Did Not Dress
27 Colin Achenbach Did Not Dress
33 Kevin Buchanan Did Not Dress
34 Nick Inch Did Not Dress
 
# Minnesota MIN GA Saves Shots Dec  
93 NickPatterson 60:00 10 41 51 W 1-1  
31 Kevin Croswell 0:00 0 0 0    
 
# Calgary G A Pts PIM PPG SHG S SOG LB FO
19 Josh Sanderson 2 6 8 0 1 0 13 10 7  
17 Tracey Kelusky 3 4 7 0 1 1 12 10 3  
8 Craig Conn 2 4 6 4 1 0 8 5 10 3/6
44 Dane Dobbie 2 2 4 0 1 0 14 12 4  
77 Jeff Shattler 1 0 1 0 0 0 4 4 1  
7 Rob Van Beek 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1  
71 Scott Ranger 0 1 1 0 0 0 8 8 5  
14 Jeff Moleski 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3  
30 Matt King 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1  
10 Curtis Manning 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3  
15 Rob Kirkby 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 5/8
16 Mike Carnegie 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3  
20 Bruce Codd 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3  
24 Scott Carnegie 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4  
26 Craig Gelsvik 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1  
37 Andrew McBride 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 0 3  
40 Nolan Heavenor 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 5 8/11
33 Chris Levis Back Up Goaltender
4 Devan Wray Did Not Dress
9 Kaleb Toth Did Not Dress
28 Carlton Schuss Did Not Dress
55 Michael Kilby Did Not Dress
80 Peter McFetridge Did Not Dress
 
# Calgary MIN GA Saves Shots Dec  
30 Matt King 60:00 12 26 38 L 1-1  
33 Chris Levis 0:00 0 0 0    


Scoring
Quarter Time MN CAL Team Goal 1st Assist 2nd Assist Notes
First 2:55 0 1 Calgary Tracey Kelusky Josh Sanderson Dane Dobbie SH
First 3:58 1 1 Minnesota Jay Thorimbert Ryan Cousins    
First 10:23 2 1 Minnesota Jon Sullivan Scott Self   SH
First 13:21 3 1 Minnesota Sean Pollock Zack Greer Ryan Benesch PP
Second 1:27 4 1 Minnesota Aaron Wilson Callum Crawford Zack Greer  
Second 8:23 5 1 Minnesota Eric Pacey Kevin Ross Sean Pollock  
Second 9:37 5 2 Calgary Craig Conn Rob Van Beek Matt King  
Second 10:38 6 2 Minnesota Tim Campeau Callum Crawford Zack Greer  
Second 11:12 6 3 Calgary Craig Conn Josh Sanderson Tracey Kelusky PP
Second 13:25 6 4 Calgary Tracey Kelusky Josh Sanderson Scott Ranger  
Second 13:56 6 5 Calgary Josh Sanderson Craig Conn Jeff Moleski  
Third 10:37 7 5 Minnesota Aaron Wilson Kevin Ross Scott Self  
Third 11:53 8 5 Minnesota Zack Greer Callum Crawford Sean Pollock  
Third 14:40 9 5 Minnesota Andrew Watt Nick Patterson    
Fourth 2:02 9 6 Calgary Dane Dobbie Tracey Kelusky Craig Conn PP
Fourth 3:07 9 7 Calgary Josh Sanderson Tracey Kelusky Craig Conn PP
Fourth 7:13 10 7 Minnesota Kevin Ross Aaron Wilson Tim Campeau  
Fourth 8:17 10 8 Calgary Jeff Shattler Josh Sanderson Dane Dobbie  
Fourth 8:58 11 8 Minnesota Tim Campeau Aaron Wilson Ryan Benesch PP GW
Fourth 10:03 11 9 Calgary Tracey Kelusky Craig Conn Josh Sanderson PP
Fourth 12:25 12 9 Minnesota Callum Crawford Zack Greer Tim Campeau  
Fourth 13:13 12 10 Calgary Dane Dobbie Tracey Kelusky Josh Sanderson  


Penalties

Quarter Time Team Player Penalty Bench Duration
First 0:50 Minnesota Josh Funk Cross Checking   2:00
First 1:16 Calgary Craig Conn Tripping   2:00
First 8:31 Minnesota Andrew Watt Holding   2:00
First 10:54 Minnesota Andrew Watt Roughing   2:00
First 12:24 Calgary Craig Conn Boarding   2:00
First 12:36 Calgary Andrew McBride Cross Checking   2:00
Second 9:37 Minnesota Josh Funk Roughing   2:00
Second 9:37 Calgary Andrew McBride Roughing   4:00
Second 10:13 Minnesota Sean Pollock Roughing   2:00
Second 10:13 Calgary Rob Kirkby Unsportsmanlike Conduct   2:00
Second 10:58 Minnesota Jay Thorimbert Holding   2:00
Third 1:24 Calgary Nolan Heavenor Slashing   2:00
Third 3:53 Minnesota Noah Talbot Holding   2:00
Fourth 0:41 Minnesota Josh Funk Illegal Substitution X 2:00
Fourth 1:38 Minnesota Ryan Cousins Elbowing   5:00
Fourth 6:58 Minnesota Zack Greer Slashing   5:00
Fourth 6:58 Calgary Andrew McBride Slashing   2:00
Fourth 8:39 Calgary Nolan Heavenor Illegal Substitution X 2:00


Referees
Crew Chief Assistant Referee
12-Todd Labranche 20-Brian Larsen

Next Games After This Match Up

  • Minnesota vs Colorado - Friday, January 22nd, 2010 7:30 pm Central
  • Calgary vs Washington - Saturday, January 23rd, 2010 8:30 pm Central