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Minnesota Swarm
(5-6 H 3-1 A 2-5)

Edmonton Rush
(7-4 H 4-1 A 3-3)

Rush Reach New Heights With Win Over Swarm

Saturday, March 27, 2010
Edmonton, Alberta
Attendance: 6,200

The Minnesota Swarm continued their Alberta Clipper road trip in Edmonton on Saturday night.  After a successful first act in Calgary the night before, the second act did not go quite as well as the Rush kept one step ahead of the Swarm with a 16-14 victory at Rexall Place.

The win for Edmonton gives them a franchise record seven wins in a season and gets them within one win or a Colorado Mammoth loss away from their first ever entrance into the NLL playoffs.  The Swarm will need to regroup to split the season series next weekend as they host the Rush at The Hive next Saturday night.

The Rush used a six goal run in the first quarter that chased Friday night's star Nick Patterson and a deficit that the Swarm could not quite comeback from.  The Swarm got within two goals a few times in the second half including the end of the game but the Rush were always able to answer sufficiently.  The Rush especially controlled the loose ball chase with Brodie Merrill scooping up seventeen and Ian Hawksbee twelve.  Those extra possessions were just enough for the Rush.

Aaron Wilson led the Swarm with three goals and six assists with his first point of the night giving him 100 points for this career.  Wilson scored 100 points in 21 Swarm games, the fastest to 100 in Swarm history.  Callum Crawford had three goals and four assists.  Sean Pollock had three goals and an assist.  Pollock's three goals tonight tied Ryan Ward for the all-time lead in Swarm history with 114.   Zack Greer notched his first ever NLL hat tirck and scored his first goal since February 5.  Kevin Crowell came into the game in relief of Patterson in the first quarter and saved 37 of 47 shots. Noah Talbot played in his now team record 52nd consecutive game breaking the record of 51 held by Jon Sullivan.

Ward, in his first ever game against the Swarm, led the Rush with two goals and five assists earning game MVP honors.  Former Swarm Dean Hill had a very good night with three goals and two assists and former Swarm Matt Disher won his seventh game of the year saving 44 on 58 shots.  The win is the Rush's first ever against the Swarm in three all time match ups.

Edmonton hosts Washington next Friday before they come to The Hive next Saturday night and also, you know who makes his first appearance at The Hive against his former teammates since the July 2009 trade.

The Swarm can gain entrance to the 2010 NLL playoffs with a win next weekend against the Rush and a Mammoth loss.

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 4 5 2 14   42/58 8 4/5 0 80 58 67 19/33
Edmonton 7 3 5 1 16   44/58 13 1/3 0 76 58 74 14/33


# Minnesota G A Pts PIM PPG SHG S SOG LB FO
4 Joe Cinosky 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/0
5 Josh Funk 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0/0
6 Scott Self 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0/0
10 Aaron Wilson 2 6 8 0 1 0 19 12 3 0/0
11 Richard Morgan 1 0 1 0 0 0 5 3 3 0/0
12 Eric Pacey 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0
15 Tim Campeau 0 1 1 0 0 0 6 4 11 0/0
16 Noah Talbot 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0/0
17 Sean Pollock 3 1 4 2 2 0 13 9 6 0/0
21 Ryan Benesch 1 5 6 0 1 0 4 3 9 0/0
22 Andrew Watt 1 1 2 0 0 0 3 2 6 0/0
23 Jon Sullivan 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 0/0
31 Kevin Croswell 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/0
71 Kevin Ross 0 2 2 2 0 0 6 4 0 0/0
75 Jay Thorimbert 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 2 10 19/33
88 Zack Greer 3 0 3 0 0 0 7 7 4 0/0
93 Nick Patterson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0
98 Callum Crawford 3 4 7 0 0 0 15 12 2 0/0
7 Dan Marohl Did Not Dress
24 Sean Thomson Did Not Dress
26 Ryan Sharp Did Not Dress
27 Colin Achenbach Did Not Dress
34 Nick Inch Did Not Dress
 
# Minnesota MIN GA Saves Shots Dec  
93 Nick Patterson 9:08 6 5 11    
31 Kevin Croswell 50:52 10 37 47 L 1-4  
 
# Edmonton G A Pts PIM PPG SHG S SOG LB FO
1 Matt Disher 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 0/0
2 Brett Mydske 1 0 1 5 0 0 3 1 5 0/0
7 Derek Suddons 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0/0
8 Scott Stewart 1 2 3 0 0 0 5 5 9 0/0
9 Gavin Prout 2 0 2 0 0 0 10 9 3 0/0
11 Ryan McNish 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 3 0/0
12 Pat Jones 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 14/33
17 Brodie Merrill 1 3 4 2 0 0 5 3 17 0/0
21 Andy Secore 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 3 1 0/0
22 Ryan Powell 2 3 5 0 1 0 7 6 2 0/0
43 Rory Glaves 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0/0
44 Ryan Ward 2 5 7 2 0 0 9 5 1 0/0
45 Corey Small 2 2 4 0 0 0 12 9 5 0/0
49 Bruce Alexander 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0/0
73 Dean Hill 3 2 5 0 0 0 13 11 2 0/0
81 Jimmy Quinlan 1 1 2 0 0 0 5 5 4 0/0
88 Ian Hawksbee 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 12 0/0
00 Brandon Atherton Back Up Goaltender
4 Scott Tinning Did Not Dress
5 Ian Crashley Did Not Dress
6 John Lintz Did Not Dress
15 Chris McElroy Did Not Dress
20 Dane Stevens Did Not Dress
 
# Edmonton MIN GA Saves Shots Dec  
1 Matt Disher 60:00 14 44 58 W 7-3  
00 Brandon Atherston 0:00 0 0 0    


Scoring
Quarter Time MN ED Team Goal 1st Assist 2nd Assist Notes
First 1:03 1 0 Minnesota Callum Crawford Aaron Wilson    
First 1:13 1 1 Edmonton Brodie Merrill      
First 2:10 1 2 Edmonton Jimmy Quinlan Scott Stewart    
First 2:26 1 3 Edmonton Gavin Prout Bruce Alexander Ian Hawksbee  
First 4:55 1 4 Edmonton Ryan Powell Dean Hill Ryan Ward PP
First 7:48 1 5 Edmonton Ryan Powell Jimmy Quinlan Matt Disher  
First 8:42 1 6 Edmonton Dean Hill Corey Small Brodie Merrill  
First 12:08 2 6 Minnesota Richard Morgan Aaron Wilson    
First 14:29 3 6 Minnesota Ryan Benesch Tim Campeau   PP
First 14:59 3 7 Edmonton Derek Suddons Matt Disher    
Second 1:54 4 7 Minnesota Andrew Watt Joe Cinosky    
Second 2:16 4 8 Edmonton Ryan Ward Ryan Powell Rory Glaves  
Second 4:11 5 8 Minnesota Sean Pollock Callum Crawford Ryan Benesch PP
Second 4:32 6 8 Minnesota Aaron Wilson Callum Crawford Ryan Benesch PP
Second 5:38 6 9 Edmonton Dean Hill Scott Stewart    
Second 5:54 7 9 Minnesota Zack Greer Ryan Benesch Jon Sullivan  
Second 8:51 7 10 Edmonton Ryan Ward Corey Small Brodie Merrill  
Third 0:14 8 10 Minnesota Callum Crawford Ryan Benesch Kevin Ross  
Third 1:28 8 11 Edmonton Corey Small Ryan Ward Ryan Powell  
Third 2:25 9 11 Minnesota Zack Greer Callum Crawford Aaron Wilson  
Third 5:27 9 12 Edmonton Scott Stewart Ryan Ward    
Third 6:03 10 12 Minnesota Callum Crawford Aaron Wilson Andrew Watt  
Third 7:56 10 13 Edmonton Dean Hill Ryan Ward    
Third 12:49 11 13 Minnesota Sean Pollock Aaron Wilson Jay Thorimbert  
Third 13:24 11 14 Edmonton Brett Mydske Brodie Merrill    
Third 13:46 12 14 Minnesota Zack Greer Kevin Ross Scott Self  
Third 14:19 12 15 Edmonton Gavin Prout Dean Hill Ryan Ward GW
Fourth 1:28 13 15 Minnesota Sean Pollock Callum Crawford Aaron Wilson PP
Fourth 3:54 13 16 Edmonton Corey Small Ryan Powell    
Fourth 10:03 14 16 Minnesota Aaron Wilson Ryan Benesch Aaron Wilson  


Penalties

Quarter Time Team Player Penalty Bench Duration
First 4:34 Minnesota Josh Funk Holding   2:00
First 12:36 Edmonton Pat Jones Cross Checking   2:00
Second 2:50 Edmonton Brett Mydske Cross Checking   5:00
Second 9:18 Minnesota Sean Pollock Intentional Conduct   2:00
Second 9:18 Edmonton Ryan McNish Intentional Conduct   2:00
Second 10:27 Edmonton Ryan Ward Intentional Conduct   2:00
Third 15:00 Edmonton Brodie Merrill Roughing   2:00
Fourth 3:54 Minnesota Noah Talbot Slashing   2:00
Fourth 14:14 Minnesota Kevin Ross Checking from Behind   2:00


Referees
Crew Chief Assistant Referee Technical Referee
24-Greg Hart 18-Bob Hollingsworth  

Next Games After This Match Up

  • Minnesota vs Edmonton - Saturday, April 3rd, 2010 7:30 pm Central
  • Edmonton  vs Washington - Friday, April 2nd, 2010 8:00 pm Central