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

Washington Stealth
(1-2 H 0-2 A 1-0)

Benesch and the Swarm Sock it to the Stealth

Friday, January 14, 2011
Everett, Washington
Attendance: 3,362

The Minnesota Swarm came off a tough home opener only to visit the defending NLL Champions, the Washington Stealth. A tough challenge for sure but one that was met quite convincingly. Led by Ryan Benesch's Swarm single game record seven goals, the Swarm socked the Stealth by a 16-8 score last Friday night. Benesch's seven goals notched the first Swarm sock trick (six goals) in team history. Nick Paatterson also had a stellar night in goal saving 50 of 58 shots on goal.

With the win, the Swarm end their eight game losing streak dating back to Edmonton last March. The eight goal margin of victory is the second highest in team history.

The Stealth scored first but the Swarm scored two straight power play goals by Aaron Wilson, his first of the year, and Benesch. Zack Greer then got one to put the Swarm up 3-1. The Stealth came back to tie but Greer finished the first quarter with his second of night to end the quarter with the Swarm up 4-3.

It was all Swarm in the second quarter. Benesch scored four of his goals in the quarter including a shorthanded goal, the first Swarm goal scored a man down this season. Callum Crawford also socred and Richard Morgan, in his first game of the year, scooped up a loose ball at midfield, ran over Tyler Codron on the way to the net to score what would prove to be the game winner. By the end of the first half, the Swarm were up 10-4.

Paul Rabil cut the Swarm lead to five to start the third but yet again, the Swarm quickly established dominance. Benesch scored twice more with a Mat Giles goal sandwiched in between. Benesch's second goal was on a penalty shot. The Swarm were already on a 5 on 3 power play but the Stealth incurred two penalties at the 11:22 mark which would leave them 5 on 1. Since at least three runners must be on the floor, the Swarm were rewarded two penalty shots to clear out the first two Stealth penalties. Benesch went first and got his shot past Stealth netminder Matt Roik, but Roik got the best of Greer's penalty shot.

The Swarm entered the fourth quarter up 13-5 and played even with the Stealth in the final stanza. Crawford, Wilson and Giles socred to in the quarter to offset the Stealth's three goals. The Swarm even killed of a five minute high sticking penalty on Matt Kelly, who made his Swarm and NLL debut on Friday night.

The Swarm repeatedly cut to the net on the Stealth defense and the transition helped create some mismastches that led to eventual goals. Even with the Stealth's Jeff Zywicki out due to injury, the Swarm still did a great job limiting Rhys Duch and Lewis Ratcliff. Benesch also had four assists to go along with his seven goals. Crawford had two goals and tjhree assists. Giles, Wilson and Greer each had two goals and Morgan got the other goal on the night for the Swarm.

The Swarm return to The Hive on Saturday, January 22 for a game against the Edmonton Rush (0-2). The Swarm are looking to break a five game losing streak at home. which includes four overtime lossses. If they play like they did in Washington nest Saturday, the Swarm should start a home winning streak.

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Pointstreak Box Score  

Team Stats 1 2 3 4 OT F Sv/S PIM PP SH S SOG LB TO FT FO
Minnesota 4 6 3 3   16 50/58 20 3/6 1 66 53 56 28 13 8/28
Washington 3 1 1 3   8 37/53 23 2/5 1 77 58 66 27 13 20/28


# Minnesota G A Pts PIM PPG SHG S SOG LB FT TO FO
4 Joe Cinosky 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 2 0 2 0/0
10 Aaron Wilson 2 3 5 0 1 0 8 4 3 0 1 0/0
11 Richard Morgan 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 1 4 3 0 0/0
15 Tim Campeau 0 3 3 0 0 0 4 3 5 0 2 0/0
16 Noah Talbot 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 1 0 0/0
17 Sean Pollock 0 3 3 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 2 0/0
20 Andrew Suitor 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 6 2 4 4/8
21 Ryan Benesch 7 4 11 0 2 1 13 13 8 0 4 0/0
22 Andrew Watt 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 5 0 2 0/0
23 Jon Sullivan 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0/0
24 Rory Smith 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0/0
27 Mat Giles 2 3 5 0 0 0 5 5 2 1 0 0/0
34 Nick Inch 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0/0
47 Travis Hill 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 2 1 4/20
71 Kevin Ross 0 4 4 0 0 0 6 4 2 0 3 0/0
85 Matt Kelly 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0/0
88 Zack Greer 2 1 3 0 0 0 10 7 2 1 2 0/0
93 Nick Patterson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0
98 Callum Crawford 2 3 5 2 0 0 7 6 3 1 2 0/0
31 Kevin Croswell Back Up Goaltender - Did Not Play
9 Tyler Hass Did Not Dress
12 Eric Pacey Did Not Dress
26 Ryan Sharp Did Not Dress
 
# Minnesota MIN GA Saves Shots Dec  
93 Nick Patterson 60:00 8 50 58 W 1-1  
31 Kevin Croswell 0:00 0 0 0    
 
# Washington G A Pts PIM PPG SHG S SOG LB FT TO FO
2 Matt Beers 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0/0
3 Jeff Moleski 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0/0
6 Curtis Hodgson 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0/0
8 Tom Johnson 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 6 3 0 4 0/0
9 Paul Rabil 2 0 2 0 0 1 12 8 19 0 4 0/0
10 Rhys Duch 2 2 4 2 1 0 14 11 6 0 4 0/0
15 Luke Wiles 1 1 2 0 1 0 10 9 2 0 3 0/0
18 Kyle Hartzell 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 2 0/0
19 Kory Kowalyk 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0/0
20 Craig Conn 0 1 1 0 0 0 4 4 5 0 0 0/0
23 Mike Grimes 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 6 2 0 0/0
25 Eric Martin 0 2 2 2 0 0 4 1 5 1 0 0/0
29 Cam Sedgwick 0 3 3 0 0 0 9 7 3 1 5 0/0
33 Matt Roik 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0/0
39 Jamison Koesterer 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 20/28
42 Lewis Ratcliff 3 2 5 0 0 0 16 12 2 0 3 0/0
44 Chris McElroy 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0/0
47 Jason Bloom 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0/0
77 Tyler Codron 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0
00 Tyler Richards Back Up Goaltender - Did Not Play
4 Peter Morgan Did Not Dress
21 Chet Koneczny Did Not Dress
24 Chris O'Dougherty Did Not Dress
 
# Washington MIN GA Saves Shots Dec  
33 Matt Roik 60:00 16 37 53 L 1-2  
00 Tyler Richards 0:00 0 0 0    


Scoring
Quarter Time MN WA Team Goal 1st Assist 2nd Assist Notes
First 2:10 0 1 Washington Rhys Duch Cam Sedgwick   PP
First 2:48 1 1 Minnesota Zack Greer Mat Giles Ryan Benesch  
First 6:37 2 1 Minnesota Aaron Wilson Callum Crawford Ryan Benesch PP
First 7:30 3 1 Minnesota Ryan Benesch Callum Crawford Kevin Ross PP
First 10:44 3 2 Washington Lewis Ratcliff Eric Martin    
First 11:42 3 3 Washington Lewis Ratcliff Rhys Duch Luke Wiles  
First 13:01 4 3 Minnesota Zack Greer Tim Campeau Richard Morgan  
Second 1:13 5 3 Minnesota Ryan Benesch Sean Pollock Kevin Ross SH
Second 4:15 5 4 Washington Paul Rabil Craig Conn    
Second 4:46 6 4 Minnesota Callum Crawford      
Second 5:41 7 4 Minnesota Ryan Benesch Sean Pollock Kevin Ross  
Second 8:17 8 4 Minnesota Ryan Benesch Mat Giles Zack Greer  
Second 11:54 9 4 Minnesota Richard Morgan     GW
Second 13:50 10 4 Minnesota Ryan Benesch Callum Crawford    
Third 3:11 10 5 Washington Paul Rabil Eric Martin Cam Sedgwick SH
Third 6:52 11 5 Minnesota Ryan Benesch Aaron Wilson Mat Giles  
Third 8:52 12 5 Minnesota Mat Giles Tim Campeau Aaron Wilson  
Third 11:22 13 5 Minnesota Ryan Benesch     PS/PP
Fourth 0:49 13 6 Washington Luke Wiles Lewis Ratcliff   PP
Fourth 1:07 14 6 Minnesota Callum Crawford Aaron Wilson Tim Campeau  
Fourth 1:33 14 7 Washington Lewis Ratcliff Cam Sedgwick Rhys Duch  
Fourth 2:00 15 7 Minnesota Aaron Wilson Ryan Bnnesch Sean Polloc k  
Fourth 3:59 16 7 Minnesota Mat Giles Ryan Benesch Kevin Ross  
Fourth 5:23 16 8 Washington Rhys Duch Lewis Ratcliff    


Penalties

Quarter Time Team Player Penalty Bench Duration
First 1:50 Minnesota Andrew Suitor Slashing   2:00
First 4:50 Washington Eric Martin Slashing   2:00
First 6:57 Washington Jason Bloom Slashing   2:00
First 11:45 Washington Matt Beers Fighting   5:00
First 11:45 Minnesota Andrew Suitor Fighting   5:00
First 14:40 Minnesota Rory Smith Slashing   2:00
First 14:49 Minnesota Callum Crawford Slashing   2:00
First 14:49 Washington Curtis Hodgson Slashing   2:00
Third 1:35 Washington Rhys Duch Slashing   2:00
Third 4:38 Washington Jeff Moleski Slashing   2:00
Third 10:50 Washington Chris McElroy Holding   2:00
Third 11:05 Washington Mike Grimes Slashing   2:00
Third 11:22 Washington Matt Beers Roughing   2:00
Third 11:22 Washington Matt Roik Slashing   2:00
Fourth 0:49 Minnesota Matt Kelly Delay of Game X 2:00
Fourth 6:10 Minnesota Jon Sullivan Cross Checking   2:00
Fourth 8:52 Minnesota Matt Kelly High Sticking   5:00


Penalty Shots

Quarter Time Shooter Team Goaltender Team Score
Third 11:22 Ryan Benesch Minnesota Matt Roik Washington Yes
Third 11:22 Zack Greer Minnesota Matt Roik Washington No


Referees
Crew Chief Assistant Referee Technical Referee
12-Todd Labranche 24-Greg Hart 26-Keith Williams

Next Games After This Match Up

  • Minnesota vs Edmonton - Saturday, January 22nd, 2011 7:30 pm Central
  • Washington at Calgary - Saturday, January 22nd, 2011 8:30 pm Central