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1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q OT F
Minnesota Swarm Minnesota Swarm
(3-5 H 1-2 A 2-3)
3 3 5 4 15
Vancouver Stealth Vancouver Stealth
(4-4 H 3-2 A 1-2)
7 5 6 3 21

What Else Can Go Wrong Tonight for the Swarm

Saturday, February 28, 2015
Langley, British Columbia
Attendance: 3,259

Game Links

Swarm Notes  Stealth Notes  Pointstreak Line Up Card

Game Notes

A game where most everything went well for the Stealth while most everything went wrong for the Swarm. With the team's leading scorer, Callum Crawford, out with an injury, Brodie MacDoanld with his wife in labor and Corbyn Tao looking out of place on the bench in goaltending equipment, it felt that the Swarm were behind before the game even started. They fell even further behind quickly into the game down 7-3 after the first quarter and never got within three goals the rest of the way. It got so bad that even Tyler Richards, the Stealth goaltender, scored on an empty netter. The defense really needed a big game to help out Zach Higgins but they just couldn't find a way to stop the rejuvenated Stealth who have won 3 of their last 4 games. Logan Schuss had three goals and five assists and Shane MacDonald had his first NLL hat trick to go along with an assist. Andrew Suitor, Shayne Jackson and Jordan MacIntosh had two goals with Miles Thompson, Kiel Matisz and Dean Hill getting one each. The Swarm are now a game out of the playoffs and have a week off to regroup before they return to Ho-Chunk Nation Field to host the New England Black Wolves on Saturday, March 14th.

  • The Swarm must have known that Brodie MacDonald's family was expecting a new child around this time. It is just bad planning by John Arlotta and Joe Sullivan to not have a backup plan for such a case. Considering they were playing in Vancouver, they easily could have found a goaltender to have on the practice roster as insurance for this weekend. That player could have easily driven to Langley, a Vancouver suburb, with gear ready on gameday in case Brodie was going to be unavailable. They knew at least an half hour before the game started that he would not be able to play. They surely could have made a change very easily in this era of instant communication. Like I said, the Vancouver area has a lot of experienced goaltenders that could have been brought in including former Swarm goaltender Nick Patterson. Even assistant head coach Rory McDade could have contacted Dan Lewis, who has NLL experience in Colorado and plays for McDade in the summer in Burnaby.

    Instead, the Swarm don't plan properly and dress Corbyn Tao in goaltending gear with no intention of playing him no matter what happened to Zach Higgins. If a backup like Patterson was brought in, they could have given Higgins a break at the very least to stop the bleeding somewhat or maybe even turned the game around with a memorable effort. Also, it would have allowed Tao to play on offense where he does a lot of dirty work to clear space for others. This loss can be squarely blamed on Arlotta and Sullivan for just piss poor planning which supposedly is something both pride themselves on.

  • Logan Schuss is starting to hit the stride all Swarm fans expect to see from him as he has had three hat tricks in his last four games and tonight's eight point performance (3g 5a) is the most points he has had in a game in his NLL career. He also past the 100 point mark in his regular season career last night and now has 101 points.
  • Dean Hill reached 100 points in his Swarm regular season career and now has 102 points.
  • The Swarm had their best power play performance of the year going 5 of 6 but they did give up their league leading eight shorthanded goal. Also, the penalty kill only stopped two of the Stealth's six chances.
  • This is the second time the Swarm have given up at least 20 goals this season. They have lost this season by 7, 3, 12, 5 & 6 goals each or by an average of 5.6 goals per game.
  • Ian Crawford, Callum's brother, played in his first NLL and Swarm game as he scooped up a loose ball and served a two-minute minor. However, no brothers have yet to play in the same game for the Swarm in their history.
  • The Swarm have lost three straight and four of their last five games. The only game they won in that time, they only scored seven goals in that game.
  • All four games this weekend in the NLL were interdivision games ie. East vs. West. The Swarm were the only East team to lose this weekend which makes the Stealth the only West team to win.
  • Tyler Richards is the first goaltender to score a goal against the Swarm in their team history. He is first goaltender to score in a game since 2009 when Matt King of Calgary scored against the Stealth in their last ever game in San Jose.
  • The Stealth tied their team record for goals in a game set back in 2003 when they were originally known as the Albany Attack.
  • The Swarm have never beaten the Stealth in Vancouver in their two games since the team moved to Vancouver to begin the 2014 season. Vancouver has never played in Minnesota and unless they meet in the 2015 Champions Cup, it won't happen until 2016 at the earliest.

Game Chronology

  • 1st Quarter
    • McCready with a laser from top center past Higgins on their first possession - stealth 1-0
    • Smith crosses the front of the crease l to r past Crepinsek for the goal - stealth 2-0
    • O'Connor to the box - stealth pp
    • Higgins denies Small on crease on pp
    • Belisle to the box with illegal cross check - stealth pp out of break
    • 9:40 left in the first quarter - SWARM 0 stealth 2
    • Kri gets loose ball in d zone and finds Digby behind the Swarm D for the breakaway pp goal - stealth 3-0
    • Too many men on stealth - SWARM pp for first time of night
    • Matisz cranks it from top right for pp goal - SWARM 1-3
    • MacDonald with a low rip from the restraining line past Richards - SWARM 2-3
    • McCready gets some free space on the right side and unloads a rocket for a goal - stealth 4-2
    • C. Smith comes off screen, turns, shoots and scores - stealth 5-2
    • Stealth called for too many men again - SWARM pp out of break
    • 2nd break of the first quarter - SWARM 2 stealth 5
    • Small lights up the Swarm with the SH goal from top left - stealth 6-2
    • Keast calls timeout after the goal for the Swarm, try to break the stealth momentum, get the D straighten out and pray
    • Jackson gets rebound off Hill's shot on the crease and buries pp goal - SWARM 3-6
    • Small with another laser from way outside - stealth 7-3
    • Big save by Higgins on Small on next possession
    • Hass strips Thompson denying last Swarm chance of quarter
    • End of first quarter - SWARM 3 stealth 7
  • 2nd Quarter
    • Higgins make spawling save but Crawford brings ball back into crease - stealth possession
    • MacDonald rips a carpet burner past Richards left foot - SWARM 4-7
    • Chapman gets rebound of Hill shot and streaks down the floor for the breakaway goal - stealth 8-4
    • 9:55 left in the second quarter - SWARM 4 stealth 8
    • Crepinsek robbed by Richards who was coming off the bench
    • Digby with a high rocket over O'Connor and thru Higgins five hole for pp goal - stealth 9-4
    • Chapman nails Thompson in the back on the crease and goes to the box - SWARM pp
    • Richards robs Schuss' quick stick
    • SWARM get the ball back and rotate it to Thompson on the crease for quick stick pp goal - SWARM 5-9
    • Duch takes the defense to the right side which left Digby all alone for the goal - stealth 10-5
    • Duch flies by Swarm d, dives and scores - SWARM challenge but it may be more for to gain time for Higgins - SWARM lose challenge - stealth 11-5
    • SWARM to the box after the challenge as I think they already used timeout, which is used if challenge is lost - stealth pp
    • MacIntosh's dunk shot is no good and Richards does not like it, has some words
    • Small cranks up from top left and over Higgins right shoulder for goal - stealth 12-5
    • 4:18 left in the second quarter - SWARM 5 stealth 12
    • Salt to the box for a hold - SWARM pp
    • Richards with four saves on first Swarm possession of the pp
    • MacIntosh's shot just deflected away by Richards.
    • Richards denies Suitor on the break
    • Higgins denies Small on the crease on the break
    • MacIntosh dives and scores on Richards - stealth challenge
    • Suitor and Rory Smith have words - maybe we get Bash Brother reunion tonight
    • Goal stands - SWARM 6-12
    • Higgins with left arm save on Duch to end the half
    • Halftime - SWARM 6 stealth 12
  • 3rd Quarter
    • Duch gets pass on screen from Digby and jumps, and bounces one past Higgins on first possession of second half - stealth 13-6
    • MacIntosh evades McMichael and dives low for goal - SWARM 7-13
    • McMichael defeats a triple team and sends pass from face off circle to Small on the crease for the goal - horrendous goal to give up - stealth 7-14
    • Suits backs into Chapman, pivots pass to the crease for the goal - SWARM 8-14
    • Salt hits posts on break off faceoff
    • C. Smith runs by Belisle to the net and gets a trickler to go by Higgins in lower left part of the goal - stealth 15-8
    • 9:22 left in the third quarter - SWARM 8 stealth 15
    • Suits hurt his arm off the break but it appears that he will stay in the game
    • Thompson forechecks on Gajic and forces turnover
    • Houtby picks off Powless' pass
    • Noble drives C. Smith into the ground after C. Smith goes into the crease
    • Hill just gets pass off to Schuss who quickly turns and rips it past Richards - SWARM 9-15
    • Houtby leads the break and dishes back to a trailing Suits, who is healthy as he rips a hard one past Richards - SWARM 10-15
    • MacIntosh slow to get up with maybe a left leg injury and limps off slowly as play goes on
    • 3:37 left in the third quarter - SWARM 10 stealth 15
    • Digby with his back to the net, shoots over his shoulder for the goal - stealth 16-10
    • Swarm taking chances with extra attacker already in third. Higgins is going to dead tired at the end of the game.
    • Matisz finds a seam to Jackson on the crease for the goal - SWARM 11-16
    • Downing called for taking down C. Smith as Smith was beating him to the net - stealth pp
    • McCready gets rebound off of Small shot and dumps it past Higgins for pp goal - stealth 17-11
    • Gajic gets loosie off faceoff and flies past Swarm defense to the net for the goal - stealth 18-11
    • End of the third quarter - SWARM 11 stealth 18
  • 4th Quarter
    • MacDonald hits the pipe but Swarm get long rebound
    • Matisz takes down R. Smith and goes to the box - stealth pp
    • T. Richards called for unsportsmanlike conduct - no pp coincidental penalties
    • Houtby runs Duch into ground after Duch attempts crease shot
    • Stealth have a penalty for too many men - SWARM pp
    • Higgins with kick save on Salt breakaway - huge save
    • 9:55 left in the game - SWARM 11 stealth 18
    • MacDonald with his first SWARM hat trick with a side-arm snipe for the pp goal - SWARM 12-18
    • Schuss with a fade away shot that goes past Richards' right elbow - SWARM 13-18
    • Stealth giving Swarm some chances with bad possessions with bad quick passes early
    • O'Dougherty throws ball into bench and stealth hold the ball preventing the SWARM from starting possession - called for delay of game - SWARM pp
    • Schuss with a hard bouncer past Richards for the quick pp goal - SWARM 14-18
    • Belisle for a slash on Duch - stealth pp
    • McCready creeps in and rips pp goal - stealth 19-14
    • 4:46 left in the game - SWARM 14 stealth 19
    • Richards scores an empty netter off getting save - stealth 20-14
    • Just been a rough night for our SWARM - nothing going right for sure
    • Noble and Belisle have words with Small and R. Smith - Noble and C. Small to the box - coincidental penalties
    • Digby with open shot from top center goes low left past Higgins - stealth 21-14
    • Thompson beats his man and finds Hill open on the crease for the goal - SWARM 15-21
    • Final - SWARM 15 stealth 21
Team Stats SVS STS PIM PPG PPT SH TS SOG LB FT FOW FOT
Minnesota 34 55 16 5 6 0 71 59 46 17 16 40
Vancouver 44 59 16 4 6 1 65 55 55 12 24 40

# Minnesota G A Pts PIM PPG SHG S SOG LB FT FOW FOT
2 Miles Thompson 1 5 6 0 1 0 8 7 2 1 0 0
8 Greg Downing 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 6 2 0 0
10 Alex Crepinsek 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 4 4 0 0
11 Sam Bradman 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 2 0 0
15 Jordan Houtby 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0
18 Logan Schuss 3 5 8 0 1 0 14 9 4 0 0 0
20 Andrew Suitor 2 0 2 0 0 0 7 7 3 2 1 3
24 Jordan MacIntosh 2 2 4 0 0 0 8 7 2 2 7 23
31 Zach Higgins 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
32 Shayne Jackson 2 3 5 0 1 0 11 9 1 0 0 0
37 Ethan O'Connor 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 7 1 8 14
45 Jason Noble 0 0 0 4 0 0 1 1 3 0 0 0
46 Kiel Matisz 1 5 6 2 1 0 5 4 2 0 0 0
66 Shane MacDonald 3 1 4 0 1 0 7 6 2 0 0 0
73 Dean Hill 1 2 3 0 0 0 6 5 3 0 0 0
85 Mitch Belisle 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
97 Ian Crawford 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
50 Corbyn Tao Back Up Goaltender - Did Not Play
50 Brodie MacDonald Did Not Dress
98 Callum Crawford Did Not Dress
 
# Minnesota GS MIN GA 1st
SV
2nd
SV
3rd
SV
4th
SV
OT
SV
Saves Shots W/L Rec
31 Zach Higgins 1 59:59 20 10 10 7 7 34 54 L 3-3
50 Corbyn Tao 0:00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0    
Empty Net 0:01 1 0 0 0 0 0 1  
 
# Vancouver G A Pts PIM PPG SHG S SOG LB FT FOW FOT
00 Tyler Richards 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Chris O'Dougherty 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0
5 Cliff Smith 3 3 6 2 0 0 6 5 3 0 0 0
6 Curtis Hodgson 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0
7 Tyler Digby 5 3 8 0 1 0 11 9 2 0 0 0
8 Tyler Hass 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0
9 Bradley Kri 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
10 Rhys Duch 2 5 7 2 0 0 11 11 4 0 0 0
12 Kyle Belton 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 2 0 0
15 Ilija Gajic 1 1 2 0 0 0 4 4 8 3 0 0
19 Justin Salt 0 1 1 2 0 0 3 3 1 0 0 0
23 Conrad Chapman 1 1 2 2 0 0 2 2 2 0 0 0
24 Rory Smith 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2 0 0
32 Mitch McMichael 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 12 1 24 40
45 Corey Small 4 5 9 0 1 1 13 10 2 0 0 0
55 Joel McCready 4 4 8 0 2 0 10 10 2 0 0 0
93 Johnny Powless 0 5 5 0 0 0 4 1 1 0 0 0
61 Eric Penney Back Up Goaltender - Did Not Play
63 Brandon Clelland Did Not Dress
74 Colin Boucher Did Not Dress
 
# Vancouver GS MIN GA 1st
SV
2nd
SV
3rd
SV
4th
SV
OT
SV
Saves Shots W/L Rec
00 Tyler Richards 1 60:00 15 11 13 7 13 44 59 W 4-4
61 Eric Penney 0:00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0    

Scoring
Time MN VAN Team Goal 1st Assist 2nd Assist Notes
1st Quarter
1:04 0 1 Vancouver Joel McCready Cliff Smith Johnny Powless  
1:25 0 2 Vancouver Cliff Smith Tyler Digby Rhys Duch  
6:57 0 3 Vancouver Tyler Digby Curtis Hodgson Justin Salt  
7:54 1 3 Minnesota Kiel Matisz Shayne Jackson Miles Thompson PP
8:24 2 3 Minnesota Shane MacDonald Logan Schuss Miles Thompson  
9:30 2 4 Vancouver Joel McCready Cliff Smith    
10:34 2 5 Vancouver Cliff Smith Conrad Chapman    
11:57 2 6 Vancouver Corey Small Johnny Powless Rhys Duch SH
12:21 3 6 Minnesota Shayne Jackson Dean Hill Kiel Matisz PP
13:34 3 7 Vancouver Corey Small Cliff Smith    
2nd Quarter
2:04 4 7 Minnesota Shane MacDonald Kiel Matisz Miles Thompson  
4:02 4 8 Vancouver Conrad Chapman      
5:29 4 9 Vancouver Tyler Digby Rhys Duch Johnny Powless PP
6:44 5 9 Minnesota Miles Thompson Shayne Jackson Logan Schuss PP
7:46 5 10 Vancouver Tyler Digby Rhys Duch Corey Small  
8:23 5 11 Vancouver Rhys Duch Joel McCready Kyle Belton  
10:08 5 12 Vancouver Corey Small Tyler Digby Joel McCready PP
14:29 6 12 Minnesota Jordan MacIntosh Alex Crepinsek Zach Higgins  
3rd Quarter
0:57 6 13 Vancouver Rhys Duch Tyler Digby Joel McCready  
2:15 7 13 Minnesota Jordan MacIntosh Jordan Houtby    
2:33 7 14 Vancouver Corey Small Mitch McMichael    
3:31 8 14 Minnesota Andrew Suitor Kiel Matisz Logan Schuss  
4:56 8 15 Vancouver Cliff Smith Ilija Gajic Tyler Richards  
8:48 9 15 Minnesota Logan Schuss Dean Hill Miles Thompson  
9:14 10 15 Minnesota Andrew Suitor Jordan Houtby    
11:45 10 16 Vancouver Tyler Digby Corey Small Johnny Powless GWG
13:10 11 16 Minnesota Shayne Jackson Kiel Matisz Jordan MacIntosh  
13:55 11 17 Vancouver Joel McCready Corey Small Rhys Duch PP
14:04 11 18 Vancouver Ilija Gajic      
4th Quarter
5:20 12 18 Minnesota Shane MacDonald Logan Schuss Jordan MacIntosh PP
5:46 13 18 Minnesota Logan Schuss Kiel Matisz Shayne Jackson  
8:53 14 18 Minnesota Logan Schuss Shane MacDonald   PP
9:30 14 19 Vancouver Joel McCready Corey Small Johnny Powless PP
11:13 14 20 Vancouver Tyler Richards     EN
12:56 14 21 Vancouver Tyler Digby Joel McCready Corey Small  
14:05 15 21 Minnesota Dean Hill Miles Thompson Logan Schuss  

Penalties
Time Team Player Penalty Bench Duration
1st Quarter
2:21 Minnesota Ian Crawford Holding   2:00
5:20 Minnesota Mitch Belisle Illegal Cross Checking   2:00
7:27 Vancouver Kyle Belton Too Many Men X 2:00
11:02 Vancouver Kyle Belton Too Many Men X 2:00
2nd Quarter
5:20 Minnesota Jason Noble Tripping   2:00
6:23 Vancouver Conrad Chapman Checking from Behind   2:00
8:23 Minnesota Sam Bradman Delay of Game X 2:00
11:12 Vancouver Justin Salt Holding Stick   2:00
3rd Quarter
13:40 Minnesota Greg Downing Tripping   2:00
4th Quarter
3:07 Minnesota Kiel Matisz Illegal Cross Checking   2:00
3:07 Vancouver Tyler Richards Slashing   2:00
3:53 Vancouver Conrad Chapman Too Many Men X 2:00
8:34 Vancouver Rhys Duch Delay of Game   2:00
9:03 Minnesota Mitch Belisle Holding   2:00
12:36 Minnesota Jason Noble Roughing   2:00
12:36 Vancouver Cliff Smith Roughing   2:00

Referees
Crew Chief Assistant Referee Shot Clock Operator
12-Todd Labranche 51-Greg Pepper 3-Keith Gagne

Next Games After This Match Up

  • Minnesota vs New England - Saturday, March 14th, 2015 7:00 pm Central
  • Vancouver at Edmonton - Saturday, March 14th, 2015 8:00 pm Central