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1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q OT F
Minnesota Swarm Minnesota Swarm
(4-0 H 1-0 A 3-0)
1 4 3 6 14
San Jose Stealth San Jose Stealth
(2-3 H 0-1 A 2-2)
2 4 1 5 12

The Ex-Culp-atory Evidence Favors the Swarm

Saturday, February 2, 2008
San Jose, California
Attendance: 3,895

The Seven-Headed Monster that is the Minnesota Swarm offense has been clicking all year. One of the heads that tends to get overlooked is the player with #19 on the back of his helmet. That player is Chad Culp (6g 8a) and for a Swarm record fifth time in his career, Culp got the goal to lead the Swarm to a 14 -12 victory. With 2:59 left, a battle for a loose ball high in the air in the Swarm defensive zone landed near the face off circle. Culp, coming off the bench, corraled the ball in his stick and scampered all alone on Stealth goaltender Aaron Bold and put it over his right shoulder to put the Swarm up to stay at 13-11.

The game started slowly for the Swarm as the Stealth jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first quarter. Sean Pollock (7g 11a) finally put the Swarm on the board at the 8:47 mark of the first as he drove to the net on Anthony Cosmo. Even with Pollock's goal, the Swarm offense just wasn't in sync and San Jose clearly controlled the flow of the game.

The second quarter begun much the same for the Swarm as the Stealth continued to be the better team especially when scooping up loose balls. With the Stealth up 3-1, Craig Point (8g 13a) got the Swarm's second goal as he trailed a breakaway led by Pollock and Jon Sullivan (2a). Curtis Hodgson got a shorthanded goal to answer Point's goal to put the Stealth up 4-2 but Culp got his first goal of the night when he got a pass from Point after rotating to the top of the key. Still the Swarm couldn't keep up as the Stealth extended their lead to 6-3 but the Swarm finished the first half strong with two goals. The first was when Point grabbed the ball off the boards behind the net and found Andy Secore (8g 14a) waiting on the crease. The Swarm called a time out with eleven seconds left and pulled goaltender Nick Patterson (4-0 11.88 GAA) for the extra attacker. The plan worked well as Point got the ball top right and shot a laser past Cosmo with a second left cutting the Stealth lead at half to 6-5.

The Swarm needed only eighteen seconds in the third quarter to go down a man putting the Stealth on the power play. Zywicki again beat the Swarm defense to the net and the Stealth were up 7-5. After that, the Swarm finally arrived to play with three goals in one minute and 49 seconds. First it was Secore scoring from the top of the key after the Stealth just finished killing a Swarm power play. Ryan Ward (11g 11a) joined the goal scoring as he beat Andrew Guindon one on one to the net. Ward then came back to set up a successful pick and roll with Pollock scoring at 6:04 of the third to give the Swarm their first lead of the game at 8-7.

The 8-7 lead for the Swarm was intact to start the fourth quarter. Both teams exchanged goals to start the quarter with Ward scoring for Minnesota and Colin Doyle for San Jose. That set up Secore who grabbed the ball off the boards behind the net and used an "Air Gait" move, moving left to right to make the score 10-8. Cam Sedgwick cut the lead to 10-9 before Travis Hill (1g 1a) lost his helmet and head. First, T. Hill lost his helmet in the corner against Sedgwick then continued playing without it by continously slashing Sedgwick. That earned T. Hill a double minor and the Stealth's Zywicki made the Swarm pay as he earned a goal on both minors to put the Stealth back up 11-10 with 7:40 left in the game.

After finally getting a lead, the Swarm had let it slip away foolishly but the question is how they would respond. Well, is the answer. Dean Hill finally got in the scoring column to tie the game as he got a feed on the crease from Point on the other side. Then the Swarm finally showed a bit of transition flash as T. Hill redeemed himself by scooping a loose ball and finding a streaking Ryan Sharp (5g 1a) who rocketed his shot off Cosmo's left glove. Sharp's goal produced a goaltending change for the Stealth as they went from Cosmo to Bold. That set the stage for Culp's game winner. Zywicki scored his fifth of the night to bring the Stealth back to within one at 13-12 but it wasn't enough as Mike Hominuck (1g 8a) found Ryan Cousins (5g 1a) when the Stealth had an extra attacker on the floor to try to tie the score. When Cousins got the ball, Bold had his back turned to Cousins as he tried to get back to the net but was too late as Cousins' shot beat him to it.

Minnesota is now in first place by themselves in the East Division. They continue their best ever start in team history and are a perfect 3-0 on the road. Point continues his quest for NLL Rookie of the year as led the Swarm with two goals and five assists. Ward and Pollock each had two goals and four assists. Secore got his first Swarm hat trick finishing with three goals and two assists. With 22 points, Secore has now tied his career record in points that he set last year in 14 games with the Arizona Sting. Cousins 50th game as a Swarm, the most ever, will be coming up on Friday against New York. Last weekend against Rochester, Ward became the first Swarm player to pass 200 points and after last night's game, Ward has 207 points as a member of the Swarm. Patterson was strong throughout the game making 44 saves on 56 shots. Doyle led the Stealth with three goals and eight assists and Zywicki had five goals and four assists.

Minnesota will finally return home this weekend as they will invite two opponents to the X. First, they will take on the New York Titans (1-3) on Friday, February 8th at 7:00 pm CST. Secondly, they will meet the Portland LumberJax (1-3) on Sunday, February 10th at 3:00 pm CST. The Stealth next play on Saturday, February 9th at 1:00 pm CST against the Chicago Shamrox (1-2).

Game Statistics

Pointstreak Swarm Notes

Team Stats Sv/S PIM PP SH S SOG LB FO
Minnesota 44/56 20 2/4 0 50 37 48 10/27
San Jose 23/37 14 5/7 1 62 56 72 17/27

# Minnesota G A Pts PIM PPG SHG S SOG LB FO
9 Craig Point 2 5 7 2 0 0 7 5 8 0-0
12 Eric Pacey 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0-0
16 Noah Talbot 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0-0
17 Sean Pollock 2 4 6 0 1 0 5 4 4 0-0
19 Chad Culp 2 2 4 0 0 0 4 2 1 0-0
20 Kyle Ross 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0-0
21 Andy Secore 3 2 5 0 0 0 8 6 1 0-0
23 Jon Sullivan 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0-0
26 Ryan Sharp 1 0 1 4 0 0 2 2 3 0-0
28 Darren Halls 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4-10
39 Mark Miyashita 0 0 0 4 0 0 1 1 5 6-17
44 Ryan Ward 2 4 6 0 0 0 11 9 0 0-0
47 Travis Hill 0 1 1 4 0 0 1 1 4 0-0
50 Ryan Cousins 1 0 1 2 0 0 2 2 0 0-0
73 Dean Hill 1 0 1 0 1 0 6 4 0 0-0
90 Mike Hominuck 0 3 3 0 0 0 2 1 3 0-0
93 Nick Patterson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0
31 Kevin Croswell Back Up Goaltender - Did Not Play
3 Chris Courtney Did Not Dress
8 Rory McDade Did Not Dress
24 Justin Norbraten Did Not Dress
27 Colin Achenbach Did Not Dress
34 Nick Inch Did Not Dress
 
# Minnesota MIN GA Saves Shots Dec  
31 Kevin Croswell 0:00 0 0 0    
93 Nick Patterson 60:00 12 44 56 W 4-0  
 
# San Jose G A Pts PIM PPG SHG S SOG LB FO
2 Paul Dawson 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 5 0-0
3 Tim Booth 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 3 17-26
4 Andrew Guindon 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0-0
6 Curtis Hodgson 1 0 1 0 0 1 2 2 6 0-0
7 Colin Doyle 3 8 11 0 1 0 9 6 5 0-0
9 Jeff Zywicki 5 4 9 0 3 0 12 11 10 0-0
11 Kyle Sorensen 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 5 0-0
13 Peter Veltman 0 2 2 0 0 0 3 3 2 0-1
15 Luke Wiles 0 4 4 2 0 0 20 19 4 0-0
20 Shaydon Santos 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0-0
21 Steve Holmes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0-0
23 Gary Rosyski 2 1 3 0 1 0 11 11 3 0-0
25 Eric Martin 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 10 0-0
29 Cam Sedgwick 1 1 2 0 0 0 3 2 2 0-0
34 Luke Hinton 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0-0
44 Anthony Cosmo 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0
55 Steve Panarelli 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 4 0-0
77 Aaron Bold 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0
00 Tyler Richards Did Not Dress
5 Frank Resetarits Did Not Dress
8 Tom Johnson Did Not Dress
17 Todd Fairlie Did Not Dress
41 Zach Heffner Did Not Dress
 
# San Jose MIN GA Saves Shots Dec
44 Anthony Cosmo 54:25 12 21 33   Started
77 Aaron Bold 5:33 1 2 3 L 1-1  
Empty Net 0:02 1 0 1    

Scoring
Time MN SJ Team Goal 1st Assist 2nd Assist Notes
1st Quarter
2:54 0 1 San Jose Colin Doyle Jeff Zywicki    
7:00 0 2 San Jose Gary Rosyski Colin Doyle Jeff Zywicki PP
8:47 1 2 Minnesota Sean Pollock Ryan Ward Andy Secore PP
2nd Quarter
3:40 1 3 San Jose Jeff Zywicki Luke Wiles    
4:42 2 3 Minnesota Craig Point Sean Pollock Jon Sullivan  
6:52 2 4 San Jose Curtis Hodgson Colin Doyle   SH
10:09 3 4 Minnesota Chad Culp Craig Point Mike Hominuck  
10:36 3 5 San Jose Gary Rosyski Colin Doyle Luke Wiles EA
11:52 3 6 San Jose Colin Doyle Peter Veltman Anthony Cosmo  
13:07 4 6 Minnesota Andy Secore Craig Point    
14:59 5 6 Minnesota Craig Point Sean Pollock Ryan Ward EA
3rd Quarter
0:55 5 7 San Jose Jeff Zywicki Gary Rosyski Colin Doyle PP
4:15 6 7 Minnesota Andy Secore Ryan Ward Chad Culp  
5:19 7 7 Minnesota Ryan Ward Sean Pollock    
6:04 8 7 Minnesota Sean Pollock Ryan Ward Chad Culp  
4th Quarter
0:46 9 7 Minnesota Ryan Ward Andy Secore Craig Point  
2:31 9 8 San Jose Colin Doyle Peter Veltman Jeff Zywicki PP
3:22 10 8 Minnesota Andy Secore Craig Point Mike Hominuck  
4:17 10 9 San Jose Cam Sedgwick Colin Doyle Jeff Zywicki  
6:00 10 10 San Jose Jeff Zywicki Colin Doyle Luke Wiles PP
7:20 10 11 San Jose Jeff Zywicki Cam Sedgwick Colin Doyle PP
8:42 11 11 Minnesota Dean Hill Craig Point Sean Pollock PP
9:25 12 11 Minnesota Ryan Sharp Travis Hill    
12:01 13 11 Minnesota Chad Culp     GWG
12:54 13 12 San Jose Jeff Zywicki Luke Wiles Colin Doyle EA
13:21 14 12 Minnesota Ryan Cousins Mike Hominuck   EN

Penalties
Time Team Player Penalty Bench Duration
1st Quarter
2:38 San Jose Paul Dawson Roughing   2:00
2:38 Minnesota Craig Point Roughing   2:00
5:34 Minnesota Ryan Sharp Illegal Stick   2:00
7:36 San Jose Tim Booth Holding   2:00
2nd Quarter
1:14 Minnesota Eric Pacey Illegal Substitution X 2:00
5:12 San Jose Luke Wiles Boarding   2:00
3rd Quarter
0:18 Minnesota Mark Miyashita Boarding   2:00
2:11 San Jose Steve Panarelli Illegal Cross Checking   2:00
5:08 San Jose Eric Martin Illegal Cross Checking   2:00
5:08 Minnesota Mark Miyashita Roughing   2:00
8:07 Minnesota Eric Pacey Illegal Substitution X 2:00
8:27 San Jose Eric Martin Roughing   2:00
8:27 Minnesota Ryan Sharp Unsportsmanlike Conduct   2:00
4th Quarter
1:32 Minnesota Ryan Cousins Checking from Behind   2:00
5:20 Minnesota Travis Hill Slashing   2:00
5:20 Minnesota Travis Hill Unsportsmanlike Conduct   2:00
8:27 San Jose Kyle Sorensen Holding   2:00

Referees
Crew Chief Assistant Referee Technical Referee
27-Mark Gardonio 33-Steve Adamick 34-Paul Kunzel