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Minnesota Swarm (9-4) 15

Philadelphia Wings (9-5) 14

OT

Iannucci Breaks Record but Swarm Breaks the Wings

Saturday, April 12, 2008
St. Paul, Minnesota
Attendance: 12,830

The Minnesota Swarm are enjoying their time at home this April. For the second straight weekend, the Swarm make a fourth quarter comeback to attain victory, this time over the Philadelphia Wings by a score of 15-14 in overtime at the X. Dan Marohl (3g 9a) in his Swarm home debut tied the game with 1.5 seconds left and Sean Pollock (20g 29a) sent the Wings back to Philly in defeat when he took the ball to the net and scored 1:19 into the overtime frame. The victory puts the Swarm on top of the hill in the East Division with two weeks remaining.

The Wings started quickly when Merrick Thomson scored just 43 seconds into the game. A couple minutes later Ryan Ward (28g 34a) answered for the Swarm to tie it at 1-1. AFter the Wings scored two straight, Ward cut the lead to one as he put a couple moves on the Wings D, backed up and unleashed his rocket. Craig Point (24g 30a) tied it up with a lazer from top center. After Jon Sullivan (2g 6a) foiled a golden opportunity by Jamie Rooney to score on the crease, Chad Culp (21g 25a) took a shot and hit the crossbar. The ball; however, bounced off the back of Wings goaltender Rob Blaisdell and into the goal for the Swwarm's first lead of the game. Ward got his third goal of the night after dodging his defender to the net to give the Swarm a two goal lead at 5-3. Meanwhile, the Swarm defense was all over the Wings and Athan Iannucci, in particular, to delay the inevitable march to the NLL single season goal scoring record. Iannucci's first big opportunity came late in the quarter but Nick Inch (0g 1a) clotheslined him on his way to the net.

The Swarm scored four straight to finish the first and they continued to score to start the second. Andy Secore (24g 41a) came off the bench on the Swarm's first possession of the quarter and Pollock found him in stride for the goal. Secore then found Culp all alone top left to fire on Blasdell, which he did at 1:14 of the second. Within the next minute, Sullivan scooped up a loosie in the defensive zone and took the ball coast to coast for his second goal of the year. The eight points that Sullivan has this year is his career season best. Later on in the quarter, Marohl got in on Blasdell and took a shot. The ball bounced off Blasdell and Colin Achenbach (1g 0a) was just outside the crease waiting for the rebound that he put past Blasdell for his first ever NLL goal. Achenbach's goal finished the night for Blasdell and Wings Head Coach Dave Huntley sent in Brandon Miller as his replacement. The Swarm's defense continued to stifle the Wings and Nick Patterson (9-3 12.05 GAA .766 Save %) was stellar as he fought of Iannucci on the crease twice late in the quarter. With under three to go, Culp was whacked in his shins near the Swarm bench and went down. He stayed down for a few seconds but he still had the ball. The stunned Wings defense then watched as Culp got up and took off for the net. By the time the Wings reacted, Culp passed it behind his back to Secore for a wide open shot for the 10-3 lead which held for the rest of the half.

The Swarm began the second half with Ryan Sharp (8g 9a) in the box for an illegal cross checking major he incurred late in the first half. That meant the Swarm were a man down for the first 4:48 of the third quarter. The Swarm nearly escaped harm but Thomson scored with 11 seconds left on power play to end the Swarm nine goal streak. Culp got his third goal of the night as he took the ball down the middle to put the Swarm up 11-4 but the rest of quarter belonged to the Wings. With the Swarm up 11-6, Iannucci finally scored his first goal of night which tied him with Gary Gait for most ever goals in one NLL season with 61. Off the ensuing face off, Geoff Snider won it and took right off for the net and scored to cut the lead to 11-8. Iannucci got number 62 for the year after dodging Ryan Cousins (7g 5a). A.J. Shannon got the last goal of the quarter for the Wings as he dove through the crease to cut the Swarm lead from seven to start the quarter to one to end the quarter.

Secore finally ended the Wings streak at 1:20 of the fourth after he faked the pick and roll with Rory McDade (3g 8a) then went to the net to put the Swarm up 12-10. The Wings came back to tie with two straight goals including Iannucci's third of the game which ensured his fourteenth hat trick in fourteen games this year. Eric Pacey (2g 6a) reacquired the lead for the Swarm after he picked off a pass and took it in on Miller, faked a couple times and found the opening. Snider tied it 43 seconds later and David Mitchell gave the Wings their first lead of the game since the first quarter with 2:54 left in the game. Taylor Wray got called for a hold with 2:01 left in the game. That put the Swarm on the power play for nearly the rest of the game. The action was back and forth but it all amounted to nothing until the Swarm called a timeout with 14.2 seconds left. Patterson was pulled for the extra attacker and Pollock found Marohl, the former Wing, going to the net to score the power play goal to tie at 1.5 seconds left to send the game into overtime for the fourth time this season.

The Wings had an opportunity to score early in OT but Patterson slammed the door. Inch got the ball to start the offense and got it up to Secore who found Pollock for game winner 1:19 into OT. The players and the crowd erupted into euphoria as Pollock got his second overtime goal of the year and a Swarm record sixth game winning goal. The Swarm have been overtime kings this year going 4-0 and have won six straight overtime goals in their history after losing their first ever OT game in Arizona on February 18, 2005.

Secore (3a), Culp (2a) and Ward (2a) each had a hat trick for the Swarm. Achenbach got his first ever NLL goal and Inch's assist on Pollock's game winner was his first ever assist and point in the NLL. Point now has scored the most assists (30) and points (54) for a rookie in Swarm history. Ward is only four goals from tying Dean Hill's (9g 10a) single season record of 32 goals that he set last year. Iannucci led the Wings with three goals and three assists and now has the NLL record of 63 goals in one season with two games to go.

The victory tied the season series with Philadelphia at 1-1 and gave the Swarm the best division record in the East at 7-4. A win next week against Rochester will clinch a playoff spot and if Buffalo loses to Chicago next week also, the Swarm will clinch their first ever home playoff game. The game against the Knighthawks is on Saturday, April 19 at 7:00 pm at the X where the Swarm are undefeated at 6-0 and those six home wins are a single season record breaking the record of five set last year.

Game Statistics

Box Score

Minnesota Swarm Game Center

Team Stats 1 2 3 4 OT F Sv/S PIM PP SH S SOG LB FO
Minnesota 5 5 1 3 1 15 35/49 21 3/4 0 77 54 70 2/33
Philadelphia 3 0 7 4 0 14 39/54 10 2/4 0 72 49 82 31/33


# Minnesota G A Pts PIM PPG SHG S SOG LB FO
7 Dan Marohl 1 2 3 0 1 0 5 5 0 0-0
8 Rory McDade 0 2 2 0 0 0 5 2 2 0-0
9 Craig Point 1 2 3 0 0 0 9 5 2 0-2
12 Eric Pacey 1 1 2 0 0 0 4 4 6 0-0
16 Noah Talbot 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 0-0
17 Sean Pollock 1 2 3 0 0 0 10 8 5 0-0
19 Chad Culp 3 2 5 0 1 0 14 10 7 0-0
20 Kyle Ross 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 7 0-0
21 Andy Secore 3 3 6 0 1 0 9 7 2 0-0
23 Jon Sullivan 1 1 2 2 0 0 1 1 4 0-1
26 Ryan Sharp 0 1 1 17 0 0 0 0 1 0-0
27 Colin Achenbach 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 1 7 0-0
34 Nick Inch 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 4 0-0
44 Ryan Ward 3 2 5 0 0 0 13 8 4 0-0
47 Travis Hill 0 3 3 0 0 0 1 1 9 2-28
50 Ryan Cousins 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 6 0-2
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
11 Keith Cromwell Did Not Dress
18 Andrew Biers Did Not Dress
24 Justin Norbraten Did Not Dress
40 Ian Rubel Did Not Dress
 
# Minnesota MIN GA Saves Shots Dec  
93 Nick Patterson 61:18 14 35 49 W 9-3  
31 Kevin Croswell 0:00 0 0 0    
Empty Net 0:01 0 0 0    
 
# Philadephia G A Pts PIM PPG SHG S SOG LB FO
1 John Christmas 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0
2 Jim Borell 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0-0
4 Geoff Snider 3 0 3 2 0 0 6 5 32 30-31
7 Kyle Sweeney 0 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 9 0-0
9 Merrick Thomson 2 3 5 0 1 0 15 10 3 0-0
14 Jamie Rooney 1 1 2 0 0 0 5 3 0 0-0
15 Brett Moyer 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0-0
22 David Mitchell 2 0 2 0 0 0 4 3 2 0-0
23 Athan Iannucci 3 3 6 0 1 0 16 11 3 0-0
25 Pat Heim 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1-2
26 Drew Westervelt 2 0 2 0 0 0 9 7 4 0-0
28 Thomas Hajek 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 0-0
31 Rob Blasdell 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0
36 Brandon Miller 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0
44 Taylor Wray 0 3 3 4 0 0 1 1 6 0-0
54 Jason Crosbie 0 2 2 0 0 0 6 3 2 0-0
77 Rob Van Beek 0 1 1 2 0 0 1 1 5 0-0
88 A.J. Shannon 1 2 3 0 0 0 8 5 5 0-0
24 Peter Jacobs Did Not Dress
27 Brian Beisel Did Not Dress
30 Jay Preece Did Not Dress
34 Shawn Nadelen Did Not Dress
66 Jake Bergey Did Not Dress
 
# Philadelphia MIN GA Saves Shots Dec
31 Rob Blasdell 19:56 9 10 19    
36 Brandon Miller 41:23 6 29 35 L 2-5  


Scoring
Quarter Time MN PHI Team Goal 1st Assist 2nd Assist Notes
First 0:43 0 1 Philadelphia Merrick Thomson Rob Van Beek Thomas Hajek  
First 2:37 1 1 Minnesota Ryan Ward Chad Culp Travis Hill  
First 3:48 1 2 Philadelphia Drew Westervelt Athan Iannucci    
First 4:37 1 3 Philadelphia David Mitchell AJ Shannon    
First 5:08 2 3 Minnesota Ryan Ward Travis Hill    
First 7:49 3 3 Minnesota Craig Point Ryan Sharp Travis Hill  
First 9:47 4 3 Minnesota Chad Culp Rory McDade Ryan Ward  
First 10:54 5 3 Minnesota Ryan Ward Andy Secore    
Second 0:33 6 3 Minnesota Andy Secore Sean Pollock Jon Sullivan PP
Second 1:14 7 3 Minnesota Chad Culp Andy Secore Craig Point PP
Second 2:10 8 3 Minnesota Jon Sullivan      
Second 4:56 9 3 Minnesota Colin Achenbach Dan Marohl    
Second 12:27 10 3 Minnesota Andy Secore Chad Culp Eric Pacey  
Third 4:03 10 4 Philadelphia Merrick Thomson Athan Iannucci   PP
Third 4:37 11 4 Minnesota Chad Culp Ryan Ward    
Third 5:03 11 5 Philadelphia Drew Westervelt Merrick Thomson    
Third 5:26 11 6 Philadelphia Geoff Snider Merrick Thomson    
Third 6:04 11 7 Philadelphia Athan Iannucci Merrick Thomson AJ Shannon PP
Third 6:10 11 8 Philadelphia Geoff Snider      
Third 8:52 11 9 Philadelphia Athan Iannucci Kyle Sweeney Taylor Wray  
Third 14:32 11 10 Philadelphia AJ Shannon Athan Iannucci Taylor Wray  
Fourth 1:20 12 10 Minnesota Andy Secore Rory McDade Dan Marohl  
Fourth 4:02 12 11 Philadelphia Jamie Rooney Jason Crosbie Kyle Sweeney  
Fourth 9:27 12 12 Philadelphia Athan Iannucci Jamie Rooney Kyle Sweeney  
Fourth 10:46 13 12 Minnesota Eric Pacey      
Fourth 11:29 13 13 Philadelphia Geoff Snider Taylor Wray    
Fourth 12:06 13 14 Philadelphia David Mitchell Kyle Sweeney Jason Crosbie  
Fourth 14:58 14 14 Minnesota Dan Marohl Sean Pollock Craig Point PP EA
Overtime 1:19 15 14 Minnesota Sean Pollock Andy Secore Nick Inch GWG


Penalties

Quarter Time Team Player Penalty Bench Duration
First 14:04 Philadelphia Rob Van Beek Roughing   2:00
First 14:25 Philadelphia Drew Westervelt Illegal Substitution X 2:00
Second 13:56 Minnesota Kyle Ross Checking from Behind   2:00
Second 13:56 Philadelphia Geoff Snider Roughing   2:00
Second 14:12 Minnesota Ryan Sharp Illegal Cross Checking   5:00
Second 14:12 Minnesota Ryan Sharp Obscene Language Misconduct   10:00
Third 5:37 Minnesota Jon Sullivan Checking from Behind   2:00
Third 12:15 Philadelphia Taylor Wray Illegal Cross Checking   2:00
Fourth 1:35 Minnesota Ryan Sharp Holding   2:00
Fourth 12:59 Philadelphia Taylor Wray Holding   2:00


Referees
Crew Chief Assistant Referee Technical Referee
16-Tom Sutton 20-Todd Lorenz 73-Daren Yates