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1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q OT F
Minnesota Swarm Minnesota Swarm
(6-3 H 3-0 A 3-3)
1 3 1 2 8
Buffalo Bandits Buffalo Bandits
(7-4 H 4-1 A 3-3)
2 2 3 4 11

Swarm Steamrolled in the Second Half, Again

Saturday, March 8, 2008
Buffalo, New York
Attendance: 12,313

The Minnesota Swarm did a very good job defensively as they held the Buffalo Bandits to eleven goals. However, the Swarm offense was off the mark as they only scored a season low seven goals in a 11-7 loss to the Bandits on Saturday night. The loss is the Swarm's third straight after starting the season at 6-0. The Bandits have won four straight and have swept the season series between the teams for the fourth consecutive year. Overall, the Bandits are 11-1 (seven straight wins) against the Swarm which includes two playoff victories.

The Swarm started well Chad Culp (16g 16a) beat Bandit defenseman Chris White and buried a shot over Bandit goaltender Ken Montour's left shoulder to put the Swarm up 1-0 at the 1:42 mark of the first. The rest of quarter belonged to the Bandits as they got goals from Clay Hill and Dan Teat to put them up 2-1. Later on in the quarter, Travis Hill (1g 3a) took on Pat McCready in fight which he won decisively. As they fought occurred, another popped up between Jon Sullivan (0g 3a) and Rusty Kruger, which lasted a bit longer. The problem with that fight was that it started as time was stopped, so when it finished both Sullivan and Kruger were given ten minute misconducts on top of the five each for fighting and ejected from the game. The five minutes that T. Hill got for his fight increased his league lead in penalty minutes to 74.

The Swarm started well in the second quarter as Ryan Ward (20g 25a) scored on a shorthanded goal to tie the score at two. Culp scored his second goal right out of the official timeout at the 7:43 mark to regain the lead for the Swarm at 3-2. The Bandits regrouped and scored twice within the next minute and a half on goals by Roger Vyse and Delby Powless which gave the lead back to the Bandits at 4-3. Coming out of the next official timeout, Sean Pollock (13g 22a) scored the first Swarm power play goal of the night with 22 seconds remaining on the penalty. Overall in the first half, both teams had done very well controlling each other's transition games and both goaltenders, Montour and the Swarm's Nick Patterson (6-3 12.24 GAA .770 Save %) were stellar in net as the game went to half tied at four.

White got call for a crosscheck early in the third to give the Swarm a power play opportunity. Keith Cromwell (1g 5a), who was acquired in a trade earlier this week from Philadelphia, made the Bandits pay with a rocket from top center to give the Swarm a 5-4. For Cromwell, that was his first goal as a member of the Swarm and of the season. That was the last highlight of the quarter for the Swarm as the Bandits converted on two straight power plays to take the lead for good and after Powless' third goal of the night on a very nice behind the back shot, the Bandits had a 7-5 lead going into the fourth.

The first three quarters, the Swarm opened the scoring. Unfortunately, that was not the case for the fourth quarter as Mark Steenhuis scored 31 seconds into the quarter to open the lead up at 3. John Tavares scored on the power play to the left of Patterson and C. Hill's second goal of the game helped double up the Swarm 10-5. Dan Marohl (2g 7a), who was acquired in the same trade as Cromwell, scored his first goal as a Swarm as he beat Rich Kilgour to the net and put it over Montour's right shoulder. Culp got his hat trick with 7:35 left in the game after scooping up a loose ball behind the net, coming around in front and beating Montour. That was it for the Swarm as they continued to either miss the net or hit the post with regularity. The Bandits defense smothered the Swarm when they weren't getting shots off and Steenhuis' empty net goal with 2:06 to go ended the scoring 11-7 in favor of the Bandits.

Culp ended the night leading the Swarm with three goals and one assist and Ward had one goal and three assists. Cromwell scored one goal and assist twice and Marohl got a goal in their Swarm debuts. Andy Secore (16g 25a) missed his second game in a row with a knee injury and rookie of the year candidate Craig Point (17g 23a) was held without a goal for the first time in his career as only 6 of his 14 shots were on goal. Patterson turned in a fine performance making 38 saves on 48 shots. Darren Halls (2g 1) held his own on face offs winning 9 of 14. This was only the second time this year the Swarm either tied or won more faceoffs than their opponents (11 of 22). The only other time that happened was in the season opener on January 11 in Toronto when they won 19 of 36 face offs. Even though he was ejected in the first quarter, Sullivan has now tied Riley Kemp for the longest consecutive game streak in Minnesota Swarm history at 43.

Powless led the Bandits with three goals and three assists. Tavares and Steenhuis had two goals and three assists each. Clay Hill killed the Swarm again coming out the back end with two goals and two assists. His ability to step up for a suspended Billy Dee Smith and Montour's 49 saves on 56 shots ultimately doomed the Swarm again in this series.

The good news is that this disastrous road trip is finally over for the Swarm. They started it 6-0 and finished it 6-3. They are now in third place behind Philadelphia (6-1) and Buffalo (7-4). They will definitely need to pick up their game to get the chance to host a playoff game since they have lost the tiebreaker against Buffalo. Fortunately, the opportunity is still in reach. Five of their last seven are at home beginning next Friday night against the Chicago Shamrox (1-6) at 7:00 pm CST at the Xcel Energy Center. Get used to seeing a lot of green as they will play the Shamrox in four of their last seven games. If they don't start scoring especially in the second half (outscored 31-11 during the three game losing streak), the Swarm won't beat the Shamrox either.

Game Notes

Pointstreak Swarm Notes Bandits Notes

Team Stats Sv/S PIM PP SH S SOG LB FO
Minnesota 38/49 30 2/6 1 80 56 53 11/22
Buffalo 49/56 45 3/5 0 54 49 61 11/22

# Minnesota G A Pts PIM PPG SHG S SOG LB FO
7 Dan Marohl 1 0 1 0 0 0 3 3 3 0-0
8 Rory McDade 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 2 2 0-0
9 Craig Point 0 1 1 0 0 0 14 6 5 0-0
11 Keith Cromwell 1 2 3 0 1 0 7 5 0 0-0
12 Eric Pacey 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0-0
16 Noah Talbot 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 2 0-0
17 Sean Pollock 1 2 3 0 1 0 12 8 5 0-0
19 Chad Culp 3 1 4 0 0 0 9 7 6 0-0
20 Kyle Ross 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0-0
23 Jon Sullivan 0 0 0 15 0 0 0 0 2 0-0
24 Justin Norbraten 0 0 0 2 0 0 4 2 3 2-7
26 Ryan Sharp 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 0-0
28 Darren Halls 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 3 9-14
44 Ryan Ward 1 3 4 0 0 1 16 12 5 0-0
47 Travis Hill 0 0 0 5 0 0 5 4 3 0-1
50 Ryan Cousins 0 1 1 2 0 0 5 4 6 0-0
93 Nick Patterson 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0-0
31 Kevin Croswell Back Up Goaltender - Did Not Play
18 Andrew Biers Did Not Dress
21 Andy Secore Did Not Dress
27 Colin Achenbach Did Not Dress
34 Nick Inch Did Not Dress
73 Dean Hill Did Not Dress
 
# Minnesota MIN GA Saves Shots Dec  
31 Kevin Croswell 0:00 0 0 0    
93 Nick Patterson 60:00 10 38 48 L 6-3  
Empty Net 0:00 1 0 1    
 
# Buffalo G A Pts PIM PPG SHG S SOG LB FO
2 Ian Llord 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 6 0-0
5 Clay Hill 2 2 4 0 0 0 5 5 5 0-0
6 Chris White 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 0-0
9 Mark Steenhuis 2 3 5 2 0 0 15 13 9 0-0
10 Pat McCready 0 0 0 7 0 0 1 1 6 0-0
11 John Tavares 2 3 5 15 2 0 6 4 5 0-0
12 Brandon Swamp 0 1 1 2 0 0 1 1 5 0-0
15 Dan Teat 1 4 5 0 0 0 3 3 1 0-0
16 Rich Kilgour 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0-1
17 Kyle Laverty 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0-0
18 Phil Sanderson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1-2
20 Rusty Kruger 0 0 0 15 0 0 0 0 0 0-0
24 Kyle Schmelzle 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 4 0-0
29 Ken Montour 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0
72 Cory Bomberry 0 1 1 2 0 0 5 5 4 10-19
81 Roger Vyse 1 2 3 0 0 0 10 10 2 0-0
99 Delby Powless 3 3 6 0 1 0 4 4 2 0-0
66 Mike Thompson Back Up Goaltender - Did Not Play
3 Billy Dee Smith Did Not Dress
4 Andrew Lazore Did Not Dress
14 Joe Smith Did Not Dress
51 Kevin Dostie Did Not Dress
84 Brandon Francis Did Not Dress
 
# Buffalo MIN GA Saves Shots Dec
29 Ken Montour 60:00 7 49 56 W 3-3  
66 Mike Thompson 0:00 0 0 0    

Scoring
Time MN BUF Team Goal 1st Assist 2nd Assist Notes
First Quarter
1:42 1 0 Minnesota Chad Culp Ryan Ward Rory McDade  
2:07 1 1 Buffalo Clay Hill Dan Teat Delby Powless  
5:34 1 2 Buffalo Dan Teat John Tavares Chris White  
Second Quarter
3:49 2 2 Minnesota Ryan Ward Keith Cromwell Chad Culp SH
7:43 3 2 Minnesota Chad Culp Ryan Ward Sean Pollock  
8:30 3 3 Buffalo Roger Vyse Mark Steenhuis Brandon Swamp  
8:54 3 4 Buffalo Delby Powless John Tavares Cory Bomberry  
10:49 4 4 Minnesota Sean Pollock Craig Point Keith Cromwell PP
Third Quarter
2:40 5 4 Minnesota Keith Cromwell Ryan Ward   PP
4:43 5 5 Buffalo Delby Powless John Tavares Dan Teat PP
6:39 5 6 Buffalo John Tavares Delby Powless Roger Vyse PP
9:17 5 7 Buffalo Delby Powless Dan Teat Clay Hill  
Fourth Quarter
0:31 5 8 Buffalo Mark Steenhuis Roger Vyse Dan Teat GWG
3:24 5 9 Buffalo John Tavares Delby Powless Mark Steenhuis PP
3:57 5 10 Buffalo Clay Hill Mark Steenhuis    
5:56 6 10 Minnesota Dan Marohl Ryan Cousins Nick Patterson  
7:25 7 10 Minnesota Chad Culp Sean Pollock    
12:54 7 11 Buffalo Mark Steenhuis Clay Hill   EN


Penalties
Time Team Player Penalty Bench Duration
First Quarter
6:30 Buffalo John Tavares Roughing Misconduct   10:00
6:30 Buffalo John Tavares Roughing   5:00
8:12 Buffalo Rusty Kruger Fighting   5:00
8:12 Buffalo Rusty Kruger Fighting Misconduct   10:00
8:12 Buffalo Pat McCready Fighting   5:00
8:12 Minnesota Jon Sullivan Fighting   5:00
8:12 Minnesota Jon Sullivan Fighting Misconduct   10:00
8:12 Minnesota Travis Hill Fighting   5:00
9:02 Buffalo Brandon Swamp Illegal Cross Checking   2:00
Second Quarter
2:33 Minnesota Ryan Cousins Checking from Behind   2:00
3:49 Buffalo Pat McCready Roughing   2:00
9:11 Buffalo Mark Steenhuis Slashing   2:00
Third Quarter
1:10 Buffalo Chris White Illegal Cross Checking   2:00
3:09 Minnesota Darren Halls Charging   2:00
6:23 Minnesota Noah Talbot Illegal Cross Checking   2:00
9:49 Minnesota Justin Norbraten Illegal Substitution X 2:00
Fourth Quarter
1:13 Buffalo Cory Bomberry Holding   2:00
3:03 Minnesota Justin Norbraten Holding   2:00

Referees
Crew Chief Assistant Referee Technical Referee
27-Mark Gardonio 59-Ty Wilkinson 71-Roger Nurse