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April 2015 Updates

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  • 04/26/15 - Swarm Drop 4th Straight

    The Minnesota Swarm lost their fourth straight game on Saturday night as the Edmonton Rush had a 6-0 third quarter to put away the Swarm 16-12 in front of 8,013 at Ho-Chunk Nation Field at The Hive. Jordan MacIntosh made his return to the line up with three goals and three assists and Miles Thompson got his fourth hat trick of the year with three goals and two assists.

    April 25, 2015 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q OT F
    Minnesota Swarm Minnesota Swarm
    (5-12 H 2-6 A 3-6)
    4 3 0 5 12
    Edmonton Rush Edmonton Rush
    (12-5 H 6-3 A 6-2)
    5 3 6 2 Blank 16

  • 04/20/15 - Kiel Matisz Update

    Kiel Matisz tweeted that he is aiming to be back presumably before the end of the Swarm season:

    Some great news this morning! Road to recovery dominated! Passed 2/3 tests! Hoping to be back w/ the team n play infront of the #swarm fans!

    I sure would like to see him back if he and the team believes he will be healthy enough as Kiel will surely give the team a boost to finish off the season to maybe take out either or both Edmonton and Rochester.

  • 04/19/15 - Swarm Roughed Up by the Necks

    The Minnesota Swarm have struggled this season with starting games and Saturday night against the Calgary Roughnecks, they fell behind 7-1 at halftime on their way to a 10-6 loss in front of 8,131 at Ho-Chunk Nation Field at The Hive. Johnny Powless had two goals and Shayne Jackson had a goal and three assists to lead the injury-depleted Swarm. Sam Bradman got his first NLL goal and Joe Haodais Maracle made his NLL debut. The Swarm have lost three and to reverse the trend the will have to beat the Edmonton Rush next Saturday night at The Hive.

    April 18, 2015 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q OT F
    Minnesota Swarm Minnesota Swarm
    (5-11 H 2-5 A 3-6)
    1 0 2 3 6
    Calgary Roughnecks Calgary Roughnecks
    (6-11 H 4-5 A 2-6)
    3 4 1 2 Blank 10

  • 04/18/15 - Preview - Swarm vs Roughnecks

    For the Minnesota Swarm, new opportunities for the youngest of the young on the team as injuries and trades in the last month have created spots for players like Sam Bradman, Joe Haodais Maracle, Shane MacDonald and Patricke Miles to show they deserve to be given a look for 2016. These players minus injured stars Jordan MacIntosh and Callum Crawford will be spotlighted on Saturday night at Ho-Chunk Nation Field at The Hive as they attempt to derail the playoff hopes of the Calgary Roughnecks. The key for the Swarm is to limit the chances of the Roughnecks special teams and tighten up on transitional defense to come away with the home victory. They do that and another solid game in net from Zach Higgins should improve the Swarm's record to 6-10.

    Prediction: Minnesota Swarm 11 Calgary Roughnecks 9

    Minnesota Swarm

    Minnesota Swarm
    (5-10 H 2-4 A 3-6)

    Vs Calgary Roughnecks

    Calgary Roughnecks
    (5-11 H 4-5 A 1-6)

    Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 7:00 pm CST
    Ho-Chunk Nation Field at The Hive
    St. Paul, Minnesota



  • 04/15/15 - Lacrosse Magazine - NLL Notebook: WAIT TILL NEXT YEAR, AGAIN

    Neil Stevens reports on the injury woes of top Swarm players:

    • Callum Crawford - injured hand against Buffalo last Saturady and out for the season - placed on injured reserve on April 16th by the team
    • Kiel Matisz - torn arm ligaments from New England game on March 14th and out for the season - placed on injured reserve on March 21st by the team
    • Jordan MacIntosh - rolled ankle against Buffalo last Saturday and may make it back for season finale at Ho-Chunk Nation Field at The Hive on May 2nd against Rochester

    Joe Haodais Maracle was activated to the active roster from the practice roster to take C. Crawford's spot on the roster. With MacIntosh still on the active roster but not probably out for the next two games, that leaves nineteen on the active roster with eighteen able to dress for games. Maracle is now the fifth lefty forward on team but I would assume he will get a chance to play in one of the next two for sure. Probably will dress four lefties the rest of way is my hunch with Shayne Jackson being the only sure guy in the line up for the last three.

    To replace C. Crawford and MacIntosh on the right side, I see the Swarm bringing up Sam Bradman to play a regular role on offense which is probably a more natural fit for him. Joel White will also get significant time playing out the front door as well.

  • 04/14/15 - IL Indoor.com - Swarm are out of NLL playoff picture, but did it have to be this way?

    Bob Chavez of IL Indoor.com wonders how the Swarm keep on not making the playoffs and points at the numerous and peculiar personnel moves.

  • 04/12/15 - Swarm's Land Playoff Stand: Courageous but Unsustainable

    The Minnesota Swarm were down to the last of men and supplies on Saturday night but in the end could not withstand the fierce siege of the Buffalo Bandits taking away the last chance for 2015 playoff glory with a 12-9 win over the Swarm in front of 8,986 at Ho-Chunk Nation Field at The Hive. With first half injuries felling both Jordan MacIntosh (possibly season ending) and Callum Crawford, the Swarm were down to the proverbial one leg to stand on. Down 5-0 early, the Swarm began to claw back behind Shayne Jackson, who scored a career high five goals and got back within 8-7 early in the third quarter, but they couldn't quite get the rest of way there and will be missing the playoffs for the second straight season. Irregardless, the Swarm still have three games to go, all at The Hive, which they can ruin the well-being of other teams starting with the Calgary Roughnecks next Saturday night.

    April 11, 2015 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q OT F
    Minnesota Swarm Minnesota Swarm
    (5-10 H 2-4 A 3-6)
    3 3 1 2 blank 9
    Buffalo Bandits Buffalo Bandits
    (8-7 H 5-2 A 3-5)
    5 3 2 2 Blank 12

  • 04/10/15 - Preview - Swarm vs Bandits

    The Minnesota Swarm start the first of four straight to the end the regular season with all four at Ho-Chunk Nation Field at The Hive on Saturday night as they play host to the Buffalo Bandits. Win and continue to dream playoffs, lose and get ready for summer ball. I look for another fine Swarm defensive showing to lead the way and the Swarm offense to rally late for a come from behind victory.

    Prediction: Minnesota Swarm 10 Buffalo Bandits 9

    Minnesota Swarm

    Minnesota Swarm
    (5-9 H 2-3 A 3-6)

    Vs Buffalo Bandits

    Buffalo Bandits
    (7-7 H 5-2 A 2-5)

    Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 7:00 pm CST
    Ho-Chunk Nation Field at The Hive
    St. Paul, Minnesota



  • 04/04/15 - Joe Resetarits 3 Minnesota Swarm 2

    Remember when the Swarm only scored three goals in the 2012 West Finals against Edmonton at The Hive? The Swarm one downed that tonight scoring only two goals as they were stifled by the Rochester Knightawks in front of 6,294 purple and teal fans at the Blue Cross Arena by a 10-2 score. The Knighthawks' Joe Resetarits, just acquired from Buffalo, outscored the Swarm by himself by a 3 to 2 margin. The two goals scored ties the least ever scored in a game in NLL history tying the Toronto Rock's 13-2 win over the Philadelphia Wings in a playoff game on April 16, 1999. Callum Crawford got the Swarm's first goal just 20:28 into the game. The Swarm then waited until 32 seconds left in the game to get their second and final goal to avoid being completely alone in NLL history when Ethan O'Connor scored on breakaway. Zach Higgins had another fine game with 32 saves on 42 shots but there has never been a NLL team that has won a game just scoring two goals. This now sets up a playoff elimination game next Saturday night as the Minnesota Swarm host the Buffalo Bandits at Ho-Chunk Nation Field at The Hive.

    April 4, 2015 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q OT F
    Minnesota Swarm Minnesota Swarm
    (5-9 H 2-3 A 3-6)
    0 1 0 1 2
    Rochester Knighthawks Rochester Knighthawks
    (9-4 H 5-2 A 4-2)
    4 2 0 4 10

  • 04/04/15 - Preview - Swarm at Knighthawks

    Can the Minnesota Swarm continue to win to make the playoffs? They have no choice so why not as they travel to Rochester today to take on the three-time defending Champions Cup winners, the Rochester Knighthawks. The Swarm defense has been the strongest it has been this year while the Knighthawk offense has struggled of late. The Swarm defense will need to continue that as the Knighthawk defense has given up the second least goals per game in the NLL. Look for Johnny Powless to have his Swarm breakthrough game with a hat trick to lead the Swarm to victory and extend the Swarm's winning streak to three.

    Prediction: Minnesota Swarm 11 Rochester Knighthawks 10

    Minnesota Swarm

    Minnesota Swarm
    (5-8 H 2-3 A 3-5)

    At Rochester Knighthawks

    Rochester Knighthawks
    (8-4 H 4-2 A 4-2)

    Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 6:30 pm CST
    Blue Cross Arena
    Rochester, New York



  • 04/04/15 - White and Powless Have Great First Impressions

    New Swarm players Joel White and Johnny Powless each had a goal in their Swarm debuts to help lead the team to a 12-8 home victory over the New England Black Wolves and former Swarm Andrew Suitor at Ho-Chunk Nation Field at The Hive in front of 7,599 on Friday night. The win extends the Swarm winning streak to two, with both wins over the Black Wolves and the win also gives the Swarm a 3-1 season series win and tiebreaker over them. Callum Crawford led the team in scoring with three goals and four assists and Zach Higgins was solid behind another strong defensive effort with 36 saves on 44 shots. The weekend is not over as the team catches a 4:30 am flight to eventually arrive today in Rochester to play the Knighthawks.

    Friday, April 3, 2015 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q OT F
    Minnesota Swarm Minnesota Swarm
    (5-8 H 2-3 A 3-5)
    3 2 3 4 12
    New England Black Wolves New England Black Wolves
    (3-8 H 2-4 A 1-4)
    1 2 3 2 8

  • 04/03/15 - Preview - Swarm vs Black Wolves

    Like I said, the anger and fury shown by Swarm fans toward the team management has been immense and intense with numerous fans saying that renewing season tickets for next year will not occur. I do wonder how much anger and displeasure will be displayed by the fans at the game. It is always different how one reacts live at an event then behind a keyboard, that I know myself for sure. I think the team will rally amongst themselves even more then they probably already have and come out with a supreme effort in a low scoring tussle.

    Prediction: Minnesota Swarm 10 New England Black Wolves 9

    Minnesota Swarm

    Minnesota Swarm
    (4-8 H 1-3 A 3-5)

    Vs New England Black Wolves

    New England Black Wolves
    (3-7 H 2-4 A 1-3)

    Friday, April 3, 2015 - 7:30 pm CST
    Ho-Chunk Nation Field at The Hive
    St. Paul, Minnesota