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1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q OT F
Minnesota Swarm Minnesota Swarm
(0-1 H 0-1 A 0-0)
3 3 3 2 11
Philadelphia Wings Philadelphia Wings
(2-0 H 0-0 A 2-0)
5 3 2 5 15

Home Opener Lost in the Fourth Quarter

Friday, January 6, 2006
St. Paul, Minnesota
Attendance: 8,024

Not the best start to the season. Was hoping for more than 8,024 in the stands. That just won't do.

The Minnesota Swarm opened the second season of operation at The Hive against the Philadelphia Wings, who they beat at home to finish the 2005 season. This time, the Wings with a win under their belt already this season, came in and throttled the Swarm with five straight goals in the fourth quarter to beat the Wings, 15-10. Ryan Ward led the team with 4 goals and 2 assists while newcomer Kasey Beirnes kicked in three goals and three assists.

Sure hope Kelly Hall gets his rib healed fast because we sure needed him last night over lets say Tony Henderson. I sure wish the Swarm would attack the middle on offense more, but I am not sure if they have the game to do that. Well they better get it. Kasey Beirnes is a very nice addition to the offense, but it still needs to get better.

Peter Jacobs is one of the best face-off men in the league, maybe the best, for the Wings and has been doing it for a long time. Therefore, it was going to be tough for D'arcy Berthiaume and Nolan Heavenor to begin with. By game's end, we saw how tough it was. With Berthiaume playing for the first time since his injury in June, it is going to look a bit rough, but he will come through, mark my words.

I thought the defense did okay but it still needs a lot of work according to Coach Paul St. John. What they practiced on Thursday night just didn't translate as well on Friday. They kept the Wings from going underneath and it helped that Jeff Ratcliffe was unable to play. However,  they attack the middle and they do it well.

Matt Disher will be fine, even though it definitely wasn't his best game. Disher is so much slimmer that I didn't recognize him at Tom Reid's at first. Look around the league, the best goaltenders in this league are over 30, with Watson in Toronto, Dietrich in Buffalo, Eliuk in Portland and O'Toole, who may be the best, in Rochester. Goaltending in this league is not a young man's game.  Even Matt Roik who we saw last night and Anthony Cosmo in San Jose are in their late 20's.

At least, the Swarm kept out of the penalty box last night. Taking too many penalties will just kill this team.

Onward and upward to Philadelphia next weekend. Lets go Swarm.

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Pointstreak Swarm Notes Wings Notes


Team Stats Sv/S PIM PP SHG S SOG LB FO
Minnesota 29/44 8 0/5 0 64 52 70 10/30
Philadelphia 41/52 12 1/3 1 58 44 54 20/30


# Minnesota G A Pts PIM PPG SHG S SOG LB FO
1 Matt Disher 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0
10 Chad Culp 2 2 4 2 0 0 10 8 6 0/0
12 Eric Pacey 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 0/0
16 Noah Talbot 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 5 0/0
17 Sean Pollock 0 4 4 0 0 0 7 6 4 0/0
19 Darryl Gibson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0/0
22 Kasey Beirnes 3 3 6 2 0 0 9 8 3 0/0
23 Jon Sullivan 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0/0
24 Brock Boyle 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 7 0/0
37 Tony Henderson 0 1 1 0 0 0 10 7 4 0/0
40 Jamie Taylor 1 3 4 2 0 0 5 4 3 0/0
44 Ryan Ward 4 2 6 0 0 0 15 12 6 0/0
48 Nolan Heavenor 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 2 2 3/10
50 Ryan Cousins 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 9 0/0
55 Michael Kilby 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0/0
66 D'arcy Berthiaume 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 6 7/20
77 Riley Kemp 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 0/0
93 Nick Patterson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0
8 Rory McDade Did Not Dress
11 Kelly Hall Did Not Dress
14 Ryder Bateman Did Not Dress
20 Kyle Ross Did Not Dress
39 Mark Miyashita Did Not Dress
 
# Minnesota MIN GA Saves Shots Dec  
1 Matt Disher 54:56 13 29 42 L 0-1 Started
93 Nick Patterson 3:11 2 0 2    
  Empty Net 1:53 0   0    
 
# Philadelphia G A Pts PIM PPG SHG S SOG LB FO
5 Brock Robertson 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0/0
11 Glenn Clark 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 4 0/0
15 Luke Wiles 2 3 5 2 0 1 9 6 2 0/0
17 Marc Morley 3 1 4 0 0 0 7 5 5 0/0
19 Sean Greenhalgh 1 2 3 0 0 0 7 5 1 0/0
21 Keith Cromwell 1 0 1 0 1 0 7 7 1 0/0
22 Dan Finck 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 2 0/0
24 Peter Jacobs 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 20/30
27 Dan Marohl 2 6 8 0 0 0 11 7 5 0/0
28 Thomas Hajek 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/0
32 Rich Brzeski 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0/0
34 Shawn Nadelen 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0/0
37 Matt Roik 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0
44 Chad Thompson 2 2 4 0 0 0 6 5 0 0/0
47 Jeff Spano 0 3 3 2 0 0 0 0 5 0/0
66 Jake Bergey 3 2 5 0 0 0 9 7 0 0/0
77 Rob Van Beek 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 6 0/0
2 Erik Miller Back Up Goaltender - Did Not Play
7 Kyle Sweeney Did Not Dress
12 Keevin Galbraith Did Not Dress
23 Brad Self Did Not Dress
41 Bryan Barrett Did Not Dress
90 Jeff Ratcliffe Did Not Dress
 
# Philadelphia MIN GA Saves Shots Dec
2 Erik Miller 0:00 0 0 0    
37 Matt Roik 60:00 11 41 52 W 2-0  


Scoring
Time MN PHI Team Goal 1st Assist 2nd Assist Notes
1st Quarter
3:59 1 0 Minnesota Chad Culp Ryan Ward Kasey Beirnes  
4:41 2 0 Minnesota Kasey Beirnes Sean Pollock    
5:37 3 0 Minnesota Brock Boyle Ryan Cousins    
7:56 3 1 Philadelphia Marc Morley Dan Marohl    
10:17 3 2 Philadelphia Dan Marohl Jake Bergey    
12:17 3 3 Philadelphia Keith Cromwell Marc Morley Dan Marohl PP
12:45 3 4 Philadelphia Jake Bergey Chad Thompson Jeff Spano  
13:10 3 5 Philadelphia Sean Greenhalgh Luke Wiles    
2nd Quarter
7:53 3 6 Philadelphia Chad Thompson Glenn Clark    
10:09 4 6 Minnesota Kasey Beirnes Sean Pollock Ryan Ward  
10:44 4 7 Philadelphia Marc Morley Dan Marohl Luke Wiles  
11:45 4 8 Philadelphia Brock Robertson Matt Roik    
12:44 5 8 Minnesota Ryan Ward Jamie Taylor Sean Pollock  
13:03 6 8 Minnesota Chad Culp Kasey Beirnes D'arcy Berthiaume  
3rd Quarter
2:20 6 9 Philadelphia Jake Bergey Dan Marohl Luke Wiles  
2:58 7 9 Minnesota Jamie Taylor Chad Culp Noah Talbot  
3:53 8 9 Minnesota Kasey Beirnes Tony Henderson Sean Pollock  
4:59 8 10 Philadelphia Jake Bergey Rob Van Beek    
7:22 9 10 Minnesota Ryan Ward Nolan Heavenor Kasey Beirnes  
4th Quarter
0:21 10 10 Minnesota Ryan Ward Jamie Taylor    
1:31 10 11 Philadelphia Chad Thompson Dan Marohl Sean Greenhalgh  
2:30 10 12 Philadelphia Luke Wiles Sean Greenhalgh Jeff Spano GW
3:01 10 13 Philadelphia Marc Morley Dan Marohl Jake Bergey  
5:41 10 14 Philadelphia Dan Marohl Chad Thompson Rob Van Beek  
8:00 10 15 Philadelphia Luke Wiles Jeff Spano Shawn Nadelen SH
13:11 11 15 Minnesota Ryan Ward Jamie Taylor Chad Culp EA


Penalties
Time Team Player Penalty Bench Duration
1st Quarter
0:52 Philadelphia Rich Brzeski Holding   2:00
11:33 Minnesota Kasey Beirnes Holding   2:00
2nd Quarter
5:39 Philadelphia Rich Brzeski Boarding   2:00
8:02 Philadelphia Glenn Clark Illegal Cross Checking   2:00
3rd Quarter
8:00 Minnesota Ryan Cousins Holding   2:00
10:34 Philadelphia Luke Wiles Checking from Behind   2:00
4th Quarter
7:17 Philadelphia Dan Finck Slashing   2:00
14:21 Minnesota Chad Culp Roughing   2:00
14:21 Philadelphia Jeff Spano Roughing   2:00
14:21 Minnesota Jamie Taylor Roughing   2:00


Referees
Crew Chief Assistant Referee Technical Referee
Bill Fox Ron Crosato Brad Scibak