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1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q OT F
Minnesota Swarm Minnesota Swarm
(5-4 H 2-2 A 3-2)
3 6 4 2 15
Buffalo Bandits Buffalo Bandits
(6-4 H 3-1 A 3-3)
6 6 2 2 Blank 16

Bandits Have Swarm’s Number Again

Sunday, March 4, 2007
St.Paul, Minnesota
Attendance: 7,504

The Minnesota Swarm’s four-game winning streak came to an end to their usual thorn in a side, the Buffalo Bandits, by a score of 16-15 in front of 7,504 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Sunday afternoon. The loss drops the Swarm (5-4) to third place as the Bandits (6-4) take over second going into next Saturday’s All-Star Game in Portland. Second year player Dean Hill led the Swarm with a career high five goals and three assists and Sean Pollock added two goals and six assists. Buffalo was led once again by the league’s all-time leading scorer and Swarm killer, John Tavares, who had five goals and four assists.

The Bandits grabbed a quick 1-0 after a Tavares goal just twenty-nine seconds into the game but the Swarm surged out to their only lead, 2-1 after a Ryan Ward goal at the 5:04 mark of the first quarter. Tavares scored two more to give the Bandits a 3-2 lead which they never lost for the remainder of the afternoon. By the end of the quarter, the Bandits chased Swarm starting goaltender Nick Patterson from the game and held a 6-3 lead.

With Matt Disher in net for the Swarm, Buffalo continued their assault on the Minnesota defense extending their lead to 9-4. Hill led the Swarm comeback with three goals, two on the power play, in a 4-1 rally that cut into the Bandit lead. Buffalo added two more but Mike Hominuck scored with a second left in the half leaving the Swarm behind 12-9.

The third quarter saw the Swarm continue to chip away at the deficit that Buffalo put them at. Kasey Beirnes assisted on three of the four Swarm goals and by the end of the quarter, the Swarm got within one at 14-13 on a Ryan Cousins goal and the Bandits changed goaltenders from Steve Dietrich to Mike Thompson.

The back up goalies for both teams, Disher and Thompson, were the stars in the fourth quarter giving up only two goals each. The Bandits Kevin Dostie scored two goals in the first 5:09 of the quarter to extend the lead at 16-13. The Swarm continued to rally with goals from Beirnes and Stewart to bring it to 16-15. Disher prevented any more damaged but the Swarm couldn’t tie it up on Thompson and fell defeated at the end as the Bandits extend their winning streak to four.

The Swarm had a fantastic opportunity to give themselves a buffer in the playoff race heading into the All-Star break but with the loss to the Bandits, they lose the season series and the tiebreaker between the two teams which may be the difference between hosting a home playoff game or going on the road. The offense continues to function very well but the defense has to regroup going forward.

The Swarm had 55 shots on the Buffalo duo in net, Dietrich and Thompson, while the Bandits had 51 shots on Patterson and Disher. The Swarm went 6 of 7 on the power play; however, they gave up three goals on five Bandit power plays. The Swarm won the loose ball battle, 70-56 and won 21 of 37 face offs. The Swarm were penalized 7 times for 14 minutes while the Bandits were sent to the box 9 times for 18 minutes.

The league has their All-Star Game in Portland on Saturday, March 10th at 9:00 pm CST in Portland. The game will be televised at 1:30 CST on Sunday, March 11th at 1:30 pm CST on Versus. The Swarm will be represented by forward Ryan Ward and team captain, defenseman Ryan Cousins.

The Swarm return to play in what may prove to be the biggest weekend of the year as the tangle with the Philadelphia Wings in a home and home series. The first game will be on Saturday, March 17th at 6:30 pm CST in Philadelphia. Both teams then travel to the Xcel Energy Center to resume the series on Sunday, March 18th at 5:00 pm CST. The game in Philadelphia is scheduled to be shown tape-delayed on Versus on Monday, March 19th at 9:00 pm CST. Buffalo will resume play on Saturday, March 17th in New York to face the Titans at 11:30 am CST.

East Division W-L (Division Record) [vs. Swarm] (Goal Differential)

  1. Rochester Knighthawks 8-2 (5-1) [0-1] (+24)
  2. BUFFALO BANDITS 6-4 (6-2) [2-0] (+7)
  3. MINNESOTA SWARM 5-4 (4-3) (+4)
  4. Philadelphia Wings 4-5 (2-3) (+1)
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  5. Toronto Rock 4-5 (3-4) (-3)
  6. Chicago Shamrox 3-6 (2-5) [1-1] (-16)
  7. New York Titans 2-8 (2-6) [0-2] (-15)

Swarm Statistics:

#73 Dean Hill 5g 3a
#17 Sean Pollock 2g 6a
#44 Ryan Ward 2g 4a
#22 Kasey Beirnes 1g 5a
#90 Mike Hominuck 1g 5a
#50 Ryan Cousins 1g 3a
#39 Mark Miyashita 1g 1a; 20 LB; 20 of 35 on face offs
#15 Spencer Martin 1g
#48 Scott Stewart 1g
#18 Andrew Biers 1a; 1 of 2 on face offs
#1 Matt Disher 29 saves on 39 shots
#10 Brock Boyle 3 LB
#12 Eric Pacey 3 LB
#23 Jon Sullivan 2 LB
#26 Ryan Sharp 2 LB
#55 Michael Kilby 1 LB
#77 Riley Kemp 8 LB; 42 games in a row
#93 Nick Patterson 6 saves on 12 shots

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Pointstreak Swarm Notes

Team Stats Sv/S PIM PP SH S SOG LB FO
Minnesota 35/51 14 6/7 0 70 55 70 20/35
Buffalo 40/55 18 3/5 0 58 51 56 15/35

# 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 Brock Boyle 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 3 0-0
12 Eric Pacey 0 0 0 4 0 0 1 1 3 0-0
15 Spencer Martin 1 0 1 0 0 0 7 5 4 0-0
17 Sean Pollock 2 6 8 0 1 0 9 7 3 0-0
18 Andrew Biers 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 5 1-2
22 Kasey Beirnes 1 5 6 2 0 0 6 5 1 0-0
23 Jon Sullivan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0-0
26 Ryan Sharp 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 2 0-0
39 Mark Miyashita 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 1 20 19-33
44 Ryan Ward 2 4 6 0 1 0 9 7 4 0-0
48 Scott Stewart 1 0 1 0 0 0 9 8 3 0-0
50 Ryan Cousins 1 3 4 2 0 0 3 3 7 0-0
55 Michael Kilby 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0-0
73 Dean Hill 5 3 8 0 4 0 11 10 0 0-0
77 Riley Kemp 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 8 0-0
90 Mike Hominuck 1 5 6 0 0 0 10 5 4 0-0
93 Nick Patterson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0
6 Ashton McLean Did Not Dress
16 Noah Talbot Did Not Dress
19 Chad Culp Did Not Dress
40 Jamie Taylor Did Not Dress
47 Travis Hill Did Not Dress
 
# Minnesota MIN GA Saves Shots Dec  
1 Matt Disher 46:30 10 29 39 L 1-1  
93 Nick Patterson 13:08 6 6 12   Started
Empty Net 0:02 0 0 0    
 
# Buffalo G A Pts PIM PPG SHG S SOG LB FO
2 Troy Bonterre 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0-0
3 Billy Dee Smith 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-1
5 Clay Hill 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0-0
6 Chris White 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 0-0
9 Mark Steenhuis 1 3 4 0 0 0 5 3 4 0-1
10 Pat McCready 0 3 3 2 0 0 2 2 7 0-0
11 John Tavares 5 4 9 0 0 0 11 10 4 0-0
15 Dan Teat 4 4 8 0 2 0 11 11 1 0-0
17 Kyle Laverty 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 3 0-0
21 Daryl Seymour 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0-0
26 Brett Bucktooth 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 2 4 1-5
27 Kyle Couling 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0-0
30 Steve Dietrich 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0
51 Kevin Dostie 3 1 4 0 0 0 8 7 7 0-0
54 Jason Crosbie 1 1 2 0 0 0 2 2 6 6-12
66 Mike Thompson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0
72 Cory Bomberry 0 8 8 2 0 0 9 7 8 8-14
99 Delby Powless 1 2 3 0 1 0 8 7 1 0-0
7 Tony Henderson Did Not Dress
16 Rich Kilgour Did Not Dress
18 Brendan Thenhaus Did Not Dress
22 Tony Sorci Did Not Dress
81 Roger Vyse Did Not Dress
 
# Buffalo MIN GA Saves Shots Dec
30 Steve Dietrich 44:51 13 31 44   Started
66 Mike Thompson 15:00 2 9 11 W 3-2  
Empty Net 0:09 0 0 0    

Scoring
Time MN BUF Team Goal 1st Assist 2nd Assist Notes
1st Quarter
0:26 0 1 Buffalo John Tavares Mark Steenhuis Steve Dietrich  
4:31 1 1 Minnesota Dean Hill Mike Hominuck Sean Pollock PP
5:04 2 1 Minnesota Ryan Ward Mike Hominuck Kasey Beirnes PP
5:42 2 2 Buffalo John Tavares Dan Teat Pat McCready  
6:03 2 3 Buffalo John Tavares Dan Teat Delby Powless  
8:24 2 4 Buffalo Delby Powless Cory Bomberry Jason Crosbie PP
10:03 3 4 Minnesota Sean Pollock Mike Hominuck Dean Hill PP
12:05 3 5 Buffalo Mark Steenhuis      
13:08 3 6 Buffalo Dan Teat Delby Powless Cory Bomberry  
2nd Quarter
0:31 4 6 Minnesota Sean Pollock Mark Miyashita Ryan Cousins  
2:18 4 7 Buffalo John Tavares Cory Bomberry Dan Teat  
3:36 4 8 Buffalo Dan Teat Cory Bomberry John Tavares PP
3:52 4 9 Buffalo Kevin Dostie Mark Steenhuis    
4:46 5 9 Minnesota Dean Hill Ryan Ward Mike Hominuck  
6:04 5 10 Buffalo Jason Crosbie Dan Teat Cory Bomberry  
6:28 6 10 Minnesota Ryan Ward Sean Pollock Dean Hill  
8:55 7 10 Minnesota Dean Hill Sean Pollock   PP
12:10 8 10 Minnesota Dean Hill Sean Pollock Kasey Beirnes PP
13:47 8 11 Buffalo Brett Bucktooth Cory Bomberry John Tavares  
14:38 8 12 Buffalo Dan Teat John Tavares Pat McCready  
14:59 9 12 Minnesota Mike Hominuck Ryan Ward Sean Pollock EA
3rd Quarter
2:08 9 13 Buffalo John Tavares Kevin Dostie Pat McCready EA
4:49 10 13 Minnesota Dean Hill Ryan Ward Kasey Beirnes PP
10:26 11 13 Minnesota Mark Miyashita Andrew Biers    
11:35 11 14 Buffalo Dan Teat Cory Bomberry John Tavares PP
13:50 12 14 Minnesota Spencer Martin Kasey Beirnes Ryan Ward  
14:52 13 14 Minnesota Ryan Cousins Mike Hominuck Kasey Beirnes  
4th Quarter
0:08 13 15 Buffalo Kevin Dostie      
5:09 13 16 Buffalo Kevin Dostie Cory Bomberry Mark Steenhuis GWG
8:00 14 16 Minnesota Kasey Beirnes Sean Pollock Ryan Cousins  
9:44 15 16 Minnesota Scott Stewart Dean Hill Ryan Cousins  

Penalties
Time Team Player Penalty Bench Duration
1st Quarter
1:17 Buffalo Kyle Laverty Boarding   2:00
2:29 Minnesota Kasey Beirnes Checking from Behind   2:00
4:09 Buffalo Chris White Checking from Behind   2:00
4:21 Buffalo Kyle Laverty Slashing   2:00
7:05 Minnesota Ryan Cousins Holding Stick   2:00
9:41 Buffalo Daryl Seymour Holding   2:00
2nd Quarter
2:38 Minnesota Eric Pacey Facemask   2:00
2:38 Minnesota Eric Pacey Roughing   2:00
2:38 Buffalo Kyle Laverty Roughing   2:00
7:30 Buffalo Pat McCready Checking from Behind   2:00
10:29 Buffalo Troy Bonterre Slashing   2:00
3rd Quarter
3:54 Buffalo Cory Bomberry Illegal Cross Checking   2:00
9:31 Buffalo Troy Bonterre Roughing   2:00
9:31 Minnesota Michael Kilby Roughing   2:00
10:44 Minnesota Riley Kemp Holding Stick   2:00
4th Quarter
5:36 Minnesota Ryan Sharp Checking from Behind   2:00

Referees
Crew Chief Assistant Referee Technical Referee
Tom Sutton David Berman Ty Wilkinson