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1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q OT F
Minnesota Swarm Minnesota Swarm
(6-6 H 3-4 A 3-2)
3 4 1 1 9
Colorado Mammoth Colorado Mammoth
(11-3 H 6-1 A 5-2)
2 4 1 4 Blank 11

Swarm Lose Fourth Quarter and Game

Saturday, March 31, 2007
St. Paul, Minnesota
Attendance: 10,114

The Minnesota Swarm were very physical with the NLL defending champion Colorado Mammoth last night but were not able to close the deal in a 11-9 loss. In front of 10,114 at the Xcel Energy Center, the Swarm led 8-7 going into the fourth quarter, but were playing with only sixteen of the starting eighteen by that time, both on defense. Riley Kemp hurt himself earlier in the game, while Michael Kilby was ejected for fighting after the whistle with the Mammoth’s Jim Moss. Colorado took advantage and prevailed in the end.

After Colorado took an early 1-0 lead, this game turned very physical. Colorado were throttled at home the night before by Arizona and Minnesota was coming off a rough home loss the week before to Toronto, so both were teams began to vent their frustrations early. The Swarm’s second leading scorer, Sean Pollock mixed it up the Mammoth’s Matt Leveque three minutes into the game. Pollock, the baby-faced red-headed assassin, constantly goes to the net where defenders are looking to take shots at him; however, Pollock has proved in his career in Minnesota that he is more than able to take care of himself as Leveque found out in this split decision. With both of those two in the box, Dean Hill scored the first of his four goals with 10:57 to go in the first to tie the game. Colorado got the lead back but Pollock scored seventeen seconds four on four after the Mammoth’s Gavin Prout was called for a five minute roughing penalty. Spencer Martin gave the Swarm a 3-2 advantage to finish the penalty filled quarter on the power play.

The physical nature of the game continued in the second quarter; with the Mammoth occupying the box often. The Swarm couldn’t take advantage of the man up situation so much so that the Mammoth opened the quarter with two of their three shorthanded goals on the evening, both scored by Prout. The last of the two was on a penalty shot that was called because the referees believed that the Swarm’s Ryan Sharp covered up the ball in the goal crease with his hand even though the Swarm’s goaltender Nick Patterson had clearly covered it up. With the penalty shot successful by Prout, the Mammoth regained the lead 4-3. Even with the lead, the Mammoth still couldn’t avoid the penalty box and finally the Swarm took advantage with four straight power play goals. Pollock and Martin scored the first two and D. Hill got the last two to put the Swarm up 7-4 with 7:05 left in the quarter.

The intensity kept on picking up when the Mammoth’s Brian Langtry felt he needed to exercise a death wish with the Swarm’s Eric Pacey. Pacey, a quiet and friendly sort off the field, has four inches and thirty pounds on Langtry. For Langtry, he bit of a bit too much to chew because Pacey chewed him up and spat him out. After that was cleaned up, (only roughing penalties), play was stopped and the Mammoth’s Jim Moss wasn’t happy with the Swarm and that usually draws the attention of Swarm assistant captain, Michael Kilby. When Kilby comes over, that attention usually is detrimental to the opponent as Moss found out. After Kilby got done abusing Moss, both were ejected for fighting after the whistle. Finishing the second quarter, the Swarm instead of the Mammoth started going to the box. The Mammoth took advantage of the man up situations and put in two power play goals to end the half down 7-6.

The physical play continued in the second half but the referees decided to swallow their whistles instead of blowing them like they did in the first. Chad Culp scored going to the net with 9:17 left in third quarter to put the Swarm up 8-6. This is about the time that the Swarm started to get a lot of breakaway attempts; however, the Swarm, namely Ryan Sharp kept on being frustrated by Mammoth goaltender Chris Levis. Sharp had five breakaways during the game most in the second half but as crowd watched Sharp being denied each, the frustration mounted and the Mammoth stayed in the game. Nenad Gajic of the Mammoth scored shorthanded mid quarter to bring the Mammoth with in one. By the end of the quarter, Kemp was gone after he went down behind the net after chasing down a loose ball. That left the Swarm with two men down defensively going into the fourth quarter. An ominous sign for sure.

Right off the face off to start the final quarter, Gajic scored eleven seconds into the quarter on a pass from face off man, Jamie Hanford, to tie the game. Langtry and Prout scored a goal each to give the Mammoth a two goal lead. The rough play continued in the fourth, but only one penalty was called and a lot of questionable hits were allowed, especially, when Travis Hill nearly got decapitated from behind going for a loose ball. The Swarm offense continued to struggle since Culp’s goal with a lot of shots that were too easy for Levis to turn aside. Finally, D. Hill broke the twenty four minute drought with a goal on the crease with fourteen seconds to go. On the ensuing face off, Patterson was pulled for the extra attacker. T. Hill won the face off and raked it behind him but the Swarm inexplicably let it get by them as the ball rolled right into the empty net. With that, victory also rolled away.

The Swarm played very well despite the loss. They are getting close to the type of the performance Swarm Head Coach Duane Jacobs is looking for in each and every game. He feels the team is on the cusp of great things but doesn’t always play with the all or nothing approach to the game that Jacobs played with in his career. The Swarm have to play, in Jacobs’ opinion, with complete and unabridged passion, always dishing out the punishment instead of taking it, being smart at the same time and never, ever thinking the other team has them beat.

Standings through 4/1/07

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

  1. x-Rochester Knighthawks 11-2 (8-1) [0-1] (+35)
  2. x-Buffalo Bandits 9-4 (8-2) [2-0] (+19)
  3. MINNESOTA SWARM 6-6 (5-4) (-3)
  4. Toronto Rock 6-7 (5-4) [1-0] (+9)
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  5. Philadelphia Wings 5-8 (3-6) [0-1] (-11)
  6. Chicago Shamrox 4-10 (3-8) [1-1] (-23)
  7. New York Titans 3-11 (2-9) [0-2] (-27)

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

  1. x-COLORADO MAMMOTH 11-3 (7-2) [1-0] (+30)
  2. Arizona Sting 9-4 (7-3) (+19)
  3. Calgary Roughnecks 7-6 (5-4) [1-0] (+11)
  4. San Jose Stealth 6-6 (5-3) (+9)
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  5. Edmonton Rush 5-7 (2-6) (-19)
  6. Portland LumberJax 3-11 (1-10) [0-1] (-49)

The Swarm start a three game road swing next weekend with two games. . On Friday, April 6, they travel to Toronto to play the Rock at the Air Canada Centre at 6:30 pm CST. The following night, April 7, they commute to Rochester to play the Knighthawks at the Blue Cross Arena at 6:35 pm CST. The Mammoth’s next game is on Thursday, April 12 as they host the San Jose Stealth at 8:00 pm CST at the Pepsi Center.

Even with the two game losing streak, the Swarm can still host a first round playoff game. They can’t win the division, but with four games to go they can get second place. The Swarm have to win out and the Buffalo Bandits have to lose out. If that occurs, the Swarm will host a first round playoff game. The odds are long but it is still not out of the question.

The Swarm can clinch the third seed in the East next weekend if they sweep the Rock and the Knighthawks with both Toronto and Philadelphia losing on Saturday.

The Swarm can clinch a playoff spot if the sweep next weekend and Philadelphia loses next Saturday. Any other combination scenario will force the Swarm to clinch the following weekend.

Martin led the Swarm with two goals and four assists while D. Hill notched four goals and an assist. D. Hill continues to the lead the Swarm in goals scored with 25. Not bad for youngest member of the team at the age of 22. Nick Patterson was extremely solid in goal saving 31 of 41 shots. The Swarm were impressive on the power play going 5 of 7 but giving up four shorthanded goals almost negates that. The Swarm killed 5 of 8 Mammoth power plays and got off six more shots than the Mammoth (48 to 42). The Mammoth won the loose ball battle 56 to 47, but T. Hill was a respectable 10 of 24 against Hanford, who is third in the league having won 65% of his draws this year. Both teams also racked up a lot of minutes in the penalty box. The Swarm served 46 minutes while the Mammoth served 51. The Mammoth were led by Prout, who scored four goals and two assists.

Swarm Statistics:

#15-Spencer Martin 2g 4a
#73-Dean Hill 4g 1a
#17-Sean Pollock 2g 1a
#19-Chad Culp 1g 2a
#22-Kasey Beirnes 3a
#44-Ryan Ward 3a
#16-Noah Talbot 1a
#48-Scott Stewart 1a
#12-Eric Pacey 4 LB
#18-Andrew Biers 4 LB
#23-Jon Sullivan 2 PIM
#26-Ryan Sharp 6 LB
#47-Travis Hill 11 LB; 10 of 24 on draws
#50-Ryan Cousins 7 LB
#55-Michael Kilby 17 PIM
#77-Riley Kemp 6 PIM
#93-Nick Patterson 31 saves on 41 shots

Game Links

Pointstreak Swarm Notes Mammoth Notes

Team Stats Sv/S PIM PP SH S SOG LB FO
Minnesota 31/42 46 5/7 0 65 48 47 10/24
Colorado 39/48 51 3/8 4 56 42 56 14/24

# Minnesota G A Pts PIM PPG SHG S SOG LB FO
12 Eric Pacey 0 0 0 6 0 0 2 1 4 0-0
15 Spencer Martin 2 4 6 0 2 0 11 7 3 0-0
16 Noah Talbot 0 1 1 4 0 0 0 0 3 0-0
17 Sean Pollock 2 1 3 7 1 0 10 8 0 0-0
18 Andrew Biers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0-0
19 Chad Culp 1 2 3 2 0 0 7 5 5 0-0
22 Kasey Beirnes 0 3 3 0 0 0 6 5 1 0-0
23 Jon Sullivan 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0-0
26 Ryan Sharp 0 0 0 2 0 0 5 5 6 0-0
44 Ryan Ward 0 3 3 0 0 0 8 6 3 0-0
47 Travis Hill 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 11 10-24
48 Scott Stewart 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0-0
50 Ryan Cousins 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 7 0-0
55 Michael Kilby 0 0 0 17 0 0 0 0 0 0-0
73 Dean Hill 4 1 5 0 2 0 10 8 0 0-0
77 Riley Kemp 0 0 0 6 0 0 1 0 0 0-0
93 Nick Patterson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0
1 Matt Disher Back Up Goaltender - Did Not Play
6 Ashton McLean Did Not Dress
8 Rory McDade Did Not Dress
10 Brock Boyle Did Not Dress
20 Kyle Ross Did Not Dress
90 Mike Hominuck Did Not Dress
 
# Minnesota MIN GA Saves Shots Dec  
1 Matt Disher 0:00 0 0 0    
93 Nick Patterson 59:40 10 31 41 L 5-5  
Empty Net 0:20 1 0 1    
 
# Colorado G A Pts PIM PPG SHG S SOG LB FO
2 Pat Coyle 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 6 0-0
3 Mike Law 1 1 2 0 1 0 2 2 0 0-0
4 Josh Sims 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 5 5 0-0
5 Jamie Hanford 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 1 15 14-24
6 Brian Langtry 1 0 1 4 0 0 10 9 1 0-0
9 Gavin Prout 4 2 6 5 1 2 8 7 3 0-0
18 Nenad Gajic 2 0 2 0 0 0 4 2 2 0-0
19 Ben Prepchuk 1 1 2 2 1 0 7 4 1 0-0
30 Chris Levis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0
44 Dan Carey 0 4 4 5 0 0 6 5 4 0-0
47 Jason Bloom 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 2 5 0-0
48 Rich Catton 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 6 0-0
55 Jim Moss 0 0 0 15 0 0 0 0 1 0-0
66 Matt Leveque 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 1 0-0
72 Jordan Cornfield 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 3 2 0-0
77 Dave Stilley 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0-0
85 Jamie Shewchuk 0 1 1 2 0 0 5 1 4 0-0
38 Gee Nash Back Up Goaltender - Did Not Play
8 Nick Carlson Did Not Dress
11 John Gallant Did Not Dress
13 Scott Davidson Did Not Dress
28 Tom Ethington Did Not Dress
94 Matt Taylor Did Not Dress
 
# Colorado MIN GA Saves Shots Dec
30 Chris Levis 60:00 9 39 48 W 3-3  
38 Gee Nash 0:00 0 0 0    

Scoring
Time MN COL Team Goal 1st Assist 2nd Assist Notes
1st Quarter
1:28 0 1 Colorado Ben Prepchuk Dan Carey Jamie Shewchuk PP
4:03 1 1 Minnesota Dean Hill Spencer Martin    
7:44 1 2 Colorado Pat Coyle     SH
10:44 2 2 Minnesota Sean Pollock Dean Hill Spencer Martin  
12:35 3 2 Minnesota Spencer Martin Spencer Martin   PP
2nd Quarter
0:56 3 3 Colorado Gavin Prout Mike Law   SH
2:40 3 4 Colorado Gavin Prout     SH PS
2:55 4 4 Minnesota Sean Pollock Scott Stewart Noah Talbot PP
3:43 5 4 Minnesota Spencer Martin Sean Pollock Ryan Ward PP
4:49 6 4 Minnesota Dean Hill Spencer Martin Kasey Beirnes PP
7:55 7 4 Minnesota Dean Hill Kasey Beirnes Ryan Ward PP
10:55 7 5 Colorado Gavin Prout Dan Carey   PP
11:55 7 6 Colorado Mike Law Dan Carey Gavin Prout PP
3rd Quarter
5:43 8 6 Minnesota Chad Culp Spencer Martin Kasey Beirnes  
7:52 8 7 Colorado Nenad Gajic     SH
4th Quarter
0:11 8 8 Colorado Nenad Gajic Jamie Hanford    
4:52 8 9 Colorado Brian Langtry Gavin Prout Ben Prepchuk  
7:54 8 10 Colorado Gavin Prout Jason Bloom Dan Carey GWG
14:46 9 10 Minnesota Dean Hill Ryan Ward Chad Culp EA
14:53 9 11 Colorado Jamie Hanford     EN

Penalties
Time Team Player Penalty Bench Duration
1st Quarter
1:01 Minnesota Michael Kilby Holding Stick   2:00
3:15 Minnesota Sean Pollock Roughing   2:00
3:15 Minnesota Sean Pollock Fighting   5:00
3:15 Colorado Matt Leveque Roughing   2:00
3:15 Colorado Matt Leveque Fighting   5:00
4:59 Minnesota Ryan Sharp Unsportsmanlike Conduct   2:00
6:01 Colorado Jamie Shewchuk Goal / Crease Violation   2:00
9:03 Minnesota Chad Culp Slashing   2:00
10:27 Colorado Gavin Prout Roughing   5:00
14:49 Colorado Dan Carey High Sticking   5:00
2nd Quarter
3:19 Colorado Rich Catton Unsportsmanlike Conduct   2:00
3:19 Colorado Rich Catton High Sticking   5:00
5:30 Minnesota Noah Talbot Holding Stick   2:00
9:10 Minnesota Jon Sullivan Checking from Behind   2:00
9:10 Minnesota Eric Pacey Roughing Double   4:00
9:10 Minnesota Michael Kilby Fighting   5:00
9:10 Minnesota Michael Kilby Fighting Misconduct   10:00
9:10 Colorado Brian Langtry Roughing Double   4:00
9:10 Colorado Jim Moss Fighting   5:00
9:10 Colorado Jim Moss Fighting Misconduct   10:00
10:11 Minnesota Riley Kemp Holding   2:00
10:11 Minnesota Riley Kemp Holding   2:00
14:19 Minnesota Riley Kemp Delay of Game   2:00
3rd Quarter
1:48 Minnesota Noah Talbot Goalie Interference   2:00
1:48 Colorado Ben Prepchuk Checking from Behind   2:00
7:16 Colorado Dave Stilley Holding   2:00
11:53 Colorado Dave Stilley Holding   2:00
4th Quarter
11:22 Minnesota Eric Pacey Elbowing   2:00

Referees
Crew Chief Assistant Referee Technical Referee
Chet Couture David Berman Brad Scibak