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Minnesota Swarm (9-6) 10

Chicago Shamrox (6-9) 12

Fan Celebration Night Without the Celebration

Friday, April 25, 2008
St. Paul, Minnesota
Attendance: 11,439

The Minnesota Swarm had the balls of the NLL in a tight grip before last night game's against the Chicago Shamrox. Win and they get a home playoff game and be set up to get home field throughout with another on Saturday. Instead, the Shamrox cut the Swarm down, 12-10, leaving the Swarm in a precarious four way tie in the East Division at 9-6.

As usual, the Swarm streaked out to the top of the field. Craig Point (26g 32a) started the streaking at 3:02 of the first with his patented rocket. The Swarm then had a 3 on 2 breakaway that Swarm captain Ryan Cousins (8g 5a) finished on a feed from Colin Achenbach (2g 2a). Ryan Ward (29g 36a) was held scoreless last week for the second time in his Swarm career but the same was not to happen again as cranked out a nice overhanded shot past Shamrox goaltender Matt Roik. Keith Cromwell (5g 8a) returned to the lineup for the first time since March 29 and was in the right spot in front of the crease to scoop up a loosie which he put into the net. That was at 9:10 of the first, the Swarm were up 4-0 and looking to run away, but the Shamrox came fast from the outside. It started when Scott Self got the ball in their defensive zone and looped a nice pass to Thomas Montour on the break. Montour caught it as it flew over his shoulder and waltzed in to score. Mat Giles and Jason Clark added a goal each before the end of the quarter and the Swarm only had an one goal lead at 4-3.

Chicago continued to run in the second quarter. Brad Self, back from playing hockey in Germany, tied it 3:01 of the second. Bill McGlone gave the Shamrox the lead with a controversial Air Gait goal. Replays showed he stepped in the crease and also made contact with Swarm goaltender Nick Patterson (9-4 12.06 GAA .766 Save%) both of which are illegal, but even with Patterson and the Swarm pleading their case, the goal stood. After B. Self scored again, Jason Clark put the Shamrox up 7-4 at 13:36 which caused the Swarm to switch goaltenders as Patterson was pulled and replaced by Kevin Croswell (0-2 11.26 GAA .789 Save %). It was almost 8-4 at half but Kevin Ross's was called for a crease violation just before the whistle blew.

Chad Culp (22g 29a) broke the Swarm's drought as he drove the net to cut the lead to 7-5. After Cody Jacobs put the Shamrox back up three, Sean Pollock (22g 33a) quickly answered with shot a laser from top center. The Shamrox though countered with Ross coming off the bench and catching and shooting in stride to put the Shamrox up 9-6. The Swarm got the last goal of the quarter on a 3 on 2 breakaway started by Ian Rubel (0g 2a) who stole a pass and passed it up to Jon Sullivan (3g 6a) who put it through Roik's five hole. Tensions finally erupted late in the third when Ward went hard to the net but ran into Roik. The Shamrox retailated and the Swarm jumped in with the highlight being Travis Hill (3g 10a) taking down Mike Kirk up against the boards. AFter all that mess, Hill and Kirk were serving five minute majors, Ward and Eric Pacey (2g 8a) were also in the box for the Swarm as was the Shamrox's Drew Candy.

After Thomas Montour was called for a illegal cross check a minute into the last quarter, Marohl scored on the power play to cut the Shamrox lead to one at 9-8. The Shamrox answered with a power play goal of their own when B. Self scored on a shot to the left of Croswell. Cromwell got his second goal of the night after he came off the bench to complement a Swarm breakaway. As usual on this night, the Shamrox had the answer and Jacobs got the game winner as he dumped in a goal as he crossed the crease. B. Self got the last goal for the Shamrox on an empty netter with 28 seconds left. Achenbach cut the eventual final score to two at 12-10 with eight seconds left on a breakaway.

Cromwell led the Swarm with two goals and an assist. Eight other Swarm players got a goal and Ward, Marohl and Secore each had three points. Patterson started the game and made 14 saves on 21 shots before being pulled for the Swarm's MVP of the night, Croswell, who made 21 saves on 25 shots and gave the Swarm a chance to comeback and win. Croswell rose to the challenge on Friday night but the offense was giving Roik many easy shots to snatch up. Brad Self led the Shamrox with four goals and an assist and Swarm killer Cody Jacobs got two goals and three assists. The Swarm put 63 shots on goal against Matt Roik but Roik came up the winner on 53 of them.

A win tonight in Chicago, will give the Swarm a home playoff game. If that happens and Portland beats Buffalo, the Swarm will miracously win the East and have home field throughout after San Jose beat Colorado for the West title earlier today. If the Swarm have a home playoff game next weekend, it was announced at the game that it will be on Saturday, May 3 at 7:00 pm Central.

Game Statistics

Box Score

Minnesota Swarm Game Center

Team Stats 1 2 3 4 OT F Sv/S PIM PP SH S SOG LB FO
Minnesota 4 0 3 3   10 35/47 13 2/4 0 85 63 73 16/26
Chicago 3 4 2 3   12 53/63 15 1/3 1 67 47 71 10/26


# Minnesota G A Pts PIM PPG SHG S SOG LB FO
7 Dan Marohl 1 2 3 0 1 0 8 8 0 0-0
9 Craig Point 1 0 1 0 0 0 11 8 3 1-2
11 Keith Cromwell 2 1 3 0 0 0 9 7 1 0-0
12 Eric Pacey 0 1 1 2 0 0 1 1 3 0-0
16 Noah Talbot 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 1 2 0-0
17 Sean Pollock 1 1 2 0 0 0 11 9 7 0-0
19 Chad Culp 1 0 1 0 0 0 7 6 6 0-0
21 Andy Secore 0 3 3 2 0 0 5 3 4 0-0
23 Jon Sullivan 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 4 0-0
26 Ryan Sharp 0 1 1 0 0 0 4 2 3 0-0
27 Colin Achenbach 1 1 2 0 0 0 4 2 5 0-0
31 Kevin Croswell 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0-0
34 Nick Inch 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 4 0-0
40 Ian Rubel 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 0-0
44 Ryan Ward 1 2 3 2 0 0 15 9 3 0-0
47 Travis Hill 0 1 1 5 0 0 1 1 21 15-23
50 Ryan Cousins 1 0 1 0 0 0 6 4 4 0-1
93 Nick Patterson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0
3 Chris Courtney Did Not Dress
8 Rory McDade Did Not Dress
18 Andrew Biers Did Not Dress
20 Kyle Ross Did Not Dress
24 Justin Norbraten Did Not Dress
 
# Minnesota MIN GA Saves Shots Dec  
93 Nick Patterson 28:36 7 14 21    
31 Kevin Croswell 31:22 4 21 25 L 0-2  
Empty Net 0:02 1 0 1    
 
# Chicago G A Pts PIM PPG SHG S SOG LB FO
4 Carter Livingstone 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0-0
6 Scott Self 0 3 3 0 0 0 1 0 7 0-1
11 Mike Hobbins 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 2 5 0-0
12 Brad Self 4 1 5 0 1 0 8 7 4 0-0
13 Jason Clark 2 2 4 0 0 0 11 7 3 0-0
17 Kevin Fines 0 2 2 0 0 0 3 2 13 7-18
18 Josh Wasson 0 2 2 0 0 0 3 2 3 3-7
21 Mack O'Brien 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0-0
25 Drew Candy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0-0
26 Mike Kirk 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 3 0-0
27 Mat Giles 1 3 4 2 0 0 8 6 4 0-0
33 Bill McGlone 1 2 3 0 0 0 5 2 2 0-0
35 Matt Roik 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0
42 Jonas Derks 0 2 2 0 0 0 6 5 4 0-0
43 Derek Collins 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0
63 Thomas Montour 1 1 2 4 0 0 3 3 4 0-0
71 Kevin Ross 1 0 1 0 0 0 5 3 4 0-0
88 Cody Jacobs 2 3 5 0 0 0 12 8 3 0-0
9 Bryan Kazarian Did Not Dress
23 Callum Crawford Did Not Dress
24 Brock Boyle Did Not Dress
37 Andrew Burkholder Did Not Dress
44 Bobby McBride Did Not Dress
 
# Chicago MIN GA Saves Shots Dec
35 Matt Roik 58:58 10 53 63 W 5-3  
43 Derek Collins 1:02 0 0 0    


Scoring
Quarter Time MN CHI Team Goal 1st Assist 2nd Assist Notes
First 3:02 1 0 Minnesota Craig Point Andy Secore Keith Cromwell  
First 7:03 2 0 Minnesota Ryan Cousins Colin Achenbach Ryan Sharp  
First 7:28 3 0 Minnesota Ryan Ward Andy Secore Dan Marohl  
First 9:10 4 0 Minnesota Keith Cromwell Sean Pollock Dan Marohl  
First 11:52 4 1 Chicago Thomas Montour Scott Self    
First 12:25 4 2 Chicago Mat Giles Josh Wasson Jason Clark  
First 13:37 4 3 Chicago Jason Clark Mat Giles Cody Jacobs  
Second 3:01 4 4 Chicago Brad Self Thomas Montour Kevin Fines  
Second 4:53 4 5 Chicago Bill McGlone Josh Wasson Mat Giles SH
Second 10:52 4 6 Chicago Brad Self Jonas Derks Scott Self  
Second 13:36 4 7 Chicago Jason Clark Jonas Derks Cody Jacobs  
Third 3:49 5 7 Minnesota Chad Culp Noah Talbot Kevin Croswell  
Third 6:01 5 8 Chicago Cody Jacobs Kevin Fines Bill McGlone  
Third 6:33 6 8 Minnesota Sean Pollock Ryan Ward Noah Talbot EA
Third 6:59 6 9 Chicago Kevin Ross Jason Clark Brad Self  
Third 9:44 7 9 Minnesota Jon Sullivan Ian Rubel   PP
Fourth 1:32 8 9 Minnesota Dan Marohl Andy Secore Ryan Ward PP
Fourth 4:55 8 10 Chicago Brad Self Cody Jacobs Mat Giles PP
Fourth 6:11 9 10 Minnesota Keith Cromwell Eric Pacey Ian Rubel  
Fourth 10:30 9 11 Chicago Cody Jacobs Bill McGlone Matt Roik GWG
Fourth 14:32 9 12 Chicago Brad Self Scott Self   EN
Fourth 14:48 10 12 Minnesota Colin Achenbach Travis Hill    


Penalties

Quarter Time Team Player Penalty Bench Duration
First 9:36 Minnesota Nick Inch Holding   2:00
Second 3:29 Chicago Mike Hobbins Holding   2:00
Second 8:18 Chicago Thomas Montour Illegal Cross Checking   2:00
Third 8:53 Chicago Mat Giles Checking from Behind   2:00
Third 13:07 Minnesota Eric Pacey Facemask   2:00
Third 13:07 Minnesota Ryan Ward Goalie Interference   2:00
Third 13:07 Minnesota Travis Hill Fighting   5:00
Third 13:07 Chicago Drew Candy Roughing   2:00
Third 13:07 Chicago Mike Kirk Fighting   5:00
Fourth 1:10 Chicago Thomas Montour Illegal Cross Checking   2:00
Fourth 3:21 Minnesota Andy Secore Holding   2:00


Referees
Crew Chief Assistant Referee Technical Referee
20-Todd Lorenz 17-Jeff Dolan 73-Daren Yates