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1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q OT F
Minnesota Swarm Minnesota Swarm
(2-0 H 1-0 A 1-0)
2 4 3 2 11
Toronto Rock Toronto Rock
(1-2 H 0-1 A 1-1)
1 1 2 0 4

Swarm Ascend to First Place with Victory

Saturday, January 12, 2008
St. Paul, Minnesota
Attendance: 10,104

Minnesota Swarm lacrosse returned to the Xcel Energy Center for 2008 in spectacular fashion. After a rough and tumble, high scoring affair in Toronto the night before, the Swarm showed off their defense to 10,104 fans in a 11-4 victory over the Toronto Rock. The four goals given up by the Swarm were the fewest given up by a Swarm team in history breaking the previous record of six on February 3, 2006 in a 7-6 victory over the Edmonton Rush in Edmonton. The victory also was the first time in team history that the Swarm won their home opener. After losing the first three games in their history to the Rock, the Swarm have now won three straight against the laxers from Toronto. In addition, the Swarm now have their first 2-0 start in team history and sit alone on top of the East Division.

Like the previous night, the game started slowly in the first quarter. Andy Secore scored the first home goal of the season for the Swarm with 10:21 left in the quarter by scoring from behind the net one hander. Sean Pollock who was the Swarm's second leading scorer notched his first goal of the season after being ejected in the first quarter for fighting on Friday night. The Rock finally got a goal by Nick Patterson with 1:16 left in the quarter on a Jim Veltman breakaway.

The Swarm did not let up in the second quarter as they jumped out to a 5-1 lead on three consecutive goals, two of which were scored by Ryan Ward. The last one was just after Ward served a two minute penalty where he got free on a breakaway. After Aaron Wilson scored for the Rock to cut the lead to 5-2, Dean Hill scored the Swarm's first power play goal with sixteen seconds left in the first half from his favorite spot on the crease right to the goaltender's left. Controversy reared its head with seven seconds left in the half when the Rock asked the referees to check Patterson's shin pads to see if they were in regulation. The crew chief escorted Patterson into the tunnel along with both teams' captains and performed the measurement. After a couple minutes, they reemerged with Patterson's pads in comformity with the rules. If the pads were too big, Patterson would have been removed from the game and Kevin Croswell would have seen his first regular season action between the pipes for the Swarm. The Rock were issued a bench minor for the unsuccessful challenge that would continue into the second half.

Craig Point capitalized on that unsuccessful challenge with a power play blast from top right with 13:57 left in the third. Toronto put together two straight goals to cut the lead to 7-4 including the 41 year old Veltman's second breakaway goal of the game. Ward got his second straight hat trick to snuff the Rock rally that forced Rock starting goaltender Mike Poulin to the bench in favor of Bob Watson. Chad Culp finished the scoring in the quarter on a pick and roll with Secore with 4:25 left.

The fourth quarter was the coronation of a fantastic performance by the Minnesota Swarm defense and spectacular goaltending by Patterson as they held the Rock scoreless for the last quarter. This is the second time in the last three years that the Swarm have held the Rock scoreless in the fourth at home. D. Hill got his second of the game, again on the power play, with 12:13 left. The Swarm finished the scoring in the game as Patterson threw the ball at an empty net after the Rock attempted to score with an extra attacker. The ball just missed and rebounded off the boards and back in front of the net where Ryan Sharp streaked in to scoop it up and score as Watson just made it back off the bench.

The Swarm defense like I mentioned stole the show and Rock scoring chances. Two of the Rock goals were on breakaways off of transition which makes the performance all that more impressive. The vaunted Rock power play that caused problems for the Swarm in the preseason was only four for fourteen in total for both games this weekend including one for four at Xcel. Patterson ruled the game with an iron fist and even after the shin pad check, did not falter.

The Swarm offense had six of seven forwards scoring goals which is just the way they want it. Like Pollock mentioned after the game, the Swarm do not have a superstar scorer that if that player is shut down, the whole offense is shut down. Any one of the seven forwards put into the line up for the game is equally adept to take home the bacon if another is contained. Travis Hill also preaches the philosophy of teamwork that is prevalent throughout the team. In addition, T. Hill brought up the importance of not having to go through another head coaching change and the stability and sense of direction that brings. The first three years of the franchise saw three head coach in three years but Head Coach Duane Jacobs deservedly bucked that trend and has this team playing like a team like no Swarm team has ever played before. Another amazing factor is how well the Swarm have assimiliated eight new players into the team. T. Hill explains that the Swarm look for self-motivators that fit into a team concept and have the ability to adapt quickly to their surroundings. Swarm General Manager Marty O'Neill says that the Swarm have a core group of players that will play every game and that the rest of team understands their roles and keep their readiness level high when called upon.

Tonight's game was the return for Mark Miyashita after his season last year was cut short prematurely by a serious knee injury. Miyashita mentioned the grueling rebabilition that he went through that started immediately after his surgery. He will be wearing a brace this season but expects and can't wait to be rid of it. His return was successful as he led the Swarm with nine loose balls, notched an assist and was 7 of 14 on face offs.

Swarm first round draft pick Justin Norbraten made a successful professional debut in front of the fans. The 23 year old, newly tanned from a trip to Costa Rica, assisted on three goals as he got to work with Swarm veterans Ward and Pollock on the right side.

Secore led the Swarm with a goal and four assists. Ward led the goal scorers with three and also assist with one. D. Hill and Culp also contributed with four points with D. Hill getting two goals and Culp one. Patterson saved 40 of 44 shots and after last night leads the league in goals against at 9.88 and is the only goaltender with a save percentage over .800 at .802. The Rock were led by Veltman who scored two goals.

The Swarm have the following weekend off. They start a two game road trip and resume play in Rochester, New York on Saturday, January 26th at 7:05 pm CST against the Knighthawks (1-1). They return home on Friday, February 8th at 7:00 pm CST to host the New York Titans (1-0).

Pointstreak Swarm Notes Rock Notes

Team Stats Sv/S PIM PP SH S SOG LB FO
Minnesota 40/44 32 3/10 0 60 48 41 8/19
Toronto 37/48 44 1/4 0 60 44 35 11/19

# Minnesota G A Pts PIM PPG SHG S SOG LB FO
9 Craig Point 1 1 2 2 1 0 10 9 2 0-0
12 Eric Pacey 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0-0
16 Noah Talbot 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0-0
17 Sean Pollock 2 1 3 0 0 0 9 8 2 0-0
19 Chad Culp 1 3 4 0 0 0 8 4 1 0-0
20 Kyle Ross 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0-0
21 Andy Secore 1 4 5 0 0 0 6 5 5 0-0
23 Jon Sullivan 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 0-0
24 Justin Norbraten 0 3 3 0 0 0 2 2 1 0-0
26 Ryan Sharp 1 0 1 0 0 0 3 2 3 0-0
28 Darren Halls 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 5 1-5
39 Mark Miyashita 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 9 7-14
44 Ryan Ward 3 1 4 2 0 0 12 9 1 0-0
47 Travis Hill 0 0 0 12 0 0 0 0 1 0-0
50 Ryan Cousins 0 0 0 14 0 0 0 0 1 0-0
73 Dean Hill 2 2 4 0 2 0 8 7 0 0-0
93 Nick Patterson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0
31 Kevin Croswell Back Up Goaltender - Did Not Play
3 Chris Courtney Did Not Dress
8 Rory McDade Did Not Dress
27 Colin Achenbach Did Not Dress
34 Nick Inch Did Not Dress
90 Mike Hominuck Did Not Dress
 
# Minnesota MIN GA Saves Shots Dec  
31 Kevin Croswell 0:00 0 0 0    
93 Nick Patterson 60:00 4 40 44 W 2-0  
 
# Toronto G A Pts PIM PPG SHG S SOG LB FO
6 Dan Ladouceur 0 0 0 12 0 0 0 0 0 0-0
9 Jon Harasym 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 4 0 0-0
10 Aaron Wilson 1 0 1 2 1 0 9 9 1 0-0
14 Rob Marshall 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 1 0-0
15 Mark Scherman 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0-0
16 Blaine Manning 0 1 1 0 0 0 9 8 7 6-9
19 Josh Sanderson 0 2 2 2 0 0 9 4 0 0-0
20 Jay Winder 0 0 0 4 0 0 1 1 2 0-0
21 Ryan Benesch 1 1 2 2 0 0 11 7 4 0-0
22 Cam Woods 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0-0
27 Peter Lough 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 7 5-10
29 Bob Watson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0
30 Mike Poulin 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0
32 Jim Veltman 2 0 2 4 0 0 2 2 8 0-0
33 Kasey Beirnes 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 4 2 0-0
37 Scott Campbell 0 0 0 12 0 0 1 1 1 0-0
40 Ian Rubel 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0-0
93 Chris Driscoll 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0
7 Derek Suddons Did Not Dress
18 Nathan Sanderson Did Not Dress
23 Matt Carroll Did Not Dress
42 Jamie Taylor Did Not Dress
94 Matt Taylor Did Not Dress
 
# Toronto MIN GA Saves Shots Dec
29 Bob Watson 19:45 3 8 11   Started
30 Mike Poulin 40:15 8 29 37 L 0-1  

Scoring
Time MN TOR Team Goal 1st Assist 2nd Assist Notes
1st Quarter
4:39 1 0 Minnesota Andy Secore Justin Norbraten Chad Culp  
8:15 2 0 Minnesota Sean Pollock Andy Secore    
13:44 2 1 Toronto Jim Veltman      
2nd Quarter
2:29 3 1 Minnesota Ryan Ward Dean Hill Justin Norbraten  
3:33 4 1 Minnesota Sean Pollock Kyle Ross    
12:04 5 1 Minnesota Ryan Ward     GWG
12:46 5 2 Toronto Aaron Wilson Josh Sanderson Ryan Benesch PP
14:44 6 2 Minnesota Dean Hill Craig Point Sean Pollock PP
3rd Quarter
1:03 7 2 Minnesota Craig Point Ryan Ward Andy Secore PP
3:47 7 3 Toronto Jim Veltman      
9:39 7 4 Toronto Ryan Benesch Blaine Manning Josh Sanderson  
10:15 8 4 Minnesota Ryan Ward Andy Secore Chad Culp  
10:35 9 4 Minnesota Chad Culp Andy Secore Dean Hill  
4th Quarter
2:47 10 4 Minnesota Dean Hill Chad Culp Justin Norbraten PP
10:54 11 4 Minnesota Ryan Sharp Mark Miyashita    

Penalties
Time Team Player Penalty Bench Duration
1st Quarter
10:50 Minnesota Craig Point Roughing   2:00
2nd Quarter
4:16 Toronto Jay Winder Illegal Cross Checking   2:00
9:46 Minnesota Ryan Ward Elbowing   2:00
12:19 Minnesota Darren Halls Holding   2:00
14:02 Toronto Jay Winder Holding   2:00
14:53 Toronto Scott Campbell Unsportsmanlike Conduct X 2:00
3rd Quarter
4:10 Toronto Aaron Wilson Holding   2:00
6:17 Toronto Scott Campbell Too Many Men X 2:00
10:54 Toronto Cam Woods Hooking   2:00
4th Quarter
1:05 Toronto Ryan Benesch Goalie Interference   2:00
5:48 Minnesota Ryan Cousins Checking from Behind   2:00
7:30 Toronto Josh Sanderson Holding   2:00
11:34 Toronto Jim Veltman Holding   2:00
11:34 Toronto Jim Veltman Unsportsmanlike Conduct   2:00
15:00 Minnesota Ryan Cousins Unsportsmanlike Conduct   2:00
15:00 Minnesota Ryan Cousins Unsportsmanlike Conduct   10:00
15:00 Minnesota Travis Hill Unsportsmanlike Conduct   2:00
15:00 Minnesota Travis Hill Unsportsmanlike Conduct   10:00
15:00 Toronto Dan Ladouceur Unsportsmanlike Conduct   2:00
15:00 Toronto Dan Ladouceur Unsportsmanlike Conduct   10:00
15:00 Toronto Scott Campbell Unsportsmanlike Conduct   2:00
15:00 Toronto Scott Campbell Unsportsmanlike Conduct   10:00

Referees
Crew Chief Assistant Referee Technical Referee
6-Bill Fox 45-JD Doyle 17-Jeff Dolan