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Minnesota Swarm (10-6) 12

Chicago Shamrox (6-10) 11

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Friday, April 26, 2008
Hoffman Estates, Illinois
Attendance: 6,014

One could sense watching on B2 last night, that the Minnesota Swarm had gotten together with each other and said enough was enough after Friday night loss in St. Paul. That was bad news for the Chicago Shamrox because the Swarm were not going to let the Shamrox repeat Friday's performance and they did not as the Swarm won 12-11 to clinch a home playoff game next Saturday, May 3 at 7:00 pm against the New York Titans.

The game started with an unusual twist in this series. The Shamrox scored first for the first time in the six games these two have played against each other. In the first five games, the Swarm had at least scored four or more goals to start the game before the Shamrox answered. Down 1-0, Ryan Ward (33g 36a) crossed from Shamrox goaltender Matt Roik's right to his left and then unleashed the shot for the Swarm's first goal of the night. Brad Self scored for the Shamrox to put them back in the lead but Ward answered again on the power play to tie it. Chad Culp (23g 32a) gave the Swarm their first lead at 3-2 after he corraled in a rebound and dumped it past Roik. Giles tied it up for the Shamrox at 3, then Andy Secore (28g 48a) then caught a pass on a give and go from Rory McDade (4g 13a) to put the Swarm back up by one. Ryan Cousins (9g 5a) finished the first quarter scoring leading a 2 on 0 break, then faked out Roik for the goal.

Both defenses played strong for the first five of the second Sean Pollock (24g 36a) found McDade cross crease to double up the Shamrox 6-3. Jason Clark scored for the Shamrox to cut it to 2 but Ward took over for the next two goals with the first one on an overhand shot one on one with Roik, then he gets behind a screen and unloads to put the Swarm up 8-4. Pollock then scoops up a rebound off a Craig Point (27g 34a) shot on the crease and puts it back in to make it a five goal lead. Shortly after Pollock scored, he met up with the Shamrox's bad boy Drew Candy and the helmets and gloves went down and the punches flew. That initiated a goaltending change from Roik to Derke Collins. Pollock got in a good right hand before each got tied up and dragged each other down to the floor. Even though Candy was ejected, it seemed to fire up the Shamrox and they scored three straight to cut the lead to 9-7 but Colin Achenbach (2g 4a) started a break and got it to Ryan Sharp (9g 11a) who found Secore coming off the bench for the Swarm's tenth goal of the game to send it to half at 10-7 in favor of the Swarm.

The Shamrox started their comeback in the third with goals by Kevin Ross and then Cody Jacobs found Josh Wasson cutting to the net to cut the lead to one at 10-9. Point then scores on the power play just past Collins to put the Swarm back up by two. The Swarm went down a man after a Nick Inch (0g 1a) was called for an illegal cross check but Nick Patterson (10-4 11.99 GAA .768 Save %) made a save to start a fast break that saw it end with Pollock scoring off the bench shorthanded to put the Swarm up 12-9.

The Swarm entered the fourth up three at 12-9 and that is whte way it stayed as each team killed a power play. The Shamrox finally broke through with Giles scoring at 7:18 to cut the lead to one. Thomas Montour, much to his displeasure, was sent to the box a penalty but the Swarm were unable to capitalize at Bill McGlone got a loosie behind the net and put it in past Patterson to cut the lead to 12-11. McGlone had an opportunity to tie it but Achenbach tackled him down to the floor in front of the crease to put the Swarm down a man at 11:51 of the fourth. The Swarm; however, were able to kill the penalty and Patterson finished off the Shamrox to lead the Swarm to a 12-11 victory and a home playoff date next weekend against the Titans on Saturday, May 3 at 7:00 pm.

Ward led the Swarm with four goals and the last one he got set a Swarm single season with 33 breaking Dean Hill's (9g 10a) record of 32 set last year. Secore had two goals and three assists and set the Swarm single season point record of 76 breaking Ward's record of 75 he set last year. Pollock also had two goals and three assists and got his fifth game winner of the year which leads the NLL depending if Athan Iannucci scores the game winner today for the Wings and ties him. McDade also had a solid game with a career high five points on one goal and four assists. Patterson won his league leading tenth game of the win with 42 saves on 53 shots. Mat Giles led the Shamrox with four goals and Brad Self had a goal and four assists.

The Swarm have earned the second seed in the East and third overall in the NLL for the upcoming playoffs. They will host the New York Titans (10-6) on Saturday, May 3 at 7:00 pm. The Buffalo Bandits (10-6) won the tiebreaker over the Swarm this season, with that the division and will host throughout the entire playoffs starting with the fourth seed Philadelphia Wings (9-6) next Friday, May 2 at 6:30 pm. The Swarm's opponent next Saturday, the Titans have won 9 of 11 and four in a row to finish the season and their head coach is Adam Mueller who was the Swarm's head coach in 2006. Mueller led both the Swarm and the Titans to each of those teams first playoff berths with this being the Swarm's fourth season and the Titans' second season.

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 5 5 2 0   12 42/53 15 2/6 1 61 49 51 11/27
Chicago 3 4 2 2   11 37/49 29 0/4 1 69 53 56 16/27


# Minnesota G A Pts PIM PPG SHG S SOG LB FO
7 Dan Marohl 0 1 1 0 0 0 4 2 2 0-0
8 Rory McDade 1 4 5 0 0 0 2 2 2 0-0
9 Craig Point 1 2 3 0 1 0 11 8 1 0-1
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 4 0-0
17 Sean Pollock 2 3 5 7 0 1 9 7 3 0-0
19 Chad Culp 1 3 4 4 0 0 7 7 5 0-0
21 Andy Secore 2 3 5 0 0 0 6 5 4 0-0
23 Jon Sullivan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0-0
26 Ryan Sharp 0 1 1 0 0 0 4 4 0 0-0
27 Colin Achenbach 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 5 0-0
34 Nick Inch 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0-0
40 Ian Rubel 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0-0
44 Ryan Ward 4 0 4 0 1 0 13 10 2 0-0
47 Travis Hill 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 2 8 11-26
50 Ryan Cousins 1 0 1 0 0 0 3 2 5 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
11 Keith Cromwell 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 60:00 11 42 53 W 10-4  
31 Kevin Croswell 0:00 0 0 0    
 
# Chicago G A Pts PIM PPG SHG S SOG LB FO
4 Carter Livingstone 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 0-0
6 Scott Self 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 0-0
11 Mike Hobbins 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 0-0
12 Brad Self 1 4 5 2 0 0 5 3 9 0-0
13 Jason Clark 1 3 4 0 0 0 7 7 8 0-0
17 Kevin Fines 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 1 4 15-22
18 Josh Wasson 1 2 3 0 0 0 4 4 2 1-5
21 Mack O'Brien 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 2 0-0
25 Drew Candy 0 0 0 17 0 0 0 0 3 0-0
26 Mike Kirk 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0
27 Mat Giles 4 0 4 0 0 0 11 11 4 0-0
33 Bill McGlone 2 0 2 2 0 1 10 7 3 0-0
35 Matt Roik 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0
42 Jonas Derks 0 3 3 0 0 0 8 6 1 0-0
43 Derek Collins 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0-0
63 Thomas Montour 0 1 1 2 0 0 4 3 2 0-0
71 Kevin Ross 1 1 2 0 0 0 4 3 3 0-0
88 Cody Jacobs 1 1 2 0 0 0 12 7 1 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 24:59 9 13 22    
43 Derek Collins 35:01 3 24 27 L 0-5  


Scoring
Quarter Time MN CHI Team Goal 1st Assist 2nd Assist Notes
First 2:24 0 1 Chicago Mat Giles Brad Self Kevin Ross  
First 4:03 1 1 Minnesota Ryan Ward Sean Pollock Chad Culp  
First 5:16 1 2 Chicago Brad Self Scott Self Mack O'Brien  
First 6:13 2 2 Minnesota Ryan Ward Dan Marohl Sean Pollock PP
First 6:48 3 2 Minnesota Chad Culp Craig Point Rory McDade  
First 9:04 3 3 Chicago Mat Giles Jonas Derks    
First 11:03 4 3 Minnesota Andy Secore Rory McDade Craig Point  
First 14:47 5 3 Minnesota Ryan Cousins      
Second 5:15 6 3 Minnesota Rory McDade Sean Pollock Andy Secore  
Second 6:32 6 4 Chicago Jason Clark      
Second 7:36 7 4 Minnesota Ryan Ward Rory McDade Chad Culp  
Second 9:14 8 4 Minnesota Ryan Ward Rory McDade Colin Achenbach  
Second 9:59 9 4 Minnesota Sean Pollock      
Second 10:51 9 5 Chicago Cody Jacobs Josh Wasson    
Second 11:38 9 6 Chicago Mat Giles Jonas Derks Brad Self  
Second 12:02 9 7 Chicago Bill McGlone Jason Clark Scott Self  
Second 12:52 10 7 Minnesota Andy Secore Ryan Sharp Colin Achenbach  
Third 2:48 10 8 Chicago Kevin Ross Josh Wasson Thomas Montour  
Third 4:30 10 9 Chicago Josh Wasson Cody Jacobs Jason Clark  
Third 6:44 11 9 Minnesota Craig Point Andy Secore Chad Culp PP
Third 10:50 12 9 Minnesota Sean Pollock Andy Secore Travis Hill SH GWG
Fourth 7:18 12 10 Chicago Mat Giles Jonas Derks Brad Self  
Fourth 10:34 12 11 Chicago Bill McGlone Jason Clark Brad Self SH


Penalties

Quarter Time Team Player Penalty Bench Duration
First 5:52 Chicago Kevin Ross Illegal Substitution X 2:00
First 9:40 Chicago Kevin Fines Checking from Behind   2:00
First 10:03 Minnesota Chad Culp Checking from Behind   2:00
Second 10:37 Chicago Drew Candy Unsportsmanlike Conduct   2:00
Second 10:37 Chicago Drew Candy Fighting   5:00
Second 10:37 Chicago Drew Candy Fighting Misconduct   10:00
Second 10:37 Minnesota Sean Pollock Unsportsmanlike Conduct   2:00
Second 10:37 Minnesota Sean Pollock Fighting   5:00
Third 5:23 Chicago Carter Livingstone Holding   2:00
Third 9:14 Minnesota Nick Inch Illegal Cross Checking   2:00
Third 12:47 Minnesota Chad Culp Slashing   2:00
Fourth 1:36 Chicago Brad Self Holding   2:00
Fourth 9:49 Chicago Thomas Montour Interference   2:00
Fourth 11:51 Minnesota Colin Achenbach Holding   2:00
Fourth 14:50 Chicago Bill McGlone Holding   2:00


Referees
Crew Chief Assistant Referee Technical Referee
27-Mark Gardonio 12-Todd Labranche 71-Roger Nurse