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1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q OT F
Minnesota Swarm Minnesota Swarm
(6-1 H 3-0 A 3-1)
2 7 0 5 14
Buffalo Bandits Buffalo Bandits
(4-4 H 2-1 A 2-3)
3 3 5 5 16

The Bandits Pulled Another Fast One on the Swarm

Saturday, February 16, 2008
Buffalo, New York
Attendance: 14,446

The Buffalo Bandits are not called the Bandits just for fun and kicks. They always seem to get the drop on their opponents and stealing their money. The Minnesota Swarm have had their pockets picked over and over again by the Bandits and Saturday night was business as usual as the Bandits handed the Swarm their first loss of the season, 16-14 at HSBC Arena in Buffalo.

Ryan Sharp (6g 5a) got the Swarm out to an early 1-0 lead on a breakaway started by Eric Pacey (0g 3a). The Bandits got their first lead with two consecutive goals before Darren Halls (2g 1a) dove across the crease to score his first goal as a member of the Swarm to tie the game. Kyle Schmelzle (2g 2a) got the last goal of the quarter as he intercepted a Ryan Cousins (7g 2a) pass and sprinted down the floor for a breakaway goal.

The Swarm opened up the second quarter with three straight goals. Craig Point (14g 21a) scored the quickest goal to start a second quarter for the Swarm in just ten seconds to tie the game at three. Dean Hill (8g 8a) put the Swarm up by one with a quick shot on a pass from Ryan Ward (18g 20a). Chad Culp (12g 14a) scored seven seconds later to increase the Swarm lead to 5-3. After the Bandits tied it at five, Ward put the Swarm back up by one, then Andy Secore (16g 25a) grabbed a loose ball in the corner, advance behind the net and scored his third "Air Gait" of the year to increase the lead to 7-5. Buffalo scored once more to narrow the lead to one before Sean Pollock finished off a pick and roll with Ward to put the Swarm up two again. Noah Talbot (0g 4a) scooped up the loose ball on the ensuing face off, got it quickly to Mike Hominuck (4g 16a) who found Cousins streaking to the net to give the Swarm the 9-6 halftime lead.

Billy Dee Smith (3g 0a) was assessed a five minute boarding penalty with thirteen seconds left in the first half and that penalty carried over into the second half leaving the Bandits down a man. This was the opportunity for the Swarm to put the Bandits away but they could only get two shots on net as the Bandits thoroughly killed the Swarm power play. The tide had turned and the Bandits began to roll. Rookie Brandon Swamp (2g 1a), who was drafted by the Swarm in the 2007 Entry Draft but traded to Buffalo that same day, scored his first NLL goal to start the rally. Swamp later tied the game at nine when he intercepted a pass and cruised in on Swarm goaltender Nick Patterson (6-1 11.99 GAA .765 Save %). Dan Teat (6g 15a) put the Bandits back in the lead and John Tavares (15g 29a) scored a shorthanded goal to finish the third quarter shut out of the Swarm.

Culp and Ward tied the game up at eleven to start the fourth quarter and after a Delby Powless (6g 21a) goal that put the Bandits back up one, the Swarm made one last rally. Dean Hill found Secore with a behind the back pass on the crease to tie and Halls grabbed a loose ball and went coast to coast to give the Swarm their last lead of the game at 13-12. Roger Vyse (10g 11a) tied it on a pass from Cory Bomberry (8g 14a) and Tavares put the Bandits back up by one after Powless won a loose ball battle in front of the net and found Tavares all alone. Pollock scored the Swarm's first shorthanded goal of the season on a rebound to tie it one more time at fourteen but Bomberry unloaded his cannon for the game winner with 2:45 left and Mark Steenhuis (18g 19a) finished the scoring for the game on a breakaway.

Secore and Ward led the Swarm in scoring with two goals and four assists each. Pollock, Culp and Halls each got two goals for the Swarm. Vyse led the Bandits with three goals and four assists. The Bandit power play went five for six and the killing of the five minute Swarm power play to begin the third quarter did in the Swarm. The Bandit defense harassed the Swarm all night by clogging up passing and shooting lanes as the Swarm had 29 shots that missed the net. Patterson saved 34 of 50 shots and had numerous spectacular saves but the Bandits Ken Montour (1-3 10.67 GAA .795 Save %) saved 38 of 52 shots and was just a bit more stellar in net. The Bandits now have won ten of eleven against the Swarm including two playoff games and five in a row.

With the Swarm's loss, they are still a half game in front of Philadelphia (4-0) but unlike Philadelphia, they are not undefeated anymore. The Swarm have the chance to change that as they travel to Philadelphia on Friday, February 22 to play the Wings at 7:00 pm CST. The Bandits look to go over .500 with a game in Chicago against the Shamrox on Sunday, February 24th at 2:00 pm CST.

Game Statistics

Pointstreak Swarm Notes Bandits Notes

Team Stats Sv/S PIM PP SH S SOG LB FO
Minnesota 34/50 37 1/5 1 81 52 94 15/34
Buffalo 38/52 28 5/6 1 65 50 77 19/34

# Minnesota G A Pts PIM PPG SHG S SOG LB FO
9 Craig Point 1 1 2 0 0 0 10 7 5 0-0
12 Eric Pacey 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 4 0-0
16 Noah Talbot 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 0-0
17 Sean Pollock 2 3 5 0 0 1 7 4 8 0-0
19 Chad Culp 2 2 4 0 0 0 11 9 10 0-0
20 Kyle Ross 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 4 0-0
21 Andy Secore 2 4 6 0 0 0 15 8 6 0-0
23 Jon Sullivan 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 4 0-0
24 Justin Norbraten 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 6 13-30
26 Ryan Sharp 1 3 4 24 0 0 2 1 11 0-0
28 Darren Halls 2 0 2 2 0 0 4 2 7 0-0
44 Ryan Ward 2 4 6 2 1 0 12 7 5 0-0
47 Travis Hill 0 0 0 2 0 0 3 1 5 2-4
50 Ryan Cousins 1 0 1 0 0 0 3 2 6 0-0
73 Dean Hill 1 1 2 0 0 0 6 5 0 0-0
90 Mike Hominuck 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 2 5 0-0
93 Nick Patterson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 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
39 Mark Miyashita Did Not Dress
 
# Minnesota MIN GA Saves Shots Dec  
31 Kevin Croswell 0:00 0 0 0    
93 Nick Patterson 60:00 16 34 50 L 6-1  
 
# Buffalo G A Pts PIM PPG SHG S SOG LB FO
3 Billy Dee Smith 0 0 0 5 0 0 1 0 5 0-0
5 Clay Hill 1 0 1 0 0 0 4 4 1 0-0
6 Chris White 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 5 0-0
9 Mark Steenhuis 1 5 6 0 0 0 14 11 5 0-0
10 Pat McCready 0 0 0 5 0 0 1 1 10 0-0
11 John Tavares 2 3 5 0 0 1 10 9 4 0-0
12 Brandon Swamp 2 0 2 0 0 0 3 3 7 0-0
15 Dan Teat 1 1 2 0 0 0 7 5 3 0-0
16 Rich Kilgour 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0-2
17 Kyle Laverty 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 6 0-0
18 Phil Sanderson 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 6 4-9
20 Ian Llord 1 0 1 0 0 0 3 2 8 0-0
24 Kyle Schmelzle 1 1 2 0 0 0 2 1 5 0-0
29 Ken Montour 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0
72 Cory Bomberry 2 4 6 2 2 0 9 5 5 15-23
81 Roger Vyse 3 4 7 0 2 0 7 6 5 0-0
99 Delby Powless 2 2 4 2 1 0 3 3 1 0-0
52 Grant Crawley Back Up Goaltender - Did Not Play
4 Andrew Lazore Did Not Dress
14 Joe Smith Did Not Dress
20 Rusty Kruger Did Not Dress
51 Kevin Dostie Did Not Dress
84 Brandon Francis Did Not Dress
 
# Buffalo MIN GA Saves Shots Dec
29 Ken Montour 60:00 14 38 52 W 1-3  
86 Daniel Sams 0:00 0 0 0    

Scoring
Time MN BUF Team Goal 1st Assist 2nd Assist Notes
1st Quarter
5:33 1 0 Minnesota Ryan Sharp Eric Pacey    
6:08 1 1 Buffalo Cory Bomberry John Tavares Roger Vyse PP
12:40 1 2 Buffalo Clay Hill Cory Bomberry Mark Steenhuis  
14:15 2 2 Minnesota Darren Halls Chad Culp Andy Secore  
14:51 2 3 Buffalo Kyle Schmelzle      
2nd Quarter
0:10 3 3 Minnesota Craig Point Andy Secore Chad Culp  
2:31 4 3 Minnesota Dean Hill Ryan Ward Sean Pollock  
2:38 5 3 Minnesota Chad Culp Ryan Sharp Justin Norbraten  
4:20 5 4 Buffalo Delby Powless John Tavares Cory Bomberry PP
6:17 5 5 Buffalo Roger Vyse Delby Powless Mark Steenhuis PP
8:11 6 5 Minnesota Ryan Ward Sean Pollock Craig Point PP
13:08 7 5 Minnesota Andy Secore Sean Pollock Ryan Sharp  
13:33 7 6 Buffalo Roger Vyse John Tavares    
14:09 8 6 Minnesota Sean Pollock Ryan Ward Andy Secore  
14:19 9 6 Minnesota Ryan Cousins Mike Hominuck Noah Talbot  
3rd Quarter
8:24 9 7 Buffalo Brandon Swamp Cory Bomberry Roger Vyse  
8:41 9 8 Buffalo Ian Llord      
9:01 9 9 Buffalo Brandon Swamp      
10:25 9 10 Buffalo Dan Teat      
13:37 9 11 Buffalo John Tavares Mark Steenhuis   SH
4th Quarter
5:00 10 11 Minnesota Chad Culp      
6:01 11 11 Minnesota Ryan Ward Ryan Sharp    
7:28 11 12 Buffalo Delby Powless Roger Vyse Mark Steenhuis  
8:03 12 12 Minnesota Andy Secore Dean Hill Ryan Ward  
8:44 13 12 Minnesota Darren Halls      
9:14 13 13 Buffalo Roger Vyse Cory Bomberry   PP
10:52 13 14 Buffalo John Tavares Delby Powless Dan Teat  
11:45 14 14 Minnesota Sean Pollock Andy Secore Ryan Ward SH
12:15 14 15 Buffalo Cory Bomberry Roger Vyse Mark Steenhuis PP GWG
13:02 14 16 Buffalo Mark Steenhuis Kyle Laverty Kyle Schmelzle  

Penalties
Time Team Player Penalty Bench Duration
1st Quarter
5:55 Minnesota Travis Hill Tripping   2:00
10:30 Buffalo Kyle Laverty Slashing   2:00
3:29 Minnesota Ryan Ward Unsportsmanlike Conduct   2:00
2nd Quarter
4:43 Minnesota Darren Halls Checking from Behind   2:00
8:01 Buffalo Delby Powless Roughing   2:00
10:53 Buffalo Phil Sanderson Elbowing Misconduct   10:00
10:53 Buffalo Cory Bomberry Holding   2:00
10:53 Buffalo Pat McCready Fighting   5:00
10:53 Minnesota Kyle Ross Fighting   5:00
14:47 Buffalo Billy Dee Smith Boarding   5:00
3rd Quarter
5:30 Minnesota Justin Norbraten Illegal Substitution X 2:00
11:59 Buffalo Chris White Roughing   2:00
4th Quarter
8:57 Minnesota Ryan Sharp Tripping   2:00
10:52 Minnesota Ryan Sharp Unsportsmanlike Conduct   2:00
10:52 Minnesota Ryan Sharp Unsportsmanlike Conduct Misconduct   10:00
14:59 Minnesota Ryan Sharp Obscene Language Misconduct   10:00

Referees
Crew Chief Assistant Referee Technical Referee
16-Tom Sutton 22-Scott Malloy 72-Matt Robinson