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1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q OT F
Minnesota Swarm Minnesota Swarm
(6-0 H 3-0 A 3-0)
3 1 5 4 1 14
Portland LumberJax Portland LumberJax
(1-5 H 0-2 A 1-3)
3 2 3 5 0 13

Captain Clutch Strikes Again!!!

Sunday, February 10, 2008
St. Paul, Minnesota
Attendance: 11,244

Ryan Cousins (6g 2a)may be earning a new nickname. That would be Captain Clutch. Or maybe not. I am sure there are better out there for the Minnesota Swarm captain. But this year, Cousins has definitely been clutch and Swarm fans got to see another example yesterday when Cousins got his second overtime goal of the year to advance the Swarm to 6-0 with a 14-13 victory over the Portland LumberJax.

It was quite a journey for the Swarm to achieve victory. Portland came strong and gave no quarter. Craig Point (13g 20a) scored right off the face off, fourteen seconds into the game and Andy Secore (14g 21a) put the Swarm up 2-0 three minutes later with a bounce shot past Jax goaltender Dallas Eliuk. Then Swarm fans were caught off guard, when they saw Nick Patterson (6-0 11.32 GAA .779 Save %) give up a goal in the first half. The goal by Pat Jones was the first Patterson has given up in the first half since Colin Doyle scored for San Jose on February 2nd. Ryan Ward (16g 16a) scored on a two on one breakaway off the bench with Mike Hominuck (4g 15a) to extend the lead to 3-1. The LumberJax did not roll over and that was the theme all night as by the end of the quarter, as Peter Morgan scored twice to tie it at three going into the second quarter.

Portland continued to roll in the second with Ryan Powell scoring on a breakaway which was soon followed by a power play goal from Derek Malawsky. This quarter saw many near fights which resulted in a lot of man up situations for both teams, mainly the LumberJax. The Swarm were not able to really get into a rythym the whole quarter except for a quick stick shot from Chad Culp (10g 12a) with just over three minutes left. All together, that left the Swarm behind 5-4 at the half and the undefeated season in jeopardy.

Like the first half, Minnesota tied it on their first possession as Culp scored from right of the goaltender instead of his usual left. Another goal from P. Morgan, his third, put the Jax back up by one but Rory McDade (1g 0a) scored his first goal of the season and his first since the 2006 playoff game in Buffalo after he deflected a Hominuck shot past Eliuk. Portland one upped the Swarm again when former Swarm Ray Guze scored on a breakaway but Point tied it up again at seven. P. Morgan got his fourth and final goal on a controversial call by the referee who judged that the ball crossed the goal line while covered up by Patterson. Point was bang on again in the quarter notching his second career hat trick to tie it at eight. The Swarm finally got the lead back late in the third for the first time since the first quarter on a low laser by Secore.

The final quarter saw the momentum shift back and forth once again. This time Portland struck first off a face off win by Jones to start the final stanza as he found Richard Morgan to tie it at nine. Ward countered with a rocket from the restraining line to give the lead back to the Swarm. Secore got his second hat trick of the season as he was left all alone for a shot that put the Swarm up two for the first time since the first. Noah Talbot (0g 3a) got called for a high sticking major near the Jax bench which put the Swarm down a man for five big minutes in the fourth. Portland took advantage to tie the game with two goals with Talbot in the box and after the penalty was up, Brad MacDonald gave the lead back to the Jax with a nice goal while diving left to right through the crease. Point tied it up at twelve before Cory Conway scored off the back of Patterson's stick to give the lead back to the Jax at 13-12. Secore then tied the game again after Hominuck spun and found Secore with an open shot. That left 4:40 in the game and on the Swarm's next trip down the floor, Eliuk made a fine save but tweaked his left hamstring. That brought in Matt King for the rest of the game for the Jax and he was equal to the challenge as both teams tried again and again to win it in regulation but failed.

The Swarm now entered overtime for the third time this season. They had only played three overtimes in their first three years, but this year they are plentiful. The game winner for the Swarm was all about defensive pressure then attacking the down the floor. Kyle Ross (2g 5a) forced a turnover on Powell and passed the ball of the boards to Talbot, who took it and ran towards the middle of the floor. Once there, Talbot found Cousins top right and ready to shoot. Even though his aim was off, Cousins still found the back of the net and it was time to celebrate as the Swarm were victorious once again.

Point led all scorers with four goals and five assists. Secore was right behind with four goals and four assists. Both had career nights in points and each, along with Ryan Ward are in the top seven in scoring in the NLL. Patterson won his twentieth game as a member of the Swarm as he saved 37 of 50 shots. Travis Hill set a Swarm season record with 57 penalty minutes breaking the record of 56 set by Michael Kilby in 2006. It only took T. Hill five games to do and you would think he would be leading the league in penalty minutes but he is only second to Toronto's Cam Woods, who has 65. Peter Morgan led the Jax with four goals and an assist and Ryan Powell had a goal and five assists.

Minnesota will now embark on a three game road trip to the Eastern United States. The first stop will be in Buffalo, New York to face the team who has finished off the Swarm in each of the last two seasons, the Buffalo Bandits (3-3). Game time is on Saturday, February 16th at 6:35 pm CST at HSBC Arena. The Swarm return home on Friday, March 14 at 7:00 pm CST to face the Chicago Shamrox. The LumberJax resume their battle for the last playoff spot in the West as they face the Edmonton Rush (0-4) in Portland on Sunday, February 17th at 5:00 pm CST.

Game Statistics

Pointstreak Swarm Notes LumberJax Notes

Team Stats Sv/S PIM PP SH S SOG LB FO
Minnesota 37/50 40 5/7 0 75 60 80 15/31
Portland 46/60 28 5/8 0 63 50 73 16/31


# Minnesota G A Pts PIM PPG SHG S SOG LB FO
3 Chris Courtney 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0-0
8 Rory McDade 1 0 1 2 0 0 2 0 1 0-0
9 Craig Point 4 5 9 0 1 0 10 8 4 0-0
12 Eric Pacey 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 5 0-0
16 Noah Talbot 0 1 1 5 0 0 0 0 4 0-0
17 Sean Pollock 0 2 2 2 0 0 9 5 2 0-0
19 Chad Culp 2 2 4 0 0 0 8 7 7 0-0
20 Kyle Ross 0 1 1 2 0 0 3 3 9 0-0
21 Andy Secore 4 4 8 0 3 0 14 13 6 0-0
23 Jon Sullivan 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0-0
26 Ryan Sharp 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 7 0-0
39 Mark Miyashita 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 13 12-20
44 Ryan Ward 2 3 5 0 1 0 16 12 1 0-0
47 Travis Hill 0 0 0 19 0 0 2 1 7 3-11
50 Ryan Cousins 1 0 1 4 0 0 5 3 6 0-0
90 Mike Hominuck 0 4 4 2 0 0 5 5 5 0-0
93 Nick Patterson 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0
31 Kevin Croswell Back Up Goaltender - Did Not Play
24 Justin Norbraten Did Not Dress
27 Colin Achenbach Did Not Dress
28 Darren Halls Did Not Dress
34 Nick Inch Did Not Dress
73 Dean Hill Did Not Dress
 
# Minnesota MIN GA Saves Shots Dec  
31 Kevin Croswell 0:00 0 0 0    
93 Nick Patterson 60:42 13 37 50 W 6-0  
Empty Net 0:02 0 0 0    
 
# Portland G A Pts PIM PPG SHG S SOG LB FO
2 Ray Guze 1 0 1 6 0 0 1 1 1 0-0
5 Ian Crashley 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 6 0-0
6 Dan Dawson 1 1 2 0 1 0 11 8 6 0-0
7 Tyler Codron 0 1 1 2 0 0 2 0 3 0-0
8 Scott Stewart 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 6 0-0
10 Scott Stapleford 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 1 0-0
12 Pat Jones 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 1 19 16
15 Spencer Martin 0 2 2 4 0 0 4 3 2 0-0
17 Brodie Merrill 0 4 4 4 0 0 3 2 11 0-0
18 Derek Malawsky 1 1 2 0 1 0 10 9 2 0-0
22 Ryan Powell 1 5 6 0 0 0 9 8 3 0-0
28 Brad MacDonald 1 0 1 6 0 0 2 2 0 0-0
30 Matt King 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0
33 Richard Morgan 1 3 4 2 0 0 1 1 6 0-0
35 Dallas Eliuk 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0
44 Peter Morgan 4 1 5 0 2 0 11 10 4 0-0
55 Michael Kilby 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0-0
91 Cory Conway 2 0 2 0 1 0 3 3 2 0-0
1 Peter Jacobs Did Not Dress
11 Matt Holman Did Not Dress
20 Adam Bysouth Did Not Dress
21 Derek Lowe Did Not Dress
41 Joel Weber Did Not Dress
 
# Portland MIN GA Saves Shots Dec
30 Matt King 4:56 1 6 7 L 1-5  
35 Dallas Eliuk 55:48 13 40 53   Started

Scoring
Time MN POR Team Goal 1st Assist 2nd Assist Notes
1st Quarter
0:14 1 0 Minnesota Craig Point Chad Culp Mark Miyashita  
3:35 2 0 Minnesota Andy Secore Ryan Ward Craig Point PP
6:23 2 1 Portland Pat Jones      
7:26 3 1 Minnesota Ryan Ward Mike Hominuck Mark Miyashita  
11:22 3 2 Portland Peter Morgan Brodie Merrill Richard Morgan  
14:22 3 3 Portland Peter Morgan Ryan Powell Dan Dawson PP
2nd Quarter
0:51 3 4 Portland Ryan Powell Dallas Eliuk Brodie Merrill  
3:56 3 5 Portland Derek Malawsky Peter Morgan Ryan Powell PP
11:16 4 5 Minnesota Chad Culp Andy Secore Sean Pollock EA
3rd Quarter
0:25 5 5 Minnesota Chad Culp Nick Patterson    
7:13 5 6 Portland Peter Morgan Ryan Powell Richard Morgan  
8:22 6 6 Minnesota Rory McDade Mike Hominuck Craig Point  
9:54 6 7 Portland Ray Guze Tyler Codron Brodie Merrill  
11:08 7 7 Minnesota Craig Point Chad Culp Jon Sullivan  
13:24 7 8 Portland Peter Morgan Spencer Martin Ryan Powell PP
14:14 8 8 Minnesota Craig Point Ryan Ward Andy Secore PP
14:45 9 8 Minnesota Andy Secore Ryan Ward Craig Point PP
4th Quarter
0:13 9 9 Portland Richard Morgan Pat Jones    
1:20 10 9 Minnesota Ryan Ward Andy Secore Craig Point PP
2:11 11 9 Minnesota Andy Secore Mike Hominuck Sean Pollock  
2:49 11 10 Portland Cory Conway Derek Malawsky Ryan Powell PP
5:19 11 11 Portland Dan Dawson Scott Stewart   PP
5:35 11 12 Portland Brad MacDonald Brodie Merrill Richard Morgan  
6:53 12 12 Minnesota Craig Point Andy Secore Chris Courtney  
7:59 12 13 Portland Cory Conway Spencer Martin Michael Kilby  
10:20 13 13 Minnesota Andy Secore Mike Hominuck Craig Point PP EA
Overtime
0:44 14 13 Minnesota Ryan Cousins Noah Talbot Kyle Ross GWG

Penalties
Time Team Player Penalty Bench Duration
1st Quarter
1:06 Minnesota Chris Courtney Illegal Substitution X 2:00
3:13 Portland Brad MacDonald Slashing   2:00
12:30 Minnesota Sean Pollock Roughing   2:00
14:12 Minnesota Travis Hill Illegal Cross Checking   5:00
2nd Quarter
0:06 Minnesota Ryan Cousins Roughing   2:00
0:06 Portland Tyler Codron Roughing   2:00
0:31 Portland Ian Crashley Illegal Cross Checking   2:00
3:11 Minnesota Mike Hominuck Illegal Cross Checking   2:00
3:11 Portland Ray Guze Elbowing   2:00
8:19 Minnesota Travis Hill Illegal Cross Checking Misconduct   10:00
8:19 Minnesota Travis Hill Roughing Double   4:00
8:19 Minnesota Ryan Cousins Illegal Cross Checking   2:00
8:19 Portland Spencer Martin Roughing Double   4:00
12:31 Minnesota Eric Pacey Int Contact - Dead Ball   2:00
12:31 Portland Brodie Merrill Unsportsmanlike Conduct   2:00
3rd Quarter
3:19 Portland Scott Stapleford Illegal Substitution X 2:00
12:55 Minnesota Rory McDade Holding   2:00
13:43 Portland Brad MacDonald Holding   2:00
14:32 Minnesota Kyle Ross Roughing   2:00
14:32 Portland Ray Guze Roughing Double   4:00
4th Quarter
0:54 Portland Richard Morgan Holding   2:00
2:26 Minnesota Noah Talbot High Sticking   5:00
9:12 Portland Brad MacDonald Slashing   2:00
10:20 Portland Brodie Merrill Holding   2:00

Referees
Crew Chief Assistant Referee Technical Referee
20-Todd Lorenz 27-Mark Gardonio 17-Jeff Dolan