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1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q OT F
Minnesota Swarm Minnesota Swarm
(1-0 H 0-0 A 1-0)
1 6 3 6 1 17
Toronto Rock Toronto Rock
(1-1 H 0-1 A 1-0)
3 4 6 3 0 16

The Swarm Maybe Ejected but Not Out

Friday, January 11, 2008
Toronto, Ontario
Attendance: 13,317

This game will be shown tape-delayed on KSTC Channel 45 on Saturday, January 12th at 4:00 pm CST.

The Swarm have a reputation for playing a team game and never giving up throughout the league. Tonight's game at the Air Canada Centre against the Toronto Rock clearly backed up that reputation with a 17-16 overtime win. Ryan Cousins, Minnesota Swarm captain, scored the game winner 1:27 into overtime after scooping up a rebound off Rock goaltender Bob Watson on a Mike Hominuck shot on a breakaway.

The Swarm had three players (Sean Pollock, Ryan Sharp and Travis Hill) ejected for fighting during the game with Pollock and Sharp gone by halftime. That put a lot of pressure on the rest of the team to stay disciplined and just "suck it up" as Swarm Head Coach Duane Jacobs said while being interviewed at halftime. The Swarm came back from deficits of 3-1, 12-9, 13-10 and 16-14 to beat the Rock for a second straight time in Toronto.

The first goal of the game didn't come until over half of the first quarter was completed as the Rock's Blaine Manning put Toronto up 1-0. Sharp scored the first goal this season for the Swarm on a breakaway with 4:57 left in the first quarter to cut the Rock lead to 2-1. Pollock was later ejected in the quarter afer getting in a fight with Cam Woods. Possibly, some words directed at somebody after the fight may have ended Pollock's night prematurely.

After a lackluster first quarter, the Swarm got it on in the second quarter. Andy Secore scored his first two goals as a member of the Swarm to tie the game at three. Chad Culp gave the Swarm their first lead of the game and season, 4-3, as he dove across the crease to score on Watson. Ryan Ward, the Swarm's leading scorer last year, got his first goal of the game to put the Swarm back up 5-4. Craig Point notched his first ever NLL goal with 3:57 left in the second quarter with a wicked hard shot past Watson's left elbow to give the Swarm a 6-5 lead. Ward finished the scoring for the Swarm in the second but Josh Sanderson tied the game at seven with .7 seconds left in the half.

Ward continued scoring in the third with the first two goals for the Swarm to get the score tied at nine. The Rock then ran off three goals to give them their largest lead at 12-9. Culp got his second to narrow the lead to 12-10 and Blaine Manning ended the third quarter scoring with the Rock up 13-10.

The Swarm staged a furious comeback in the fourth as rookie Chris Courtney got his first goal off a rebound. T. Hill wins the following faceoff and gets a pass back from Hominuck to narrow the lead to 13-12. Dean Hill, the Swarm's leading goal scorer last year, got his first this year on the power play with a nifty crease pass from Point to tie it at 13. After a Sanderson goal, Point tied it after Cousins won the loose ball on the face off. By that time, Point was taking the face offs because T. Hill had been ejected earlier in the quarter after he blindsided the Rock's Jim Veltman coming off the bench. Woods retaliated to protect the captain, Veltman, and both he and T. Hill got in a vicious fight which led to both being ejected. As always for the Rock, Sanderson answers the call by scoring two consecutive goals to put the Rock up 16-14. Unfortunately for the Rock, they called a timeout with 3:33 left but they didn't have one to call so they went a man down. Another penalty a minute later put the Rock down two men and the Swarm took advantage with goals by Dean Hill and Ryan Ward. The game went to overtime where the 2007 NLL Defensive Player of the Year, Cousins was the man in the right spot at the right time to win it for the Swarm.

Point, the third overall pick in 2007 entry draft that the Swarm acquired in a trade from Boston, made quite an impression by leading the Swarm in scoring with two goals and six assists. Ward led the Swarm with five goals and also got another two assists. Secore scored two goals and four assists in his Swarm debut. T. Hill had a strong game on face offs and defense before his ejection. Both goaltenders, Nick Patterson and the Rock's Watson each made over 40 saves as they were deluged with shots. For the Rock, Sanderson got a sock trick with six goals. He also got an assist. Manning led the Rock in points with three goals and five assists. Manning leads the league in points with sixteen and assists with nine.

Tensions were high, even Swarm General Manager Marty O'Neill incurred the wrath of referee Chet Couture in the fourth quarter after O'Neill offered some kinds to Couture after T. Hill's ejection. I don't know if both teams are sharing the same flight to Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport but they will be meeting tomorrow night for a rematch at the Xcel Energy Center at 7:00 pm CST.

Pointstreak Swarm Notes Rock Notes Swarm Fights Toronto Star

Team Stats Sv/S PIM PP SH S SOG LB FO
Minnesota 41/57 80 4/8 0 80 57 90 19/36
Toronto 40/57 57 3/10 0 73 57 89 17/36

# Minnesota G A Pts PIM PPG SHG S SOG LB FO
3 Chris Courtney 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 8 0-0
9 Craig Point 2 6 8 2 0 0 14 9 8 5-10
12 Eric Pacey 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 7 0-0
16 Noah Talbot 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0-0
17 Sean Pollock 0 0 0 17 0 0 0 0 0 0-0
19 Chad Culp 2 2 4 0 0 0 7 5 3 0-0
20 Kyle Ross 0 1 1 2 0 0 1 1 6 0-0
21 Andy Secore 2 4 6 0 1 0 12 8 3 0-0
23 Jon Sullivan 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 1 6 0-0
26 Ryan Sharp 1 1 2 17 0 0 2 2 5 0-0
34 Nick Inch 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0-0
44 Ryan Ward 5 2 7 0 1 0 10 8 7 0-0
47 Travis Hill 1 0 1 30 0 0 6 4 8 14-26
50 Ryan Cousins 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 1 9 0-0
73 Dean Hill 2 1 3 0 2 0 10 7 5 0-0
90 Mike Hominuck 0 3 3 0 0 0 13 9 8 0-0
93 Nick Patterson 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0-0
31 Kevin Croswell Back Up Goaltender - Did Not Play
8 Rory McDade Did Not Dress
24 Justin Norbraten Did Not Dress
27 Colin Achenbach Did Not Dress
28 Darren Halls 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 61:27 16 41 57 W 1-0  
 
# Toronto G A Pts PIM PPG SHG S SOG LB FO
6 Dan Ladouceur 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 0-0
7 Derek Suddons 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0
9 Jon Harasym 0 1 1 0 0 0 5 3 7 0-0
10 Aaron Wilson 2 4 6 2 1 0 14 10 3 0-0
14 Rob Marshall 0 3 3 0 0 0 1 1 6 0-0
15 Mark Scherman 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0-0
16 Blaine Manning 3 5 8 2 1 0 15 11 10 2-3
19 Josh Sanderson 6 1 7 0 0 0 14 13 5 0-0
20 Jay Winder 1 1 2 4 0 0 1 1 2 0-0
21 Ryan Benesch 3 1 4 9 1 0 9 7 8 0-0
22 Cam Woods 1 2 3 34 0 0 1 1 6 0-0
23 Matt Carroll 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0-0
27 Peter Lough 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 7 15-33
29 Bob Watson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0
32 Jim Veltman 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0-0
33 Kasey Beirnes 0 3 3 2 0 0 9 6 4 0-0
93 Chris Driscoll 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 10 0-0
30 Mike Poulin Back Up Goaltender - Did Not Play
18 Nathan Sanderson Did Not Dress
37 Scott Campbell Did Not Dress
40 Ian Rubel Did Not Dress
42 Jamie Taylor Did Not Dress
94 Matt Taylor Did Not Dress
 
# Toronto MIN GA Saves Shots Dec
29 Bob Watson 61:27 17 40 57 L 1-1  
30 Mike Poulin 0:00 0 0 0    

Scoring
Team Time MN TOR Goal 1st Assist 2nd Assist Notes
1st Quarter
Toronto 7:55 0 1 Aaron Wilson Rob Marshall    
Toronto 9:18 0 2 Ryan Benesch Blaine Manning PP
Minnesota 10:03 1 2 Ryan Sharp      
Toronto 10:46 1 3 Blaine Manning Ryan Benesch Kasey Beirnes
2nd Quarter
Minnesota 3:16 2 3 Andy Secore Craig Point PP
Minnesota 5:57 3 3 Andy Secore Kyle Ross
Minnesota 6:06 4 3 Chad Culp Ryan Sharp
Toronto 7:42 4 4 Blaine Manning Josh Sanderson Kasey Beirnes PP
Minnesota 9:16 5 4 Ryan Ward Mike Hominuck Chad Culp
Toronto 10:10 5 5 Jay Winder Aaron Wilson Peter Lough
Minnesota 11:03 6 5 Craig Point Dean Hill Chad Culp
Toronto 12:58 6 6 Aaron Wilson Blaine Manning PP
Minnesota 13:31 7 6 Ryan Ward Craig Point Andy Secore
Toronto 14:47 7 7 Josh Sanderson Aaron Wilson Blaine Manning
3rd Quarter
Toronto 0:39 7 8 Josh Sanderson Cam Woods
Minnesota 6:20 8 8 Ryan Ward Mike Hominuck Eric Pacey
Toronto 7:11 8 9 Ryan Benesch Blaine Manning
Minnesota 8:01 9 9 Ryan Ward Andy Secore Craig Point EA
Toronto 8:37 9 10 Ryan Benesch Aaron Wilson Cam Woods
Toronto 9:10 9 11 Josh Sanderson Rob Marshall Matt Carroll
Toronto 11:12 9 12 Cam Woods Rob Marshall
Minnesota 11:53 10 12 Chad Culp Andy Secore
Toronto 14:59 10 13 Blaine Manning
4th Quarter
Minnesota 0:42 11 13 Chris Courtney
Minnesota 0:53 12 13 Travis Hill Mike Hominuck
Minnesota 2:56 13 13 Dean Hill Craig Point Ryan Ward PP
Toronto 3:26 13 14 Josh Sanderson Jon Harasym
Minnesota 3:37 14 14 Craig Point Ryan Cousins
Toronto 7:41 14 15 Josh Sanderson Kasey Beirnes Blaine Manning
Toronto 8:08 14 16 Josh Sanderson Aaron Wilson Jay Winder
Minnesota 12:35 15 16 Dean Hill Craig Point Ryan Ward PP
Minnesota 13:10 16 16 Ryan Ward Andy Secore Craig Point PP
Overtime
Minnesota 1:27 17 16 Ryan Cousins     GWG

Penalties
Time Team Player Penalty Bench Duration
1st Quarter
0:37 Minnesota Kyle Ross Holding Stick 2:00
2:12 Minnesota Nick Patterson Slashing 2:00
2:57 Toronto Aaron Wilson Holding 2:00
3:23 Toronto Cam Woods Holding Stick 2:00
8:22 Minnesota Nick Inch Too Many Men X 2:00
12:17 Minnesota Sean Pollock Roughing 2:00
12:17 Minnesota Sean Pollock Fighting 5:00
12:17 Minnesota Sean Pollock Fighting 10:00
12:17 Toronto Cam Woods Fighting 5:00
14:34 Toronto Jay Winder Holding Stick 2:00
2nd Quarter
2:49 Toronto Jay Winder Hooking 2:00
7:19 Minnesota Craig Point Roughing 2:00
8:52 Minnesota Nick Inch Roughing 2:00
8:52 Toronto Blaine Manning Illegal Cross Checking 2:00
12:42 Minnesota Nick Inch Too Many Men X 2:00
13:53 Minnesota Jon Sullivan Holding 2:00
14:08 Toronto Kasey Beirnes Elbowing 2:00
14:08 Toronto Ryan Benesch Checking from Behind 2:00
14:08 Toronto Ryan Benesch Fighting 5:00
14:08 Minnesota Ryan Sharp Roughing 2:00
14:08 Minnesota Ryan Sharp Fighting 5:00
14:08 Minnesota Ryan Sharp Fighting 10:00
3rd Quarter
3:51 Minnesota Nick Inch Too Many Men X 2:00
4th Quarter
1:47 Toronto Matt Carroll Too Many Men X 2:00
2:13 Minnesota Travis Hill Fighting 5:00
2:13 Minnesota Travis Hill Elbowing 5:00
2:13 Minnesota Travis Hill Fighting 10:00
2:13 Minnesota Travis Hill Fighting 10:00
2:13 Toronto Cam Woods Roughing 2:00
2:13 Toronto Cam Woods Fighting 5:00
2:13 Toronto Cam Woods Fighting 10:00
2:13 Toronto Cam Woods Fighting 10:00
11:27 Toronto Matt Carroll Unsportsmanlike Conduct X 2:00
12:24 Toronto Ryan Benesch Unsportsmanlike Conduct 2:00

Referees
Crew Chief Assistant Referee Technical Referee
2-Chet Couture 7-Grant Spies 71-Roger Nurse