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1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q OT F
Minnesota Swarm Minnesota Swarm
(3-0 H 1-0 A 1-0)
7 5 3 2 1 18
Rochester Knighthawks Rochester Knighthawks
(1-3 H 0-2 A 1-1)
3 2 9 3 0 17

A Polly-anna Like Finish

Saturday, January 26, 2008
Rochester, New York
Attendance: 9,686

The Minnesota Swarm were feeling pretty glad about themselves when they were up they were up 13-5 after Sean Pollock scored 1:05 into the third quarter. Eight goal lead on the road against the defending NLL champion Rochester Knighthawks will make a team very glad. The gladness turned to sadness as the Knighthawks came back to tie at 16 and take the lead at 17-16 with 6:45 left in the game. The Swarm were feeling downright sad but Pollock tied it to send it to overtime and 6:30 into overtime, Polly got a pass from Andy Secore as he streaked in on Knighthawk goaltender Phil Wetherup to make the Minnesota Swarm glad once again as they beat the Rochester Knighthawks 18-17 in Rochester to remain undefeated at 3-0.

The Swarm jumped out to a 3-0 lead to start the game with goals from Craig Point, Dean Hill, and Ryan Sharp. Ryan Ward put the Swarm up 4-1 with 9:03 to go in the first. The Knighthawks countered with two goals to get within one at 4-3. The Swarm then finished the the quarter off with three in a row from Ryan Cousins, Chad Culp and Secore, who scored on a feed from Pollock who was behind the net with one second left. That gave the Swarm seven goals in the quarter scored by seven players.

The Swarm continued to sizzle in the second. After Scott Evans cut the lead to 7-4, Point scored two straight power play goals, the last as he faked his defender, then slid by him to put the biscuit in the basket. D. Hill got the Swarm's third straight power play goal to make it 10-4 with 9:03 left in the second quarter. After John Grant finally got his first goal, Sharp scored on his second breakaway and Secore finished the scoring for the half to make it 12-5. Secore's goal on a pick and roll with D. Hill also finished Knighthawk starting goaltender Pat O'Toole's night as he was pulled for Wetherup.

Like I said earlier, the Swarm were quite glad with the first half and after Pollock's goal to get it to 13-5 early in the third, it looked like the gladness would continue. The problem was is Rochester is not a team to just roll over like that. The league's top scoring team last year, Rochester was due and they got paid. By the end of quarter, Scott Evans tallied four goals to lead a monumental comeback. The older Knighthawks looked like the team with the young legs as the whittle the Swarm lead down. They got within one before Mike Hominuck got behind the defense to receive a pass and score on Wetherup to get the Swarm a two goal lead. Grant got the ninth goal of the quarter for the Knighthawks with a wicked shot from the restraining line past Nick Patterson to end the quarter with the Swarm up 15-14.

The Swarm captain, Cousins, grabbed a rebound off a Pollock shot to put the Swarm back up two at 16-14. The Knighthawks then rallied for three including two from defensemen Stephen Hoar and Steve Toll. The Toll goal gave the Knighthawks their first lead at 17-16. The game tying goal for the Swarm came on a pick and roll which had Ward finding Pollock with 5:20 to go in the game. Rochester applied constant pressure for the remainder of regulation, especially after Jon Sullivan got called for interference with forty seconds left. The Swarm were able to stave off the Knighthawks to send it to overtime as Hominuck ragged the ball for the remaining eighteen seconds.

As the Swarm entered overtime, the Knighthawks were still on the power play with 1:20 left. The Swarm defense finally reasserted itself as they constantly thwarted the Knighthawks in overtime. First the killed the penalty, then Patterson was spectacular as he made eleven saves in extra session. Rochester held possession throughout most of overtime but the Swarm needed just a small glimmer of light and it arrived after the Swarm called a timeout with 8:56 left in overtime. Out of the timeout, the Swarm got the ball downfield. Secore had the ball with his back to the Knighthawk net. He turned to face our net and spotted a streaking Pollock coming towards the him and the net. Secore fed Pollock who quickly shot the ball past Wetherup to win. The Swarm were finally glad again as they overcame much distress, some self-induced for sure, kept optimistic and turned their frown upside down.

Pollock led the Swarm with three goals and six assists. The nine point night was Pollock's second as a member of the Swarm and the game winner his third in his Swarm career. Secore continues his high level of play with two goals and four assists. He now is the Swarm leading point man with seventeen. Point is still making a great case for NLL Rookie of the Year with his first career hat trick. Kyle Ross snatched a career high ten loose balls and leads the Swarm in that category with 21 this year. Sharp has reestablished himself as one of the league's best transition players with another two goals tonight. The third quarter may best be forgotten but Patterson overall played well especially late to stem the rising Knighthawk tide as their crowd tried to push them to victory.

Scott Evans led the Knighthawks with six goals and two assists. Grant had an average night for himself with three goals and five assists. They took 29 of 56 shots on Patterson alone.

The Swarm's 3-0 record marks their best start in their four year history. They are now tied for first in the East with Philadelphia, who are also 3-0. It is their first undefeated January in their history. The Swarm are now 4-5 against Rochester with three of those victories in January. The overtime victory was the second for the Swarm this season and both occured on the road. In their history, the Swarm are 4-1 in overtime.

Minnesota will finish their two game road trip next Saturday, February 2nd against the San Jose Stealth (1-2) at HP Pavilion in San Jose. Game time begins at 9:30 pm CST. The Swarm return home on Friday, February 8th against the New York Titans (1-2). The Knighthawks, now on a three game losing streak, have next weekend off and resume play on Saturday, February 9th at home against the Toronto Rock (3-2) beginning at 6:35 pm CST.

Pointstreak Swarm Notes

Team Stats Sv/S PIM PP SH S SOG LB FO
Minnesota 39/56 18 4/10 0 78 59 87 18/39
Rochester 41/59 21 2/9 5 85 56 82 21/39

# Minnesota G A Pts PIM PPG SHG S SOG LB FO
9 Craig Point 3 1 4 0 2 0 11 9 6 0-0
12 Eric Pacey 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0-0
16 Noah Talbot 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 4 0-0
17 Sean Pollock 3 6 9 0 0 0 13 8 5 0-0
19 Chad Culp 1 1 2 2 0 0 10 9 6 0-0
20 Kyle Ross 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 10 0-0
21 Andy Secore 2 4 6 0 0 0 7 7 4 0-0
23 Jon Sullivan 0 1 1 2 0 0 1 1 4 0-0
24 Justin Norbraten 0 0 0 4 0 0 1 0 5 3-4
26 Ryan Sharp 2 0 2 2 0 0 2 2 7 0-0
28 Darren Halls 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 10-21
39 Mark Miyashita 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 5-14
44 Ryan Ward 1 4 5 4 0 0 14 7 6 0-0
50 Ryan Cousins 3 0 3 0 0 0 5 4 10 0-0
73 Dean Hill 2 2 4 0 1 0 7 7 3 0-0
90 Mike Hominuck 1 2 3 0 1 0 5 3 4 0-0
93 Nick Patterson 0 1 1 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
47 Travis Hill Did Not Dress
 
# Minnesota MIN GA Saves Shots Dec  
31 Kevin Croswell 0:00 0 0 0    
93 Nick Patterson 66:07 17 39 56 W 3-0  
Empty Net 0:23 0 0 0    
 
# Rochester G A Pts PIM PPG SHG S SOG LB FO
2 Chris Schiller 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 4 0-0
5 Sandy Chapman 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 6 1-2
11 Regy Thorpe 0 1 1 7 0 0 0 0 2 0-1
15 Shawn Evans 1 3 4 2 0 0 12 8 8 0-0
17 Steve Toll 1 2 3 2 0 0 4 2 11 0-0
19 Scott Evans 6 2 8 2 2 2 21 15 6 0-0
20 Bill Greer 3 2 5 0 0 0 3 3 4 0-0
21 Matt Lyons 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 5 0-0
23 Stephen Hoar 2 1 3 0 0 1 6 5 7 20-36
24 John Grant 3 5 8 4 0 2 22 14 5 0-0
25 Scott Ditzell 0 3 3 2 0 0 1 0 7 0-0
32 Ken Millin 0 1 1 0 0 0 6 3 2 0-0
36 Luke Forget 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0-0
39 Pat O'Toole 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0-0
42 Pat Cougevan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0
43 Marshall Abrams 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0-0
51 Shawn Williams 1 4 5 0 0 0 7 5 4 0-0
90 Phil Wetherup 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0-0
14 Mat McLeod Did Not Dress
16 Andrew Potter Did Not Dress
18 Jack Reid Did Not Dress
26 David Brown Did Not Dress
52 Grant Crawley Did Not Dress
 
# Rochester MIN GA Saves Shots Dec
39 Pat O'Toole 25:49 12 15 27   Started
90 Phil Wetherup 40:04 6 26 32 L 0-1  
Empty Net 0:37 0 0 0    

Scoring
Time MN ROC Team Goal 1st Assist 2nd Assist Notes
1st Quarter
2:06 1 0 Minnesota Craig Point      
2:55 2 0 Minnesota Dean Hill Sean Pollock    
4:10 3 0 Minnesota Ryan Sharp      
4:21 3 1 Rochester Bill Greer Sandy Chapman    
5:57 4 1 Minnesota Ryan Ward Jon Sullivan    
6:18 4 2 Rochester Bill Greer Steve Toll    
8:13 4 3 Rochester Scott Evans Pat O'Toole   SH
12:45 5 3 Minnesota Ryan Cousins      
13:57 6 3 Minnesota Chad Culp Andy Secore Ryan Ward  
14:59 7 3 Minnesota Andy Secore Sean Pollock Mike Hominuck EA
2nd Quarter
0:54 7 4 Rochester Scott Evans John Grant Ken Millin  
3:02 8 4 Minnesota Craig Point Andy Secore Sean Pollock PP
3:18 9 4 Minnesota Craig Point Sean Pollock Dean Hill PP
5:57 10 4 Minnesota Dean Hill Craig Point Ryan Ward PP
6:21 10 5 Rochester John Grant Shawn Williams Scott Evans SH
9:39 11 5 Minnesota Ryan Sharp      
10:49 12 5 Minnesota Andy Secore Dean Hill Noah Talbot  
3rd Quarter
1:05 13 5 Minnesota Sean Pollock Kyle Ross Nick Patterson  
1:30 13 6 Rochester Shawn Williams Shawn Evans Matt Lyons  
2:01 13 7 Rochester Bill Greer Chris Schiller Scott Ditzell  
2:28 13 8 Rochester Scott Evans Shawn Evans Stephen Hoar  
4:04 13 9 Rochester Scott Evans John Grant Shawn Williams PP
5:48 14 9 Minnesota Mike Hominuck Andy Secore    
7:15 14 10 Rochester Scott Evans Shawn Evans John Grant PP
10:06 14 11 Rochester John Grant Bill Greer Phil Wetherup SH
12:13 14 12 Rochester Scott Evans Bill Greer Steve Toll SH
12:28 14 13 Rochester Stephen Hoar Scott Evans Sandy Chapman SH
13:00 15 13 Minnesota Ryan Cousins Sean Pollock Chad Culp PP
13:57 15 14 Rochester John Grant Scott Ditzell Regy Thorpe  
4th Quarter
0:43 16 14 Minnesota Ryan Cousins Sean Pollock Ryan Ward  
2:02 16 15 Rochester Shawn Evans John Grant Shawn Williams  
7:45 16 16 Rochester Stephen Hoar Shawn Williams Scott Ditzell  
8:05 16 17 Rochester Steve Toll John Grant Sandy Chapman  
9:40 17 17 Minnesota Sean Pollock Ryan Ward Eric Pacey  
Overtime
6:30 18 17 Minnesota Sean Pollock Andy Secore Mike Hominuck GWG

Penalties
Time Team Player Penalty Bench Duration
1st Quarter
0:59 Rochester John Grant Slashing   2:00
1:41 Minnesota Ryan Ward Checking from Behind   2:00
7:55 Rochester John Grant Interference   2:00
8:40 Minnesota Noah Talbot Illegal Cross Checking   2:00
2nd Quarter
0:54 Rochester Scott Evans Unsportsmanlike Conduct   2:00
1:42 Rochester Shawn Evans Unsportsmanlike Conduct   2:00
2:46 Rochester Regy Thorpe High Sticking Misconduct   10:00
2:46 Rochester Regy Thorpe High Sticking   5:00
3:59 Minnesota Justin Norbraten Checking from Behind   2:00
5:47 Rochester Steve Toll Illegal Cross Checking   2:00
11:48 Rochester Pat Cougevan Illegal Substitution X 2:00
13:19 Minnesota Justin Norbraten Illegal Substitution X 2:00
13:19 Minnesota Ryan Ward Slashing   2:00
3rd Quarter
3:49 Minnesota Justin Norbraten Checking from Behind   2:00
6:47 Minnesota Chad Culp Delay of Game   2:00
9:29 Rochester Scott Ditzell Slashing   2:00
11:29 Rochester Regy Thorpe Slashing   2:00
4th Quarter
3:44 Minnesota Ryan Sharp Holding   2:00
14:20 Minnesota Jon Sullivan Interference   2:00

Referees
Crew Chief Assistant Referee Technical Referee
25-Mark Trinaistich 7-Grant Spies 19-Steve Miller