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Minnesota Swarm (9-5) 8

Rochester Knighthawks (8-7) 11

The Swarm Get Playoff Spot Despite Loss

Saturday, April 19, 2008
St. Paul, Minnesota
Attendance: 11,568

The Minnesota Swarm have enjoyed their home cooking this year. Before Saturday night, the Swarm were 6-0 at home and that included two overtime victories. But their home cooking at the X was tainted by some bad Knighthawks from Rochester, who ended the Swarm's undefeated home season, 11-8. Even with the loss, the Swarm still earned a playoff spot for the third straight season. Dan Marohl (5g 9a) got the Swarm the first marker of the game as he dove the crease and beat Knighthawk goaltender Pat O'Toole with a backhander. Scott Evans scored the first two of the net for the Knighthawks with the first one catching Swarm goaltender Nick Patterson (9-4 11.97 GAA .769 Save%) in a place on his body when hit gets one's attention. Sean Pollock (21g 32a) tied the game with a nice fake on the crease past O'Toole and Marohl gets the lead back as he attacked the net for his second goal of night to make it 3-2 in the favor of the Swarm after the first quarter. The Knighthawks opened the second quarter with two straight goals with Sc. Evans putting them back up by one at 3:59. Craig Point (25g 32a) tied it on a pick and roll with Sean Pollock midway through the quarter. Shawn Evans, Scott's younger brother, put the Knighthawks back up by one with a rocket past Patterson's left side. Colin Achenbach (1g 1a) then intecepted a pass in the Swarm's defensive zone and found a hard charging Travis Hill (3g 9a) for the tying breakaway goal. Sh. Evans put the Knighthawks back up with a goal sprinting off the bench but the Swarm's leading scorer Andy Secore (26g 42a) was spotted by Chad Culp (21g 29a) as he crossed the crease with 50 seconds left in the half to make it 6-6.

Secore scored on an Air Gait early in the third but was called for a crease violation that took away a goal. That was the opening for John Grant to make his presence known. The goal he scored to put the Knighthawks ahead got caught in Patterson's right shin pad, then dropped out and rolled into the net. The second goal in a row to give the Knighthawks their biggest lead so far in the game was launched from the wrong side of the floor for the lefthanded Grant. Soon after that goal, the Swarm eventually got a 5 on 3 power play for 1:41 but the Knighthawks league best penalty kill thwarted a golden opportunity for the Swarm. With 2:23 to go, Ryan Sharp (9g 9a) cut the lead to one as he scooped up a loosie in the Swarm defensive zone and led a 3 on 2 break for the goal. Sc. Evans ended the third quarter scoring with his fourth goal making the score 9-7.

Secore scored the last goal for the Swarm 3:49 into the quarter to cut it to one with a rocket from the restraining line. That left 11:11 on the clock and Rochester's defense finished off the Swarm with Shawn Evans scoring on with extra attacker and Steve Toll scoring shorthanded with 2:04 left to make the final, 11-8, in favor the Knighthawks.

Pollock led the Swarm with one goal and three assists. Both Marohl and Secore had two goals and Culp had four assists. Patterson made 44 saves on 55 shots for a save percentage of .800. Shawn Williams led the Knighthawks with six points (all of them assists. Scott Evans scored four goals and an assist and both Shawn Evans and John Grant scored three goals. O'Toole shut down the Swarm again with 32 saves on only 40 shots by the Swarm offense.

The Swarm defense did well enough to win even with the constant picks by the very talented Knighthawk offense but the offense was not getting quality shots and generally waited too long to take them. They tended to shoot too often from far out and couldn't get O'Toole low. The Swarm did well on transition with goals by Travis Hill and Sharp but the main offense did not pick up the slack. An example of the Swarm struggles was Ryan Ward (28g 34a) was held with a point for only the second time as a member of the Swarm. The only other time was against the same O'Toole led Knighthawks in a 12-6 loss on January 21, 2006.

After the dust settled Saturday night, the Swarm found themselves in the playoffs due to various multi-team tiebreakers. They are also still in first place. Buffalo also joined them for the East Division playoffs with their 13-9 home victory over Chicago. New York beat Phiadelphia to make both of those teams 9-6 along with Buffalo and Rochester is still in contention a game behind at 8-7.

Playoff Scenarios:

  • Sweeping Chicago next weekend, will make the Swarm, East Division regular season champions and they will host any playoff game they play.
  • If the Swarm win one of two and Buffalo loses to Portland, the Swarm will be the first seed in the East and will host any playoff game they play.
  • If the Swarm win one of two and Buffalo beats Portland, the Swarm will be the second seed in the East and at least host a first round playoff game and there only road playoff game would be in Buffalo.
  • If the Swarm get swept next weekend, they will not be able to host a first round playoff game and will be either a third or fourth seed.
  • If the Swarm get swept and five teams are 9-7, the Swarm will be the third seed.
  • If the Swarm get swept and both Philadelphia and Rochester loses, the Swarm will be the third seed.
  • If the Swarm get swept and Philadelphia wins, the Swarm will be the fourth seed.

The Swarm finish the regular season next weekend with two against Chicago Shamrox:

  • Friday, April 25 at the Xcel Energy Center at 7:00 pm Central.
  • Saturday, April 26 at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois at 7:00 pm Central.

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 3 3 1 1   8 44/55 4 0/5 0 64 40 60 8/22
Rochester 2 4 3 2   11 32/40 10 1/2 1 67 55 75 14/22


# Minnesota G A Pts PIM PPG SHG S SOG LB FO
7 Dan Marohl 2 0 2 0 0 0 4 4 3 0-0
8 Rory McDade 0 1 1 0 0 0 3 2 2 0-0
9 Craig Point 1 2 3 0 0 0 12 8 3 0-1
12 Eric Pacey 0 1 1 2 0 0 1 1 2 0-0
16 Noah Talbot 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0
17 Sean Pollock 1 3 4 0 0 0 8 5 2 0-0
19 Chad Culp 0 4 4 0 0 0 7 4 4 0-0
20 Kyle Ross 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0-0
21 Andy Secore 2 1 3 0 0 0 12 6 3 0-0
23 Jon Sullivan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0-0
26 Ryan Sharp 1 0 1 2 0 0 4 3 5 0-0
27 Colin Achenbach 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0-0
34 Nick Inch 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 5 0-0
44 Ryan Ward 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 3 3 0-0
47 Travis Hill 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 8 8-21
50 Ryan Cousins 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 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
24 Justin Norbraten Did Not Dress
40 Ian Rubel Did Not Dress
 
# Minnesota MIN GA Saves Shots Dec  
93 Nick Patterson 60:00 11 44 55 L 9-4  
31 Kevin Croswell 0:00 0 0 0    
 
# Rochester G A Pts PIM PPG SHG S SOG LB FO
2 Chris Schiller 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 9 0-0
5 Sandy Chapman 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 3 0-1
11 Regy Thorpe 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0
14 Mat McLeod 0 2 2 0 0 0 2 2 4 0-0
15 Shawn Evans 3 1 4 2 0 0 11 10 3 0-0
17 Steve Toll 1 2 3 0 0 1 2 2 10 0-0
18 Jack Reid 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0-0
19 Scott Evans 4 1 5 0 1 0 17 17 7 0-0
20 Bill Greer 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 7 0-0
21 Matt Lyons 0 1 1 0 0 0 4 2 0 0-0
23 Stephen Hoar 0 0 0 2 0 0 3 3 15 14-21
24 John Grant 3 0 3 2 0 0 23 15 4 0-0
32 Ken Millin 0 2 2 2 0 0 1 1 5 0-0
39 Pat O'Toole 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 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 1 0-0
51 Shawn Williams 0 6 6 0 0 0 4 3 6 0-0
90 Phil Wetherup Back Up Goaltender - Did Not Play
16 Andrew Potter Did Not Dress
22 Cory Vitarelli Did Not Dress
25 Scott Ditzell 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 59:59 8 32 40 W 8-5  
90 Phil Wetherup 0:00 0 0 0    
Empty Net 0:01 0 0 0    


Scoring
Quarter Time MN ROC Team Goal 1st Assist 2nd Assist Notes
First 1:57 1 0 Minnesota Dan Marohl Rory McDade Craig Point  
First 2:26 1 1 Rochester Scott Evans Bill Greer Chris Schiller  
First 4:47 1 2 Rochester Scott Evans Shawn Williams Ken Millin PP
First 6:56 2 2 Minnesota Sean Pollock Chad Culp Andy Secore  
First 13:32 3 2 Minnesota Dan Marohl Sean Pollock Chad Culp  
Second 1:31 3 3 Rochester John Grant Shawn Evans Mat MacLeod  
Second 3:59 3 4 Rochester Scott Evans Shawn Williams    
Second 7:46 4 4 Minnesota Craig Point Sean Pollock Chad Culp  
Second 9:52 4 5 Rochester Shawn Evans Shawn Williams Ken Millin  
Second 11:10 5 5 Minnesota Travis Hill Colin Achenbach    
Second 13:01 5 6 Rochester Shawn Evans Steve Toll    
Second 14:10 6 6 Minnesota Andy Secore Chad Culp Eric Pacey  
Third 4:45 6 7 Rochester John Grant Scott Evans Steve Toll  
Third 5:11 6 8 Rochester John Grant Sandy Chapman Shawn Williams  
Third 12:37 7 8 Minnesota Ryan Sharp      
Third 13:03 7 9 Rochester Scott Evans Matt Lyons Shawn Williams  
Fourth 3:49 8 9 Minnesota Andy Secore Sean Pollock Craig Point  
Fourth 5:36 8 10 Rochester Shawn Evans Mat MacLeod Shawn Williams EA
Fourth 12:56 8 11 Rochester Steve Toll Pat O'Toole   SH


Penalties

Quarter Time Team Player Penalty Bench Duration
First 4:10 Minnesota Eric Pacey Illegal Cross Checking   2:00
Second 4:40 Rochester Shawn Evans Unsportsmanlike Conduct   2:00
Third 6:45 Rochester Ken Millin Illegal Stick   2:00
Third 7:04 Rochester Sandy Chapman Holding   2:00
Third 14:47 Minnesota Ryan Sharp Goalie Interference   2:00
Fourth 11:25 Rochester Stephen Hoar Holding   2:00
Fourth 14:40 Rochester John Grant Checking from Behind   2:00


Referees
Crew Chief Assistant Referee Technical Referee
2-Chet Couture 59-Ty Wilkinson 17-Jeff Dolan