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Minnesota Swarm (10-7) 8

New York Titans (11-6) 11

Why did the Titans have to Finally Beat the Swarm, Now?

Saturday, May 3, 2008
St. Paul, Minnesota
Attendance: 11,088

On February 8, 2008, there was no indication that the New York Titans would be where they are now. That night the Minnesota Swarm beat the Titans 16-9 after scoring the first 13 goals of the game. The Swarm were 5-0 and the Titans were 1-4 and it appeared that these two teams would end the season drastically far apart. Three months later and it is the Titans that will laugh last as they came to Xcel last night and beat the Swarm, 11-8, in the Swarm's first ever home playoff game. The Titans win got them a trip to Buffalo next Saturday for the East Division final against the Bandits.

This game was physical throughout and began from start. Ryan Sharp started it off with a hard check into the Titans' Casey Powell but Powell got Sharp back a couple minutes later with a check from behind on Sharp into the boards. Sharp eventually limped off on his left foot but the Swarm were on the power play. Craig Point made good on that power play to put the Swarm up 1-0. After the Titans tied it at one, Sean Pollock capitalized on another Swarm power play as he drove the net for the goal. Jeff Ratcliffe tied it at two with a 1:38 left in the quarter.

New York got their first lead of the game at the start of the second quarter when Brendan Mundorf backed up to the crease, turned and shot low on Swarm goaltender Nick Patterson. Andy Secore tied it up on the Swarm's third power play goal as he beat Jordan Hall to the net and got it past Titan goaltender Matt Vinc. After Casey Powell got the lead back for the Titans, Secore had the goal of the night when he scored on an "Air Gait" to tie it. Ten seconds after that goal, the Swarm's Jon Sullivan was called for a five minute high sticking major which we keep the Swarm a man down through the end of the half and for about the first two minutes into the third quarter. Just over a minute and half down a man, Patterson made a save and found Sharp all alone for the breakaway goal and a 5-4 lead. The Titans tied it going to half on a Powell goal with Sullivan still serving the five minute major.

The Titans jumped to the lead quickly in the third with Sullivan still in the box with a Mike McLellan goal. Ratcliffe extended the lead to two half way through the quarter as the game became even rougher and tighter as it went. Secore cut the lead to one on a pick and roll with Pollock at 9:22 of the quarter. The Titans had two chances for more goals in the quarter but a Brendan Mundorf goal was waived off due to a crease violation and Rory McDade hustled after a Titan breakaway by Mitch Belisle and laid maybe one of the best hits of the year on Belisle as he was just about to get his shot off on Patterson, sending Belisle hard into the turf.

After the Secore goal, the game remained 7-6 for 11 minutes and 4 seconds until Dan Marohl tied it as he received a pass from Chad Culp. The Titans answered in 57 secconds when Ratcliffe scored his third of the game to put the Titans back in the lead. Culp then put a shot on net that Vinc had trouble controlling. Pollock was able to reach into the crease to scoop it up and dump it into the net for the tying goal with 5:48 left in the game. The rest of the game was about finishing off your chances, the Swarm did not but Powell sure did. Powell put the Titans back up one to stay with 4:20 left as he scored off a pick. Powell responded again as he got one through Patterson's five hole. Greg Peyser won the ensuing face off and Jarett Park got the loosie and found Pat Maddalena for the final goal. The Swarm had just as many opportunities during this time but the ball did roll their way and Vinc cleaned up the rest.

Secore led the Swarm with three goals and three assists and Culp got five assists. Powell led the Titans with four goals and three assists and Maddalena had two goals and four assists. Patterson made 33 saves on 44 shots and Vinc made 37 saves on 45 shots. It was close and competitive throughout but in the end as I mentioned earlier, the Titans were able to capitalize late better than the Swarm.

Even with the loss, the Swarm still had a very successful season. They got their first home playoff game in their history, won the most games in a season with ten and most wins at home with six. Not to bad for a team with eight new players to start the season with.

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 2 3 1 2   8 33/44 15 3/6 1 61 45 82 10/23
New York 2 3 2 4   11 37/45 16 2/5 0 69 44 66 13/23


# Minnesota G A Pts PIM PPG SHG S SOG LB FO
7 Dan Marohl 1 1 2 0 0 0 6 5 3 0-0
8 Rory McDade 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 3 0-0
9 Craig Point 1 1 2 0 1 0 7 4 4 1-2
12 Eric Pacey 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 12 0-0
16 Noah Talbot 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0-0
17 Sean Pollock 2 1 3 0 1 0 9 5 3 0-0
19 Chad Culp 0 5 5 2 0 0 5 4 2 0-0
21 Andy Secore 3 3 6 0 1 0 14 9 5 0-0
23 Jon Sullivan 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 5 0-0
26 Ryan Sharp 1 0 1 0 0 1 2 2 8 0-0
27 Colin Achenbach 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 0-0
34 Nick Inch 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0-0
40 Ian Rubel 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0-0
44 Ryan Ward 0 3 3 0 0 0 11 9 1 0-0
47 Travis Hill 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 15 9-21
50 Ryan Cousins 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 9 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
3 Chris Courtney Did Not Dress
11 Keith Cromwell Did Not Dress
18 Andrew Biers Did Not Dress
20 Kyle Ross Did Not Dress
24 Justin Norbraten Did Not Dress
 
# Minnesota MIN GA Saves Shots Dec  
93 Nick Patterson 60:00 11 33 44 L 0-1  
31 Kevin Croswell 0:00 0 0 0    
 
# New York G A Pts PIM PPG SHG S SOG LB FO
2 Brendan Mundorf 1 1 2 0 0 0 11 6 5 0-0
3 Matt Alrich 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 2 0-0
12 Jarett Park 0 2 2 2 0 0 4 2 10 0-0
14 Ryan Boyle 0 5 5 0 0 0 7 3 4 0-0
15 Patrick Merrill 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 3 0-2
19 Mike McLellan 1 0 1 0 1 0 5 3 1 0-0
20 Greg Peyser 0 2 2 0 0 0 3 3 15 13-21
22 Casey Powell 4 3 7 2 1 0 14 10 2 0-0
24 Rory Smith 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0-0
36 Mitch Belisle 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 0-0
41 Bryan Barrett 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0-0
42 Pat Maddalena 2 4 6 2 0 0 9 7 4 0-0
44 Jordan Hall 0 2 2 2 0 0 6 3 4 0-0
48 Matt Vinc 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0
56 John Orsen 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 6 0-0
71 Keevin Galbraith 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0-0
90 Jeff Ratcliffe 3 0 3 0 0 0 7 5 2 0-0
21 Erik Miller Back Up Goaltender - Did Not Play
5 Jamie Hanford Did Not Dress
10 Brian Tower Did Not Dress
32 Rich Brzeski Did Not Dress
34 Anthony Kelly Did Not Dress
47 Jeff Spano Did Not Dress
 
# New York MIN GA Saves Shots Dec
48 Matt Vinc 60:00 8 37 45 W 1-0  
21 Erik Miller 0:00 0 0 0    


Scoring
Quarter Time MN NY Team Goal 1st Assist 2nd Assist Notes
First 6:39 1 0 Minnesota Craig Point Andy Secore Ryan Ward PP
First 7:43 1 1 New York Pat Maddalena Jarett Park Matt Vinc  
First 12:09 2 1 Minnesota Sean Pollock Chad Culp Andy Secore PP
First 13:22 2 2 New York Jeff Ratcliffe Ryan Boyle John Orsen  
Second 1:27 2 3 New York Brendan Mundorf Ryan Boyle Casey Powell  
Second 5:35 3 3 Minnesota Andy Secore Ryan Ward Craig Point PP
Second 5:57 3 4 New York Casey Powell Jordan Hall Ryan Boyle  
Second 10:41 4 4 Minnesota Andy Secore Sean Pollock Chad Culp  
Second 12:39 5 4 Minnesota Ryan Sharp Nick Patterson   SH
Second 13:31 5 5 New York Casey Powell Ryan Boyle Pat Maddalena PP
Third 0:48 5 6 New York Mike McLellan Ryan Boyle Casey Powell PP
Third 7:23 5 7 New York Jeff Ratcliffe Brendan Mundorf Pat Maddalena  
Third 9:22 6 7 Minnesota Andy Secore Chad Culp Dan Marohl  
Fourth 5:26 7 7 Minnesota Dan Marohl Chad Culp Andy Secore  
Fourth 6:23 7 8 New York Jeff Ratcliffe Casey Powell Pat Maddalena  
Fourth 9:12 8 8 Minnesota Sean Pollock Chad Culp Ryan Ward  
Fourth 10:40 8 9 New York Casey Powell Greg Peyser Matt Vinc GWG
Fourth 12:17 8 10 New York Casey Powell Pat Maddalena Jordan Hall  
Fourth 12:38 8 11 New York Pat Maddalena Jarett Park Greg Peyser  


Penalties

Quarter Time Team Player Penalty Bench Duration
First 0:37 New York Jarett Park Interference   2:00
First 4:50 New York Casey Powell Checking from Behind   2:00
First 11:27 New York Jeff Ratcliffe Illegal Substitution X 2:00
First 13:41 Minnesota Jon Sullivan Checking from Behind   2:00
Second 3:44 New York Mitch Belisle Checking from Behind   2:00
Second 5:41 Minnesota Travis Hill Roughing   2:00
Second 5:41 New York Patrick Merrill Roughing   2:00
Second 10:51 Minnesota Jon Sullivan High Sticking   5:00
Second 14:26 Minnesota Ian Rubel Slashing   2:00
Second 14:26 New York Pat Maddalena Slashing   2:00
Third 1:21 Minnesota Eric Pacey Kneeing   2:00
Third 10:51 New York Patrick Merrill Illegal Cross Checking   2:00
Third 15:00 Minnesota Chad Culp Boarding   2:00
Fourth 6:52 New York Jordan Hall Boarding   2:00


Referees
Crew Chief Assistant Referee Technical Referee
2-Chet Couture 39-Rick Lum 17-Jeff Dolan