March 15, 2009

A New Culp-rit in Swarm's Latest Victory

from press release

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The Minnesota Swarm (5-5) won its third game in a row with a 13-12 victory over the Philadelphia Wings (4-7) Saturday night in front of 10,160 at the Wachovia Center.

Aaron Wilson (3g, 4a) and Kevin Buchanan (2g, 5a) each had seven points to lead Minnesota and goalie Nick Patterson made 35 saves in the win.

Athan Iannucci led the Wings with seven points (5g, 2a) and  Drew Westervelt added five (2g, 3a), while goalie Rob Blasdell made 41 saves in the loss.

Minnesota entered the game giving up the first goal in eight out of nine games this season and had been outscored 33-16 in the first quarter. Saturday proved to be a different story for the Swarm as it jumped out to a 4-0 first quarter lead.

Ryan CousinsDan Marohl, Wilson and Buchanan all scored, while forwards Andrew Watt and Chad Culp added two assists each.

Philadelphia responded in the second quarter, outscoring the Swarm, 4-2. Cousins scored his second goal of the game, and Marohl also scored for Minnesota, while Athan Iannucci scored two goals and added an assist for the Wings to cut the halftime deficit to 6-4.

The teams traded three goals in the third period, as neither team was able to take control of the game. Buchanan and Wilson added their second goals of the game and Sean Pollock added a power-play goal for the Swarm late after Iannucci cut the Minnesota lead to one.

Philadelphia responded early in the fourth quarter, scoring four of the first five goals to take its first lead of the game. The see-saw battled continued as Minnesota responded with goals from Wilson and Pollock to regain a 12-11 lead.

The Wings did not go away, though, as  Merrick Thomson tied the game at 13:35 before Culp's game-winning-goal in the final seconds.

Minnesota finished 1-for-3 on the power-play and outshot the Wings 58-47. Culp finished with five points (1g, 4a) and Marohl added three goals for the Swarm, which won its third game in a row after dropping five consecutive games. Minnesota finishes its stretch of five consecutive road games next Sunday at Colorado. 

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