April 2, 2011

Minnesota Upends Calgary, Clinches Playoffs

from press release

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – The National Lacrosse League's (NLL) Minnesota Swarm (6-7) defeated the Calgary Roughnecks (10-4) 13-8 on Treasure Island Field at Xcel Energy Center during the Swarm's LIVE broadcast on KSTC-TV Channel 45.

With the win, Minnesota joins Calgary and Washington in clinching a spot in the playoffs for the West Division. This marks the fifth time in franchise history that the Swarm will journey to the playoffs.

Leading Minnesota, T Andrew Suitor (4g) posted a career-high goal four goals for the Swarm. Goalie Kevin Croswell played a complete game and recorded his first win of the season, tallying 47 saves on 55 shots.

In the fourth quarter, the Swarm continued to gain momentum. The team recorded a total of seven goals, two of which came as empty netters. Suitor registered a one-handed goal for the Swarm at the 3:44 mark to build a 7-6 lead. It was also Minnesota's first lead since the first quarter. Forwards Sean Pollock (1g, 1a), Aaron Wilson (2g, 3a) and Kevin Ross (1g, 1a) each notched a goal, bringing the Swarm lead to 10-6. With 2:13 seconds remaining in the quarter, T Tyler Hass (2g) recorded his second goal of the game on an empty net.

During the third quarter, F Callum Crawford (1g, 2a) collected his fifth power play goal of the season at the 12:45 mark. Forwards Mat Giles (1g, 1a) and Ryan Benesch (1g, 2a) both tallied shorthanded goals on the same penalty, tying the game up at 6-6 at the end of the quarter. With his goal, Benesch increased his NLL lead to 37 goals on the season.

Suitor notched a shorthanded goal for Minnesota, his first goal in the NLL, to give the Swarm a 3-2 lead with 11 minutes remaining in the second quarter. At halftime, Minnesota trailed Calgary 4-3.

In the first quarter, Hass recorded the first goal of the game at the 11:05 mark. Wilson capitalized on the power play for the Swarm and tallied his 17th goal of the season, giving Minnesota a 2-0 lead. The Swarm led the Roughnecks 2-1 at the end of the first quarter.

Forwards Dane Dickson (2g, 1a) and Cory Conway (2g) led Calgary with two goals each. Goalie Mike Poulin made 25 saves on 36 shots.

Minnesota is now 1-1 against Calgary this season. The Swarm fell to the Roughnecks 15-12 on Friday, April 1at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary.

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