February 12, 2012

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Minnesota Defeats Rochester for First Time Since 2008

from press release

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – The National Lacrosse League's Minnesota Swarm (3-2) defeated the Rochester Knighthawks (2-4) 9-6 on Treasure Island Field in front of 7,087 fans at Xcel Energy Center during the final game of its doubleheader weekend.

After adding two wins this weekend, its first winning streak of the 2012 season, Minnesota now sits at 3-0 at home and is now tied for second place in the West Division with the Calgary Roughnecks (3-2). The win also puts the Swarm at 2-1 against the East Division this season. Minnesota had previously gone 1-11 against the East from 2010-2011.

Minnesota picked up its first win against Rochester since 2008. The team last defeated the Knighthawks 18-17 at Blue Cross Arena on Jan. 26.

Rookie goalie Evan Kirk (1-0) made his first career start in the NLL and made 46 saves on 52 shots in 60 minutes of play. Kirk held Rochester, who had averaged 13.8 goals per game, to a season-low six goals in the victory. This marks the fewest goals allowed since Minnesota's 15-5 win against Colorado on Feb. 20, 2010. Evan Kirk's brother, D Mike Kirk, registered one loose ball and 14 penalty minutes for Rochester. G Matt Vinc recorded 35 saves on 44 shots in a complete game for the Knighthawks.

Forward Callum Crawford (4a) led the Swarm in scoring with four points.

In the fourth, F Ryan Benesch (2g, 1a) tallied the first goal of the quarter to put Minnesota up 7-5, sealing the win. F Kevin Ross (2g, 1a) added his second goal of the day to give the Swarm an 8-5 lead. Captain T Andrew Suitor (2g, 1a) posted the final goal of the game to give Minnesota a 9-6 advantage with 40 seconds remaining.

With both teams down a man, Ross posted the first Minnesota goal of the third quarter to tie the game up at 5-5. Suitor then dove in front of the goal to collect an unassisted goal, his sixth goal of the season, to give the Swarm a 6-5 edge at the end of the third.

Rookie T Jordan MacIntosh (1g, 2a) netted a shorthanded goal 3 minutes and 47 seconds into the second quarter to to give Minnesota a 3-1 lead. Fresh onto the turf, F Jamie Shewchuk (2g) immediately notched his second goal of the game after receiving the pass to bring the score to 4-2 in favor of the Swarm. The Knighthawks responded with a couple of goals to bring the score to a 4-4 tie at halftime.

At the 8:52 mark, Benesch netted the first goal of the game to get Minnesota off to an early 1-0 lead. Shewchuck tallied his fourth goal of the season to put the Swarm up 2-0. At the end of the first quarter, Minnesota led Rochester 2-1.

Forward Johnny Powless (2g, 1a) led Rochester with three points.

Tonight's game can be viewed on KSTC-TV Channel 45 during a rebroadcast on Sunday, Feb. 19 at 4 p.m.

Minnesota's last home win against Rochester came on Jan. 19, 2007. The Swarm now trails Rochester 5-10 in the all-time record.


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