Minnesota Routs Buffalo, Sets Franchise Goals Record with 21
from press release
ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota Swarm (6-7) earned their third-straight victory and handed the Buffalo Bandits (5-9) their sixth-straight loss, tying their franchise record, with a 21-7 home win before a crowd of 10,167 at Xcel Energy Center on Saturday night.
The 21 goals scored by the Swarm were the most by an NLL team this season and set a new franchise record while the 14-goal losing margin was Buffalo’s worst in team history. Minnesota scored 20 or more goals for the second-straight game, the first time that an NLL team has accomplished the feat since the Bandits did it in 2005.
With the game tied 3-3 after the first quarter, Minnesota scored four unanswered goals in the first 6:12 of the second quarter and took a 10-5 lead into halftime.
The Swarm dominated the third quarter, scoring all five goals to go up 15-5 after 45 minutes of play. With four more goals in the first 6:56 of the fourth quarter, Minnesota scored 11 unanswered goals before Buffalo finally stopped the run with less than five minutes left to trail 19-6.
Swarm forward Callum Crawford had a game-high 10 points (2+8), Jordan MacIntosh scored five goals and finished with eight points (5+3) as did rookie Shayne Jackson (3+5) while Tyler Carlson made 40 saves on 47 shots.
Shawn Williams (2+3) had a team-high five points for the Bandits and captain John Tavares finished with three points (2+1) as the only other Buffalo player to score more than once. Goaltender Anthony Cosmo made just three saves on six shots before Kurtis Wagar came on in relief and finished with just 25 saves on 43 shots.