Game Preview: Rock @ Swarm
Rock @ Swarm
Sunday, March 16th, 2014
Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minnesota
The Rock will travel to Minnesota for the first time this season. The two teams met at the Air Canada Centre on February 22nd and the Rock won 14-12.
Toronto will try to rebound from a 17-12 loss to the Rochester Knighthawks last night at home. Garrett Billings led the way offensively with 3G-3A-6PTS. Stephan Leblanc and Josh Sanderson each had 5 points in the loss for the Rock. Toronto was ahead 9-5 heading into the half, but Rochester went on a 7-goal run to start the second half. Nick Rose was chased from the Rock net and newcomer Steve Fryer saw his first action between the pipes for the Rock allowing 2 goals on 8 shots.
The loss dropped Toronto’s record to 4-7 on the season and they sit in 3rd place in the East Division just ahead of the Philadelphia Wings and tonight’s opponent, the Minnesota Swarm.
Rock Fact: Captain Colin Doyle scored his 500th career goal earlier this season. It was in dramatic fashion, beating the buzzer to end the first half. On February 22nd.
The Swarm currently hold down 5th spot in the NLL’s East Division with a record of 2-7. Both of their wins have come against the Philadelphia Wings. In their last game against the Buffalo Bandits the Swarm held a 9-8 lead into the 4th quarter, before surrendering 4 straight goals in the final frame and fell 12-9 to the East Division leaders.
Logan Schuss had a goal and 5 assists in the Swarm’s last meeting with the Rock on February 22nd. Jordan MacIntosh had 5 goals in the 14-12 loss.
Callum Crawford (14G-31A-45PTS) and Jordan MacIntosh (17-21A-38PTS) are leading the way offensively. 2013 first overall pick Logan Schuss is quietly having a strong rookie campaign with 18 goals and 16 assists for 34 points on the season.
Veteran Jeff Gilbert remains an anchor on the back end for the Swarm while youngsters Jason Noble and Cameron Flint continue to improve game by game. Captain Andrew Suitor is a key transition player for the Swarm.
Between The Pipes:
Tyler Carlson was named the starter out of training camp, but has split time with Zach Higgins as the team has struggled. Carlson has a GAA of 11.94 while Higgins sits at 12.45 through 10 games this season.