In the second game of a double- header weekend the Minnesota Swarm took on the Edmonton Rush. Edmonton lost the first game 13-8 in a tough hard fought game. For the second game played on Sunday afternoon the Rush came out on top 14-9.
The Swarm started the game deep in the hole, getting down 9-0 before getting their first point on the board in the third quarter. While the Swarm struggled the Rush were dominant, getting goals from Mark Matthews, Jarrett Toll, Zack Greer, Jeremy Thompson, Corey Small, John LaFontaine, and 2 from Curtis Knight. This all before Minnesota could get one from Ryan Benesch.
Aaron Bold, the Edmonton Rush’s goalie along with the Rush’s defense, held the Swarm to no goals for the first 37 minutes of the game. Bold finished the game with the win and a GAA of 9.00 and a Save % of 79.5%. The Rush were lead to this fast start and win by Zack Greer (3g, 2a), Ryan Ward (0g, 5a), and Corey Small (3g, 1a). Rookie standout Mark Matthews was held to only 3 points and only 1 point.
After the Swarm went down 11-1 they decided to wake up and play lacrosse and went on a 9-5 run to finish the game. During the Swarm’s final push they were lead by Callum Crawford (1g, 5a), Ryan Benesch (4g, 2a), and once again in the top of the stats Kiel Matisz (1g, 4a). The Swarm once again had goalie problems, all be it they didn’t get a whole lot of help in front of them. Evan Kirk got the start but only lasted about 10 minutes. He allowed 5 goals on only 11 shots. Tyler Carlson came on in relief and allowed 8 goals on 33 shots.
The Rush will continue on this season with their next game coming on March 2nd in Calgary against the Roughnecks. The Swarm will play the Washington Stealth on March 3rd in Everrett, Washington.