Swarm lose in high-scoring affair to Vancouver Stealth

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By Alec Schimke

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(ISN) – VANCOUVER – The Minnesota Swarm (3-5) lost to the Vancouver Stealth (4-4) in a high-scoring affair 21-15 Saturday night at the Langley Events Centre. The two teams combined to score 36 goals, which was the most in the NLL since 2007.

Minnesota got off to a slow start on the road, trailing 7-3 at the end of the first quarter, and 12-6 at halftime. The Swarm’s offense was able to manage nine second half goals, however the Stealth kept their foot on the gas pedal all night long, scoring a season-high 21 goals. The Swarm scored the first three goals to open the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to 18-14, but the Stealth then countered with a three-goal run of their own to put an end to Minnesota’s comeback attempt.

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Playing in front of family members and friends Saturday night, forward Logan Schuss led the Swarm with a season-high eight points (3g, 5a). Rookie forward Shane MacDonald (3g, 1a) also notched a hat trick – his first in the NLL – and scored all three of his goals off deep outside shots.

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Both F Miles Thompson (1g, 5a) and D Kiel Matisz (1g, 5a) tallied five assists in the game, and chipping in two goals apiece included T Jordan MacIntosh (2g, 2a), T Andrew Suitor (2g) and F Shayne Jackson (2g, 3a). On special teams, Minnesota’s offense was effective all night long and finished a season-best 5-for-6 on the power play.

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The Swarm was without its leading scorer on the road as F Callum Crawford did not dress due to a lower body injury. Crawford’s brother, Ian, made his NLL debut in the loss. Minnesota was also without G Brodie MacDonald due to the birth of his first child.

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Vancouver’s offense also featured a balanced scoring attack, and was fueled by F Tyler Digby’s five goals and three assists. Forwards Joel McCready (4g, 4a) and Corey Small (4g, 5a) added four goals each in the win, and G Tyler Richards collected the win in net for the Stealth.

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