K-Hawks Fall to Bandits; Swarm Top Wings

Defenseman Dan Dawson (5g, 1a) led the Wings with six points. Goalie Brandon Miller registered 31 saves on 44 shots before being removed during the third quarter in favor of G Steve Fryer.

Swarm fans are encouraged to visit mnswarm.com to bid on the special edition black jerseys worn by the players Saturday night. Proceeds of the auction will help benefit the Randy Shaver Cancer Research & Community Fund. Bidding ends at 11:59 pm on Wed., May 9 2012.

Tonight's game can be viewed on KSTC-TV Channel 45 during a rebroadcast on Sunday, April 22 at 4:00 p.m.

Minnesota returns home for its final regular season game on Saturday, April 28 at 6:30 p.m. CT to take on the Colorado Mammoth. The game will air LIVE on national television via the CBS Sports Network.

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The Philadelphia Wings lost to the Minnesota Swarm 15-10 at Xcel Energy Center tonight. The team now must win their final game - at Rochester on Saturday, April 28 - to guarantee a home playoff contest. The Wings have already clinched a playoff spot, but must win their final home game to guarantee home field advantage in the first round.

The Wings jumped out to a 5-2 lead early in the first quarter but allowed the Swarm to climb back into the game with five unanswered goals to take a 7-5 lead which Minnesota would never relinquish.

While the Wings lost to Minnesota, the Rochester Knighthawks also lost to the Buffalo Bandits setting up an all-important season finale next Saturday night in Rochester. The winner of that game will host a round one playoff game.

The Wings were led by forward Dan Dawson who tallied five goals and one assist, tying the single-season record of 100 points in a season set by former Wings forward Athan Iannucci. Currently Dawson has 100 points in the 2012 season with 23 goals and 77 assists.

During the 2012 season the Wings have lost to the Knighthawks both at home and on the road, but can avenge those defeats with a win next Saturday at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester. With a win Philadelphia would secure their first home game since 2002.

The Wings will take on the Knighthawks on Saturday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m.

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Edmonton Calgary continued its dominance over Edmonton in the Battle of Alberta with a 9-6 victory over the Rush in National Lacrosse League action Saturday at Crystal Glass Field at Rexall Place to sweep the season series four games to zero.

Edmonton had its modest three game home win streak snapped in the contest and now sport a nine losing game skid against the Roughnecks.

With the loss the Rush fell to 6-9 on the campaign and Calgary improved to 12-4 to claim the top spot in the West Division, so both clubs will meet again in a divisional semifinal in two weeks at Scotiabank Saddledome.

Edmonton notched their second playoff berth in the past three seasons with a 14-11 victory over Colorado Friday and the Calgary win over the Rush Saturday sets up the all-Alberta playoff match-up.

The lethal Calgary power-play was the difference in the contest Saturday as the Roughnecks went 5 for 7 with the man advantage.

"There was too many penalties (by us) the whole game," said Rush head coach and general manger Derek Keenan. "Unfortunately, it turned into a penalty game and we didn't want that. It really came down to the special teams tonight."

Edmonton's Shawn Williams (1G, 2A) and Aaron Wilson (1G, 2A) paced the club with three points each in the loss and Ryan Ward (1G, 1A), Tom Johnson (1G), Kyle Rubisch (1G, 8 LBs) and Brett Mydske added singles.

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