Wings Schooled by K-Hawks; Swarm Top Rock in OT

After a week off, the Philadelphia Wings (2-3) had trouble shaking off the rust, struggling to find the net in a 20-10 loss against the Rochester Knighthawks at Wells Fargo Center during the team's Lacrosse in Education matinee game Friday.

The Wings got three goals from Captain Brodie Merrill and two from former Knighthawk Jordan Hall, who the Wings received in an off-season trade for Dan and Paul Dawson. Kevin Buchanan had six points for Philadelphia on a goal and five assists.

Philadelphia has lost three games in a row after a 2-0 start to the season. Solid play from Wings goalie, Brandon Miller helped the Wings with the fast start, however Philadelphia has given up 50 goals in their past three games.

Familiar face, Dan Dawson, who was traded to Rochester by the Wings in December led the way for the Knighthawks, scoring 11 points on four goals and seven assists. Today's win for the 2012 NLL Champion Rochester, is their second on the season, after a rocky 1-3 start. The Knighthawks leading scorer on the season, Corey Jamieson had seven points on three goals and four assists in the winning effort.

The Wings have a bye next week and return to action against the Colorado Mammoth at Wells Fargo Center for "Bark in the Bowl" to celebrate Mad Dog's Birthday on Sunday, February 24 at 4:00 p.m.

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SAINT PAUL, Minn. The National Lacrosse League's (NLL) Minnesota Swarm (2-3) grabbed its second win of the 2013 season in an overtime game Friday night as they bested the Toronto Rock (5-2) 13-12 at Xcel Energy Center in the team's first meeting in Minnesota since 2008. The Swarm played at Toronto Jan. 25 and fell 13-12, but 7,722 fans at The Hive provided the right atmosphere for the Swarm to flip the score and improve to 2-0 at home.

Swarm T Tyler Hass was hot from the get-go, scoring the first two goals of the game for Minnesota. The Victoria, British Columbia native took a blind side hit at the beginning of a first quarter fast break, managed to stay on his feet and outfoxed the goaltender to give the Swarm an early 2-1 advantage. But it was Hass' final goal that sealed a hat trick for the 6-foot-6 transition player and provided the 13-12 overtime victory.

"Tonight was huge," Hass said. "Teams have been adapting to us this year. I've found they're sending two, three guys back and we got what we wanted tonight."

However, that final score would not have been possible without superb goaltending from Tyler Carlson. On the Rock's last offensive possession of the game the left-handed netminder deftly shifted from the right side of the net to the left in a flash to block a powerful shot. The Swarm scooped up the loose ball as it ricocheted off of their goaltender and ignited the fast break that led to Hass's game-deciding goal. Carlson made 35 saves on the game en route to a .745 save percentage.

"Tyler Carlson played unbelievable tonight, he was so solid in net," Swarm assistant coach Bobby Keast said afterward. In the first half, our defense allowed only two goals in 5-on-5 situations and that's all I can really ask for."

F Corbyn Tao provided pivotal offensive firepower in the second half, tying up the game at 8 apiece in the third quarter and giving Minnesota an 11-10 lead with 8:24 left in the fourth. Both goals were Tao's first of the season.

F Ryan Benesch and D Mitch Belisle were the epitome of steady unselfish play throughout the night, each finishing with four assists. Belisle's first three dishes of the night accompanied the Swarm's first three goals, with his crowning moment coming in the second quarter as he flattened a Toronto player with a pancake hit, scooped up the ball, and passed up to a streaking Kiel Matisz who found the back of the net. Matisz continued his strong rookie campaign with three points (2g, 1a).

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