Rock, Swarm, Mammoth, Rush Victorious on Saturday

One week removed from a career-high 10-goal game, Swarm forward Callum Crawford had another night to remember. The Ottawa, Ontario native recorded 8 points (4g, 4a) to lead all players and score his 100th goal and 300th point in a Swarm uniform. Crawford also set the franchise record for assists with 202.

"To be honest, I didn't know anything about these personal milestones until people started publishing them," said Crawford. "These records are great to have, but a Champions Cup is all I really care about in my career, so hopefully we can build on this and work towards that."

Goaltender Tyler Carlson was phenomenal, allowing only five goals on the night and making 49 saves. The Swarm netminder also posted a sensational .907 save percentage. His incredible goaltending notwithstanding, Carlson contributed on the offensive end as well, recording his first two assists of the season.

On the receiving end of one of Carlson's assists was Jay Card. The second-year forward scored twice on the night, most notably on a shorthanded goal to kick off the second half. The Swarm were playing two men down on the sequence, but did not fail to extend their halftime advantage to 7-2 as Card found the back of the net for the seventh time this year. Moments after Card's goal, Carlson was everywhere, blocking multiple shots and effectively killing the Washington power play.

"It was only a matter of time before he started to see the ball better," said Swarm head coach Joe Sullivan of Carlson. "That's a testament to our defense playing tighter and smarter ... when he (Carlson) gets a good look on the ball he's going to make the save more times than not."

Earlier this week the Swarm brought forward Josh Gillam up to the active roster and he answered the call to the tune of three points (1g, 2a). Gillam was a Swarm rookie last season, but made his season debut Saturday night after finishing a stint in professional hockey.

Rookie Matt Gibson scored the second goal of his career on a fourth quarter feed from Jordan MacIntosh. MacIntosh recorded five assists on the night and corralled a game-high 11 loose balls. Defenseman Jeff Gilbert recorded his first multi-point game of the season with two assists of his own.

NLL leading goal scorer Rhys Duch led the way for Washington with four points (2g, 2a) in the loss.

Saturday night's win gave Minnesota a 2-1 advantage in their season series against Washington and the Swarm is now 7-0 all-time against the Stealth in home regular season games. Minnesota is just 2.5 games back of the West Division-leading Stealth with five games remaining in the regular season.

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ST. PAUL, Minn. Looking for just a single win to earn a post-season berth, the Washington Stealth ran into a Minnesota team firing on all cylinders Saturday night, falling to the Swarm 12-5 before 7,830 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.

For a Washington offense that at times has been stellar this season, including its performance in a three-game win steak leading up to Saturday's trip into the Twin Cities, the output was a disappointment.

"Our offense failed to show. We just had a terrible night," Stealth head coach Chris Hall said.

At one point, after tying the game at 2-2 early in the second on a Mike Grimes goal, the Stealth went a full 32 minutes without scoring as Minnesota wracked-up six straight goals through the third and into the early minutes of the fourth to build an 8-2 lead.

From there the frustration only continued as not just Washington but Minnesota faced brilliant goaltending.

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2013-03-17



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