Swarm Sting Wings; Rock Crush Bandits

Rookie goalie Angus Dineley got his first career start for the Wings as veteran net-minder, Brandon Miller was serving a one-game suspension. Dineley survived an early onslaught from the Swarm but failed to recover in the second half as the Minnesota started the third quarter with five unanswered goals.

Brendan Mundorf played in his first game of the season for the Wings, scoring two goals and assisting on two more; but the return of the forward was not enough as the Wings offense never found a rhythm in the second half. Drew Westervelt and Kevin Crowley led the Wings with three goals, while Kevin Ross had seven points on a goal and six assists, playing his former team for the first time in a Wings jersey.

Miller and rookie defender, Michael Manley, who both sat out the game with suspensions, will return to the Wings lineup tomorrow evening for the second game of the western road trip against the Colorado Mammoth in Denver.

With the loss the Wings fall to 5-6 but remain in second place in the NLL East Division.

The Swarm were led by Callum Crawford and Kiel Matisz, each with seven points. Minnesota goalie, Evan Kirk, recorded 43 saves for an 80% save rate, as the Wings out-shot the Swarm 54-51.

Following this weekend's road trip, the Wings will play another back-to-back series, starting with a nationally televised game against the Rochester Knighthawks on Saturday April 6 before returning home to take on the Swarm at Wells Fargo Center on Sunday, April 7 at 4:00 p.m.

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Toronto, ON The Toronto Rock (9-4) defeated the Buffalo Bandits (5-8) by a convincing margin of 18-11 on Friday night at Air Canada Centre in front of 11,546 fans.

It is no secret these two teams don't like each other and less than three minutes into the opening quarter a line brawl nearly erupted as the Bandits and Rock re-acquainted themselves with one another.

Former Rock defender Glen Bryan opened the scoring for Buffalo, striking for a shorthanded tally. Toronto answered that with four straight goals to take a 4-1 lead. The visitors cashed in for one before the end of the quarter as the Rock held a 4-2 lead after one quarter.

After the teams exchanged goals for the better part of the second quarter, Shawn Williams scored with one second left to make it a one-goal game at the half with Toronto leading 7-6.

The Rock offence was unstoppable in the third quarter as they outscored Buffalo 7-0 in the frame. In the process, they chased Buffalo starter Anthony Cosmo from the goal after allowing 11 goals. Toronto took a 14-6 lead into the final quarter.

The Bandits outdistanced Toronto 5-4 in the fourth quarter but it was too little too late as the Rock were home and cooled.

Colin Doyle and Garrett Billings each had 7-point nights, while Kasey Beirnes was the high goal scorer for the Rock with 4 tallies.

Prior to the game, Toronto Blue Jays legend and Baseball Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar performed the ceremonial faceoff receiving a lengthy standing ovation from the crowd.

Next weekend, the Rock will play their final regular season home game as they face the Rochester Knighthawks at 3:00 pm at Air Canada Centre.

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EVERETT, Wash. The Washington Stealth looked to the Philadelphia Wings for some help in its bid to earn a ticket to the NLL post-season on Friday night, but found none as the Minnesota Swarm went on cruise control for a 20-11 win in St. Paul to delay the Stealth's 2013 playoff aspirations for another day.

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