K-Hawks, Swarm, Mammoth, Stealth Prevail on Saturday

On the receiving end of one of Crawford's eight assists was Shayne Jackson (3g, 5a), who tallied a career-high of eight points on the night. The rookie out of Limestone College has 53 points on the season for third-best on the team.

Milestones that Minnesota made on the field notwithstanding, while the Swarm players were in the locker room another record occurred: the first wedding in franchise history. Swarm employee and longtime fan Sarah O'Brien tied the knot with Daelen Snow at halftime of the contest. The 10,167 fans in attendance, the most at a 2013 Swarm game this season, erupted in applause as Snow kissed his bride to make the marriage official.

Tyler Carlson was huge in front of the net, allowing just seven goals and making 40 saves for a save percentage of .851.

"We're really starting to settle in now," said Carlson. "We're really becoming a family, whereas we weren't meshing well earlier. Now we're putting the ball in the net, which is really helping us mesh as a family."

Another key contributor for Minnesota was Josh Gillam. The Peterborough, Ontario native recorded three points (1g, 2a) in his third game of the season. Gillam was playing professional hockey before returning to the Swarm last month. Minnesota has not lost a game with Gillam in the lineup.

After garnering NLL Week #13 Rookie of the Week honors, Kiel Matisz continued to fill the box score Saturday night with a five-point effort (2g, 3a). The Robert Morris University alumnus is fourth on the Swarm in scoring, with 49 points this season.

Ryan Benesch chipped in with four points (2g, 2a) and forced a turnover.

Shawn Williams led the way for Buffalo with five points (2g, 3a) in the loss.

Minnesota recorded 11 unanswered goals stretching from the second quarter to the fourth, and 11 different players scored for the Swarm.

Minnesota is 5-2 this season and will fly to Philadelphia early Sunday morning to face the Wings (5-8), who lost to the Rochester Knighthawks (6-6) Saturday night. The Swarm beat Philadelphia 20-11 on March 29.

"We're going to see a better and more desperate team tomorrow, which is always scary," said Sullivan in reference to the Wings. "They lost tonight, which means they're behind us (in the standings) so they're going to want to beat us ... and they're going to be an energized team."

The game at Philadelphia will start at 3:00 p.m. CT and can be seen live on Swarm Vision at mnswarm.com.

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CALGARY, Alberta -- The Washington Stealth have secured their third post-season berth in four years with a come-from-behind 12-11 NLL road victory against the Calgary Roughnecks on Saturday night before 10,008 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary.

Washington forward Rhys Duch scored the winning goal with 2:45 remaining after the Stealth's Dean Hill tied the game just a minute before.

With the win, the Stealth took the season series with the Roughnecks and locked-in the post-season tie-break. It was Washington's first win in Calgary since it's West Division championship victory in 2011.

With the win, Stealth head coach Chris Hall became the fourth NLL head coach all-time with 80 career wins.

The Stealth are in action at home this Saturday, April 13 against the Buffalo Bandits for the first of its two remaining regular-season home games. Game time at Comcast Arena is 6:45 p.m.

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DENVER The Colorado Mammoth and Edmonton Rush entered Saturday night's game at Rexall Place as the two hottest teams in the National Lacrosse League. The Rush had won five straight, the Mammoth three of four. Colorado goalie Tye Belanger stoned his opponent all evening, recording 48 saves in the 9-7 victory.

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