Wings Win in OT; Other Home Teams Fall on Saturday

"It seemed like a heck of a mountain to climb back when we were 3-7," Sullivan said. "Our players have put themselves in the position to do that at home against a really tough Colorado team. It's going to be a battle, but it's very important for our guys to get to that goal."

After winning in Colorado Saturday night, the Swarm look to best the Mammoth in consecutive weeks as the franchises will meet Saturday April 20 on Treasure Island Field at Xcel Energy Center. The match-up will be the final regular season game for both teams.

Jordan MacIntosh has been on an absolute tear as of late. MacIntosh recorded six points (5g, 1a) and has now scored five goals in two out of the last three games. The RIT product scooped up a game-high 12 loose balls and won 70% of his face-offs. Behind MacIntosh, Minnesota had a commanding advantage in face-offs winning 23 out of 32. The Swarm transition player has amassed a league-high four Transition Player of the Week awards this season.

Minnesota has won four of its last five games and much of that success can be attributed to the efforts of Callum Crawford. The Swarm captain has recorded at least eight points in six-straight contests and is now third in the NLL in scoring with 89 points after posting a hat trick to go along with six assists Saturday night.

"It's good to be in the playoffs, that's the goal at the start of every year," Crawford said. "We're not done, we want to win next week, prove that we're not a 7-9 team. We want to make a statement and win one more to keep it going into the playoffs."

Rookie Kiel Matisz chipped in with five points (2g, 3a) Saturday night to set the franchise record for most goals scored in a rookie season at 28. The mark was previously held by Craig Point, who found the back of the net 27 times in 2008. Point also holds the Swarm rookie record for points in a season with 61. Both Matisz and Shayne Jackson have 60 points heading into the final game of the regular season.

Another rookie made noise on the night as well, Brock Sorensen. The transition player scored multiple goals in a single game for the first time in his NLL career. Sorensen, Matisz and Jackson were selected consecutively in the first round of the 2012 NLL Entry Draft.

"For the last three games I've noticed Brock continuously get better and better," Sullivan said. "That's why he was drafted as high as he was and I look for him to do those kinds of things on a consistent basis."

Ryan Benesch was a steady contributor with six points (1g, 5a).

Mitch Belisle scored his first goal of the season in the fourth quarter to ice the game.

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EVERETT, Wash. Looking for just a single win to secure a home-floor playoff advantage, the Washington Stealth ran into a hungry Buffalo team determined to secure its own playoff berth, falling to the Bandits 15-10, Saturday before 3,442 at Comcast Arena in Everett.

Buffalo's win snapped a six-game loosing skid for the now 6-9 Bandits, while Washington slipped to 8-7 with one game remaining.

After clinching a post-season berth last week - its third in four years, the Stealth got all the external help they needed to secure a home-floor advantage in the playoffs with Rochester edging Calgary 1514 earlier in the evening, but was unable to help itself.

Never really getting on track, Washington relinquishing a 3-2 lead mid-way through the first and never caught up to a determined Bandits squad which tied the game at 3-3 on a Dhane Smith goal with 2:47 to go in the first.

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