Minnesota Upends Top-Seeded Toronto

After being selected fourth overall in the 2012 NLL Entry Draft, Shayne Jackson has become a key player for Minnesota. Last weekend the Limestone College product set a franchise record for goals scored in a rookie season at 63 and followed that effort up by shattering another record in the Swarm's monumental win over Toronto – goals scored by a rookie in a playoff game. Jackson found the back of the net four times and dished out three assists to tie a career-high of seven points. The last time the rookie forward recorded seven points, Minnesota scored a franchise record 21 goals.

Less than a week after being named the NLL's Transition Player of the Week for the fourth-straight time, Jordan MacIntosh flashed his versatility for the young Swarm once again. MacIntosh scored six points (4g, 2a), scooped up nine loose balls, and won 72% of his faceoffs. Minnesota has a 5-1 record this season when MacIntosh records at least five points.

Being held to one of their lowest scoring outputs of the year due to outstanding goaltending from Tyler Carlson, Rock players' frustration surfaced in the fourth quarter when they started a scrum with Swarm defenseman Mitch Belisle and transition player David Earl. Carlson made a career-high 54 saves in the game en route to a .831 save percentage.

After winning a league-high 10 games in the regular season, Rock goalie Nick Rose was beaten time and time again by the high-powered Swarm attack. Minnesota has now gotten past a 10-win goaltender in the playoffs for the second-straight season.

“Our offensive players watch video and study opposing goaltenders' tendencies constantly,” Sullivan said. “They truly leave those sessions with growth, want to be better, and do everything they can to get better. Rose is a great goalie and has had a fantastic season to help get the Rock to where they are, but everyone has their weaknesses and we were able to get to him tonight.”

Minnesota's extensive video sessions are paying off as the team peppered the net with goals. Second year forward Josh Gillam scored his first career hat trick. Matisz also had a hat trick to go along with two assists, while forward Jay Card scored four points (2g, 2a). Many of those scoring opportunities were generated by feeds from Swarm captain Callum Crawford, who dished out a game-high of six assists.

“This feels great,” Sullivan said. “We didn't expect to come into Toronto and win by that kind of a margin, because they're a great team that's well coached, but sometimes the ball drops for us so it was great to see our guys execute the gameplan and get rewarded for it.”

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2013-04-28



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