Knighthawks Down Wings; Rush and Stealth Victorious

After Vancouver F Rhys Duch spotted his team a 2-0 lead with back-to-back goals midway through the first, the two teams traded markers throughout the rest of the first half. Swarm rookie F Scott Jones buried his first career NLL goal to open the second quarter scoring, beating Richards with a cannon from the slot.

Fellow greenhorn forward Logan Schuss also factored in the scoresheet in the second, tallying an assist on F Josh Gillam's goal and then dropping the gloves in a spirited fight with Vancouver's Justin Salt in the waning stages of the first half, after a scrum ensued in front of the Vancouver net.

Penalties were plentiful on Saturday, with 41 combined penalty minutes between the two squads. Vancouver went 1 for 4 with the man advantage and Minnesota went 1 for 6, failing to convert on a pair of key fourth quarter power plays and giving up a shorthanded goal to Vancouver's Jeff Molesky in the opening frame.

Minnesota captain T Andrew Suitor had a strong game across floor, tallying six shots and eight loose balls, but only managed an assist.

The Swarm look to regroup next weekend when they begin a home-and-home series with the Philadelphia Wings on Saturday, followed by their 2014 home-opener on Sunday. According to Sullivan, his team's approach is simple looking toward Philadelphia.

"The mindset is two wins. We can't think of anything other than that. In order to get back to where we said we wanted to be we need two wins."

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