Colorado Drops Two; Wings Edged; K-Hawks Down Rock

"It's pretty exciting, the nerves are still going, the adrenaline is still pumping but it feels good to get the win for my team," Higgins said after the game. "I'm going to give the credit to the defense, they helped me out. Once I made the first save the nerves settled down but my defense made things easy for me."

While it was hardly the start that the Swarm wanted, they responded in a big way, piecing together a 7-1 run to give them a 7-4 lead at halftime, a rally that started when Jackson got the Swarm on the board 3:43 into the game.

A facet of the game where Minnesota dominated was on special teams, as their power play went 3 for 5 and their penalty kill held the Wings to one goal on five attempts. The Swarm even added a shorthanded marker when Crawford beat Kirk in the second quarter to give Minnesota a two-goal lead, and squashed any momentum that Philadelphia was trying to build.

The Wings benefitted from big performances from Hall (4g, 2a) and F Ryan Ward (1g, 6a) to stay within striking distance. Kirk, who faced his former team for the first time since being traded to Philadelphia in the offseason, made 43 stops while picking up the loss (1-3).

The same two teams are set to tangle again tomorrow afternoon in Minnesota at Xcel Energy Center for the Swarm's home opener at 2:00 p.m. CT. Sullivan said his team couldn't be more ready for their homecoming, while offering a sneak peek of what might be in store for Swarm fans tomorrow at The Hive.

"We've been waiting for our home opener and it couldn't have come at a better time. It's going to give us the opportunity to get back to .500 and get closer to our goal," Sullivan said. "Look for an outstanding team. We're young, we're exciting, and we're productive. Once the ball begins to fall for our offense they are going to gel real quick. It's going to be an exciting team to watch."

Sunday at The Hive is additionally the Swarm's fifth-annual Native American Heritage Day celebration, which will pay tribute to the roots of lacrosse and local native communities. Festivities include a pregame drum performance and a traditional lacrosse game at halftime between members of the Oneida and Menominee Tribes.

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Rochester 12, Toronto 8

ROCHESTER, NY The Toronto Rock (1-2) were defeated 12-8 by the Rochester Knighthawks (3-0) on Saturday night at Rochester's Blue Cross Arena.

The Knighthawks scored the first two goals of the quarter giving them a 2-0 lead less than six minutes into the frame. The Rock battled hard to get on the board as Sandy Chapman scored half way through the quarter to break the goose egg on the Toronto side of the ledger. The Rock evened the score 2-2 with just 7 seconds left in the first quarter when Garrett Billings fired a brilliant pass cross-floor to Stephan Leblanc who buried the ball into the Rochester cage on the powerplay.

Just 21 seconds after Rochester went up by a goal, Damon Edwards evened the score on a breakaway. The Knighthawks benefitted from a powerplay goal by Cody Jamieson to give them back a one-goal edge. Rochester scored once more before the half to take a 5-3 lead into the break.

The third quarter was not kind to the Rock as despite carrying the offensive play for stretches, they only came up with a pile of goal posts and one goal to show for their efforts over the 15-minute span and trailed 9-4 going into the fourth quarter.

Toronto would outscore Rochester in the final quarter 4-3 but it was too little, too late as the Knighthawks got the win on home floor.

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2014-01-19



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