Swarm outlast a comeback by Panther City

The Georgia Swarm were able to outlast a comeback by Panther City to pick up a 12-10 victory on Saturday night in NLL action.

Georgia held a commanding 9-4 lead at halftime. However, Panther City outscored the Swarm 6-3 in the second half but could not complete the comeback.

Shayne Jackson had a huge night for the Swarm, picking up a sock trick and four assists for 10 points. Callum Crawford put up eight points in Pather City’s loss.

Meanwhile, it was a rough night for Panther City’s Nick Damude in goal. He allowed six goals on 18 shots before being pulled in the second quarter in favour of Cam McLeod. On the other end of the floor, Brett Dobson continues to prove he is the real deal as he stopped 48 of 58 shots in the win.

Of note, Panther City had six power play opportunities and only converted on two of those chances.

Georgia leads after one

It already wasn’t a good sign for Panther City when Brent Mitchell took a cross-checking penalty only 56 seconds into the game. Jackson capitalized on the man advantage 1:24 into the game to open the scoring.

Panther City tied it up with 9:18 on the clock when Phil Caputo found the back of the net on the power play.

Georgia pulled away late in the first quarter with a three-goal run in under four minutes. Andrew Kew started the run with 5:28 left in the quarter shorthanded. Lyle Thompson added another goal just over 30 seconds later for the Swarm’s second shorthanded goal off the same illegal substitution penalty.

Jackson rounded out the scoring with his second goal of the game to make it 4-1 for the Swarm after the first quarter.

Damude’s night comes to an end

Callum Crawford beat Dobson 27 seconds into the second quarter to pull Panther City back within two.

However, the night went back to worse for Damude. Bryan Cole and Lyle Thompson scored 44 seconds apart, which marked the end of the night for Panther City’s netminder.

The goaltending change briefly sparked Panther City. Jonathan Donville scored on the powerplay with 4:50 left on the clock followed by Jason Knox 52 seconds after that.

Georgia finished the quarter with a three-goal run in a 1:50 span. Jackson scored his hat-trick goal followed by Andrew Kew with 1:31 left in the first half. Jackson rounded out the scoring with 57 seconds on the clock as Georgia led 9-4 at halftime.

MacLeod stops all comers in the third

Panther City got a big third quarter from their backup goaltender. MacLeod shut out the potent Swarm offense in the third, while his offense spotted four goals to pull within one.

Tony Malcom opened the scoring 2:12 into the third. Crawford that up 1:45 later to make the score 9-6 for the Swarm.

Mathieu Gautier scored Panther City’s seventh goal with 4:28 on the clock and Ryan Sheridan rounded out the scoring to make it 9-8 heading into the final frame.

Swarm snuffs out Panther City’s comeback

Panther City tied up the game only 49 seconds into the fourth quarter off of a goal from Caputo.

Jackson got Georgia back on the board at 2:45 as the Swarm regained the lead. Crawford once again tied up the game with 4:28 to set up a showdown late in the game.

Who else would put this game away, but Shayne Jackson and Lyle Thompson. Jackson scored the game-winner with 3:19 and Lyle Thompson had the insurance goal with 2:40 left as a comeback by Panther City would fall short 12-10.

Leading Scorers

Georgia Swarm

Shayne Jackson, 6g 4a

Andrew Kew, 2g 3a

Bryan Cole, 1g 3a

Panther City

Callum Crawford, 3g 5a

Will Malcom, 4a

Phil Caputo, 2g 1a

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Shawn Slaght
Shawn Slaght

Shawn Slaght has been a sports reporter across the Canadian prairies for over 10 years and has experience covering everything from junior hockey to World Cup skiing to all levels of lacrosse. He is the Saskatchewan correspondent for All Lacrosse All The Time.