Swarm Sting Roughnecks In Overtime

The Georgia Swarm welcomed the Calgary Roughnecks to Gas South Arena Friday night for a key Week 15 showdown. For Calgary, they were looking to climb back to .500 and solidify their position as a Top 8 team in the Unified Standings. For the Swarm, they began a stretch where their final five games were at home. Andrew Kew and Zach Miller had hat tricks, and Miller’s third goal made the difference, securing a 13-12 overtime victory. Georgia improves to 8-6, remaining in 5th place in the standings; they can move up to 4th place pending the result of the Halifax-San Diego game on Saturday night. The loss drops Calgary to 5-7 and to the outside of the playoff window.

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Swarm have edge after back and forth first half

Miller, Seth Oakes, and Brendan Bomberry put Georgia up 3-0 in the first four minutes of the game. Tyler Pace and Thomas Hoggarth got two back for Calgary to cut the lead to one after the first quarter. The Swarm kept up the pressure in the second quarter, as Oakes and Miller scored again, along with Jordan MacIntosh and two from Kew. The Roughnecks got a marker from Jesse King, Pace’s second goal, and two from Tanner Cook (one on a power play) to make it an 8-6 game at the half.

Calgary transition ties up Swarm

Eli Salama scored in transition to pull Calgary within one, but Lyle Thompson dunked to push the Swarm’s lead back to two going into the fourth quarter. Bomberry’s second on a power play made it 10-7. Pace and Josh Currier narrowed the gap to 10-9 before Thompson struck again for Georgia. The Roughnecks then went on a three-goal run to take the lead late. Pace, Shane Simpson, and Pace again with his third of the quarter put Calgary up 12-11 with four and a half minutes remaining.

Kew’s hat trick goal with 48 second left forced overtime. Calgary appeared at first to have won the game on a Tanner Cook crease dive in which the shot hit goaltender Brett Dobson, then ricocheted off Cook’s helmet and into the net. However, replays showed Cook touched down in the crease before the ball crossed the goal line, and play continued. Miller then called game with a wraparound dunk from behind the net off an errant shot.

Other Stats of Note

Roughnecks: Pace (5g, 1a); Cook (2g, 1a); King (1g, 4a); Salama (1g, 1a); Simpson/J. Currier/Hoggarth (1g each)

Swarm: Kew (3g, 3a); Miller (3g, 1a); Thompson (2g, 2a); Bomberry (2g, 3a); Oakes (2g, 3a); Shayne Jackson (7a, including the 500th of his career)

Christian Del Bianco (CGY): 45 saves; Brett Dobson (GA): 39 saves

John Ranagan (GA): 3 Caused Turnovers (led all players)

“Muffler” Mike Kostiuk

“Muffler” Mike Kostiuk was formally introduced to box lacrosse when he attended a New England Black Wolves game on a whim in 2016. Instantly hooked, he has since become an avid follower of the National Lacrosse League. Following the postponement of the 2019-2020 NLL season, he was offered the chance to share his wealth of statistical knowledge and unique insights with the lacrosse community at large. He cheerfully accepted, and currently serves as Edge of Philly’s correspondent for both the Albany FireWolves and New York Riptide.