With a season-changing 12-5 victory over the Washington Stealth (7-5) Saturday night, the Minnesota Swarm (4-7) pulled to within 2.5 games of the West Division leaders with five games left in the season. Goaltender Tyler Carlson was impenetrable in the game, allowing just five goals – the fewest an NLL team has given up all year.
“The difference was we actually played a full sixty,” said Carlson. “We didn’t play one quarter here, one quarter there, or shift here. We actually played a full game. And we stayed tight, guys let me see the shots, and that’s exactly what our coaches have been talking about all year, so that’s exactly what we did tonight.”
Forwards Callum Crawford and Ryan Benesch were huge contributors in the game as well, setting multiple career milestones. Benesch recorded four points (3g, 1a) to become the Swarm’s all-time goal scorer with 132.
Crawford found the back of the net early and often,...