Friday, February 10, 2012

GDB 4: Going Into The Hive

By Mike Wilson

Tonight the Edmonton Rush (1-2) will travel into Minnesota to face off against the Swarm (1-2), with both teams coming off of a loss last weekend. (Edmonton to the Mammoth and the Swarm to the Knighthawks.)

The Swarm shocked the league when they won their first and only game of the season 19-11 over the Buffalo Bandits. The power play won them the game as they scored 9 goals from it. They are currently operating the best power play in the league at 6o%, so the Rush penalty kill, which is second in the league at 58.3%, will be a key part of their game.

The Swarm are also the top scoring team in the league putting up a jaw-dropping 15.6 goals per game. (The Rush sit at 11.67 GPG.) Callum Crawford and Ryan Benesch are leading the team as usual, but they are getting scoring all around from guys like Kevin Ross, Jamie Shewchuck, Corbyn Toa, and rookie Jordan Macintosh.

They will be facing off against one of the leagues top defences, so it should be a great match-up. The Rush currently lead the league, giving up only 9.67 goals against per game. This has been a combination of great play by defenders like Brett Mydske,Tyler Codron, Kyle Rubisch and Chris Corbeil, (The latter 2 being invited to this years All-Star game), and the play of goaltender Aaron Bold, who has a league leading Save Percentage of 80.8%, and is also on the West division All-Star roster.

Meanwhile, the scoring in Edmonton has been coming from Shawn Williams, Corey Small, Ryan Ward, and Scott Evans.

Prediction: 13-12 Edmonton

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