|Posted on August 3, 2014 at 6:35 AM|
Another tough match in Dunedin saw the Swarm again fall by a one-goal margin, with Sunday's final score standing at 5-4 in favour of the Thunder.
The Swarm played a strong possession game for much of the first but were not able to convert off that pressure in the first period. The Thunder picked up their first goal almost halfway through the period, as Luke Pickering wrapped a puck around the post and just over the line past Michael Hopkinson, who had made some absolutely stellar saves to start off the period. Their second goal came from Martin Pokorny, who converted off the rush, going top shelf with an absolute laser.
The Swarm picked up their first goal on the powerplay in the second period, with Jordan Challis taking a shot from above the circles that made it past Thunder netminder Kane Easterbrook's pads. The Thunder answered back quickly, with a goal from Jesse Kantanen from below the circles only a few seconds later restoring their two goal lead. Brandon Contratto was assessed a 10min misconduct with around 12 min remaining in the second. The Swarm picked up their second goal as Challis was able to get clear in the slot on a 4-on-4 to pick up a rebound, and with Easterbrook down he had a tap in on a wide-open net.
The Swarm scored midway through the third to tie the game up, with Michael Attwell notching a goal on what was a standout performance from his line. The Thunder drew ahead again on a powerplay, as Mitch Frear made a superbly judged tip on a shot from Paris Heyd. Alexander Polozov was assessed a 10 minute misconduct in the latter half of the period, before Brandon Contratto tied the game again with 7.31 remaining, before being assessed a match penalty and a 5 minute major. The Swarm made an incredible effort on the penalty kill, and were able to hold the Thunder in check until a slashing call on Attwell saw them have to defend a 5-on-3. The Swarm defended a full minute of the 5-on-3, but Ben Gavoille capped off a strong weekend performance by picking up a powerplay goal and the eventual game-winner.
The Swarm will play their final games of 2014 in Botany on August 9th and 10th against the Southern Stampede.