|Posted on May 11, 2015 at 3:55 AM|
After a close match on Saturday that the Swarm took in overtime, the Swarm's final 2014 game was decidedly less even on the scoresheet as the visiting Stampede took a 4-1 regulation win.
The Swarm began promisingly with a few chances on the powerplay, but were not able to convert on those, with the Stampede getting in shooting lanes and a few good shots going wide or striking iron. The Stampede picked up their first goal on a powerplay of their own with just over 4 min remaining, with Braden Lee scoring from the far circles.
The Swarm had some more good offensive pressure towards the end of the period, with Brandon Contratto drawing iron but the puck bouncing out of play, in what became something of a theme.
The second period was something of a track meet, with plenty of end-to-end action and chances for both sides the scoring was all Stampede. The Stampede added their second goal midway through the period as Mike McRae picked up the puck in the slot to fire it into the net, and added a third a few minutes later as Matt Schneider came off the bench as the sixth man during a delayed call and scored.
The Swarm broke the Stampede’s shutout bid just over halfway through the third period, as KC Ball picked up a rebound from beside the net and tapped it in on the powerplay.
The Stampede picked up their fourth and final goal a couple minutes later from Ryan Strayer, who crashed the net on a rush, and the 4-1 score held for the rest of regulation.