Robin Vortanov got the Swarm on the board early, with a goal just thirty seconds into the game.
The Auckland Mako struck back midway through the period, with Serikov scoring to tie it, and Vesper adding a second goal five minutes later to give them the lead.
That lead was short-lived, however, as Vortanov potted his second of the period to tie the score again just over a minute later.
Botany Swarm are tied with the Auckland Mako at 2-2 after an exciting first period at The Hive and will start period two with 53s remaining in a penalty kill.
The Swarm went ahead on a partial breakaway goal from Eric Chung, but the Auckland Mako tied it up again on the powerplay with a goal from Spiller. Some penalty trouble for both teams saw the special teams get a good work out, as well as some 4-on-4 play, before the Swarm scored a powerplay goal of their own, with Daylan Lipanovich putting the puck in with a shot from the blue line.
The Swarm lead 4-3 after two periods, coming out on top after another period of back and forth chances.
Early pressure in the third period was all the Swarm’s, and they extended their lead with goals from Logan Gillard, who tapped in a cross-crease pass early in the period, and Ritchie Hopkinson, who scored the eventual game-winner by pulling a puck out of a pile of skates in front of the Mako net.
The Auckland Mako made things interesting with two quick goals after calling their timeout with three minutes remaining, with KC Ball and AJ Spiller scoring to get the visitors within one.
The Swarm take this game by a final score of 6-5 over the Auckland Mako.