(Saturday, Feb. 6) – The Georgia Swarm (3-2) will look to finish its three-game road trip with a perfect record Saturday evening against the Calgary Roughnecks (2-3) at Scotiabank Saddledome during a 9 p.m. ET showdown. Fans can watch the game live online via FOX Sports GO.
Georgia won both of its games last weekend on the road, defeating the Toronto Rock 20-17 and the Rochester Knighthawks 13-9. With the two victories, the Swarm jumped up to second place in the East Division after starting the season 1-2. The Swarm’s offense currently ranks second in the NLL averaging 13.2 goals per game and rookie forward Randy Staats was recently named the NLL’s Rookie of the Month for January after leading all rookies in points (25), goals (11) and assists (14).
“Offensively we did a really good job moving the ball and keeping everyone engaged,” Swarm head coach Ed Comeau said in regards to how his offense played last week. “That’s key in this league because it makes it really hard for defenses to focus in on any one player.”
Calgary played on the road last night against the Saskatchewan Rush and lost 19-12 in a high-scoring affair. Calgary is 1-1 at home this season, while the Swarm is 2-1 on the road.
“As we saw last week, playing on a back-to-back is not always a disadvantage,” Comeau said. “We know they’re going to come out ready tonight, especially after losing last night. Calgary is always a tough place to play, they get a big crowd here and their team brings lots of energy. We know they’re going to look for a real good start and we’re going to have to meet and hopefully exceed their intensity.”
Johnny Powless leads the Swarm in scoring through five games with 26 points (13G, 13A), and goalie Brodie MacDonald has earned all three of the Swarm's victories, while posting a 10.68 GAA and .784 save percentage. On Calgary's side, lefty Dane Dobbie has registered a team-high 28 points (12G, 16A), while Curtis Dickson leads his squad with 14 goals.
"We need to really be aware of their transition game, that’s important here in Calgary," Comeau said. "Dane Dobbie scores a lot of goals that way. Defensively we played really well five-on-five last week in both games, so we want to play in five-on-five situations and keep playing our system and getting saves."
The Swarm returns home to Harrah's Cherokee Casino Field at Infinite Energy Arena for a Valentine’s Day showdown on Sunday, Feb. 14 against the Buffalo Bandits at 2:05 p.m. To purchase tickets, call 844-4-GASWARM or visit GeorgiaSwarm.com
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