UNIONDALE, N.Y. (December 12, 2021) — In a game which started off as a back-and-forth battle, the Georgia Swarm (1-1) picked up its first win of the season over the New York Riptide (0-3). The Swarm topped the Riptide 14-10 and were led by Lyle Thompson’s 10-point affair.
Thompson recorded a hat trick and two assists before the conclusion of the second half and ended the contest with five goals and five assists along with six loose balls. Shayne Jackson notched his second hat trick of the season after sneaking in his last goal in the final minutes of the game. The defense was backed by Mike Poulin’s 29 saves and .743 save percentage as well as Chad Tutton’s three caused turnovers.
In the first game of the season, the Swarm struggled on power plays only converting one-of-seven opportunities. Against New York, Georgia totaled four power play goals scoring three-straight man up goals from the end of the first frame to the first four minutes in the second. Brendan Bomberry started the streak at the end of the first quarter to give the Swarm a 4-3 lead. Jackson opened the second quarter with a power play goal and Thompson finished the power play scoring streak giving the squad a 6-3 advantage in the second. The Swarm ended the night 4-for-10 on power play opportunities.
The Riptide drew first blood in the first 35 seconds of the game, but Thompson responded 12 seconds later to even the score. The first frame was a close affair as Ryan MacSpadyen gave the Swarm a one goal lead after netting a transition goal, but it was equalized by New York’s Dan MacRae. Jordan MacIntosh and Bomberry were able to score one goal each to give the Swarm a one-point lead heading into the second quarter.
The Swarms defense and Poulin’s six saves left the Riptide scoreless in the second quarter. After the Swarm opened the second with two power play goals, Ethan Walker found Thompson open at the top who then netted his first hat trick of the season. MacIntosh then scored the fifth-straight Swarm goal before closing the first half.
In the third quarter, New York outscored the Swarm 4-3 and notched one power play goal. Georgia had a four-goal advantage when heading into the final frame but the Riptide closed that to a two-goal deficit after opening the fourth with two-straight goals. Jackson and Thompson added one goal each to the board to give the Swarm an extra cushion before Jackson sealed the deal with his third goal in the final minute.
The Swarm takes a holiday break and returns to play on Saturday, January 8, 2022. Georgia next faces the Philadelphia Wings in the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa. marking the squad’s second of four-straight away contests. The Swarm looks for redemption over the Wings as Georgia fell to Philadelphia by one in the last meeting of the 2019-20 season.