DULUTH, GA. (FEBRUARY 1, 2024) – The Georgia Swarm (4-4) are gearing up for a rematch against the Vancouver Warriors (2-5) on Friday, February 2nd at 7:30 PM for Casino Night, presented by Harrah’s Cherokee Casino.
The Swarm lost to the Vancouver Warriors, 15-7, in their previous meeting in December, resulting in their first loss of the season. Lyle Thompson led the Swarm’s offensive attack despite having a quiet night with two goals. TJ Comizio collected nine loose balls, and John Ranagan and Adam Wiedemann combined for six blocks on defense. The Warriors outscored the Swarm with 11 goals in the second half.
Commenting on the Warriors’ performance last time, Swarm head coach Ed Comeau acknowledged Vancouver’s hunger, solid structure, resilience, and determination.
Key players to watch for the Warriors include Adam Charalambides, who has notched 34 points (16g, 18a) this season, and Keegan Bal, who has recorded an impressive 32 points. Despite the Vancouver Warriors’ tough loss to the Colorado Mammoth (14-8) last week, the Warriors outshot the Mammoth 73 to 63. On the defensive side the Warriors picked up 76 loose balls and caused 11 turnovers causing the Mammoth to stumble in the first half. That Warrior defense wasn’t enough to maintain the Mammoth in net to make a comeback in the second half.
On the other side the Swarm faced a setback last week, losing 14-11 to the New York Riptide, marking their fourth loss of the season and their third consecutive defeat. Amidst injuries and illnesses in recent games, the Swarm’s offense is averaging 9.3 goals per game, while allowing 3.8 goals per quarter. Star player Lyle Thompson has been a standout performer, averaging almost three goals and over two assists per game. Thompson currently has 41 points this season (23G, 18A).
Leading into this week’s game, head coach Ed Comeau underlined the importance of execution, saying, “We need to execute.” We are being consistent, getting excellent looks, and having fantastic opportunities, but the execution is what counts most. We need to be more psychologically and physically prepared.”
The faceoff between the Georgia Swarm and Vancouver Warriors is scheduled for 7:30 PM ET this Friday night at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Field at Gas South Arena. After this Friday’s home contest, the Swarm are on the road for four games and will return for Heroes Night on Friday, March 8th at 7:30 PM ET.