BUFFALO, N.Y. (January 15, 2023) – The Georgia Swarm (0-4) and Buffalo Bandits (4-1) faced off for the second consecutive week with the Bandits edging the Swarm once again. Despite the 11-9 loss, the Swarm battled with the league’s top-5 scoring offense, matching their shots on goal, taking 56.
Brett Dobson earned the start in net this week, playing all 60 minutes. In his first full game between the pipes, Dobson totaled 45 saves and an .803 save percentage. A new face suited up with the Swarm last night in Seth Oakes who assisted Bryan Cole’s goal in the final five minutes of the game.
The Swarm converted 4-of-6 (66.6%) power plays with Lyle Thompson netting three. Thompson totaled four goals and six points in the affair, leading the squad in both categories. Brendan Bomberry clinched the fourth man-up goal, totaling two goals and one assist. Shayne Jackson and Andrew Kew were assist heavy tonight, notching four and three, respectfully. Jackson eclipsed the 400 career assist mark after assisting Bomberry’s power play goal in the first frame.
Both teams took 56 shots on goal with Lyle Thompson leading the floor with 16, Buffalo’s Josh Byrne followed with 15. Byrne had another impressive showing, totaling nine points (6G, 3A) on the night. Dhane Smith followed Byrne in points, notching five assists and one goal.
After Tehoka Nanticoke totaled eight points last week, the Swarm quieted him down only allowing him to give out two assists. Another defensive improvement from last week was shutting down Brandon Robinson. Robinson recorded six points (5G, 1A) last week and only had six loose balls, three shots on goal, and a turnover in the second meeting.
Georgia takes a two-week break and returns in Week 10 for their second consecutive road trip. The Colorado Mammoth invite the Georgia Swarm to Denver, Co. on Feb. 3, for a 9:00 PM ET face off. The Mammoth rank second in the Western Division with a 3-1 record.