Tyler Hass is going to be looking to renegotiate his contract. The Swarm transition player scored his second career hat trick Friday night, including a power play goal to open the game and the overtime goal that closed it as Minnesota (2-3) eked out a 13-12 win over the Toronto Rock 5-2). Minnesota trailed only once in the game—8-7 for much of the third quarter—but could never pull away from the resilient East Division Leaders. Minnesota took a two-goal lead when Jay Card scored his second of the night at 11:33 of the fourth quarter to make it 12-10. A crucial error turned the momentum when the Swarm got caught with seven players on the floor just inside the final two minutes of regulation time. With the full duration of the penalty unable to be served, that meant an automatic penalty shot. Kasey Beirnes converted it at 13:04 to give him a hat trick and, more importantly, pull Toronto back within one.
Colin Doyle scored only 1 goal (to go along with 4 assists), but it was a timely one. He buried the ball on a diving dunk goal from behind the net with 1:29 to play, forcing overtime. There, Hass worked his magic, taking a pass from Brock Sorensen and beating Nick Rose to end the game.
Kiel Matisz, Card, Corbyn Tao and Andrew Watt all scored twice for Minnesota. Ryan Benesch and Mitch Belisle each contributed 4 assists. Tyler Carlson made 35 saves to earn the win. Stephan Leblanc led the Rock with 7 points (1 goal, 6 assists). Scott Evans, Blaine Manning and Josh Sanderson scored 2 goals each for Toronto with the latter pair also adding 2 assists. Rose made 41 saves in a losing effort.
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