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Swarm, Bandits on the rise in the latest power rankings

04/09/2012, 6:10am EDT
By NLL.com

Minnesota and Buffalo both move up three spots at Philadelphia's expense

The Minnesota Swarm moved up three spots in ILIndoor.com's latest power rankings after beating Philadelphia on Friday night. (Photo Credit: Peter Wodarczyk)

Big wins last weekend at the expense of the same playoff-bound team put the Minnesota Swarm in position to clinch a berth and could provide one last spark for the Buffalo Bandits to get into the postseason.

Minnesota and Buffalo each moved up three spots in ILIndoor.com’s power rankings for Week 14.

The Swarm jumped three spots to No. 5 after snapping a season-high four-game skid with Friday’s 13-9 win at Philadelphia. Playing for the third straight game without leading goal scorer Ryan Benesch (concussion), Minnesota got nine goals combined from Tyler Hass, Kevin Ross and Corbyn Tao.

At 7-7, the Swarm would secure a spot in the postseason with a win Saturday over Washington.

Buffalo, which was last in the rankings, also moved up three slots to sixth following its 17-7 win over the Wings on Saturday. Four players each had three goals, led by John Tavares' four with four assists, and Anthony Cosmo stopped 46 of 53 shots and allowed one second-half goal.

The Bandits head to Edmonton on Saturday to face the Rush.

Philadelphia dropped one spot to fourth after being swept and won’t play again until April 21 against Minnesota.

Edmonton and Washington took the biggest slides this week.

The Rush fell from fifth to eighth after Saturday’s 12-8 loss to Toronto dropped them to 0-6 all-time at the Air Canada Centre. The Stealth were idle and rank ninth.

Read Brian Shanahan’s power rankings here


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