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Seals take the Roughnecks behind the woodshed


BY Chris Davis
Pechanga Arena SD — The San Diego Seals lost to Calgary in week three by a 9-5 score.  The Roughnecks scored another nine goals against their former teammate Frank Scigliano on Friday, this time tho the Seals won 15-9.  With the win, the Seals jump into a first-place tie with Saskatchewan.

San Diego (3-2) will have a quick turnaround after this statement win as they will travel to Vancouver to take on the Warriors for the first time in franchise history.

Calgary (3-3) also has a short turnaround as they travel to Denver to take on the Mammoth in an afternoon contest at Pepsi Center in the Colorado Capital.

Austin Staats Stats running out of the home tunnel. Mandatory photo credit: San Diego Sports Domination CEO David Frerker

For the night, Austin Staats had another Staats night as he scored a hat trick and had four assists to give him the lead in rookie scoring with 29 points (16g, 13a).

The Roughnecks came out of the shoot in a hurry as they scored twice in the opening five minutes.  That quieted the crowd for a time, however “The Wonder Boy” Staats put two in within 45 seconds to tie the game up.  Brodie Merrill scored a short-handed goal to give the Seals their first lead of the night.

Between the 4:32 mark of the first quarter and 1:00 minute mark of the second quarter (11:28 span) the Seals went on a 4-0 run.  Not the only big run of the night for the Purple and Gold.  Calgary scored another pair of goals in a quick run to make it 4-4.  The teams traded goals to make it 5-all at the 9:47 mark of the second quarter.  That would be the last time that Calgary would be in striking range.

The last three minutes of the first half, San Diego saw Casey Jackson (3g), Garrett Billings (2g, 4a) and Johnny Pearson (goal) all score to make it 8-5 Seals at the break.

Ninety-six seconds into the second half Dan Dobbie (2g, 3a) scored his second goal of the night.  It was at this point, that the Seals went on a 6-0 run over the last 12 and a half minutes of the quarter.

The teams thought that since the Norton vs Ali fight was fought in Pechanga Arena in 1973, they thought they would do their own version.  The only problem was that the referees didn’t want to have a reenactment.  Dobbie and Merrill decided to face off with each other by tossing their sticks to the side.  The referees didn’t like that too much and stepped in the middle of the scrum.  Both parties received penalties.  Merrill got five, while Dobbie got a two-minute minor and a five-minute major for intentional contact with a dead ball.  Calgary’s discipline went out the door as they were called for four more penalties after the incident.

 

Adrian Sorichetti capped the scoring with an empty netter, that he shot from his own defensive crease.

The next home game for the Seals will be on Feb. 8 when Vancouver comes to the Tank for a 7:05 faceoff.

Game notes: Calgary — With the loss, drops out of first place…Dan Taylor was held goal-less to snap a five-game scoring streak, the longest of the season in the NLL…First loss in 2018-19 when scoring the first goal of the game… Dobbie moves into the scoring lead for the NLL with 35 points (17g, 18a)… Dobbie also stays ahead of Staats in goals scored with 17.  San Diego — Gets the win when leading after one (first of the year)…Has outscored their opponents 27-19 in two home games.

1st Quarter Recap: Shots: CGY — 15, SD — 12.
1:27 — CGY: Boushy (7) (Doobie 16, Taylor 11), 1-0 CGY
3:57 — CGY: Doobie (16) (Dickson 1) PP, 2-0 CGY
4:32 — SD: Staats (14) (Kearnan 7), 2-1 CGY
5:13 — SD: Staats (15, 2nd) (UA), 2-2
8:16 — SD: Merrill (2) (Belgrave 1) SH, 3-2 SD

2nd Quarter Recap: Shots: CGY — (16/31), SD — (17/29).
1:00 — SD: Buchanan (7) (UA), 4-2 SD
2:11 — CGY: Martel (4) (Dobbie 17, Duch 19), 4-3 SD
3:59 — CGY: Duch (11) (Dobbie 18, Loewen 8), 4-4
5:32 — SD: Billings (4) (Evans7, Staats 10), 5-4 SD
9:47 — CGY: Boushy (7) (UA), 5-5
12:07 — SD: Jackson (4) (Billings 7), 6-5 SD
12:44 — SD: Billings (5, 2nd) (Dawson 12), 7-5 SD
12:51 — SD: Pearson (1) (McIntosh 1), 8-5 SD

3rd Quarter Recap: Shorts: CGY — (6/37), SD — (21/50).
1:36 — CGY: Dobbie (17, 2nd) (Dickson 2, Duch 20), 8-6 SD
2:33 — SD: Kearnan (Billings 8, Evans 7), 9-6 SD
8:39 — SD: Jackson (5, 2nd) (Evans 8, Dawson 13), 10-6 SD
11:20 — SD: Dawson (6) (Evans 9, Belgrave 2) PP, 11-6 SD
11:55 — SD: Jackson (6, 3rd) (Billings 9, Staats 11) PP, 12-6 SD
14:19 — SD: Staats (16, 3rd) (Billings 10, Dawson 14), 13-6 SD
14:46 — SD: Dawson (7, 2nd) (Evans 10, Staats 12), 14-6 SD

4th Quarter Recap: Shorts: CGY — (9/46), SD — (12/62).
2:03 — CGY: Loewen (6) (Duch), 14-7 SD
5:27 — CGY: Dickson (1) (Loewen 10), 14-8 SD
5:45 — CGY: Duch (11) (Currier 5), 14-9 SD
12:24 — SD: Sorichetti (3) (UA) EN, 15-9 SD

Power Play: CGY — 1-4, SD 3-8.

San Diego Sports Domination Player of the Game: Garrett Billings (2 goals and 4 assists)

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