BY Chris Davis
Pechanga Arena SD — The San Diego Seals got back on the winning ways after downing their Northwest rival Vancouver Warriors 13-10 before 9,117 boisterous fans at the Pechanga Arena San Diego on Saturday.
For those that thought Calgary was the rival for the Seals (5-4) — you might want to rethink that. Vancouver (3-8) is without a doubt the rival for the Seals! There were eighteen penalties during the game, including one game misconduct. Of those, six were roughing calls. All of which were legitimate roughing calls, not “oh he breathed on me wrong” roughing.
The hottest Seal Casey Jackson began his campaign for his fourth straight hat trick game less than a minute into the game. He was the beneficiary of a nice pass from “Wonder Boy” Austin Staats. All Jackson had to do to get his 14th goal of the season was to aim for the open half of the net.
After a collection of five penalties, Jackson get his second and final goal of the night and 15th of the season with just over five minutes left in the quarter to give San Diego a 2-0 lead. Kyle “Bucky” Buchanan and Garrett Billings assisted on the goal. It would be Bucky’s only assist of the night.
As usual, “Wonder Boy” Staats got in on the goal scoring as well. The rookie first put the Seals up 3-1 on a fast break goal just 92 seconds into the second quarter. It was his next goal at the 4:12 mark that had jaws and tongues dropping all around PASD. Billings passed it to Staats just outside of the crease, and the goal machine flung it into the net with a behind-the-back SportsCenter Top 10 type of goal. Bucky, scored his first of five goals two and a half minutes later to put the Purple and Gold up 6-2. Before halftime, the Nepean, Ontario native scored on the power play off of passes from Jackson and Staats to pot his 10th goal of the year right before the halftime horn.
A very scary moment happened with about 15 seconds left in the first half. An errant shot from the Seals was deflected and hit the referee and he went down hard. After being looked at by the athletic trainers, he was helped to the dressing room and would not return for the rest of the game. It was reported after the game that he had quite a shiner.
The third quarter is starting to become a problem for the team. For the season, the Seals are now being outscored 28-27. This evening they were outscored 5-3. Included in that was a span of 108 seconds where they allowed three straight goals and stretching it out a little further to 7:26 to score all five of the goals. Including a hat trick by Mitch Jones at the 3:31, 5:00 and 9:23 marks for his 21st through 23rd goals of the season.
Just after the Vancouver scoring fest that tied the game up at nine goals each, the Warriors lost their composure. At the 13:31 mark, Brandon Goodwin of Vancouver was called for an illegal cross-checking penalty. Normally, not a big deal, just go to the box for two minutes and come back and play some more. On this evening that wouldn’t be the case, however. On his way to the box, he kept talking and compiling to the referee. Who had had enough of his mouth and gave the New Westminster, British Columbia resident the gate with a game misconduct.
Before the end of the third quarter, Buchanan scored his fourth goal of the night (and second on the power play in the quarter).
Staats scored his fourth and final goal of the evening, giving him 24 on the year, to open the fourth quarter on the power play. Jones scored his fourth goal of the night to give Vancouver a ray of hope. However, Buchanan scored an empty net goal with just 35 seconds to go in the game.
The Seals will be at Pepsi Center in Denver Colorado next week. In two weeks (March 16 & 22) they will begin a two game homestand against their fellow expansion franchise Philadelphia and Saskatchewan. Both games have a 7:00 P.M. opening faceoff.
Game Notes: The win snaps the Seals two-game losing streak…It also gives them the season series against Vancouver should that be needed in the playoff race…Staats didn’t get called for a penalty which snaps his three game streak of being called for a penalty…With his six points (5g, 1a) Buchanan has scored five or more points in two games this season (season opener at Colorado he had 2g, 6a=8).
1st Quarter Recap: Shots: VAN — 12, SD — 15.
0:56 — SD: Casey Jackson (14) (Staats 18) 1-0 SD
5:30 — SD PEN: Reinholdt (Slashing) 2:00
8:00 — SD PEN: Reinholdt (Roughing) 2:00
8:00 — SD PEN: Schott (Roughing) 2:00
8:00 — VAN PEN: Beers (Roughing) 2:00
8:00 — VAN PEN: Salt (Roughing) 2:00
9:18 — SD: Casey Jackson (2nd, 15) (Buchanan 20, Billings 20) 2-0 SD
2nd Quarter Recap: Shots: VAN — (15/27), SD — (18/33).
0:19 — SD PEN: Schott (Cross-check) 2:00
1:01 — VAN: McBride (19) (Malcolm 15) PP 2-1 SD
1:32 — SD: Staats (21) (Schott 2, McIntosh 5) 3-1 SD
2:34 — VAN: Chetner 3 (Jones 30) 3-2 SD
3:19 — SD: McIntosh (2nd, 20) (Jackson 6, Reinholdt 6) 4-2 SD
4:12 — SD: Staats (2nd, 22) (Billings 21) 5-2 SD
6:47 — SD: Buchanan (9) (Jackson 7) 6-2 SD
7:22 — VAN: McBride (20) (Goodwin 2, Bal 23) 6-3 SD
10:24 — SD: Epple (Body check) 2:00
11:44 — VAN: McIntosh (3rd, 21) (Bal 24, Schuss 27) PP 6-4 SD
14:17 — VAN PEN: Toll (Slashing) 2:00
14:54 — SD: Buchanan (2nd, 10) (Jackson 7, Staats 19) PP 7-4 SD
3rd Quarter Recap: Shorts: VAN — (13/40), SD — (15/48).
0:29 — VAN PEN: Porter (Holding the stick) 2:00
2:21 — SD: Buchanan (3rd, 11) (Billings 22) PP 8-4 SD
2:57 — SD PEN: Clelland (Holding) 2:00
3:12 — VAN: McBride (2nd, 21) (Jones 30, Bal 25) PP 8-5 SD
3:31 — VAN: Jones (21) (Schuss 28) 8-6 SD
5:00 — VAN: Jones (2nd, 22) (Schuss 29, Barker 2) 8-7 SD
6:07 — SD: Staats (3rd, 23) (Reinholdt 7) 9-7 SD
8:06 — VAN PEN: Cordon (Roughing) 2:00
8:06 — SD PEN: Kearnan (Roughing) 2:00
9:23 — VAN: Jones (3rd, 23) (Schuss 30) 9-8 SD
9:59 — VAN PEN: Porter (Slashing) 2:00
10:38 — VAN: Bal (15) (Malcom 15) SH 9-9
11:38 — SD PEN: McIntosh (Cross-check) 2:00
13:31 — VAN PEN: Goodwin (Cross-Check) 2:00
13:31 — VAN PEN: Goodwin (Game Misconduct)
14:58 — SD: Buchanan (4th, 12) (Dawson 22) PP 10-9
4th Quarter Recap: Shorts: VAN — (9/49), SD — (11/59).
4:17 — VAN PEN: Bench minor (too many men) 2:00 (Served by Rahe)
5:24 — SD: Staats (4th, 24) (Billings 23, Dawson 23) PP 11-9 SD
8:12 — SD: Dawson (11) (Jackson 8, Buchanan 20) 12-9 SD
12:17 — VAN: Jones (4th, 24) (Bal 25) 12-10 SD
14:25 — SD: Buchanan (5th, 13) (UA) EN 13-10 SD
Power Play: VAN — 3-5, SD 4-6.
San Diego Sports Domination Player of the Game: Kyle Buchanan (5g, 1a).
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