San Diego — The beginning and end of game one in the Western Conference finals between Colorado and San Diego was an offensive explosion. The middle part, was filled with hard hits and checks.
Dane Dobbie scored three goals, while Casey Jackson and Tre Leclaire both netted a pair. Dobbie, Jeremy Noble and Austin Staats all handed out four apples.
The first quarter was high octane offense as the two squads teamed up for eight goals. Colorado scored just 36 seconds into the contest. San Diego bounced back and scored the next three goals. Staats, Berg and Jackson all scored, with Casey’s being on the power play.
The ancient elephants put two more on the board to tie it up. Then Leclaire and Jackson scored 140 seconds apart to give the Seals a 5-3 lead at the end of 15 minutes.
San Diego increased the lead outscoring the Mammoth 4-3. After Colorado tied the game up, the Seals scored a pair from Noble and on a short-handed odd-man rush from Patrick Shoemay. After Colorado scored, The Legend Dane Dobbie scored two in a row to give San Diego the 9-6 lead at the break.
Colorado started to take charge in the third quarter. The team that hails from Denver outscored San Diego 5-1. The lone Seal goal in the third quarter was from Mac O’Keefe. The rookie from Long Island scored from straight away at the offensive line to make it 11-10 Colorado after three.
The trend continued in the fourth quarter as Colorado would out-score San Diego 3-2. Dobbie would score his hat-trick at the 6:18 mark of the fourth to tie it up at 11. In less than two minutes, Colorado would put three goals past Frank Scigliano.
The best-of-three series shifts to Ball Arena next weekend, May 21. Should San Diego win that game, the deciding game would be back at Pechanga Arena San Diego on May 28. If Colorado wins, they move onto the Championship series.
- The Seals went a perfect 2 for 2 on the power play. Defensively, the team improved on last weeks performance against Philadelphia by allowing only two power play goals to Colorado.
- San Diego was called for five infractions compared to Colorado’s three.
- San Diego out-shot the Mammoth 48-44.
- Both teams scored five goals in a period. San Diego was in the first, Colorado in the third.