San Diego — If anyone can find the San Diego Seals defense, could you please ask where they went in the second half of the Western Conference Finals game three?
The Colorado Mammoth outscored the Seals 10-4 to come from behind and grab a 15-13 victory to move into the NLL Championship game against Buffalo.
Wes Berg did what he could as he scored four goals (and a pair of assists) to lead the Seals (10-9). Dane Dobbie, Austin Staats and Zack Greer all scored a pair of goals, while Casey Jackson, Patrick Shoemay and Tre Leclaire all scored once. The one-time Mammoth Jeremy Noble put five assists on the scoresheet.
Eli McLaughlin paced the Colorado Mammoth (11-8) with 12 points (6g, 6a).
After trading two goals each in the first quarter, the Seals went crazy scoring seven in the second.
Berg scored his first goal of the night off a Noble feed at the 5:15 mark of the segment. Noble was in the giving mood tonight against his former team, as he fed Jackson just 77 seconds later. Just 20 seconds later, “Wonder kid” Austin Staats put on past Dillon Ward to give the Seals a 5-3 lead.
Colorado scored to move within a goal at 5-4. Shoemay scored on a transition goal at the 8:42 mark to make it 6-4. Berg and Dobbie teamed up to score back-to-back goals in a little less than a minute to push it to 8-4. The four-goal lead was the largest lead by either team in the series (at the time). Colorado would claw back to a three. Leclaire would cap off the first half scoring with his third of the postseason.
It was at this point that the Seals defense left the Pechanga Arena San Diego.
The Mammoth went from down four at the break to being up two in a little more than 20 minutes. In fact Colorado outscored the Seals 10-4 in the second half (9-5 Seals at the half).
In the fourth quarter, Dane Dobbie scored on a penalty shot to move past former Seal “Triple D” Dangerous Dan Dawson on the all-time playoff point list. Dobbie now has 160 points (76g, 84a) and is only 40 points away from the all-time lead of John Tavares (84g, 116a (leads in both categories)).
The Seals had a deep playoff run, but just could not get past Colorado in the Western Conference Finals. The Seals will be back for the 2022-23 season late in the year.