With their season on the line, Dane Dobbie scored a highlight-reel goal in overtime as the San Diego Seals downed the Colorado Mammoth 11-10 in overtime on Saturday night.
The win ties up the best-of-three series 1-1, forcing a Game 3 back at Pechanga Arena next Saturday.
The game was a two-man show for the Seals as Dobbie and Austin Staats combined for nine of San Diego’s 11 goals. Zack Greer has the other two markers for the Seals.
Meanwhile, the Mammoth remained without star forward Ryan Lee for the second straight game.
The Staats and Dobbie Show
Colorado struck first blood in this match up three minutes into the game off a goal by Eli McLaughlin.
Enter the Staats and Dobbie show. Staats would answer 1:26 later and added a second just under two minutes apart in San Diego’s line power play.
Dobbie would finish off the three-goal run at 11:59 to give the Seals an early 3-1 cushion,
McLaughlin scored his second of six goals on the night to round out the first-quarter scoring.
Dane Dobbie with the hat trick
Dobbie continued to cause the Mammoth fits in the second quarter, scoring two more to open the quarter to complete his hat trick.
McLaughlin struck again in the second to make it 5-3 for the Seals at the half.
But lacrosse is about runs and momentum and the Mammoth proved that in the third quarter.
A four-goal run to open the second half would give the Mammoth a 7-5 lead. It would be the first lead Colorado would have since the first quarter.
Scoring for the Mammoth were Dylan Kinnear, Brett McIntyre, Tyson Gibson and Joey Cupido.
Staats single-handedly tie up the game 7-7 heading into the final frame.
Seals’ season on the line
McLaughlin scored at 2:56 of the fourth quarter on Colorado’s lone power play to regain the Mammoth’s lead. In fact, both teams went one-for-one with the man advantage in this game.
At 6:12, McLaughlin gave the Mammoth a 9-7 lead and it looked like the Seal’s season was hanging in the balance.
A pair of goals from Greer and another from Staats would put San Diego up 10-9 to leave us with a thriller heading to the end of regulation time.
Hoping not to have to go back to San Diego for Game 3, McLaughlin finished off his sock trick with one minute left to play and it was enough to force overtime.
Dobbie the hero in OT
For the Seals, it was score and live to see another day. For the Mammoth, it was for a trip to the NLL Cup.
San Diego thought they may have had the game won early in overtime as Staats took a shot but ended up diving into Dillon Ward as the ball crossed the line.
The call on the field was no-goal and after review, it was ruled that Staats was in the crease, so the call on the field stood.
At 2:26 of overtime, Dobbie got pushed front behind as he was cutting in front of the net. As he was falling he flung a shot behind his back that beat Ward for the game-winner.
Frank Scigliano took the win in goal for the Seals, stopping 42 of 52 shots. Ward stopped 41 of 52 shots in the loss.
Dane Dobbie, 4g 2a
Austin Staats, 5g
Jeremy Noble, 5a
Wesley Berg, 5a
Eli McLaughlin, 6g 1a
Tyson Gibson, 1g 2a
Dylan Kinnear, 1g 2a
Connor Robinson, 3a
Shawn Slaght has been a sports reporter across the Canadian prairies for over 10 years and has experience covering everything from junior hockey to World Cup skiing to all levels of lacrosse. He is the Saskatchewan correspondent for All Lacrosse All The Time.