Desert Dogs Stun The San Diego Seals

The Las Vegas Desert Dogs picked up a 10-8 on Friday night at home to stun the San Diego Seals.

It was Wayne Gretzky jersey night at Michelob Ultra Arena and the Desert Dogs didn’t let “The Great One” down. Las Vegas’s defense only allowed three goals through three quarters. Meanwhile, they kept Austin Staats and Curtis Dickson from finding the back of the net and Dane Dobbie had a single goal that came late in the first quarter.

Most of San Diego’s offense came on the power play as they went four-for-seven on the man advantage. Penalties were pretty evenly split at six for Las Vegas and seven for San Diego.

Shots were dead even to 48 apiece. Landon Kells had a bounce-back game with 42 saves, while Chris Origlieri stopped 37 in the loss. Wes Berg had four goals including his 200th career goal.

Even Through One Quarter

Las Vegas would get on the board 2:06 into the game. But Kyle Jackson replied for the Seals on the power play to tie it up 44 seconds later.

John Wagner found the back of the net with 8:02 left on the clock to give Las Vegas a 2-1 lead and suddenly this didn’t look like a cakewalk for the Seals.

Back on the man advantage, Dobbie scored his lone goal of the game to tie it 2-2 at the first break.

Desert Dogs Shut Down The Seals

Jack Hannah and the Las Vegas Desert Dogs would shut down the Seals in the second quarter. Kells stopped all shots he faced in the quarter, while Hannah scored all three goals.

Las Vegas got their power play going early in the second. Hannah scored with the extra man 1:24 to give Vegas the lead. Hannah struck again just over a minute later to make it 4-2.

Hannah rounded out the scoring with 9:56 on the clock to make it 5-2 for Vegas at the half.

Defensive Battle In The Third

Neither offense could grab momentum to open the second half. Rob Hellyer opened the scoring at 4:01 on the power play off a feed from Zack Greer.

Wes Berg scored San Diego’s first goal in nearly 28 minutes to narrow the lead 6-3. It was also San Diego’s third power-play goal of the game.

San Diego’s Comeback Falls Short

Kyle Jackson opened the scoring in the fourth quarter at 3:09 to make it 6-4. It would be a rollercoaster of a fourth quarter.

Sean Westley replied just under two minutes later to restore Las Vegas’s three-goal lead. Greer capped off a two-goal run with 8:17 on the clock to make it 8-4.

With 5:21 on the clock, Staats was called for goaltender interference, and Jonathan Gagliardi was called for roughing to make it four-on-four. The Seals pulled Origlieri to go five-on-four. It paid off initially. Berg scored 19 seconds later to get the Seals within one.

Hannah replied 1:17 later as San Diego went up 9-5. Continuing to push, Berg scored with 2:37 left in the game and again on the power play with 1:47 on the clock to make it a two-goal game.

Gagliardi buried one into the empty net with 28 seconds on the score to more-or-less put the game away. Kyle Jackson scored with less than two seconds left, but the game was all but done. The Desert Dogs would stun the San Diego Seals 10-8.

Top Scorers

Las Vegas

Zack Greer, 2g 6a

Jack Hannah, 4g 2a

Rob Hellyer, 1g 4a

San Diego

Wes Berg, 4g 2a

Austin Staats, 4a

Kyle Jackson, 3g

Curtis Dickson, 3a

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Shawn Slaght
Shawn Slaght

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.