Shawn Slaght, All Lacrosse All The Time – A Division of the Edge of Philly Sports Network
Curtis Dickson was the OT hero, scoring 1:56 into extra time to defeat the Saskatchewan Rush 13-12 on Friday night at Pechanga Arena.
The Rush got off to a quick start, getting out to a seven-goal lead that slithered away in the fourth quarter.
The Rush saw the good and bad of Alexis Buque is goal. He was outstanding through the majority of the first three quarters.
The wheels fell off at the end of the third quarter and into the fourth quarter when the Seals scored nine unanswered goals. That was the end of Buque’s night, as Eric Penney came on in relief after the Seals’ ninth goal of the game.
Both backup goaltenders saw action. Frank Scigliano was pulled after giving up 10 goals and faced 29 shots. Christopher Origlieri came into the game and stopped nine of 11 shots in 17:54 of work.
Rush take early lead
Tre Leclaire scored with 9:55 left in the first quarter to open the scoring.
It only took 22 seconds for the Rush to tie the game up. Sophomore Marshall Powless for the back of the net at 9:22.
The Rush struck again 36 seconds later with Ryan Keenan making the score 2-1 after the first quarter.
Saskatchewan slowly pulls away
The Rush continued to pour it on in the second. Austin Madronic scored his first NLL goal 2:25 into the second quarter.
Robert Church would cap off a three-goal run for the Rush with 8:41 left in the quarter.
San Diego struck quickly with Leclaire scoring his second 19 seconds later to make it 4-2 for Saskatchewan.
The Rush began to push the pace on the power play at 6:09 with defenceman Matt Beers finding the back of the net.
Mike Messenger found himself playing some offence, taking a pass from Keenan and scoring with 4:43 left to make it 6-2 for the Rush.
Dane Dobbie rounded out the scoring with 2:45 on the clock on the power play to make it 6-3 at the half.
Rush dominate third quarter
The Saskatchewan Rush pulled away in the third quarter with a four-goal run.
Church scored his second of the game 2:15 into the third quarter to extend Saskatchewan’s lead 7-3.
The quarter included a couple of players getting their first NLL goals. Jerrett Smith scored on transition for the Rush with 11:29 on the clock.
The Rush rounded out the run with goals from captain Ryan Dilks and Church scored his hat trick goal. To make it 10-3
Mike McCannell scored his first career NLL goal with 55 seconds left in the third quarter to start a nine-goal run. The Rush still led 10-4 with one quarter left to play.
Superman the OT hero
The Seals would get within three goals in the first 2:24 of the fourth quarter. Scoring for San Diego Seals were Mac O’Keefe, Dickson and Wes Berg.
San Diego tied up the game 10-10 with Berg, Dickson and O’Keefe striking again. The Seals then took the lead 11-10 with Casey Jackson scoring with 8:50 on the clock.
Dickson put together the hat trick at 7:36 to give San Diego a 12-10 lead.
The Rush fought back to get within one with 3:26 left on the power play. Dan Lintner found the back of the net to make it 12-11.
With the extra attacker on the floor, Church tied up the game 12-12 with 55 seconds left in the game a force overtime.
Dickson was the OT hero as he took a feed from Berg, cut to the net and put one passed Penney to move the Seals to 2-0.
Robert Church, 4g 2a
Mark Matthews, 5a
Ryan Keenan, 1g 3a
Curtis Dickson, 4g 4a
Wes Berg, 2g 6a
Dane Dobbie, 1g 6a
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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.