Roughnecks Fall Short Against The San Diego Seals

The San Diego Seals were able to hold off a late charge by the Calgary Roughnecks to pick up a 7-6 road win on Friday night.

The Seals welcomed back a couple of “new” faces to the lineup. Chris Wardle made his San Diego debut after being traded at the deadline from the Colorado Mammoth. They also welcomed back Brodie Merrill as he came out of retirement and signed with the Seals earlier this week.

As expected, both goaltenders stood tall in this game. Chris Origlieri stopped 35 of 41 shots in the win. Christian Del Bianco saw a ton of rubber, stopping 54 of 61 shots.

The win moves San Diego to 10-4 to keep pace with the top teams in the league. Meanwhile, Calgary drops to 5-8 as they continue to battle for a playoff spot.

In the milestone column, Curtis Dickson tallied his 1,000th career point.

Seals Jump Out To A Big Lead

It was all San Diego Seals to open the game as they jumped out to a 4-0 lead.

Tre Leclaire opened the scoring at 3:21 followed by Austin Staats with a goal on the very next possession.

Kyle Jackson would make it 3-0 at 8:53 followed by Wes Berg with 1:40 left in the quarter.

Calgary finally stopped the bleeding with 58 seconds on the with a transition goal from Shane Simpson as the Seals held a 4-1 lead after the first quarter.

Quiet Second Quarter

It was a quiet second quarter as neither team could find the net for 10:11. Berg finally broke the ice with a highlight reel behind-the-back goal to extend San Diego’s lead to 5-1.

Tyler Pace would get Calgary within three on the power play with 2:24 left in the first half.

Staats rounded out the scoring with 1:45 on the clock to make it 6-2 San Diego at the half.

Calgary Gets Back Into The Game

The Roughnecks opened the third quarter with a three-goal run to grab momentum and put them right back in the game.

Jesse King opened the scoring at 2:26 followed by Tanner Cook at 3:03. King finished off the run at 5:27 and suddenly we had a 6-5 ball game.

Leclaire found the back of the net with seven seconds left on the clock as the Seals led 7-5 heading into the final frame.

Comeback Falls Short

Both teams would not give an inch in the fourth quarter as the lone goal came with 3:14 left in the game.

Cook found the back of the net to get Calgary within one. However, the Roughnecks were unable to find the equalizer at the Seals picked up a 7-6 win.

Top Scorers

San Diego Seals

Austin Staats, 2g 2a

Curtis Dickson, 3a

Wes Berg, 2g 1a

Calgary Roughnecks

Tyler Pace, 1g 2a

Jesse King, 2g

Tanner Cook, 2g

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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.