San Diego Wins a Heart Stopper

Ross McLoughlin

LaxPhily- A Division of the Edge of Philly Sports Network.

San Diego Seals Come from Behind with 2 seconds left and win.

This game was nearly another heartbreaker where the time ran out on the Seals.

Though, just like the Vancouver and Albany losses the Seals were down by multiple goals.

In a game without Austin Staats but, with a returning all time Seals scoring leader Casey Jackson. This game the Seals figured out how to score on key possessions, highlighted again by Wes Berg who is quietly putting together a MVP quality Season for San Diego.

Eric Penny (40 saves) played amazing for the Rush, and even in the loss it could be considered one of his best games.

He gave new hope to a struggling Rush team and just missed winning this game.

The Seals won 13 of 21 faceoffs, for the first game, I think all season that they won at the Faceoff position.

The Officials were once again less than stellar, not calling a blatant punch to Brodie Merrill’s face which knocked him down flat on the carpet, but, at the same time giving Tor Reinholdt a 5 minute major for a punch to a Rush player that dove into Frank Scigliano (47 saves.

The penalties were really adding up in the first half, and the Rush were capitalizing on them scoring 3 power play goals.

First Quarter

The first quarter opened up in typical San Diego fashion as slow and methodical. It took nearly 6 minutes before Rush’s Mark Mathews snuck one past the stingy defense of San Diego and Frank Scigliano.

But, that was followed up with a Rush goal with Jeff Shattler bang bang score 2 minutes later.

Cam Holding tried to break up the run and scored on a defensive breakaway on a pass from Defenseman Tor Reinholdt.

But, the Rush came back with Jeff Shattler, Dan Linter and Jeff Cornwall all scoring before the first Quarter ended.

To the Second

The second Quarter started off Fast, with Dane Dobbie scoring at the 1 minute mark.

Mark Mathews scored at the 2 minute mark, and Casey Jackson scored on a power play bang bang pass from Dane Dobbie at the 3:50 mark.

It took another 4 minutes for Wes Berg (3 goals 4 assists) to score again.

Jeff Shattler scored at the 10:50 minute and then again at the 14 minute mark both on the same major power play.

The score at the half was 8 to 4, with the Rush leading the Seals.

I jokingly told the rest of the guys at Lax Philly that the Seals had them right where they wanted them. And on a strange night where the favorite was losing in all the games it seemed more funny than true.

To the Third

The Third Quarter the Rush went right back to business with Robert Church scoring at the 1 minute mark.

At this point the Rush seemed to be running out of gas, but with a 9 to 4 lead it was nearly taken for granted that the Rush would win….

But this is the NLL where no lead is safe, you play on, and 11 minutes later Wes Berg scored, followed up by Mac O’Keefe scoring 2 minutes after that. The Rush still had the lead 9 to 6 with 15:00 to play.

Drama Time

The Fourth Quarter, Tre Leclaire scored on a power play 2 minutes 42 seconds in.

And both Defenses tightened down.

Then Wes Berg finally snuck one past Penny at the 9 minute 22 second mark, Followed up by Zach Greer to tie the game with with 1 minute 20 seconds left.

Wes Berg grabbed a loose ball and called time out with 8 seconds on the clock.

San Diego pulled Frank Scigliano for the final 8 seconds, and Wes Berg sprinted full tilt down the field and shot which was blocked by Penny, with Jermey Noble scooping the loose ball and scored, then got buried near the boards by a rush Defender with less than 2 seconds left in the game the Seals had the lead 10 to 9.

And as the final 2 seconds ticked off the Seals had the victory.

San Diego with dramatic comeback.

Kevin Neibauer
Kevin Neibauer

Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.

Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.

A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.