Seals Defeat Swarm In Wild Finish In Overtime

The San Diego Seals picked up a 12-11 win over the Georgia Swarm on Friday night in a wild finish in overtime.

Wes Berg was the overtime hero. He scored his sock trick 4:12 into the extra frame. However, Brendan Bomberry scored 14 seconds earlier. The issue was he didn’t beat the shot clock.

This game was a goaltending clinic put on by two of the young up-and-coming goaltenders in the league. Brett Dobson stopped 46 of 58 shots in the loss for the Swarm. Chris Origlieri stopped 33 of 44 shots in the win.

Trevor Baptiste was once again dominant on faceoffs, winning 21 of 27 draws.

Swarm Grab Early Lead

San Diego opened the scoring with Jake Govett finding the back of the net at 2:29.

The Swarm would then take the lead with a two-goal run. Seth Oakes tied up the game at 5:23 followed by Bryan Cole 39 seconds later.

Curtis Dickson tied it back up 2-2 at 9:07 with a power play marker. Graydon Bradley gave the Seals the lead at 10:28 scoring on a clear breakaway off a turnover.

Georgia retook the lead in the final couple of minutes of the first quarter. Zach Miller tied it up with 2:31 left on the clock. Shayne Jackson then scored the go-ahead goal on the power play with 10 seconds left. The Swarm led 4-3 after the first quarter.

The Wes Berg Show

Jackson increased Georgia’s lead to 5-3 at 2:49 of the second quarter. Then Wes Berg turned up the heat.

Berg scored at 5:20 to get San Diego back within one. He struck again on the power play with 5:55 left in the quarter.

We were all tied up 5-5 at the half.

Goals Galore In The Third

Georgia opened the third quarter with a three-goal run to take an 8-5 lead.

Oakes scored 1:32 into the third followed by Bomberry just over two minutes later. Brady Kearnan rounded out the three-goal run at 5:29.

San Diego replied with a two-goal run starting with Berg scoring a power play marker at 7:02. Austin Staats would then capitalize on a Dane Dobbie feed 41 seconds later to make it 8-7 in favour of the Swarm.

Oakes scored his hat trick goal at 9:01. Lyle Thompson followed that up with 3:42 on the clock on the power play to restore the three-goal cushion.

Berg scored with 3:11 left followed by Dickson with 1:26 on the clock. However, Georgia held a 10-9 lead heading into the final frame.

A Wild Finish In Overtime 

Berg struck again 2:25 into the fourth quarter to tie it up 10-10. Eli Gobrecht then went on a breakaway at 8:52 to give the Seals their first lead since the first quarter.

Oakes then took a feed from Thompson and made no mistake with 3:21 left in regulation to send the game into overtime.

And then the wild finish in overtime.

Both defences and goaltending were solid in the early going in the extra frame.

At 3:58 into overtime, Bomberry dove from behind the net and beat Origlieri and it appeared the Swarm had won. It went to review and the ball did not cross the goal line before the shot clock expired. No goal and we play on.

On the very next possession, Berg scored his sock trick goal with an outside shot that was the game-winner to end the wild finish in overtime.

Top Scorers

San Diego 

Wes Berg, 6g 1a

Austin Staats, 1g 5a

Curtis Dickson, 2g 3a

Georgia Swarm

Shayne Jackson, 2g 6a

Seth Oakes, 4g 3a

Lyle Thompson, 1g 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.