Seals Dim Warriors Playoff Hopes

The San Diego Seals picked up a 16-9 win on Friday night in NLL action to dim the Vancouver Warriors’ playoff hopes.

Despite the loss, the Warriors will need a lot of help in order to make it into the post season. Vancouver will need a New York loss to Albany and a Calgary loss to Panther City and a Saskatchewan loss to Toronto and a Rochester loss to Philadelphia. The Seals loss also means that Panther City locked up a playoff spot.

For San Diego, it was a bounce back game after losing 13-8 to the Saskatchewan Rush the previous week. The Seals welcomed Curtis Dickson and Kyle Jackson back to the lineup and they immediately made an impact.

There were some questions as Austin Staats went down in the first half injured in a meaningless game for the Seals. He would return but come up limping in the fourth quarter.

Seals Dive In

San Diego opened the game jumping out to a quick 2-0 lead. Wes Berg opened the scoring one minute into the game followed by Dane Dobbie on the power play at 3:15.

Vancouver would get on the board at the 5:47 mark with Ryan Martel finding the back of the net to make it 2-1.

Dickson and Jackson announced their return to end the first quarter. Jackson scored a beauty while falling at 8:16.

Dickson would round out the scoring with 3:48 left on the clock as the Seals led 4-1 after the first quarter of play.

Warriors Push Back

The Warriors were able to crack Chris Origlieri in the second quarter. Keegan Bal opened the scoring 58 seconds into the quarter. Kevin Crowley followed that up at 5:10 to get the Warriors within one 4-3.

Jackson put San Diego up by two, beating Aiden Walsh at 9:47. Thirty seconds later, Martel scored to make it 5-4 and added another to tie up the game with 2:35 left in the quarter.

San Diego would score three times in the final 1:23 to retake the lead. Tre Leclaire scored followed by Danny Logan unassisted 11 seconds later.

Dickson rounded out the scoring with 1.9 seconds left on the clock to make it 8-5 for the Seals at the half. It was Dickson’s 528th career goal, surpassing Colin Doyle for seventh all-time.

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Warriors Can’t Make Up For Slow Start

The Seals opened the third quarter with another two-goal run. Dickson scored his hat-trick goal 1:31 into the second half. Logan followed that up 10 seconds later off a feed from Brodie Merrill as the Seals led 10-5.

Vancouver got back on the board at 3:15 off a goal from Adam Charalambides. Bal added to the tally at 7:05 to get the Warriors within three.

San Diego replied with 2:38 left on the clock. Leclaire scored to give the Seals an 11-7 lead heading into the fourth.

Vancouver’s Playoff Hopes Nearly Dashed

Bal opened the scoring for Vancouver in the fourth quarter at 1:25 off of a penalty shot.

After that, it was more-or-less all San Diego. The Seals went on a three-goal run starting with Austin Staats scoring at the 3:23 mark.

Jackson would make it 13-8 at the 4:42 mark followed by Berg at 6:10.

Bal stopped the bleeding temporarily at 7:13. However, goals from Berg and Staats would lead the Seals to a 16-9 win and dim the playoff hopes of the Vancouver Warriors.

Top Scorers

San Diego Seals

Wes Berg, 3g 5a

Curtis Dickson, 3g 4a

Kyle Jackson, 3g 3a

Vancouver Warriors

Keegan Bal, 4g 2a

Adam Charalambides, 1g 4a

Ryan Martel, 3g 1a

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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.