Seals Force Playoff Rematch With The Mammoth

Shawn Slaght, All Lacrosse All The Time – A Division of the Edge of Philly Sports Network

The San Diego Seals picked up a 13-11 win over the Colorado Mammoth on Saturday night, setting up a playoff rematch between these two teams next weekend.

A win by Colorado would have put them in third place in the West Division and they would have faced Calgary in the first round. The loss dropped them to 9-9 and fourth place meaning they will head back to San Diego in a week’s time to face the Seals again.

San Diego seemed in control for most of this game, but a 5-0 run by the Mammoth kept them in contention until the end.

A few milestones were reached on Saturday night. Zed William picked up his 100th career goal and 200th career point. Mammoth captain Robert Hope picked up his 1,000th career loose ball.

Seals jump put to a big lead

San Diego opened the scoring 1:32 into the game. Austin Staats faked a shot and used a defender as a screen to make it 1-0.

Williams used a pick 1:50 later to tie up the game 1-1.

The Seals rounded out the first quarter scoring with a three-goal run. Staats scored at 10:57 followed by a shorthanded marker by Dane Dobbie at 5:37 to make it 3-1. Mac O’Keefe scored with 3:06 left to make it 4-1 at the first break.

San Diego holds on to momentum

Curtis Dickson finished off a 4-0 run for the Seals shorthanded to open the second quarter as San Diego had a commanding 5-1 lead.

Connor Robinson’s long-range, shorthanded shot got by Frank Scigliano at 9:12 to narrow San Diego’s lead to three goals.

On the powerplay, Staats scored a highlight reel goal at 7:57. Taking a pass from Dobbie, Staats dove from behind the net to make it 6-2 for the Seals.

Wes Berg would then score 1:01 later to give the Seals a five-goal cushion.

Brett McIntyre rounded out the second quarter scoring as he dodged a defender to find the back of the net. However, San Diego held a 7-3 advantage at the half.

The comeback begins

San Diego extended their lead to six goals early in the third quarter off of goals from Jacob Dunbar and a long shot that went far post by Staats.

The Mammoth began their 5-0 run beginning with a Williams finding the back of the net on the power play at 9:44. He added another goal 2:02 later to get Colorado back within four goals.

Penalty troubles continued to plague San Diego as Eli McLaughlin and McIntyre scored power play markers to make it 9-7 heading into the fourth quarter. In total, the Seals gave Colorado eight power play chances.

Comeback falls short

Connor Robinson scored on the run 4:36 into the fourth quarter to finish off the five-goal run. But after that it was all San Diego.

Staats found Patrick Shoemay wide open on the doorstep with 1:02 to play for the insurance goal. Shoemay added one more with three seconds on the clock to force the playoff rematch next weekend.

Both teams tried to set the tone heading into the playoff rematch. Kellen LeClair and Brett Craig dropped the gloves and threw haymakers after the final buzzer went.

San Diego head coach Patrick Merrill gave his thoughts after the game:

Top Scorers

San Diego Seals

Austin Staats, 4g 2a

Dane Dobbie, 1g 3a

Patrick Shoemay, 2g 1a

Curtis Dickson, 1g 2a

Colorado Mammoth

Zed Williams, 3g 3a

Connor Robinson, 2g 3a

Brett McIntyre, 2g 1a

Tyson Gibson, 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.