The San Diego Seals rolled into New York’s Capital Region on Saturday to play the Albany FireWolves at MVP Arena. The FireWolves came in at 6-0, having already doubled their win total from last year. The Seals, meanwhile, came in just over .500 at 3-2, needing to get back to the expectations being set for them this year. Two big first-half runs kept Albany off-balance, and San Diego never looked back in a 14-7 win. The Seals continue their extended mid-season road trip next week against Philadelphia; Albany has a week off before hosting Las Vegas in the second of a two-game series.

Seals use two first half runs to take control

The first quarter saw Curtis Dickson (4g) go back-to-back (0:49; 2:43) to give the Seals a 2-0 lead. The FireWolves failed to score in a quarter for only the second time this season. Austin Staats (4g, 3a) started the second quarter adding two goals of his own (0:28 power play; 2:28) to put San Diego up 4-0. Jackson Nishimura (1g, 2a; 5:39) finally broke the run to get Albany on the board. But the Seals would follow with another three-goal run. Mac O’Keefe (2g; 7:22), Kyle Jackson (1g, 2a; 10:42 power play), and Wes Berg (2g, 5a; 11:26) gave San Diego a 7-1 lead. Just before halftime, Alex Simmons (1g, 1a; 14:58) scored a power play goal, cutting the deficit to 7-2.

Seals hold off Albany charge in second half

Albany built on the momentum of Simmons’ halftime buzzer beater as the second half started, reeling off four straight goals to close the gap to one. Ethan Walker (1g, 3a; 1:00) found the back of the net, followed by Patrick Kaschalk in transition (2:31). Travis Longboat (4:51) added a power play goal, then Nick Chaykowsky (1g, 1a) scored another transition goal (13:32) to make it a 7-6 game. Dickson notched his hat trick in the dying seconds of the third quarter (14:56) to break Albany’s run and push the Seals’ lead back to two entering the final frame.

Dane Dobbie (1g, 5a) made it a three-goal lead at the 6:22 mark with another power play goal. Tye Kurtz (1g, 2a) got one back for Albany just 16 seconds later to make it a 9-7 game. However, San Diego wore down Albany in transition and put the game away with a late five-goal run. Dickson’s fourth (9:36), O’Keefe’s second (10:07), and Berg’s second (11:16) made it 12-7. Staats then added two more (11:38; 13:39) to close the scoring and double up the home team.

Other Stats of Note

Faceoffs were even, with each team winning 12 of 24 draws

Power Play: SD 3 for 9; ALB 2 for 4

Tye Kurtz (ALB): 9 loose balls (led all players)

Chris Origlieri (SD): 43 saves; 1 assist

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“Muffler” Mike Kostiuk

“Muffler” Mike Kostiuk was formally introduced to box lacrosse when he attended a New England Black Wolves game on a whim in 2016. Instantly hooked, he has since become an avid follower of the National Lacrosse League. Following the postponement of the 2019-2020 NLL season, he was offered the chance to share his wealth of statistical knowledge and unique insights with the lacrosse community at large. He cheerfully accepted, and currently serves as Edge of Philly’s correspondent for both the Albany FireWolves and New York Riptide.