Seals Hand Rochester Their First Loss

The San Diego Seals picked up a 17-14 win on Friday night as they handed the Rochester Knighthawks their first loss of the season.

This game featured a lot of offense and very little defense. Both teams combined for 31 goals off of 107 shots. It was a back-and-forth game until late in the second quarter when San Diego went on a three-goal run in a span of about four minutes.

Wes Berg led the way for the Seals with a hat trick and six assists, while Dane Dobbie and Austin Staats had eight points each. Tre Leclaire wasn’t far behind with two goals and five assists for seven points.

Meanwhile, Ryan Smith had three goals and four assists for seven points for the Knighthawks. The trade for Ryan Lanchbury continues to pay dividends as he had five points along with Connor Fields with a hat trick and two assists.

Not Giving an Inch in the First Quarter

Rochester and San Diego went back and forth in the first quarter. Ryan Smith opened up the scoring one minute into the game. Staats scored at 2:17 and right off the ensuing draw scored again to make it 2-1 for the Seals. Curtis Dickson capped off a three-goal run at 3:24 as the Seals went up by two.

Rochester fought back off a goal from Matt Gilray with 8:24 left in the quarter. Thomas McConvey continued his hot streak 2:02 later on the power play to tie up the game.

Berg would put San Diego back in front 4-3 with 4:112 left on the clock. However, with just under two minutes left, Fields scored off a feed from Austin Hasen to tie up the game 4-4 after the first quarter of play.

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Seals Come Up Big In The Second

A lull in the second quarter ended up costing the Knighthawks. San Diego went on a 5-2 run to open the second quarter and Rochester couldn’t regain the momentum after that.

Dickson opened the scoring 1:05 into the quarter. But Ryan Smith replied right back 1:59 later to knot the game up 5-5.

San Diego would then go on a three-goal run in a span of just under four minutes with goals from Dickson, Kyle Jackson and Berg.

McConvey stopped the bleeding with 4:05 left on the clock. However, Jake Govett scored unassisted 17 seconds later as the Seals continued to hold a three-goal lead 9-6.

Lanchbury scored with 2:57 on the clock to keep Rochester in the game. Yet again, the Seals quickly replied with Berg scoring 46 seconds after that.

McConvey put in his hat trick goal with just over one minute left in the first half, but the Seals led 10-8 at halftime.

Seals Pull Away In The Third

San Diego came out guns a blazing in the third quarter. Leclaire scored 56 seconds into the frame followed by Graydon Bradley finding the back of the net on the power play at 3:10.

Kyle Waters was able to reply back for Rochester to narrow the Seals’ lead to 12-9. However, the Seals strung together another two-goal run with markers from Leclaire and Staats.

Lanchbury buried a power play goal with three seconds on the clock to make it 14-10 in favour of the Seals heading into the final frame.

Knighthawks Cannot Make Up The Deficit

Mitch Ogilvie tried to get some momentum going for Rochester in the fourth quarter. He took a feed from Waters to get the Knighthawks within three 2:40 into the final quarter.

Again, San Diego snuffed out any type of momentum for Rochester. Kyle Jackson found the back of the net at 4:12 to make it 15-11.

Fields scored with 9:03 on the clock to keep Rochester within striking distance but Dane Dobbie scored twice in 31 seconds to pull the Seals ahead 17-12.

Fields and Smith scored for Rochester in the last 1:30 of the game but the Knighthawks were handed their first loss of the season 17-14.

Top Scorers

San Diego

Wes Berg, 3g 6a

Austin Staats, 3g 5a

Dane Dobbie, 2g 6a

Rochester

Ryan Smith, 3g 4a

Ryan Lanchbury, 2g 3a

Connor Fields, 3g 2a

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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.

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