For the first time in 657 days, lacrosse was played at the Saddle Dome in Calgary.
For the home faithful, it was not a good night as the visiting San Diego Seals thumped the Calgary Roughnecks by a 17-12 score.
The Seals improve to 2-1 while the Roughnecks drop to 1-2 in a very competitive West Conference.
To The Action
Before a lot of spectators found their seats, Dan Taylor (2g, 3a) converted a set up from the Dicksons, Curtis and Haiden with just :44 played.
That would be all Calgary could muster with San Diego potting four in the remaining 14: 16 of the quarter.
Newly activated, Austin Staats (2g, 1 helper) buried a pretty feed from Wes Berg, Tre Leclaire (4a) set up Casey Jackson (4g) to start the big Jackson night.
Jeremy Noble (1g, 5a) pushed it 3-1 before former long time Rough Neck, Dane Dobbie (7g, 2a) put the pedal to the metal against his former team to end the quarter with The Seals surfacing with a 4-1 advantage.
3 Goal Lead, Not So Bad
Jackson, Dobbie, who made it two man up goals for him, with Wes Berg (2g, 4a) got it to 7-1 with 9:18 played.
Taylor stopped the run off a set up from Eli Salama (1a) and Haiden Dickson adding his second assist.
Staats , Dobbie getting a hat trick and exactly one minute later, Dobbie was playmaker on another Jackson lamp lighter to end the half with a 10-2 Seals edge.
To The Third
Zach Herreweyers (1g, 1a) opened the scoring with the third Calgary goal.
Dobbie and and Jackson, burying a sweet Mac O’Keefe (3a) set up more than countered the Calgary goal.
Curtis Dickson (5g, 2a) cut it to 12-4 but, Brandon Clelland won the ensuing face-off and Berg converted just twenty seconds later with help from Jeremy Noble and O’Keefe.
Tyler Pace (3g,3a) took 30 seconds to beat Seals netminder, Frank Scigliano.
Curtis Dickson, said “hold my beer” and nailed a pair of power play goals when Austin Staats was cited for a five minute major and the first forty five minutes closed with Calgary clawing back but trailing, 13-7.
The Wind Up
Shane Simpson (1g) and Dickson continued the power play party to close it to a 13-9 game.
Dobbie and Curtis Dickson went tit for tat as did Pace and Cam Holding (1g,2a).
Pace added yet another man up marker but Dobbie had the final say with goals at 12:17 and 14:37 to close the door on the 17-12 affair.
Shots on Goal favored the visitors, 51-47 with Frank Scigliano stopping 35 Calgary tries and was nearly matched by counterpart, Christian Del Bianco with his 34 saves.
Brandon Clelland went 19 of 33 from the “X”.
All five Dickson goals came in the second half.
The power play saw San Diego going 3 of 5 with Calgary one upping them with their 5 of 7.
Calgary Head Coach Curt Malawsky spoke, post game, about Dane Dobbie.
“I’ve seen him grow up from an 18-year old kid, to a man, to a leader, to an MVP of the league. For what he’s done for this organization, it’s unquantifiable…we’re going to keep playing him tough and he’ll plays us tough.” – Malawsky on Dane Dobbie
Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.
Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.
A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.