Seals Make Big Splash

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.

Schtuff

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

Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.

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