Seals Salvage a Weekend Split

The San Diego Seals were able to pick up a weekend split after defeating the Colorado Mammoth 12-8 on Saturday night in National Lacrosse League action.

After a disappointing 10-8 road loss the night before, the Seals needed to rebound on their two-game road trip this weekend.

Trevor Baptiste was once again dominant at the faceoff dot, going 17 for 24. However, the Seals were unable to convert on four power play opportunities.

Chris Origlieri had a bounce-back game for the Seals. He stopped 43 of 51 shots in the win. Despite the loss, Dillon Ward looked better compared to past starts this year. He faced a barrage of 53 shots and made 41 saves. Wes Berg had a huge night with six assists and seven points, while Austin Staats had a hat trick and two assists. Once again, it was a quiet night for some of the Seals’ other stars. Curtis Dickson only had a goal and three assists in his 200th career game, while Dane Dobbie was held to a single goal.

Eli McLaughlin led the way for the Mammoth with three goals and three assists, and Connor Robinson buried a pair of goals and had five points.

Can’t Stop Staats

Staats came out as a man on a mission in the first quarter. He opened the scoring 23 seconds into the game and added a second 34 seconds later to make it 2-0. Staats completed the natural hat trick with another marker at 6:25 to put San Diego up by three.

Robinson got the Mammoth on the board with 6:54 left in the quarter. However, Mac O’Keefe rounded out the scoring to make it 4-1 in favour of San Diego.

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San Diego Pad Their Lead

In the first 1:17 of the second quarter, San Diego went on a two-goal run. Kyle Jackson scored 29 seconds into the quarter followed by Dane Dobbie to make the score 6-1.

Zed Williams got the Mammoth back on the board at the 4:46 mark. Only 11 seconds later, Danny Logan took a feed from Jake Govett to restore the Seals’ five-goal lead.

On Colorado’s lone power play, McLaughlin found the back of the net with 6:56 left in the first half. Connor Kelly rounded out a two-goal run for the Mammoth 47 seconds later as San Diego’s lead was narrowed 7-4.

O’Keefe rounded out the first half scoring with 4:18 on the clock as San Diego doubled the Mammoth 8-4 at the half.

Mammoth Fall Behind

McLaughlin scored for Colorado 1:06 into the third quarter to get the Mammoth within three. However, a three-goal run by the Seals pretty much put the game out of reach.

Berg scored at the 3:09 mark followed by Dickson 1:14 seconds later to make it 10-5. Tre LeClaire rounded out the run at 6:31 to put the Seals up by six.

Chris Wardle rounded out the scoring with 7:33 left in the quarter, but the Mammoth still trailed 11-6 heading into the final frame.

Seals Complete The Weekend Split

The legs seemed to get tired for the Seals in the fourth quarter as they finished off the back-to-back road games. It was also a defensive battle as it took 8:35 before either team got on the board.

The Mammoth attempted a late comeback with goals from McLaughlin and Robinson, but they still had 2:06 left to play and needed three more goals.

Cam Holding sealed the weekend split with 32 seconds left to make the final 12-8.

Seals Head Coach Patrick Merrill shared his thoughts after the win:

Top Scorers

San Diego Seals

Wes Berg, 1g 6a

Austin Staats, 3g 2a

Curtis Dickson, 1g 3a

Colorado Mammoth

Eli McLaughlin, 3g 3a

Connor Robinson, 2g 3a

Connor Kelly, 1g 2a

Zed Williams, 1g 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.