The San Diego Seals (10-8) snapped a six game losing streak with 10-9 defeat of the 6-12 Vancouver Warriors.
Kevin M. Neibauer
LaxPhilly– A Division of the Edge of Philly Sports Network.
The victory wraps up the top spot in the NLL West Division.
A nip and tuck battle throughout saw the Seals take charge with 1:41 remaining in the contest.
Player of the game, Austin Staats (2g,5a) started the ball rolling converting a Wes Berg set up with 2:46 played off a power play.
Twenty two seconds later, Riley Loewen (2g,2a) leveled the score with help from Taylor Stuart (1a) and Brandon Goodwin (1a).
At that point it became a goal exchange.
Kyle Killen (2g,2a) put home the work of Keegan Bal and Loewen to give the Warriors a short lived 2-1 lead.
Rookie phenom, Tre LeClaire (1g) hit net on a man down situation to, once again, even the score.
Logan Schuss (3a) set up Killen for second of the period, again, on the advantage.
Fifty two seconds elapsed before Staats knotted it up for the third time.
Loewen ended the quarter with help from Killen and Schuss for the 4-3 Vancouver edge.
Dane Dobbie (2g,1a) with :54 elapsed. Followed with Staats setting up Brett Hickey (1g) at 1:33 to flip the lead the Seals way, 5-4.
With that, a power play party broke out
Keegan Bal (2g,2a) picked up his first of two man up markers
In just thirty five seconds, Wes Berg (1g,4a) and Dane Dobbie converted on power play markers.
Defensive stand out, Reid Bowering (1g) made it a 7-6 Seals lead at 5:12.
Casey Jackson (3g) picked up his game to end the half with San Diego swimming in shallow water, 8-6.
Defensive intensity kicked in for the final 30:00 with just five lamp lighters.
Jackson hit for his second in a row with Vancouver’s Adam Charalambides (2g) returning the feat.
Jackson said, “hold my beer” and completed his hatty to end the third Stanza with a 10-8 Seals advantage.
Who Wants It?
Bal connected for his second power play goal with with 3:35 to play but, the San Diego defense shut the door on the 10-9 First Place clincher.
News and Notes:
• Shots on Goal had a 54-48 Seals advantage.
• Two struggling netminders, Frank Scigliano and Alex Buque came in prepared and played well.
• Buque stopped 44 Seals shots with Scigliano turning aside 39 Warriors tries.
• An Achilles heel for San Diego, face offs ..while not great, were good enough with a 14-11 deficit.
• Ryan Martel went 14 for 21 for Vancouver.
• Another eye opening game from Vancouver’s Reid Bowering who scored a goal and scooped an incredible 23 loose balls.
• The legend, Brodie Merrill was also impressive with 14 for San Diego.
• Power plays revealed San Diego going 5 of 6 and Vancouver a perfect 3 for 3.
• Vancouver has ended their season but, San Diego has a match up in a crossover with the Philadelphia Wings
Pechanga Arena will host the event with a 7PM start.
Seals Swim Away with the West
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.