SEALS TAKE TWO GAME LEAD IN WEST

The San Diego Seals took on the Colorado Mammoth at Ball Arena on Saturday night in Week 9 action. The Seals were coming off their first loss of the season two weeks ago. Meanwhile, the Mammoth were on a three-game win streak. However, Colorado would be without the services of goaltender Dillon Ward. Interestingly, San Diego also made a surprise decision in net, opting again to start 20-year old Chris Origlieri over Frank Scigliano. The Seals made the most of Ward’s absence, running out to leads of 5-0, 8-2, and 11-3, en route to a 13-9 victory. The win moves the Seals to 5-1, two games ahead of Colorado and Saskatchewan (both 3-2).

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Seals control game from the start

The Seals opened the scoring with a five-goal run through the first quarter and half of the second quarter. Dane Dobbie (4g, 2a) found the back of the net just 26 seconds into the game. Kevin Crowley (2g, 2a; 2:20) followed, and San Diego led 2-0 after 15 minutes of play. The lead was quickly extended to four early in the second quarter. Goals from Wesley Berg (2g, 5a; 1:44) and Austin Staats (1g, 1a; 2:36) were then followed by Crowley’s second (7:17).

Brett McIntyre (10:27) finally broke the run and got Colorado on the board. But the tone of the game had already been set. Dobbie’s second (12:32) and a marker from Curtis Dickson (3g, 2a) made it 7-1. Eli McLaughlin (3g, 1a) scored on a power play with three seconds remaining to send the Mammoth into halftime trailing 7-2.

Seals cruise in second half

Dickson’s second (3:13; power play) opened the third quarter scoring. McLaughlin responded 26 seconds later, only for the Seals to go on another run. Hat trick goals from Dickson (5:05) and Dobbie (5:45), along with Berg’s second (9:37) put San Diego up 11-3. Tallies from Warren Jeffrey (9:50) and Connor Robinson (2g, 1a; 10:17) cut the Mammoth deficit to six, but Dobbie’s fourth (11:28) and Tre Leclaire (2:33 fourth quarter) restored the eight-goal cushion. Colorado ended the game on a four-goal run, but it was not enough. Zed Williams (4:08), Jordan Gilles (9:37), McLaughlin’s hat trick goal (12:41; power play) and Robinson’s second (13:12) closed the scoring.

Other Stats of Note

Dobbie became just the 13th player in NLL history to record 1,000 career points

PIM: SD 26; COL 14

Robert Hope (COL): 14 Loose Balls (led all players)

Origlieri (SD): 37 saves; Tyler Carlson (COL): 44 saves

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“Muffler” Mike Kostiuk

“Muffler” Mike Kostiuk was formally introduced to box lacrosse when he attended a New England Black Wolves game on a whim in 2016. Instantly hooked, he has since become an avid follower of the National Lacrosse League. Following the postponement of the 2019-2020 NLL season, he was offered the chance to share his wealth of statistical knowledge and unique insights with the lacrosse community at large. He cheerfully accepted, and covers NLL, PLL, WLA, and Major Series Lacrosse for the network.

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