Seals win the battle for first in the West

Shawn Slaght, All Lacrosse All The Time – A Division of the Edge of Philly Sports Network

The San Diego Seals kept their stranglehold on first in the West with a 14-8 win over the Calgary Roughnecks on Friday night at Pechanga Arena.

The win keeps the Seals in first with a record of 11-3, while the Roughnecks still hold on the second spot at 10-5.

It was still a huge night for both clubs. The victory clinches a playoff spot for the Seals. Calgary also punched their ticket to the post-season with Las Vegas losing to Colorado earlier in the evening.

San Diego’s big names stepped up once again as Wes Berg had eight points and Kevin Crowley finished with six. Dane Dobbie and Curtis Dickson each finished with hat tricks.

The Seals once again went back to veteran Frank Scigliano in goal and he stopped 32 of 40 shots for the win.

There is no love lost between these two teams as they combined for 16 power plays (nine for Calgary and seven for San Diego).

Seals jump out to an early lead

San Diego jumped out to a 3-0 lead to start off the game. Dickson opened the scoring 1:41 into the quarter followed by a power play marker by Dobbie 1:12 later. Wes Berg would then make it 3-0.

Jesse King got Calgary on the board with 8:28 left in the first and a transition goal from Zach Currier got the Roughnecks within one.

Crowley and Dickson would round out the scoring in the first quarter to give San Diego a 5-2 lead at the first break.

Low-scoring second quarter

Brodie Merrill found the back of the net only 11 seconds into the second frame to extend San Diego’s lead to four goals.

Both offences went silent for nearly 10 minutes before rookie Jake Govett scored with 4:51 left in the first half to make it 7-2.

Tanner Cook capitalized on a Graydon Bradley holding call 39 seconds later as the Roughnecks tried to dig themselves out of a hole.

The penalty troubles continued for the Roughnecks. With King and Eli Salama already in the penalty box, Liam LeClair took a holding call, meaning a penalty shot as a team can’t go down three men.

San Diego gave the ball to Austin Staats who threw several fakes before beating Christian Del Bianco to make it 8-3 at the half.

Roughnecks make up some ground

Calgary tried to make a comeback in the third quarter as they outscored the Seals 3-2 to make up some ground.

The Roughnecks started it off with a two-goal run starting with a power play marker with just over 10 minutes to play in the quarter. Josh Currier followed that up with a rifle that beat Scigliano to make it 8-5.

San Diego replied right back with Dobbie scoring his second of the game at 3:11. Eli Gobrecht joined the party with 37 seconds left in the quarter to make it 10-5.

On the power play, Jesse King would beat the buzzer, scoring with seven seconds left. However, San Diego still held a 10-6 advantage heading into the fourth.

Seals hold on to first in the West

Waters scored on a solo effort only 37 seconds into the fourth quarter as the Roughnecks narrowed the Seals’ lead to 10-7. However, that’s as close as Calgary would get.

San Diego went on a three-goal run less than two minutes later. It started with Staats with Berg and Dickson also picking up markers to extend the Seals’ lead to 13-7.

Shane Simpson’s transition goal got Calgary back within five, but Dobbie would seal the deal with 2:49 on the clock to make it 14-8 for the Seals to keep them in first place in the West.

Calgary head coach Curt Malawsky shared his thoughts after the game:

Roughnecks’ defender Eli Salami after the loss:

Top Scorers

San Diego Seals

Wes Berg, 2g 6a

Kevin Crowley, 1g 5a

Dane Dobbie, 3g 2a

Curtis Dickson, 3g 1a

Calgary Roughnecks

Jesse King, 2g 1a

Kyle Water, 2g 1a

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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.