Complied and Written by Ross McLoughlin
LaxPhilly- A Division of the Edge of Philly Sports Network.
The San Diego Seals had an extinction level event with a sold out house, Rock tunes and a battle on the floor.
The crowd was huge, loud and having a blast. It fed onto the field and the Seals got into it also and delivered a win.
“It wasn’t pretty, it wasn’t a masterpiece but we’ll take it,” said after the game. “Tonight had a playoff atmosphere. That is what we are going to be facing the rest of the way.” Patty Merrill explained.
Patty Merrill is right that it wasn’t pretty but the San Diego Seals really don’t care how pretty a game is, they care about out scoring whatever team is sitting in the box next to them.
So far the Seals Record is 9 wins, 2 losses, with 127 goals for and 94 goals against.
Good enough for middle of the league in Scoring and with only 94 goals against that’s best in all the league. Putting San Diego firmly in command of the Western Division.
The Colorado Mammoth, fresh off the Airplane with no time to enjoy the beach and sunshine that San Diego has plenty of, and still riding mile high after Friday’s win over the Warriors in overtime had a bit of Swagger and confidence that showed up and over no matter how tired those boys must have been playing less than 24 hours before.
To their credit they played a full 60 minutes not trying to give the Seals an inch in this back and forth battle.
Let’s Get To It.
The action got started with Mac O’Keefe scoring the opening net ripper off feeds from Austin Staats by way of Tre Leclaire at the 4 minute mark.
It then took over 4 more minutes for Zed Williams (AKA Zedzilla or ZeddyBallgame to some) to answer with a feed from Ryan Lee at 8:30 mark.
WIth 3 more minutes of furious action Wes Berg scored at 11:15 in the first off a feed from Dane Dobbie and Zach Greer.
Followed 35 seconds later by also freshly off the Airplane from Philadelphia, Brett Hickey scoring with a double feed effort by Dane Dobbie and Zach Greer to finish off the scoring action in the 1st. Score 3 to 1.
Austin Staats, refreshed and healthy, opened up the scoring in the Second with a power play goal at the one minute mark with feeds from Wes Berg and Tre Leclaire.
Connor Robinson then put a end to the Seals 3 goal run with a mini-run of his own scoring twice in less than a minute, bringing the Mammoth to within 1 goal,
Dane Dobbie did Dane Dobbie things and scored at the 7:30 minute mark on a feed from Jeremy Noble who acts as the catalyst to nearly all Seals Scoring.
The Mammoth answered at the 12:30 mark with a score by Anthony Joaquim. Seals Jeremy Noble threaded the needle with 2 seconds left in the half to put the Seals up 6 to 4.
The Third started off slow with neither team scoring till the Mammoth’s Joey “Lightning” Cupido brought the Thunder down and put one past Frank Scigliano at the 6:50 mark.
It took nearly 2 minutes before San Diego answered with a score from Zach Greer with a double feed from Staats and Dobbie.
Zedzilla wasn’t done yet, finishing off the quarter with a score at the 13:50 mark.
Fourth and Final
Ryan Lee opened the 4th up with a score at the 5 minute mark.
Lee really acts as the General of the Mammoth and starts every possession with the ball.
A few minutes later a fight broke out as Zedzilla went full godzilla attacking and sucker punching and throwing Tyson Bomberry to the ground with the Zebras interfering before “Bombers” could get up and get some licks of his own in.
Austin Staats would then capitalize on the powerplay and score at the 7:30 mark.
With both Frank Scigliano and Dillon Ward playing great in front of their respective nets the game was still in doubt as San Diego only held a one goal lead.
Wes Berg then put the nail in the Coffin with an Iceberg sized hammer smashing the net at the 14:40 minute mark.
San Diego wins 9 to 7 and with 2 upcoming road games ends the 4 game homestand with 3 wins and 1 loss.
The Mammoth head on down to Texas to face the surging Panther City Club who are quietly becoming the Sleeper Club of the West who might just sneak into the playoffs.
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.