Kevin M. Neibauer
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The Albany Firewolves (5-6), losers of three straight, trekked cross country to take on the San Diego Seals (6-2).
San Diego came. In riding a six game win streak.
Both streaks would end thanks, in part to the combination of Ryan Benesch and Joe Resetarits who combined for 15 points.
Truth be told, this was a complete team effort for the Albany 13-12 victory.
Let’s Break it Down.
Things started good for the home team with Cam Holding (1g) putting home a nice outlet pass from Frank “The Tank” Scigliano at the 1:48 mark.
Andrew Kew and Benesch shook the goal off and set up Joe Resetarits (2g,5a) to start his big game.
Despite many chances, neither team could find the back of the net and the curtain came down on the 1-1 first quarter.
To the Second.
Things blew wide open with a combined 13 goals. Five were registered before five minutes elapsed.
Austin Staats (4g,2a) bruised his way thru defenders to put the Seals up, 2-1.
Charlie Kitchen (1g) knotted it up with a nice hesitation move with help from Benesch.
It took :14 for Grayson Bradley (1a) to find Zack Greer (1g,2a) and the battle was raging
Albany would go on a run fueled by Reilly O’Connor (1g4a) at 3:48, Jacob Ruest (4g) at 4:24 and Colton Watkinson (1a) teaming up with O’Connor on a Resetarits marker.at 5:06.
Wes Berg (3g) stopped the run with goals at 5:28 and 7:07.
Ruest, set up by Resetarits and Jackson Nishimura (1a) got it to 6-5 at 7;25.
Twenty five seconds later, Andrew Kew (3g,1) made it a two goal game
San Diego ended the half in a flurry with Staats and a pair of power play goals from Berg.
Berg got all four of his goals in the quarter.
I Need a Nap…To the Third.
Things simmered down with just five lamp lighters.
Mac O’Keefe (3a) hit Staats who buried a beautiful backhand goal at 1:58 to give the Seals a 9-7 edge
Albany would go on another three goal fest with Ruest, Kew and Benesch (2g, 6a) flipping the lead to 10-9 Albany.
Staats scored a man down goal that closed the third with a 10-10 score
Should Be a Wild Finish.
O’Connor set up Benesch with just :52 played.
Kew pushed it to 12-10:32 later
Tre LeClaire (1g,5a) answered and the partisan Pechanga crowd was getting louder.
Ruest quieted things at 4:53 and the drama was on.
A lot of time for San Diego to make some noise.
But, the Albany defense clamped down and only allowed a Jeremy Noble (1g,4a) goal with 4:23 left that presented the 13-12 Albany victory
The Albany win, coupled with the earlier loss by Philadelphia, moves Albany into 4th place in the East
With losses of Colorado and Vancouver, San Diego was not impacted by the defeat.
• shots on Goal were 57-48 for San Diego with Frank Scigliano allowing 13 goals but stopping 35 shots for San Diego.
Doug Jamieson was outstanding for Albany with his 45 stops.
• Face offs were owned by Albany’s Joe Nardello, 25-30.
Surprise in San Diego.
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.