Zach Manns Picks Apart The San Diego Seals

Zach Manns had the San Diego Seals’ number as the Saskatchewan Rush picked up a huge 13-8 win on Saturday night at the SaskTel Centre.

Manns put up five goals and seven points to lead the Rush to victory. The Rush knew the key to victory and pushing the pace and they did just that. They scored nine unanswered goals between the first, second and third quarters.

Frank Scigiliano faced his former team for the first time and was outstanding. He stopped 40 of 48 shots in the victory. It wasn’t as good of a night for Chris Origlieri. He stopped 21 of 31 shots before being pulled in favour of 38-year-old Mike Poulin.

With Toronto winning on Saturday night as well, San Diego locks in second place in the standing. The win was much more meaningful for the Rush. They move into a tie with Vancouver and New York at 8-9 for the final playoff spot. Panther City could join that group if they lost to Albany on Sunday afternoon.

Rush Get The Slight Edge In The First

The Seals got off to a quick start with Wes Berg scoring 56 seconds into the game from in close. Tre LeClaire would then dive from behind the net at 4:21 to make it 2-0 for the San Diego.

Coming into this game, the Rush were winless when they didn’t score first. But this young team battled back.

After that Saskatchewan began to dictate the pace. Zach Manns scored off of a shot around a defender at 8:24 to make it 2-1. The Rush would then tie it up 2-2 with Adam Jay finding Keegan Bell on a breakaway at 10:52.

Manns scored his second of the quarter running through the middle as the Rush took a 3-2 lead after the first quarter.

Rush Blank The Seals In The Second

Saskatchewan opened the second quarter with Jake Boudreau scoring with two men down at 3:36. The Rush would go on for a huge penalty kill that really seemed to turn momentum.

A diving Clark Walter made it 5-2 for the Rush. Jerret Smith rounded out the first half scoring with 4:49 as the Rush led 6-2 at the half.

Saskatchewan Keeps Rolling

Saskatchewan went up by five early in the second half. Zach Manns used the hidden ball trick 50 seconds into the third quarter to make it 7-2.

On the power play, Manns’ shot through traffic at 1:54 put the Rush up 8-2.

Saskatchewan continued to pour it on with Ryan Keenan scoring off a quick stick from the side of the net at 3:02 as the Rush went up by seven.

Chris Wardle finally stopped the bleeding for San Diego at 4:19.

A shot by Zach Manns at 5:08 snuck by Chris Origlieri to make it 10-3. That ended the night for Origlieri as Mike Poulin came in relief.

The goaltending change put a spark in San Diego’s offence. Dane Dobbie scored on a bouncer on the power play to narrow the lead to six.

Jacob Dunbar made a nice swim move to get to the front of the net at 8:14 to make the score 10-5.

Walter stopped the Seals’ run 34 seconds later with a sidearm shot to make it 11-5 for the Rush heading into the fourth.

Rush Hold On For A Big Win

Saskatchewan didn’t let off the gas early in the fourth. Keenan scored at 1:51 on a three-on-one during a two-man advantage.

Austin Staats replied at 2:28 on the power play off a Nathaniel Kozevnikov five-minute cross checking call.

Off that same power play, Dunbar scored on a quick stick from the side of the net at 5:45 to make it 12-7. 

Six seconds later Trevor Baptiste won is own draw, ran it down the field and scored to narrow Saskatchewan’s lead to four.

Mike Triolo put the game away with 7:34 left on the clock. Keenan found Triolo alone in front and he went five-hole on Poulin to make the final 13-8.

Top Scorers


Zach Manns, 5g 2a

Ryan Keenan, 2g 1a

Robert Church, 3a

Patrick Dodds, 3a

San Diego

Austin Staats, 1g 4a

Jacob Dunbar, 2g 2a

Wes Berg, 1g 3a

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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.