It’s a trip to the Mile High City on the agenda for the San Diego Seals this weekend. The team will head to Denver to face the defending champion Colorado Mammoth on Saturday, January 28 for the first time since the Mammoth beat the Seals in the West Division Final.
“This is a big game for us,” said General Manager and Head Coach Patrick Merrill. “We had a bye week, we’re coming off the loss to Calgary, we’re facing the defending champs, we’re facing the team that knocked us out. It’s the same message to the team though. We’d be crazy to say there’s not a sour taste from the end of last season, but it’s all about now, not about the past. The focus is Saturday night.”
The Seals enter the contest with a 4-1 record and currently sit in first place in the West Division. Seals forward Curtis Dickson has adjusted quite nicely to his new squad, currently leading the team, and ranking in the top-five in the NLL in points (35) and goals scored (19). Rookie transition player Danny Logan has made a name for himself early, being a crucial part of the Seals ball team scooping up 29 loose balls through five games.
“Our young guys are lucky to have the veterans we have,” continued Merrill. “With Curtis, Dobbie, Brodie, Cam, they all know what it takes to be a pro and how to be a competitor. The season is a grind, and we’re still early on here, but we believe our team is only going to continue to gel and strengthen that chemistry.”
Saturday night could mark a historic night for forward Dane Dobbie. If Dobbie scores five points in the contest, he will become only the 13th player in NLL history to reach 1,000 career points. He is currently averaging 6.4 points per game and netted four goals and six points the last time at Ball Arena.
“Doesn’t surprise me that Dane’s gotten to this point in his career,” said Offensive Coordinator Josh Sanderson. “I played with him his rookie season in Calgary and here are with the Seals together a thousand points later. I know Dane isn’t thinking about it, he just wants two points, but this is a pretty big deal. I might have to suit up so he doesn’t catch up to me on the leaderboard.”
Fans in San Diego are invited to join the Seals for an official watch party at Kings N Convicts in Miramar. The Kings Seal beer will be available throughout the game for only $5 on site. The game will also be streaming live on ESPN+ at 6:00 pm PT.