The San Diego Seals were victorious on the road in Calgary on Friday night. The Seals beat the Roughnecks by a final score of 17-12 after a seven-goal performance from forward Dane Dobbie in his first game back against his former team.
“We’re really proud and happy for Dane,” said General Manager and Head Coach Patrick Merrill. “He had such a great career here and he deserved a night like that. It was special to see him tonight, especially to seal the deal with that penalty shot. He’s a big reason why we won that game and pulled away at the end. Happy we were able to get a win for him.”
The Seals were off to a dominant start,. netting ten goals in the first half, while holding the Roughnecks to only two goals. After a third-quarter comeback attempt by Calgary, San Diego was able to hold off the opponent and secure the win on the road.
San Diego’s offense was explosive throughout the entirety of the game. Forward Dane Dobbie led the Seals offense with seven goals and nine points, a new franchise single-game high for goals scored. Forward Casey Jackson added four goals accompanied by a hat trick for forward Wesley Berg. The game featured the return of forward Austin Staats to the lineup who netted two goals, including the first for San Diego in the contest.
“We have a deadly offense when we’re all clicking and playing our game,” continued Merrill. “We were dangerous all night and everyone contributed in their own way. No one was selfish out there and we’re going to be tough to stop if we keep playing like we did tonight.”
Goaltender Frank Scigliano continued to stand tall in net, allowing only two goals in the first half and stopping 35 shots on the night. Defenseman Tor Reinholdt added four assists while Cam Holding scooped up a team-high 10 loose balls.
The team is off until New Years Eve when the Seals head to Saskatoon to play the Rush. This will be the first of three matchups between the two clubs.
“This was a huge team win,” continued Merrill. “We’re going to need to be more disciplined moving forward. Saskatchewan has been at the top of the West Division for a long time now. They’re a great team and we know it’s going to be an electric night in Saskatoon on NYE. We’re happy to get a couple weeks rest to recover and we’ll get back at it.”