25 hours after defeating the Vancouver Warriors in overtime Friday evening at Ball Arena, the Colorado Mammoth visited Pechanga Arena Saturday, where the team dropped a 9-7 decision to San Diego Seals. The evening featured a goaltending battle between two of the league’s hottest goaltenders this season in Dillon Ward and Frank Scigliano, with the latter recording his seventh victory of his campaign.
Ryan Lee (1g, 2a) and Zed Williams (2g, 1a) paced Mammoth scoring efforts Saturday, while Connor Robinson (2g, 0a), Chris Wardle (0g, 2a) and Eli McLaughlin (0g, 2a) headlined efforts in the low-scoring contest. Defenseman Joey Cupido (1g, 0a) and Anthony Joaquim (1g, 0a) each added transition tallies in the defeat.
Seals forward Mac O’Keefe recorded the contest’s opening goal as teammate Austin Staats drew a slide and then dished to a wide-open O’Keefe outside the crease, who triple-faked and then eventually converted past Ward.
Zed Williams tied the game up just past the halfway mark of the first early in the possession as the forward recognized he had space and took advantage, firing a saucy shot past San Diego netminder Frank Scigliano.
Wes Berg soon found some space of his own, as the team’s leading scorer had no choice but to put a shot on net, which resulted in a goal for the Seals. Acquired this week in a deadline deal from the Philadelphia Wings, forward Matt Hickey recorded his first of the night at the 11:51 mark
Staats recorded a power-play tally as the result of a cross-checking penalty, assessed to Eli McLaughlin in the closing seconds of the first,
After San Diego was penalized for a cross-checking early in the second period, Ryan Lee received the ball at the top of the point, rolled around his pick and sent the rock to Robinson, who stepped into his magical spot and recorded his 28th of the year.
Robinson with a scrappy effort, finishing what wasn’t a great possession, but every shot on goal has a chance, and this bid bounced twice before ultimately finding its way into the net to bring Colorado back within one.
Dane Dobbie re-established San Diego’s two-goal lead after six minutes of scoreless action for the team, as Jeremy Noble rolled across the restraining line and found a cutting Dobbie backdoor, who slammed home the alley-oop feed.
A pair of Mammoth defenseman got their legs moving in transition when Erik Turner pushed the pace on a two-on-one opportunity before sending a soft pass to Anthony Joaquim, the defenseman’s first goal with the team since being acquired Tuesday.
Noble snuck a shortside shot past Ward with less than two seconds remaining in the half to bring a 6-4 score into the break.
Assistant Captain Joey Cupido finished the ultimate effort play to log the third quarter’s first action, as the defenseman chased an errant pass all the way down field, which drew the attention of Scigliano. When the goaltender left his crease to play the ball Cupido was able to record the loose ball, dipped around the netminder and beat him back to the net with a diving bid to bring the Mammoth within one.
Zack Greer earned it back for the Seals during the team’s next possession as the forward slipped off his pick toward the crease and caught the lob from his teammate before finishing with a diving conversion past Ward.
Williams ended a power-play possession late in the third quarter by firing a long ranged side arm bid that found twine, reducing San Diego’s lead to one yet again.
Five minutes into the final quarter, Lee entered the play late, received a pass from Chris Wardle and went top ched far out from the right side to tie the game for Colorado.
Staats regained the lead for the Seals at the 7:32 mark via the power play before Wes Berg buried an empty-net to solidify a defensive 9-7 final.
Dane Dobbie led all scorers on the night with five points (1g, 4a), while Wes Berg (2g, 2a), Austin Staats (2g, 2a) and company highlighted offensive performances for San Diego
Through 12 contest contests, forward Ryan Lee continues to pace Colorado players with 82 points and 54 assists while teammate Connor Robinson paces the team with 29 goals. Mammoth captain Robert Hope’s 20 caused turnovers and 101 loose balls both qualify as team-best totals.
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