After a hard-fought game last weekend against the Buffalo Bandits, the Seals will look to capture their first win of the 2019-2020 season in their home opener against the Toronto Rock on Saturday night.
In last week’s loss to Buffalo, the Seals played a tight game all the way through until the last few minutes, when the Bandits netted 3 straight goals to win 13-10. The problem towards the end for the Seals was communication and staying sharp. The Seals became tired after a long game and a long off-season, and some of the fundamentals slipped away.
“We need to improve our communication and our mental toughness when we are tired late in the game,” said assistant captain Cam Holding. “Early in the game when we were fresh, we were mentally sharp. Later in the game, we must remain mentally sharp to avoid simple mistakes.”
The Seals will look to do just that going into a tough battle against Toronto. With a high-powered offense led by Wes Berg, Jeremy Noble, and Connor Fields, the Seals should have no issues putting the ball in the net in their home opener. The offense worked well together, welcoming the addition of Berg and happy to have Fields back from a knee injury. The pair can stretch opponents’ defenses, as they are constant scoring threats on the right and left side of the field. The Seals will need to capitalize on the powerplay, as well, to get the win against Toronto, who allowed only 2 powerplay goals on 8 penalties last week.
On the other end of the field, the defense played great for 55 minutes. For Saturday night’s game, they will need to play the whole 60.
“We are preparing for Toronto by watching film and focusing on how we can improve as a group. Our offense played great last weekend and our D will focus on stringing together a full 60 minutes,” said Holding.
One thing that never faded in the opening game was the energy and the effort. The game was held close until the end, and the Seals will look to carry that momentum into Saturday.
The Seals are a young team with an immeasurable amount of potential this season. After posting a 10-8 regular season record and earning a spot in the playoffs in their inaugural season last year, they look to earn their first win of the 2019-20 season and to improve upon their success from last year.
“Moving forward we will continue to gel together, understand each other’s tendencies and improve on the little things that will help us close the deal in games like that,” said Cam Holding.
The Seals host the Toronto Rock this Saturday, the 14th at 10:00pm EST/7:00pm PST at the Pechanga Arena. The game can be watched online on B/RLive.