The San Diego Seals and Vancouver Warriors met in the rubber match of their season series Saturday night at Pechanga Arena in San Diego. The Seals took game one of the season series, 11-10 at Rogers Arena on January 19th and the Warriors got their revenge three weeks later, winning 14-6 in San Diego on February 8th.
San Diego kicked off the game with two goals in the first quarter to take a 2-0 lead. Casey Jackson got things rolling with the first goal :56 seconds into the game.
Down 2-0, Jordan McBride got one past Seals goaltender Frank Scigliano on a rebound to put Vancouver on the board.
After both teams traded goals, the Seals scored three times in a row. Garrett McIntosh, Austin Staats and Kyle Buchanan all found the net for San Diego.
Below is Staats’ goal, his second of four on the night.
McBride then struck back with two goals in a row for Vancouver before Buchanan scored for the Seals to end the second half up 7-4.
Below is McBride’s goal to cut Vancouver’s deficit to 6-4.
Buchanan finished right where he left off at the end of the first half with a goal 2:21 into the second half. This was Buchanan’s third goal of the game, and his third straight goal for a natural hat trick.
The Warriors shot back with three straight goals, one by McBride and two in a row by Mitch Jones, to make the score 8-7. Below is Jones‘s to cut the deficit to one.
After each team traded goals, Vancouver scored twice in a row to tie the game up at nine. Keegan Bal’s goal with 4:22 tied the game up.
From that point on, it was all San Diego. The Seals ended the game on a 4-1 run, including two goals by Buchanan to give him five on the night.
Below is Buchanan’s fourth goal to make the score 10-9 with :02 seconds left in the third quarter, followed by Dan Dawson’s goal with just over six minutes to play in the game.
The Warriors never led in the game.
San Diego advances to 5-4 while Vancouver falls to 3-8.
Final score: San Diego Seals 13, Vancouver Warriors 10.