The Seals tied the score for the final time with nine minutes, 28 seconds to play on Turner Evans power-play goal. Dane Dobbie gave Calgary (2-1) the lead for good with 8:29 remaining with his second goal of the game. The Roughnecks also got a short-handed goal from Mitch Wilde with 5:51 left and an even-strength goal from rookie Chris Boushy 38 seconds later, his second of the game.
Rhys Duch concluded the scoring with 4:32 to play with his game-leading third goal before a crowd at the Scotiabank Saddledome announced at 12,696.
The Seals led 3-2 at halftime in a game neither team led by more than a goal before Calgary’s final flurry.
“I thought we played a good half, but that was it,” said Seals goaltender Frank Scigliano, who made 49 saves. “They played a full 60 (minutes) tonight and chipped away at us. (Calgary) is a veteran team and we can take some positives out of it, but no one is satisfied with a loss here.”
The Roughnecks tied the score 3:00 into the second half on Dan Taylor’s goal. The Seals took their final lead, 4-3, with 5:39 left in the third quarter on Casey Jackson’s goal. Calgary tied the score 3:28 later on Dobbie’s goal.
The first quarter ended in a 1-1 tie. Duch opened the scoring with a power-play goal 2:12 into the game. Brandon Clelland scored on a breakaway for the Seals 2:06 later, tying the score.
Cam Holding scored a short-handed goal for the Seals 13 seconds into the second quarter. Dan Dawson gave the Seals a 3-2 lead with his goal 5:25 before halftime.
The Seals scored on one of their four power-play opportunities, the Roughnecks two of their seven.
The Seals were outshot 58-51. Calgary goaltender Christian Del Bianco made 46 saves.
The Seals, who were 17-12 winners over the Colorado Mammoth last Saturday in Denver, will play once more on the road — Jan. 5 at Saskatchewan — before their first game at Pechanga Arena San Diego, Jan. 12 against the Rochester Knighthawks.
— City News Service
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