Cam Holding, San Diego Seals
San Diego Seals defender Cam Holding before the game against the Philadelphia Wings. Courtesy photo

Austin Staats broke a tie with one minute and 12 seconds to play as the San Diego Seals scored six goals in the final 4:55 in a 13-11 victory over the Philadelphia Wings on Saturday evening.

Dan Dawson scored two of his game-high five goals in the final 4:13 as the Seals (7-4) defeated their fellow National Lacrosse League expansion team to take a one-game lead over Saskatchewan (6-5) in the race for the Western Division lead. Both teams have seven games to play.

The Seals led 7-4 at halftime, but were outscored 4-0 in the third quarter and allowed the first two goals of the fourth quarter to trail 10-7 with 12:38 to play.

“It was not our best game by any means, especially in the third quarter,” Seals coach-general manager Patrick Merrill said. “Our guys stepped up and made some huge plays in the fourth quarter and we pulled one out.

“I’ve been a part of a lot of big comebacks in this league and I’ll surely see some more before the season ends, but this one was pretty sweet for sure.”

The Seals also got two goals from Casey Jackson over the final 4:55. Turner Evans scored twice, including the game’s final goal with 28 seconds to play, before a crowd at Pechanga Arena San Diego announced at 8,500.

The Seals led in shots, 54-45. Seals goaltender Frank Scigliano (7-4) made 34 saves. Philadelphia goaltender Doug Buchan (1-7) made 41.

Jackson had three goals and three assists. Staats had two goals and three assists and Kyle Buchanan had one goal and three assists for the Seals.

Kevin Crowley and Josh Currier both scored three goals for the Wings, who have a league-worst 2-10 record. Kiel Matisz scored twice and Matt Bennett, Justin Guterding and Matt Rambo once each for Philadelphia.

The Seals will next play Friday, playing host to Saskatchewan at Pechanga Arena San Diego.

— City News Service