Merrill’s OT Heroics Push San Diego Past Vancouver

(Photo Courtesy of NLL)

The San Diego Seals claimed their first win of the season and broke a three-game losing streak on Sunday afternoon, taking down the Vancouver Warriors on the road in overtime. Connor Fields scored the game tying goal midway through the fourth and Brodie Merrill scored the game winning goal in overtime.

Connor Fields led the Seals with four goals, while Connor Kernan scored two goals and Wes Berg dished out five assists. For the Warriors, Mitch Jones tallied eight points (3G/5A) and Jordan McBride scored three goals. 

Frank Scigliano made 46 saves off of 56 shots on goal for San Diego and Eric Penney made 47 saves off of 58 shots on goal for Vancouver.

Vancouver got going early on with Logan Schuss scoring just 20 seconds into the game. Keegan Bal put one in a few minutes later, putting the Warriors up 2-0. San Diego was able to answer with a two-goal run of their own with Connor Fields and Cam Holding each finding the back of the net to tie things up at two heading into the second. 

While Vancouver’s offense sparked again early in the second, San Diego was able to go on two multi-goal runs before the half, pushing them ahead 7-5. Connor Fields really came to life for the Seals in the second, scoring twice to complete his first career hat trick and really give them a spark. 

Vancouver started the third off hot, scoring three straight to retake the lead, 8-7. Mitch Jones was in on all three goals during that run, scoring the first two goals and assisting on the third. 

All tied up at eight heading into the fourth, both teams went back-and-forth in the final quarter of play. Connor Fields scored off an assist from Wes Berg to tie it up at 10 midway through. While each team had multiple opportunities down the stretch to close out the game in regulation, both goalies stood tall. In overtime, Brodie Merrill scooped up a loose ball following a Vancouver shot and took it the other way for the score, securing the win for San Diego. 

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