How It Happened: The first point of the game set the tone for this game with a long point with turns from both teams. Defense was the name of the game as both teams struggled to get their offenses going. The Stags looked to take the lead early taking the first quarter 5-3, but the Dogfish were able to match them in the second quarter and eventually tied them up at 7-7 with only 18 seconds left on the clock. Cody Bjorklund was able to give the Stags an 8-7 lead at the end of the quarter with a fantastic buzzer-beater grab. The Stags again looked to take the lead in the third quarter after matching the Stags first two points, but a four-point run by the Stags to end the quarter gave them a 14-9 lead. The fourth quarter saw long heavy turnover points with the second point of the game ending with more than six minutes off the clock. Both teams combined for only five points in the fourth quarter, finishing 17-11.
Turning Points: With their four-goal run at the end of the third, the Stags finally put themselves in the position they wanted to be in and never let the Dogfish back in within four points.
Stat of the Game: 15 fouls. With both teams playing hard defense they found themselves playing against the refs who were quick to whistle the physical play. With three bands awarded and two flagrant fouls not awarded bands both teams racked up plenty of penalty yardage.
Players of the Game: Gabe Saunkeah was a huge playmaker for the Dogfish, with four assists he was one of the Dogfish’s best weapons. However, the biggest key for Saunkeah was not turning over the disc going 35/35 in a game that saw both teams unable to keep the turnovers under control.
Quotable: “You can’t practice these situations,” said Stags cutter Timmy Perston about the Dogfish keeping the game so close. “You can draw up as many weird situations. But you can’t practice that. So to that degree I love it. To push us to another level.”
What’s Next: The Dogfish will be back at Yellowjacket Stadium in Berkeley hosting the Vancouver Nighthawks and the Portland Stags will be at Milwaukie High School once again hosting the Seattle Rainmakers in a preview of the Western Conference Finals.