The San Diego Skates topped the Orange County Checkers 10-4 on the strength of a four goal game by their new captain Sam Somers. Christopher Georgics scored two goals for the Checkers.
Playing their first game of the season, the Checkers looked tentative early, allowing the Skates to jump to a three goal lead. Steve Jackson, Somers, and Chris Liang scored for the Skates.
The Skates piled on three more goals by Eric Meussner, Lucien Perreault, and Sean Ohaneiang before the Checkers responded with their first goal of the season by David Parent at 15:57. That sparked two more Checkers goals by Christopher Georgios at 12:20 and Daniel Sanche at 11:57. But the Skates regrouped with goals by Somers and Liang to end the period with a 8-3 lead.
The Skates extended their lead with two third period goals by Somers. Georgios scored the Checkers fourth and final goal at 11:53.