SD Gulls Drop Sixth Straight; Stars Win 5-3 and Campbell Recalled

Campbell StarsThe San Diego Gulls returned home Wednesday night looking to break a five-game losing streak, facing off against the Texas Stars. Unfortunately, the team could not shake the troubles from their recent four-game road trip, as bad turnovers and sloppy defense eventually led to their sixth straight loss.

Despite coming out and playing a strong first period, the Gulls found themselves trailing 1-0 after Brian McGrattan took a tripping penalty and Brendan Ranford converted on a breakaway, putting the Stars up 1-0 and shifting momentum in the Stars favor.

San Diego kept plenty of pressure on Stars goaltender Jack Campbell in the second frame but were unable to convert on their only power play opportunity. Meanwhile, Texas continued to capitalize on sloppy defense and bad turnovers; including notching a pair of goals just 32 seconds apart. By this time, the Gulls seemed to lose all steam, allowing more than twice as many shots on goal to their visiting opponent and forcing goaltender Matt Hackett to continuously perform acrobatics in net, attempting to keep the game close.

Forward Michael Sgarbossa, back with the team after spending some time with the Anaheim Ducks, buried a puck early in the third period to give the Gulls some life. Feeding off that burst of energy, San Diego quickly added another marker by forward Joseph Cramarossa, igniting the team and crowd. When defenseman Brandon Montour converted on a loose puck sitting behind Campbell’s pads, he brought them within one.

Yet, forward Travis Morin took the wind out of the Gulls sails, scoring another Stars goal to secure their victory and hand the Gulls a sixth straight loss.

San Diego head coach Dallas Eakins felt his team just “stood around and watched them [the Stars] play” for the first two periods, and would not pin all the recent call-ups from the Ducks as a factor contributing to, or as an excuses for, his club’s string of losses. “Every guy in that room wants to go play in Anaheim if you get called up you’re playing in a new locker room with new guys, so if that’s your endgame, if that’s your goal, it shouldn’t be a big deal to play with new guys here.”

NOTE: After the game, Campbell was recalled to the NHL by the Dallas Stars.

Gulls line combinations:

Forwards

Antoine Laganiere – Michael Sgarbossa – Max Friberg

Nicolas Kerdiles – Ryan Walters – Stefan Noesen

Kyle Bonis – Matt Bailey – Brian McGrattan

Joseph Cramarossa – Kenny Ryan – Tim Jackman

Defense

Shane O’Brien – Shea Theodore

Jaycob Megna – Brandon Montour

Andrew O’Brien – Stu Bickel

Goaltenders

Matt Hackett

Ryan Faragher

Instagram

Note to webmasters/reporters: When recapping news or interviews from this site please remember to include a link to www.MayorsManor.com

Recent Articles

LA Kings 2018 Mid-Season Top 10 Prospect Rankings: What Happened to No. 5?

We’re about to make a little history here at MayorsManor, hope everyone is ready.
If you’re unfamiliar with our rankings overall, for nearly a decade this content has become a vital source of player information, as nobody outside the Kings organization talks to more coaches, scouts, and General Managers about LA’s top prospects on a […]

LA Kings 2018 Mid-Season Top 10 Prospect Rankings: Number 6, The Goalie

As we round out the bottom-half of our Top 10 Prospect Rankings, all eyes now turn to the goal crease. Not only is Cal Peterson yet another free agent signing who has cracked this coveted list of potential future Kings, he’s also the only netminder to be featured among this year’s pack.
If you’re unfamiliar […]

FREE REPLAY: Hoven Talks Kings Trade Options, Stevens as Coach, Carter Return on NHL Radio

Follow @mayorNHL
Enjoy a free replay of John Hoven on NHL Network Radio from earlier today, where he joined hosts Nick Alberga and Dennis Bernstein to talk about the Los Angeles Kings – including their best options before the Trade Deadline, John Stevens as coach, Paul LaDue not playing, Dion Phaneuf joining the team, Jeff Carter’s […]

Major News Items

LA Kings 2018 Mid-Season Prospect Rankings: Honorable Mentions, Part I

Per the tradition established here at MayorsManor, it’s once again time for our highly anticipated look at the LA Kings Top 10 Prospect Rankings. If you’re unfamiliar with this list, for nearly a decade now this … [Read More...]

More Prospect News