San Diego Gulls Beat The Bakersfield Condors 6-5 In A Shootout

Gulls San Diego AHL

In a night celebrating hockey legend and the NHL’s first black hockey player, Willie O’Ree, the San Diego Gulls did not disappoint fans when the team faced off against the Bakersfield Condors in what would be a high-scoring matchup ultimately decided by a shootout and brought the team to a 2 – 0 record on their inaugural season.

It was only 23 seconds into the first period when 2014 first round pick Nick Ritchie found the net tallying his third goal in only two games and setting off a scoring frenzy.

Penalty killing remains to be an issue for the Gulls who gave up two goals tonight while on the penalty kill, forcing the Gulls to come back from a two-goal deficit twice. However, only two games into the season, head coach Dallas Eakins said he is not worried.

“I’m not concerned yet,” said Eakins.  “We didn’t have a real training camp with these guys, we had a little time in Anaheim, but we haven’t had a lot of games. If, after 10 or so games, we see a problem we can address it.”

Despite giving up five goals, Eakins did praise goaltender John Gibson’s performance saying that team “hung him out to dry a few times,” but that “he was there when we needed him.”

Ritchie continued to be impressive throughout the game, generating scoring chances and making a solid case for a call-up when the Anaheim Ducks are in need. It was veteran Harry Zolnierczyk who scored late in the second period that tied the game at five and completing the second comeback of the night.

The Gulls failed to convert on a power play chance in the overtime period sending the game into a shootout.  Gulls forward Ondrej Kase scored for the Gulls and Gibson shut the door with three huge saves to give San Diego the victory.

Tonight’s Gulls line combinations:

Forwards:

Nick Ritchie – Michael Sgarbossa – Max Friberg

Harry Zolnierczyk – Chris Mueller – Ondrej Kase

Antoine Laganiere – Matt Bailey – Stefan Noesen

Nicolas Kerdiles – Joseph Cramarossa – Brian McGrattan

Defense:

Jaycob Megna – Shea Theodore

Joe Piskula – Brandon Montour

Korbinian Holzer – Shane O’Brien

Goaltenders:

John Gibson

Matt Hackett

Recent Articles

LA Kings Prospect Tracker – Week Ending February 10, 2020

This past week, the Kings traded a couple beloved players in Kyle Clifford and Jack Campbell, which initiated the next step in Rob Blake’s plan to make room for the youth. As Los Angeles harvests from their farm team, look for some of these prospects to find their way in Ontario either at the end […]

NHL Radio Replay: Talking Clifford Trade and Kings Next Moves

Follow @mayorNHL
Enjoy a free replay of this week’s Hot Stove, where John Hoven joined hosts David Pagnotta, Dennis Bernstein, and Ryan Paton to break down the Kings-Maple Leafs trade, explain what Kyle Clifford meant to the Kings, and look ahead on possible returns for Alec Martinez, Tyler Toffoli, Trevor Lewis, etc.
NOTE: Here’s a link […]

SPORTSNET REPLAY: Hoven Breaks Down Clifford, Campbell Trade

Follow @mayorNHL
Enjoy a free replay of John Hoven on Sportsnet Radio, where he joined hosts Nick Alberga and Andre Deveaux to discuss the LA Kings trading Kyle Clifford and Jack Campbell to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Trevor Moore and two draft picks.
NOTE: For more on Clifford and what he meant to the Kings, be […]

Major News Items

Kings Of the Podcast Ep. 15.1 with Jaret Anderson-Dolan

Feel free to admit it - there are few things in life better than a surprise episode. Yet, here we are, back with Kings of the Podcast Episode 15.1, just a few days after our latest release! Here's a very brief look at … [Read More...]

More Prospect News