Las Gaviotas de San Diego fueron eliminadas de la Calder Cup Playoffs

May 15, 2017 0

San Diego Gulls vs. San Jose Barracuda

LA TEMPORADA DE GULLS VIENE A UN FIN EN 2-0 PÉRDIDA A BARRACUDA

SAN DIEGO – Las Gaviotas de San Diego fueron eliminadas de la Calder Cup Playoffs por el Barracuda de San José esta noche luego de caer 2-0 en el Juego 5 de las Finales de la División del Pacífico. Troy Grosenick detuvo los 34 tiros para ganar su segunda blanqueada de la postemporada y condujo al Barracuda a la final de la Conferencia Oeste por primera vez en su historia para enfrentarse a los Griffins de Grand Rapids.

La segunda temporada de los Gulls en San Diego llegó a su fin en Valley View Casino Center después de que el club avanzó a la División de Finales por segunda temporada consecutiva. Las Gaviotas también establecieron un récord de club con 43 victorias y terminaron la temporada regular con el tercer porcentaje de victorias más alto en la AHL (.669).

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GULLS RULE THE ROAD IN TUCSON WITH 4-1 WIN OVER ROADRUNNERS

Apr 3, 2017

GULLS RULE THE ROAD IN TUCSON WITH 4-1 WIN OVER ROADRUNNERS

 

San Diego sweeps two-game weekend and six-game season series at Tucson, sets new club record

for points in a season with 40th win and 85th point

 

TUCSON, Ariz. – The San Diego Gulls (40-17-3-2, 85 pts.) set franchise records with their 40th win of the season and 85th point in a 4-1 victory over the Tucson Roadrunners (26-30-7-0; 59 pts.) at Tucson Arena on Saturday night. Escondido native Austin Ortega picked up his first career point in his professional debut, rookie Mitch Hults recorded his first two assists in his second career game, and goaltender Jhonas Enroth (14-3-0) made 30 saves to help  San Diego’s improve to 12-3-1-0 the past 16 games.

 

San Diego has won a Pacific Division-high 79 games dating back to the start of last season, co-leads the division in win percentage (.650) with Ontario and ranks third among AHL teams in win percentage the past two season with a 79-40-7-4 record. The Gulls have also won six of the last eight games (6-2-0-0) and 16 of the last 21 games (16-4-1-0), while the club has earned standings points in 17 of the last 22 contests (16-5-1-0) and 33 of 39 contests since Dec. 26 (29-6-2-2). Additionally, the Gulls have earned standings points in 12 of the past 16 road games (12-3-1) and 18 of the last 21 road contests overall (16-3-1-1).

 

The Gulls also set a club record tonight for most wins and points in a season series, going 10-1-0-1 (21 points) against the Roadrunners, surpassing an 8-2-0-1 (18 points) mark set last season against San Jose.

 

Enroth continues to be outstanding as he has now posted a 12-2-0 mark with two shutouts, a 1.43 goals-against average (GAA) and .945 save percentage (SV%) in 14 games since joining the Gulls on Jan .10. The Swedish veteran leads all AHL goaltenders with a 1.71 GAA and .936 SV% this season (minimum 17 appearances).

 

Two California-natives teamed up to give the Gulls a 1-0 lead at 15:55 of the first period when Ortega stole the puck from a Tucson defenseman and fed Irvine native Nic Kerdiles who buried a one-timer past Roadrunners goaltender Adin Hill for his seventh goal of the season.

 

The Gulls doubled their lead at 1:09 of the second period when Ondrej Kase deflected Jeff Schultz’s drive past Hill, with Mitch Hults picking up the other assist for his first professional point. Kase has points in six of his last seven games (3-3=6) with san Diego and Schultz’s assist marked his 15th of the campaign tying a career high set last season with Ontario.

 

Tucson struck back just under two minutes later at 3:03 of the period on Conor Garland’s fourth goal of the season from a bad angle that slipped between Enroth’s arm and the near post. Spencer Abbott would push San Diego’s lead back to two goals at 10:54 of the frame when he took a pass from Sam Carrick and beat Hill over the shoulder and into the corner of the net with a quick-snipe wrist shot. Abbott tallied 2-3=5 points in the two games against Tucson this weekend and now has 3-8=11 points in 12 games since joining the Gulls on Mar. 1.

 

San Diego dominated a majority of the third period and extended their lead to three as Abbott struck again, this time accepting a cross-ice pass from Jaycob Megna in front of Hill and dekeing to his backhand for his 18th goal of the season.

 

Late in the game, Tucson generated numerous opportunities with a 5-on-3 man advantage, but could not cut into San Diego lead. .

 

The Gulls travel to Stockton next week to conclude their three-game road trip at the Heat on Wednesday, Apr. 5 (7 p.m.) San Diego will return home on Friday, Apr. 7 to take on the Ontario Reign at Valley View Casino Center (7 p.m.) as the Gulls will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Anaheim Ducks 2007 Stanley Cup Championship. A limited number of tickets are available by visiting AXS.com/Gulls or by phone at (619) 359-4730.

NOTES: Kalle Kossila notched his 33rd assist and has 3-8=11 points in his last 15 games…Andy Welinski contributed an assist, his fifth point of the weekend (3-2=5) and co-leads active San Diego defenseman with 23 on the year…Jaycob Megna also added an assist and has 0-3=3 points in his last four games…the Gulls improved to 21-14-2-1 in back-to-back games and 9-9-1-0 in the second match-up…Tucson goaltender Adin Hill (14-14-6) stopped 37-of-41 shots in his 14th loss of the season.

 

Three Stars:

  1. Spencer Abbott (SD)
  2. Mitch Hults (SD)
  3. Conor Garland (TUC)

Cortesia: SanDiegoGulls.com

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GULLS CLINCH BERTH IN CALDER CUP PLAYOFFS DESPITE 3-1 LOSS TO CONDORS

Mar 27, 2017

GULLS CLINCH BERTH IN CALDER CUP PLAYOFFS DESPITE 3-1 LOSS TO CONDORS

 

SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Gulls (38-17-3-2, 81 pts.) saw their seven-game home win streak come to an end in a 3-1 loss to the Bakersfield Condors (30-23-5-1; 66 pts.) in front of 12,449 fans at Valley View Casino Center on Saturday night. Despite the loss, San Diego clinched a second-consecutive Calder Cup playoff berth with Stockton’s 5-4 shootout loss to Texas earlier this evening.

 

“Making the playoffs was one of our goals before the season started,” said Gulls defenseman Nate Guenin. “I think we expected to make it and now we need to get ready for that and hope to peak at the right time.”

 

The Gulls are still 10-3-1-0 in their last 14 games and have won 14 of the last 19 games (14-4-1-0). San Diego has also earned standings points in 15 of the last 20 (14-5-1-0), as well as points in 31 of 37 contests since Christmas (27-6-2-2).

 

San Diego came out of the gates in the opening frame peppering Bakersfield goaltender Jonas Gustavsson (8-5-1) with plenty of shots through the first 10 minutes. The Gulls best chance of the period came on a power play early in the period on Keaton Thompson’s wrist shot that rang off the post.

 

Late in the period with Bakersfield shorthanded once again, the Gulls momentum came to a halt when Anton Lander sniped a wrist shot over Gulls goaltender Kevin Boyle’s shoulder at 16:02 to give the Condors a 1-0 lead. Lander has notched 2-5=7 points in his last five games and 23-26=49 points in only 33 games played this season. The Gulls trailed 1-0 after the first 20 minutes even though they outshot the Condors 19-7.

 

Guenin took a tripping penalty at 7:43 of the middle period and Bakersfield cashed in on Joey LaLeggia’s 17th goal of the season. After some crafty passing on the power play, LaLeggia shoveled the rebound from Greg Chase’s shot past Boyle to give the Condors a 2-0 advantage.

 

San Diego pumped another 17 shots to the net in the second frame, but could still not solve Gustavsson. The 32-year-old stopped 44-of-45 shots to earn his fourth straight win.

 

Nic Kerdiles finally got the Gulls on the board at 6:52 of the third period when he deflected Keaton Thompson’s point shot past Gustavsson. The goal was Kerdiles’ first since Mar. 8 vs. SJ and Keaton Thompson’s assist gives him 0-4=4 points over the last four games.

 

San Diego’s best opportunity to tie the game came a few moments later when Tyler Morley’s bid off the rush hit the post. The Gulls would not get many chances after that as the Condors shut the door defensively.

 

Bakersfield pushed its lead back to two goals 18:08 when LaLeggia converted again on the power play. The two-goal game for LaLeggia was his third of the season and the British Columbia native is riding a four-game point streak (3-3=6).

 

San Diego hits the road next week to begin a three-game road trip with stops in Tucson and Stockton. The Gulls take on the Roadrunners in a set of back-to-backs (Mar. 31) and (Apr. 1) and travel to Stockton the following week to take on the Heat on Wednesday, Apr. 5 (7 p.m.) San Diego will return home on Friday, Apr. 7 to take on the Ontario Reign at Valley View Casino Center (7 p.m.). Fans can purchase tickets by visiting AXS.com/Gulls or by phone at (619) 359-4730.

 

NOTES: Sam Carrick added his 22nd assist of the season and now has 3-5=8 points in his last 11 games…Gulls netminder Kevin Boyle (10-5-4) made 26 saves in his fifth loss of the season…The Gulls fell to 20-12-2-1 in back-to-back games and 8-8-1-0 in the second matchup San Diego has lost two straight games for the first time since Dec. 16-17.

 

Three Stars:

  1. Jonas Gustavsson (BAK)
  2. Anton Lander (BAK)
  3. Joey LaLeggia (BAK)

Cortesia: SanDiegoGulls.com

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KEVIN ROY SCORES OVERTIME WINNER, GULLS DEFEAT RAMPAGE 2-1

Mar 20, 2017

KEVIN ROY SCORES OVERTIME WINNER, GULLS DEFEAT RAMPAGE 2-1

 

SAN ANTONIO – Rookie Kevin Roy scored the game-winning goal 16 seconds into overtime to propel the San Diego Gulls (36-15-3-2, 77 pts.) to its eighth win in the last 10 games (8-1-1-0) in a 2-1 victory over the San Antonio Rampage (24-32-5-1; 54 pts.) at AT&T Center on Friday night. Kalle Kossila recorded two assists in his 12th multi-point game of the season and goaltender Dustin Tokarski (15-6-1) made 26 saves as San Diego improved to 8-1-0 all-time vs. the Rampage, including a 4-0-0 mark in San Antonio.

 

The Gulls have won 12 of the last 15 games (12-2-1-0), 18 of their last 22 (18-3-1) and 25 of the last 31 overall (25-3-1-1). San Diego has also earned standings points in 24 of the last 27 games (22-3-1-1), as well as points in 28 of 32 contests since Christmas (24-4-2-2). Additionally, the Gulls have won nine of the past 11 games on the road (9-1-1) and earned standings points in 15 of the last 16 contests (14-1-0-1) away from home dating back to Dec. 29.

 

San Diego opened the scoring only 31 seconds into the contest when Antoine Laganiere picked up a loose puck in the slot and snapped his 20th goal of the campaign past San Antonio netminder Spencer Martin. The goal was the fastest to start a game this season, surpassing Corey Tropp’s goal 58 seconds into the first period at San Jose on Mar. 5. Laganiere’s tally matched the club record for goals (20) to tie Corey Tropp’s 20 this season and former Gull Chris Mueller’s 20 goals in 2015-16. The Goal was also his 32nd point (20-12=32) of the campaign, matching his career-high of 32 set last season (16-16=32).

 

The Gulls generated a majority of the scoring chances the rest of the first period, outshooting the Rampage 14-9 and took a 1-0 lead into the dressing room after 20 minutes of play.

 

A scoreless second period saw the clubs trade chances, but neither could find the back of the net. San Antonio earned two power plays in the stanza and looked to tie the game, only to see Dustin Tokarski make several key saves to keep the Rampage off the board. The veteran netminder is now 6-0-0 in his last seven appearances with a 2.38 GAA and .912 SV% since returning to action on Feb. 12 from a lower-body injury

 

San Antonio controlled the third frame and finally got on the board 13:46 when Alex Belzile, all alone in front, and snuck the rebound of Troy Bourke’s shot past Tokarski to tie the game 1-1.

 

Each team had grade-A chances in the final five minutes of the stanza to take the lead, but the goaltenders stood tall as the clubs headed to a five-minute three-on-three overtime period.

 

16 seconds into the extra session Kossila connected with Roy on a cross-ice pass and the Quebec native waited out Martin and lifted a wrist shot over his blocker to win the game. The rookie continues to impress as he has earned 12 points in his last 16 games (2-10=12) and 15 points in his last 20 (3-12=15).

 

San Diego conclude this back-to-back set against the San Antonio Rampage tomorrow night (5:00 p.m. PT). The Gulls return home to host the San Jose Barracuda on on Wednesday, Mar. 22 at Valley View Casino Center (7:00 p.m.) Fans can purchase tickets by visiting AXS.com/Gulls or by phone at (619) 359-4730.

 

NOTES: Corey Tropp recorded an assist and has points in nine of his last 10 games (8-6=14) and 12-13=25 points over his last 20 games…Andy Welinski also registered an assist for the Gulls and now leads all active San Diego defensemen with 20 assists on the season…San Diego improved to 17-4-3-2 in one-goal games and 26-2-1-0 when allowing two goals or less…San Antonio netminder Spencer Martin 17-18-3 stopped 28-of-30 shots in his 18th loss of the season.

 

Three Stars:

  1. Kevin Roy (SD)
  2. Dustin Tokarski (SD)
  3. Alex Belzile (SA)

 

 

Cortesia: SanDiegoGulls.com

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GULLS EXTEND POINT STREAK TO SEVEN GAMES WITH 2-1 WIN OVER ROADRUNNERS

Mar 13, 2017

GULLS EXTEND POINT STREAK TO SEVEN GAMES WITH 2-1 WIN OVER ROADRUNNERS

 

San Diego is 6-0-1 in its last seven games, and has won 16 of the last 19 contests (16-3-0)

 

SAN DIEGO – Rookie netminder Kevin Boyle’s spectacular 39-save performance boosted the San Diego Gulls (34-14-3-2, 73 pts.) to a 2-1 victory over the Tucson Roadrunners (23-21-0-6; 52 pts.) in front of 12,006 fans at Valley View Casino Center on Friday night. The Gulls extended their point streak to seven games (6-0-1) and have wins in 16 of their last 19 contests (16-3-0-0) and 23 of the last 28 overall (23-3-0-1) as they climbed to one point behind San Jose in the Pacific Division.

 

“I was able to get into a groove early tonight,” said Boyle, who improved to 9-1-3 in his past 13 AHL appearances. “My defense made it easy on me by letting me see pucks and clearing out loose rebounds. It was a group effort all game long.”

 

In addition to his nine wins the last 13 games, Boyle has posted  a 2.01 goals against average, .932 save percentage and one shutout dating back to Dec. 27.

 

San Diego improved to 8-1-0-1 against Tucson this season and has now won five consecutive home games and 11 of the last 12 games at Valley View Casino Center (11-1-0-0). The Gulls have also earned standings points in 12 of their last 14 games on home ice dating back to Dec. 26 (10-2-1-1).

 

The Gulls opened the scoring on the power play at 9:28 when Corey Tropp’s shot from below the left circle trickled past Tucson goaltender Adin Hill for his 12th goal of the season. Tropp’s goal extended his career high goal-scoring streak to five games. The goal also extended his point streak to seven games (5-7=12) to match a career-high set earlier this season from Nov. 5-27 (3-7=10).

 

Tucson went right back to the box one second after Kossila’s goal following a Christian Fischer cross-checking penalty that occurred immediately after the goal was scored. San Diego made Tucson pay a second time 22 seconds into the man advantage when recently-acquired Sam Carrick deflected Max Gortz’s shot over the shoulder of Tucson goaltender Adin Hill to double the Gulls lead at 2-0. The goal extends Carrick’s point streak to a season-high seven games (3-5=8).

 

“I’ve had a chemistry with my linemates since I arrived here,” said Carrick, who he has earned 3-2=5 points in four games with San Diego. “We’ve all been working hard and it was nice to get rewarded with that goal.”

 

The rest of the period Gulls’ rookie netminder Kevin Boyle put on a show, making 16 saves, including a couple of key stops on Tucson’s three first-period power plays.

 

The Roadrunners tallied another 15 shots to the net in the middle stanza and finally broke through at 18:50 of the second period when Chris Mueller finished off a two-on-one rush with a great feed from Joe Whitney. The former Gull has 1-5=6 points over his last six contests and has scored 5-6=11 points against the Gulls in the 10 meetings between the clubs this season.

 

A physical third period saw tempers flare at 7:29 when Tucson defenseman Jarred Tinordi’s high hit knocked Max Gortz to the ice. Nick Sorensen immediately confronted Tinordi and the two were separated by the officials. Both players were given five minutes majors for fighting, and Tinordi was assessed a match penalty in conjunction with AHL Rule 21.1 for intent to injure an opponent.

 

The Gulls defense and Boyle locked the game down the rest of the way, as San Diego earned its Pacific Division-leading 19th home win of the season, while the club improved to 13-3-1 in Friday games.

 

“I thought tonight was good for our group,” said Gulls head coach Dallas Eakins. “It was good to have that one goal lead, take it into the third and close it out like we did.”

 

San Diego heads north this weekend to visit the San Jose Barracuda on Sunday afternoon (1:15 p.m.). The Gulls return home to host the Stockton Heat on Wednesday, Mar. 15 at Valley View Casino Center (7:00 p.m.) Fans can purchase tickets by visiting AXS.com/Gulls or by phone at (619) 359-4730.

 

NOTES: Max Gortz notched his 16th assist of the season and has earned 0-11=11 assists his last 11 games…Shea Theodore recorded an assist to extend his point streak to three-games (1-5=6) and has 3-10=13 points in his last 12 games…Kalle Kossila and Andy Welinski also tallied assists for the  Gulls…San Diego went 2-for-5 on the power play and has tallied a goal on the man advantage in a season-high five straight games (8-25, 32%).

 

Three Stars:

  1. Kevin Boyle (SD)
  2. Sam Carrick (SD)
  3. Corey Tropp (SD)

 

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GULLS DEFEAT ICEHOGS 3-2, WIN 30TH GAME OF THE SEASON

Feb 27, 2017

GULLS DEFEAT ICEHOGS 3-2, WIN 30TH GAME OF THE SEASON

 

San Diego has won 19 of the last 22 games (19-3-0-1) and improved to 9-2-0 in February

 

SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Gulls (30-14-2-2, 64 pts.) won for the 12th time in its last 14 games with a tightly contested 3-2 win over the Rockford IceHogs (21-25-8-3; 53 pts.) in front 10,077 fans at Valley View Casino Center on Saturday night. Tyler Morley scored the game-winning goal in the third period, Jaycob Megna (1-1=2) contributed a multi-point effort and rookie goaltender Kevin Boyle (6-3-3) made 30 saves in his first appearance since Jan. 22 in the victory.

 

“We played okay tonight,” said head coach Dallas Eakins. “Obviously we want to be better. But we still found a way to win and that’s the important thing as we head down the stretch and into the playoffs.”

 

San Diego swept the two meetings with Rockford this season and concluded their eight game set against the Central Division this year with a 6-1-1 record. The club has now won 19 of the last 22 games (19-3-0-1) and earned standings points in 18 of the last 20 games overall (17-2-0-1).

 

The IceHogs opened the scoring only 1:31 into the opening frame when Mark McNeill’s blast above the right circle beat Boyle to give the visitors an early 1-0 edge.

 

Four minutes later the Gulls tied the game as Brandon Montour’s slap shot from the blue line found a way past Rockford goaltender Jeff Glass for his 13th goal on the campaign. The two-time AHL All-Star was reassigned by the Anaheim Ducks to San Diego earlier in the day after appearing in seven games with the NHL club this month.

 

Jaycob Megna gave San Diego a 2-1 lead at 12:16 of the first stanza with his fifth goal of the campaign. Megna currently has a three-game point streak (1-3=4), matching a career-high set on two previous occasions (last: Feb. 7-Feb. 10, 2017).

 

The Gulls ran into penalty trouble late in the period when Nick Sorensen and Nic Kerdiles took minor penalties within 11 seconds of one another. With a few key saves from Boyle and some timely blocked shots, San Diego killed off the 5-on-3 and took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission.

 

Rockford earned another power play three minutes into the second period and finally capitalized when defenseman Ville Pokka put home the rebound of Michael Latta’s shot to tie the game 2-2.

 

San Diego regained the lead at 4:28 of the third frame when Tyler Morley took a pass from Scott Sabourin, skated between the face off dots and beat Glass for his third goal of the season. Sabourin’s assist gives the enforcer 1-3=4 points over his last six games. Morley’s tally ended up being the game-winner, the first of his career.

 

“It feels good to get that goal and win the game for us,” said Morley. “Two hard-working teams grinded it out tonight and we got the points in the end. That’s all that matters.”

 

The rest of the period belonged to the Boyle and the San Diego’s defensive unit. Boyle made 11 saves in the period, while his defensemen cleared out some dangerous rebounds to give the Gulls their eighth win in their last nine home games.

 

San Diego hits the road for the first half of a home-and-home series against the Tucson Roadrunners on Feb. 28 (6 p.m. PT) and return home to cap off the two-game set at Valley View Casino Center on Saturday Mar. 3 (7 p.m.).  Fans can purchase tickets by visiting AXS.com/Gulls or by phone at (619) 359-4730.

 

NOTES: Kevin Roy added his 23rd assist of the season and has 1-8=9 points over his last nine games…Corey Tropp registered an assist and has 5-9=14 points in the last 13 games….Kalle Kossila, Scott Sabourin and Ryan Garbutt each tallied assists for San Diego…The Gulls improved to 19-11-2-1 in back-to-back contests and 9-7-1 in the second game…Rockford goaltender Jeff Glass (6-6-1) stopped 28 of 31 shots in his sixth loss of the season…

 

Three Stars:

  1. Jaycob Megna (SD)
  2. Tyler Morley (SD)
  3. Ville Pokka (RFD)

 

 

Cortesia: SanDiegoGulls

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