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Gulls Bi-Weekly Report 8
By Thomas Harrington
Over the last two weeks, the San Diego Gulls played in five games and had a record of 3-1-1. The Gulls are still sixth in the Pacific, but they are four points out of fourth, seven out of third, and San Diego has games in hand on every team in front of them in the standings.
Gulls Down The Roadrunners
The Gulls started things out by hosting the Tucson Roadrunners. Neither team scored in the opening period, but Tucson took the lead early in the second. Midway through the period, Chris Wideman tied the game, and Max Comtois made it 2-1 before the period was over. In the third, Josh Mahura and Deven Sideroff both scored to give San Diego the 4-1 win.
San Diego Wins Their 5th In A Row
The Gulls then traveled to Bakersfield to take on the Condors. Brendan Guhle scored less than two minutes into the game to give San Diego the early lead, but the Condors responded with two goals to take a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes. Kiefer Sherwood tied the game in the second, but Bakersfield retook the lead with less than 40 seconds to go in the period. In the third, Sam Carrick tied the game, Troy Terry scored what proved to be the game-winner, and the Gulls won 4-3. That was San Diego’s fifth win in a row.
The Winning Streak Comes To An End
The Gulls then returned home to host Tucson again. The Roadrunners scored the only goal in the first and scored two more times early in the second to make it 3-0 before Daniel Sprong scored to give the Gulls some life. Neither team scored again and San Diego lost 3-1.
Gulls Earn Split In Bakersfield
San Diego then traveled to Bakersfield for a pair of games. Max Jones and Sherwood both scored in the first to give the Gulls a 2-0 lead, but the Condors responded with two goals in the second to tie the game. In the third, Terry put San Diego on top, but Bakersfield tied the game again, and the third period ended 3-3. Just over a minute into overtime, Bakersfield scored to win 4-3. The next night, Ryan Johnston gave San Diego the lead less than five minutes into the second, but Bakersfield tied the game before the period was over. In the third, Brent Gates, Jr. scored to make it 2-1, and Carrick scored to give the Gulls a 3-1 win.
Over the next two weeks, the Gulls will play in five games. They’ll host the Barracuda for the final game of January, and then host the Reign to start February. The Gulls will then travel to San Jose to take on the Barracuda, before returning home to host Tucson and Bakersfield.
Carrick is continuing his strong play, and I think Comtois will play his way back into Anaheim in the not too distant future. Sprong is another potential candidate. He played well in the NHL, and if the Ducks are considering trading him before the deadline, they may want to bring him back to the Ducks to showcase him. I also think that Sherwood has been playing very well for the Gulls, and I think he should get a shot in Anaheim before the season is over.
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A 3-1-1 stretch is good, but the Gulls need to at least match that pace every two weeks going forward, if not be even better if they want to make the Calder Cup Playoffs. Other than Tucson and Stockton, the Pacific is not very strong this year, so even though the Gulls haven’t had a great season so far, they definitely have a chance to make it back to the postseason if they can get hot through the rest of the regular season.
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January 29th, 2020