Gulls Biweekly Report 13

Photo: SD Gulls

By Thomas Harrington

With only a week left in the regular season, this is the final Gulls biweekly report of the year. San Diego played in six games over the past two weeks and had a record 2-2-2. San Diego saw its roster continue to get reinforcements as Anaheim prospects Sam Colangelo and Konnor Smith joined the team. Nikita Nesterenko was also reassigned to San Diego last week.

Gulls Edge The Barracuda

The Gulls started things off at home by hosting the San Jose Barracuda in a high-scoring affair. Nathan Gaucher opened the scoring with his 10th of the season, but San Jose responded soon after. Ben King put the Gulls back on top but the Barracuda scored again with seconds left in the first. In the second, Colangelo, playing in his first professional game, scored to make it 3-2. San Jose tied it late in the period. In the third, the Barracuda took the lead before Trevor Carrick tied the game. San Jose retook the lead but Pavol Regenda tied the game at five goals each. The game remained tied through the end of regulation and overtime, and it went to a shootout. King scored the lone goal for the Gulls and Alex Stalock stopped all three shooters he faced to lead the team to a 6-5 victory.

Gulls Earn A Point In Two Games Against The Roadrunners

Tucson then came to San Diego for a pair of games. In the first game, the Roadrunners scored once in the first, second, and third period to build a commanding three-goal lead. Smith, playing in his first professional game, got the Gulls on the board in the third. Tucson scored again and won 4-1.

In the second game against the Roadrunners, Josh Lopina opened the scoring in the first but Tucson tied it in the second. Andrew Agozzino put the Gulls in front in the third, but the Roadrunners tied it again. The game remained tied through the rest of regulation and overtime and went to a shootout. Both of San Diego’s shooters were stopped while both of Tucson’s shooters scored, and they won 3-2.

San Diego Doubles Up Bakersfield

The Gulls then hit the road and traveled to Bakersfield. Chase De Leo and Agozzino scored less than 30 seconds apart, and then De Leo scored again to give the Gulls a 3-0 lead in the first. Bakersfield did score before the opening frame was over, and then made it a one-goal game late in the third period. Agozzino scored into the empty net to give San Diego the 4-2 win.

Gulls Earn Point Against Reign

The Gulls then traveled to Ontario to face the Reign. Ontario scored the only goal of the first, but Drew Helleson tied the game in the second. Ontario retook the lead soon after, but Carrick tied the game before the middle frame was over. In the third, the Reign scored on a penalty shot but Regenda tied the game and sent it to overtime. In the extra session, Ontario received a powerplay and capitalized on it, winning 4-3.

Gulls Come Up Short in Coachella Valley

In their final game, San Diego traveled to Coachella Valley to face the Firebirds. Neither team scored in the first, but Helleson put the Gulls up just 18 seconds into the middle frame. Coachella Valley tied the game later in the period. In the third, neither team could find the back of the net and it looked like it would head to overtime, but the Firebirds scored with less than three minutes to go in regulation and won 2-1.

The Gulls only have four games left in their season. They’ll travel to Colorado to face the Eagles for a pair of games. They’ll then return to San Diego for their final home game of the season where they will host Coachella Valley. The Gulls will then finish the season by traveling to Coachella Valley.

With the season over and the playoffs out of reach again, the Gulls don’t have a lot to play for. However, one thing they could and should strive to do is not finish last in the Pacific Division. San Diego can catch and pass the Henderson Silver Knights and San Jose Barracuda to end the season. In a season where little has gone right for them, that would be a way to improve over last season.

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April 15th, 2024


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