Today the San Francisco Bulls are on the road to take on the Bakersfield Condors. Over the weekend, the Bulls wrapped up a three game home-stand, taking 2 of 3. Of those three games, Sunday’s game was probably the most exciting game for the Bulls in their inaugural season. After San Francisco opened the scoring of the game, Utah would respond with three goals of their own over the span of three periods. The Bulls regrouped during the late stages of the final period when San Francisco forward Peter Sivak would cut the Grizzlies 2 goal lead to just one. In the final seconds of the game, Bulls Captain Justin Bowers came up with a clutch goal to tie the game up at 3 goals apiece to send the game into overtime. In the sudden death period, San Francisco would only manage to put only shot on goal in overtime. Next came the shootout where it went to six rounds when Bulls forward Dean Ouellet sealed it for San Francisco as they completed their comeback with a 4-3 win. The puck is set to drop tonight at 7:00pm in Bakersfield a the Rabobank Arena. You can listen to the Bulls broadcast on KNBR.com and for America One Sports subscribers, you can tune in on America One Sports online. Lets Go Bulls!!!!!!!!
San Francisco Bulls game notes: At the 1:38 mark of the opening period of the game, Bulls Defenseman Joe Sova went to the box for elbowing. During the short handing situation, the San Francisco Bulls would kill of their first penalty of the game. Over four minutes later, Bakersfield was charged with their first penalty of the game when forward David Toews younger brother of Chicago Blackhawks Captain Jonathan Toews was called for high sticking. Following the penalty at the 5:37 mark of the first, Bulls forward Peter Sivak opened the scoring with a power play tally with assists coming from Marek Viedensky and Sacha Guimond to make it a 1-0 Bulls lead. After San Francisco scored their first goal of the game, defenseman Simon Denis-Pepin went to sin bin for hooking at the 6:55 mark of the open stanza. With San Francisco shorthanded, Bakersfield would fail to convert on their first man advantage opportunity. At the 10:12 mark, Bakersfield was charged with their second penalty of the game when forward Levi Nelson was called for interference. During San Francisco’s second man advantage opportunity, the Condors would score a shorthanded breakaway goal by Alex Hudson at 11:57 of the first assisted by defenseman Erik Burgdoerfer to tie that game up at 1 goal a piece. Bulls Marek Viedensky would have a great scoring opportunity but his bid was robbed at the slot by Condors goaltender Scott Greenham with just over three minutes left of the first. There was no further scoring in the first as both teams would go into the dressing room tied with a goal a piece and tied on the shot clock with 6 shots on goal.
In the early stages of the middle frame, both teams were charged with matching roughing minors, for San Francisco it was forward Jamie Devane and for Bakersfield defenseman Olivier Dame-Malka at 3:12. Neither team would score with 4 skaters a side as both teams went back to full strength until Bulls forward Devane was again called for hooking at 5:29 of the middle frame. On the man advantage, San Francisco denied Bakersfield’s bid to take the lead. Right after the man advantage, Bakersfield would score when Alternate Captain Ryan Annesley would score a goal that deflected of Bulls defenseman Mikael Tam to make it 2-1 Condors lead with assists from Tyler Brenner and Erik Burgdoerfer at 7:45 of the second. During the period, San Francisco and Bakersfield would be neck in neck is shot clock category. At the 18:24 mark of the middle frame Condors forward Jacob Legace was called for roughing. In the final seconds of the second, Bulls forward Dean Ouellet scored on the man advantage with assists from Sivak and Guimond to make it 2-2 tie with the shot clock favoring the Bulls 16-13.
In early going of the final period, both teams would have their scoring opportunities but both goaltenders were up to the task. At 7:28 of the period, Bulls forward Peter Sivak went in on a breakaway opportunity but was hooked by Condors dman Dame-Malka. On the man advantage the Bulls would take the lead when Sacha Guimond pumped it home with assists by Sivak and Captain Justin Bowers at 8:33 of the final period to make it 3-2 Bulls. As the period would drag on, things started picking up in the back half of the third when both teams picked up the psychical play of the game with players from both sides finishing their checks. Bulls resident tough guy Scott Langdon was in the action when he would complete a hard check to a Condors player. In the final seconds of the final period, defenseman Dylan King would add an empty netter for the Bulls to seal the deal for San Francisco as they win the game with a 4-2 victory. One very good stat that is noteworthy, that Bulls went 3/4 on the power play. With their win over Bakersfield, San Francisco moved into 6th place in the Western Conference and 3rd place in the Pacific Division. San Francisco is in action again this Friday as they open up a two game homestand. San Francisco welcome into town Devin Setoguchi and the Ontario Reign, the puck is set to drop at 7:15pm at the Legendary Cow Palace.
3 Star of the Game: 1. SF – 44 Sacha Guimond 2. SF – 91 Peter Sivak 3. BAK – 23 Alex Hudson
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