Tonight the Bulls were in Alaska to take on the Alaska Aces in game one of a three game mini series against the best team in the league. The Bulls entered tonight’s contest with an 0-3-0-0 season series record against the Aces.
At the 9:25 mark of the opening period, San Francisco struck first when Dean Ouellet sent a nice feed to defenseman Kwiet who fired a slap shot passed Guggenberger to break the 0-0 deadlock. Kwiet’s laser beam was his seventh goal of the season with assists by D. Ouellet and Galiardi.
Less than two minutes after the Bulls struck first, the Aces got the equalizer when Harrison scored to bring the game at 1 all. Harrison’s tally made it his 11th of the season and was assisted by Baren and Curry.
Moments later, a fight ensued between Bulls Hansen and Molle. Both combatants entertained the crowd as they exchanged blows. The fight started near the corner of the ice and then moved near the penalty boxes before the refs ended the bout between the heavyweights. They each got five for fighting at 14:29 of the first frame.
After 20 minutes of play, Alaska edged out the Bulls on the shot clock 10-8
At 5:33 into the middle frame Bulls forward Jordan Clendenning received the games first penalty as he was called with a tripping minor. However, the Aces did not covert on the their first man advantage as the score remained a 1-1 tie.
On a 2 on 1 opportunity into the Aces zone by both Tuckerman and C. Ouellet, the Bulls converted and took the lead thanks to Christian Ouellet’s tally to make it 2-1 San Francisco. His goal was his ninth of the season and was assisted by both Tuckerman and Morrison at 9:39 of the 2nd.
Shortly after San Francisco broke the deadlock, Bulls went back on the penalty kill as Jonathan Lessard was charged with a tripping at 10:41 of the second stanza. The good news for the Bulls was that the Aces did not convert as the score remained 2-1.
With 3:35 left in the second San Francisco took their third penalty in row when Peter Sivak was caught with a slash. As the Bulls were shorthanded, Alaska’s Garry Nunn received a penalty of his own for hooking putting both teams at four skaters for the first time of the contest. Nothing came out of the four on four situation as San Francisco maintained their one goal lead over Alaska.
Less than two minutes remaining of the second Alaska’s Chris Clackson got the equalizer for the Aces to tie the contest back up 2-2. Clackson marker was his 11th of season and was assisted by San Jose Sharks prospect William Wrenn at 18:25.
Thru 40 minutes of play the Aces maintained their cushion on the shot clock over the Bulls 20-15.
The Bulls put pressure early on in the games final period against the Aces as they fired five shots on net in the first five minutes of the third. Thus closing the gap on the shot clock 21-20 Alaska lead.
At 9:56 of the final frame San Francisco’s Jordan Clendenning broke the 2-2 tie as he put the puck past Guggenberger. Clendenning strike made it his fourth of the season with assists from Kwiet who registered his second point of the night and Lessard with his first of the game.
Not long after the Bulls went ahead for the third time of the contest, Alaska’s Molle took a high sticking minor at 11:33 of the third. The Aces penalty unit held the line on the Bulls power play to keep a 3-2 San Francisco lead.
In Alaska’s zone, Bulls forward Christian Ouellet was positioned inside the right face off circle and fired the puck on net thru a screened Guggenberger and gave his team their first two goal lead at the 14:22 mark of the final frame. C. Ouellets marker was his second goal of the contest and 10th of the season. His goal was assisted by Morrison who recorded his second point of the night and Sabastian Trudeau with his first of the contest.
In the dying seconds of the contest defenseman Cody Carlson from his own zone fired the puck down the ice and put the rubber into an open Alaska net to seal the deal for the Bulls 5-2. Tonight’s victory was San Francisco’s first on the season against the Aces.
It took the Bulls all game to overtake the Aces on the shot clock as they outshot Alaska in the final period 16-5 and an overall 31-25 margin.
3 Stars of the Game:
1. SF – C. Ouellet
2. SF – J. Morrison
3. AK – Z. Harrison
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