Tonight the San Francisco Bulls are making a quick stop in southern California to take on the Ontario Reign for the 10th time this season. The Reign host the Bulls for the sixth time this season and currently lead the season series 8-1. In addition, this is the last season series game between these California rivals. The last time these two clubs saw one another was back on January 31st, 2013 in San Francisco as the Ontario Reign came away with a 5-2 victory. Dean Ouellet and Peter Sivak were the only two goal scorers for the Bulls in their loss.
San Francisco is coming off of a 5-0 shutout courtesy from the Las Vegas Wranglers this past Wednesday at the Cow Palace. In that contest, San Francisco out shot the Las Vegas by 40-34 margin. Furthermore, the Bulls allowed a shorthanded marker in their loss as Sarauer scored his 14th goal of the season on a breakaway. Moreover, San Francisco did go 3-3 on the penalty kill. The goaltending woes surfaced for San Francisco as Head Coach Pat Curcio swapped out Taylor Nelson who allowed four goals on 23 shots for Thomas Heemsherk.
For the Ontario Reign, they continue to tack on the points as they have won 10 of their last 11 games. Their most recently victory was this past Wednesday against the Bakersfield Condors that featured a 4-2 final. It was Colton Yellow Horn’s last game with Reign as recorded two assists on two of the goals for Ontario. The day after their victory over Bakersfield, the Ontario Reign released a statement in which leading goal scorer Colton Yellow Horn got the call from their AHL affiliate Manchester Monarchs. This is Colton’s first ever AHL call up his is professional career.
Notables: San Francisco’s penalty kill continues to improve. The Bulls have now killed 60 of 68 (88.2%) power plays in the last 28 games. The return and impressive play of goaltender Thomas Heemskerk will only help bolster the Bulls defense. Marek Viedensky is also expected to return tonight. Rylan Galiardi was placed on the injured reserves, and Colin Reddin was activated. Peter Sivak will be out of tonight’s game with flu-like symptoms.
As of today, the San Francisco Bulls are 17-23-1-5 with an eight overall spot in the ECHL’s Western Conference. For the Ontario Reign, they have an impressive 34-11-1-2 record and are the leaders in the West.
Official Stats Update:
Goals: Dean Ouellet – 22
Assists: Rob Kwiet – 21
Points: Peter Sivak – 40
Plus/Minus: Scott Langdon – +13
PIM: Kris Belan – 112
Wins: Thomas Heemskerk – 11
GAA: Thomas Heemskerk – 3.25
Save %: Thomas Heemskerk – 0.900
Peter Sivak – 10 points (7g, 3a) in the past 10 games
Dean Ouellet – 9 points (5g, 4a) in the past 10 games
Goals: Colton Yellow Horn – 36
Assists: Kyle Kraemer – 29
Points: Colton Yellow Horn – 58
Plus/Minus: CJ Stretch – +23
PIM: Derek Couture – 140
Wins: Jean-Francois Berube, Chris Carrozzi – 15
GAA: Jean-Francois Berube – 2.17
Save %: Jean-Francois Berube – 0.910%
Shutouts: Chris Carrozzi – 3
Kyle Kraemer – 15 points (6g, 9a) in the past 10 games
Mario Lamoureux – 14 points (4g, 10a) in the past 10 games
****Stats courtesy of Jason Lockhart with the San Francisco Bulls****
Tonight’s contest has a 7:00p PST puck drop at the Citizens Business Bank Arena. The game can be heard on KNBR.com and is available to America One Sports subscribers on Americaonesports.com.
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