San Francisco, CA–The Bulls managed to come from behind three times in the game but were never able to capture that much needed fourth goal.
Just 1:28 into the opening period, Stockton drew first blood on a deflection shot by Alex MacLeod beat Beskorowany for the early 1 goal lead. At 14:46 of the period, San Francisco drew the games first penalty when Stockton’s MacLeod got caught with hooking minor. The bad news was, the Bulls did not take advantage of being up one man and the score remained in favor of the visiting Thunder.
Moments after the power play ended, a scrum occurred in the Bulls end as the Thunder tried to make a statement at Beskorowany’s crease. Later in the period, the Bulls got the equalizer when Dale Mitchell scored on a sweet deflection by tough d-man Scott Langdon and tied the contest up at 1-1.
A mad scramble in front of the Bulls net put Stockton ahead 2-1 at 12:53 of the first, Stockton’s Trivino went upstairs on the Bulls net minder. In the dying seconds of the first, San Francisco tied the game up once again as Ryan McDonough beat Miller that made the score 2-2.
In the early stages of the second stanza the Bulls went on the power play when Stockton’s Shawn Boutin got charged with a slashing minor. While the Bulls were up a man, they were undisciplined as they took a penalty of their own and put both teams at 4 skaters aside. Nothing came out of the 4 on 4 situation and the score remained at 2-2.
However, right after the brief 4 on 4 situation, the Thunder went on the power play and it did not take long as they converted on a James Henry tally that restored Stockton’s lead for the third time of the game at 3-2. With just over five minutes left in the second, the Bulls came back again and tied up the contest with a goal by Ryan McDonough to excite the crowd and made the score at 3-3.
Just like the previous period started, the Bulls went back on the power play. The Bulls had their chances that time but came up empty handed once again when Brett Parnham was robbed by Thunders net minder Parker Milner to keep the score deadlocked a 3-3. The score remained deadlock for the entire final period of the game and forced the overtime period.
Neither team could capture that fourth goal in the over time period and the contest went to the shootout competition. The visiting Thunder managed to score two goals in the shootout, while San Francisco managed only to get one. Stockton ended up with the 4-3 victory giving the Bulls their second straight defeat in this season’s preseason action.
Despite the lose, Bulls Head Coach Pat Curcio had this to say regarding the return of Dean Ouellet and Jordan Morrison.
“Spent a year working with them so it was nice to have people you trained with for a long time to come in and make a difference. They were great tonight.” Said Curcio. “Exciting to have, when you need those guys, gamer types, they are going to be good for us.” Added Curcio.
Newcomer Ryan McDonough had this to say about the intense rivalry between the San Francisco Bulls and Stockton Thunder.
“Well I haven’t had a rivalry like this since probably juniors, playing the team I don’t know 17 to 18 times, so it will be fun, they have a pretty good squad over there, so we are in for a good battle.” Said McDonough.
Returning forward Dean Ouellet provided his take on playing overseas and coming back to the San Francisco Bulls organization and skating on North American ice again.
“It feel’s pretty good actually I know I was in Kazakhstan for five weeks but it was a good experience and all but, after I got there the living situation and everything, I was talking to Pat at the same time I felt it was good fit for me to come back and I’m really excited and happy to be here.” Said Dean Ouellet. Dean added this about his time over in Kazakhstan. “I played three or four games and it was good experience.”
The Bulls wrap up their preseason schedule against the Bakersfield Condors that has an early 4:00p puck drop in Bakersfield, CA. Their regular season begins on October 18th as they take their game on the road with their first stop in Alaska. Their stop in Alaska is a three game mini series agains the Aces.
Ryan Bayer Bay Sport Report Sharks Reporter @81Bayer
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