February 6, 2021
By AJ Manderichio / SanDiegoGulls.com
The kids are more than okay.
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The San Diego rookies shone on Saturday night and drove the team to a 4-3 win over rivals Bakersfield Condors. The Seagulls won the opening series over the weekend, beating Bakersfield five times in a row going back to the 2019-20 season.
Jamie Drysdale became the youngest player in Gulls history to score – and later added an assist – to score his first professional goal and multi-point performance.
“I just saw a broken game on the boards,” explained Drysdale of his goal. “We won the battle and I saw Dostie come up and the defense committed to him. There was a gap of open ice in the middle so I tried to take advantage of that. Dostie made a goddamn pass. I am just got there I saw a spot and shot at it. I was lucky enough to see it go in. “
Trevor Zegras continued his hot start and collected two more points (1 g / 1a). At the end of that game, the rookie center led the American Hockey League with five points (2g / 3a).
Lukas Dostal continued his strong game, stopping 40 shots to book two wins in a row. He was the third Gulls Netminder to win each of his first two starts with the club along with John Gibson (October 10-16, 2015) and Anton Khudobin (December 18-19, 2015).
“Not just the youth, but also the quality of these young people.” said assistant coach Sylvain Lefebvre. “They’re skilled and their hockey sense goes through the roof. Right now, Jamie (Drysdale) is playing really well with veteran Keegan Lowe. Then you have (Trevor) Zegras who plays with Sam Carrick and Chase De Leo, and they’re fine us really good. They bring our offense. I try to balance Drysdale as best I can with these three guys up front and it gives up more time for the offensive zone. Still there are other guys like (Lukas) Dostal – you I can don’t forget him because he’s the real deal, you saw it in the two games, especially tonight  Shots and kept the fort there in the end when Bakersfield pushed hard. “
Sam Carrick and Chase De Leo also scored goals for the Gulls, who opened the season for the first time since the first 2015/16 season with two straight wins.
Bakersfield started scoring in the first half when Seth Griffith scored his first goal of the season in just over two minutes.
The right wing carried the puck through the neutral zone and gave Alan Quine a pass on the San Diego blue line. He quickly shot past the defense and cut into the slot while Quine slowly waited for a fast lane to develop. Griffith held out his stick as the passport slid over the crease and got just enough to distract him from Lukas Dostal for his first goal of the season.
San Diego would react in the second half of the period, striking twice to get a one-goal lead.
De Leo got off to a good start, scoring his second goal of the season in heads-up play. A native of La Mirada, CA, attentively collected a rebound from Trevor Carrick from the end boards and shot an acute angle into the net. Bakersfield netminder Olivier Rodrigue was unable to recover in time, and the puck jumped past him and into the net to level the score by one.
Drysdale would strike a little over a minute later and attempt a breakaway to put San Diego in front.
The sixth overall selection of the 2020 NHL Draft opened when the players battled for a loose puck on the boards and flew from its blue line through the uncovered center ice. Alex Dostie fed him the puck and the defender moved into Rodrigue all by himself. He whipped a wrist off the post and retrieved the milestone.
Bakersfield would fight back, and Cooper Marody would drag them at two as early as the second half. The veterans center pounced on a shot from the end boards and threw it over a sliding dostal before it could cover the post.
The seagulls wasted no time jumping ahead and Carrick restored the lead from a goal just 90 seconds later.
Drysdale grabbed the puck by the side boards and dropped a pass for zegras. The rookie center ran to the blue line, where he slipped a soft wrist toward the net. Carrick, who was stationed in front, steered the puck past Rodrigue for his first goal of the season.
Zegras added the fourth goal and recorded the power play winners list in the second period.
The 2019 round first draft pick received a cross-ice pass from defenseman Kodie Curran that faked a shot as Bakersfield defender Ryan Stanton passed him on the ice. Zegras reloaded, fired the short side of the puck, and squealed through Rodrigue.
Bakersfield would climb in the third period within one, with rookie defender Theodor Lennstrom recording his first career AHL goal.
Dostal and his defense then closed the door and refused to play the condors when they came under late pressure.
San Diego continued their homestand in six games against the Ontario government on Wednesday night.