The last time the Seagulls played an American Hockey League game they beat Tucson 4-2. That was March 11, 2020, a wild 311 days ago. Chase De Leo scored the last goal of the night.
He was tired of waiting to score another.
De Leo scored twice in a 4-1 win over Bakersfield in the first game of San Diego’s shortened 44-game season.
The Möwen got off to a slow start and were 1-0 down after the first half. In the middle frame, De Leo began to take over. He stole the puck in front of the Condors net and shot off quickly. Bakersfield goalkeeper Olivier Rodrigue failed to notice the puck was coming after him and De Leo, who never gave up the game, slammed it home for San Diego’s first goal of the year.
Six minutes later, he got another one that put another loose puck in front of the net and tucked it into the back of the net to give the seagulls the first lead of 2021. After that, Chase shared.
Less than four minutes later, De Leo helped prepare defender Kodie Curran for the first goal of his career in San Diego to take the Seagulls 3-1 to the top. Trevor Zegras rookie center backed that goal and one of De Leo’s talents to score a multipoint night on his AHL debut.
The Seagulls scored their 4th goal in the 3rd period when another rookie sensed his presence. Jacob Perreault made a great pass to Matt Lorito for a goal, first assist and the point in Perreault’s career. Both he and Zegras were first round picks from the Anaheim Ducks and both are still teenagers.
While the offense should be productive, the seagulls are pretty good on the net too. The 20-year-old Lukas Dostal made 29 parades in his first impression of the AHL competition.
The same teams will play again on Saturday night at the FivePoints Arena in Great Park Ice in Irvine.