The Seagulls suffered their first young season loss to Bakersfield. Photo credit: @SDGullsAHL
The San Diego Gulls will face the Bakersfield Condors on Wednesday night to complete a two-game road trip one day after their fifth loss in seven games.
The Seagulls lost 4-2 on Tuesday night in San Jose, allowing a goal in 11 seconds. They dropped 3-0 and reduced the deficit on power-play goals from defender Kodie Curran and center Sam Carrick to 3-2. But they couldn’t end the comeback.
“They were ready to go and we weren’t,” said right wing Andrew Poturalski, who supported the aim of both seagulls.
Noah Gregor quickly shot past Lukas Dostal to score the first goal of the game. It was the earliest game the Seagulls had scored in their six seasons in the American Hockey League. The previous record was 21 seconds in a game against the Stockton Heat on February 24, 2016.
Gregor, who had been assigned to the Barracuda by his NHL parenting team, the San Jose Sharks, on Tuesday, also assisted with the second goal, which Frederik Handemark scored two minutes and 28 seconds after the start of the second half.
San Jose (5-3-2-0) extended their lead 1:13 later to 3-0 when Jayden Halbgewachs pushed the puck past Dostal for his third goal of the season.
The Seagulls (9-6-0-0) began their comeback attempt when Curran shot a shot from the target circle past Alexi Melnichuk and in the third half there were 46 seconds left for his third goal of the season.
The Seagulls moved within 3-2 with 3:24 in the third period when Carrick rerouted a pass from Poturalski for his fifth goal of the season.
Coach Kevin Dineen pulled Dostal for a sixth attacker in the last minute, but former Gull Jaycob Megna ended his comeback hopes with a clean sheet 31 seconds to go.
“You know you can talk about the ending, but I think the start catches my eye,” said Dineen after his team’s second loss to the Barracuda in three games over five days. “They scored early and we will follow the game from there.
“It’s a problem for us this year and that was quick. Our first period has solidified from then on and I liked our push in the end, but the trick is not to put ourselves in that situation. “
The Gulls led in shots, 27-25, including a 12-6 advantage in the third period. They killed all four of San Jose’s power play opportunities and scored two of their five hits.
Dostal (5-5-0-0) scored 21 saves for the Anaheim Ducks AHL partner. Melnichuk (2-2-2-0) scored 25 saves at Solar4America Ice in San Jose.
The seagulls were involved in their fifth and sixth fights of the season.
Barracuda defender Sasha Chmelevski received a five-minute main sentence, two-minute incitement and ten-minute misconduct incited for his 5:23 pm fight in the second half with Gull’s defender Hunter Drew, who received a five-minute main penalty. The seagulls took advantage of the small penalty with Curran’s power play goal.
Seagulls defender Keegan Lowe and San Jose left wing Jeffrey Viel received major penalties for their 8:58 a.m. third-half bout.
The fights were the first of the season for Drew and Lowe.
The gulls are 3-1-0-0 against the condors. The home team has won every game.
“Bakersfield are a good team,” said Poturalski. The AHL subsidiary of Edmonton Oilers has won five games in a row after a 0: 5: 0: 0 start. “They have a lot of good depth and a lot of older players who were in the league and are good players.”
–City news service