February 19, 2021
The San Diego Gulls had their winning streak in six games tonight, losing 5-1 to the Bakersfield Condors at Mechanics Bank Arena. Despite the setback, San Diego leads the AHL in wins (6) and points (12).
“Tonight is one of those games that you understand you can’t rely on your goalkeeper every night to save you,” said Gull’s head coach Kevin Dineen. “We gave up a lot of good chances and our goalkeeper was absolutely solid, so we need to play a more complete game. It was a good learning experience. “
The Condors scored three goals in the first half, the last two being the result of pucks making their way to Bakersfield near the San Diego network. Luke Esposito opened the scoring with his second goal of the season against San Diego. Joe Gambardella and Tyler Benson also scored a goal for Bakersfield in the first frame.
“We’ve been playing with fire lately,” said Gull’s striker Sam Carrick. “It caught up with us tonight. We lost three goals early and couldn’t defend ourselves. I think it’s a good lesson for us. We have to come to play. We have to start with the leadership in these games. We have a good group so it shouldn’t be a problem. Hopefully it’s a quick fix. “
Carrick put San Diego on the board in the middle of the second period. Jacob Perreault drove Bakersfield’s revenue within the San Diego blue line so Carrick could grab the puck and run ahead on an outlier. The seagull captain struck Skinner on the wrist with a quick shot and pulled San Diego within two goals at 11:42 in the middle frame. Carrick leads the seagulls in gates (3). Jacob Perreault collected the lone assist and now has points (1-1 = 2) in two consecutive games.
The Condors ended the game with two goals in the third half just 14 seconds apart. Ryan McLeod scored the first hit in a deflected point shot and former Gull Adam Cracknell scored the second hit in an outlier.
“We’re definitely going to watch a little video about this game, find out what we did wrong and learn from it,” said Carrick. “At the same time, we worry about ourselves. We want to worry about our systems and get back to playing the way we can and what makes us successful. “
San Diego returns tomorrow against Colorado at FivePoint Arena (7:30 p.m.; TV: FOX 5 San Diego; radio: Gulls Audio Network).