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Gulls Puckdrop tonight at 5:35! Haunted Hockey

The Gulls beat the Stockton heat 3-2 (SO) in their first matchup of the season, with tremendous goalkeeping by both John Gibson and Matthew Hackett.

John Gibson played for the first two periods, and made tremendous saves, further showing that he is in fact the best Goalie in the League. With about 5 minutes left in the 2nd period, Gibson was  injured but remained in the game, completely distraught. He did allow one goal, and the injury did eventually force him out of the game. Matthew Hackett took the reigns from the injured Gibson, going 13 for 14 on saves. He made tremendous saves in both overtime and blocked all 4 shooters shots in the shootout. Nick Ritchie, the teams leading scorer (5), struck first in the second period, and Max Friberg (2), the Swede and former leading scorer for Norfolk, added the second in the second. The Gulls did not play from behind at all, and finished off strong, with a shootout goal by Mike Sgarbossa.

Injury- no information disclosed. Appear to be a possible hand injury or groin/leg. More updates to come

Injury- no information disclosed. Appear to be a possible hand injury or groin/leg. More updates to come

In the first period, the Gulls looked as if they were still sloppy from last week, committing or being called for horrendous penalties. At one point we had 3 in the box and the Heat had a 5 on 3 for 2:00. John Gibson, the brick wall in net, made several great saves in this time span, including 2 breakaways. However, penalties died down, all though the Gulls were often on the penalty kill.

Mandatory photo Credit: John Russell

Mandatory photo Credit: John Russell

Attendance sat at 7,152, and 3 home games in, we are leading the league in average attendance with 9,620. However, tonights game will likely see a drop due to parental priorities, so look for some after market tickets for cheaper than usual for tonight, 10/31. Also Tuesday 11//3 will be the following matchup, and attendance in midweek games is yet to be seen, but will likely be substantially lower. Get out to a game and support the Gulls, the Hershey Bears or Ontario Reign are likely to steal our attendance crown, so lets show some support for our up and coming stars!

Next 5 Games:

Gulls Puckdrop tonight at 5:35! Haunted Hockey

Gulls Puckdrop tonight at 5:35! Haunted Hockey

10/31- vs Stockton @ 5:35. Haunted hockey costume contest (winner gets concert passes), $2 beers, first 6k get magnetic schedules, and a free Gyro with ticket stub.

11/3 vs San Antonio @ 7:05. Taco Tuesday presented by Rockin’ Baja. 2 tacos for $5 at their stadium concessions.

11/5 @ Ontario @ 7:00. Roadie vs Division leader/rival

11/7 @ San Jose @ 1:15. Look to move to 3-0 on the year on the road at SAP center

11/11 vs Bakersfield @ 7:05. Boys look for revenge, plus veterans day special. $2 beer night, and post-game skate (veterans only?)

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Hi, I'm Cameron. Love to watch all sports and supply input, so I figured, why not write for an award winning blog and get my thoughts/analysis out there? Season ticket holder and booster club president of the Gull, will be writing/covering Gulls Hockey action, as it's the highest level of hockey San Diego is likely to ever see! I'm a friendly guy, so if you've got something to say or ask, feel free to do so! More than happy to supply any information I know in hopes to build a greater fan base for the Gulls.

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