San Diego Gulls Catching Fire

The San Diego Gulls, America’s Finest Hockey Club, fell into a skid earlier into the season with a lengthy losing streak, but have sparked again and are now riding a 3 game winning streak!
The streak started on the road last Saturday, December 12th, as the Gulls sank the San Jose Barracuda, 5-0, in one of their most disciplined games of the year.

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Mandatory photo credit: John Russell

The Gulls then returned Friday night to the VVCC where the Gulls hosted teddy bear toss night against the San Jose Barracuda. This game was much closer, went to OT at 2-2, but the Gulls came out on top, 3-2 in OT with a goal from #11 Stefan Noesen. Attendance at VVCC Friday was 9,421, and over 15,000 bears were tossed onto the ice (at the wrong time)… The Gulls thought they scored at the very last second, although it was ruled time was up, the Bears came flying! Some rather generous Gulls Fans pitched in to bring a massive Costco bear, all 8 Feet, 40lbs of him. Videos/pics capture the moment which helped benefit Rady’s Children’s Hospital!


Mandatory Photo Credit: John Russell

big boi

Mandatory Photo Credit: San Diego Union Tribune

The Gulls then played rival and division leader the Ontario Reign Saturday night on the road at Citizens Business Bank Arena, and played a very tough contest. Nick Ritchie for the Gulls scored first, and on the Reign’s Teddy Bear Toss night, a lone “Intrepid Gulls fan” threw a bear onto the ice. The Gulls then gave up a goal near the end of the first period, to send the Reigns bears flying. Nick Ritchie then scored again in the second, and it looked as if the Gulls were going to hold onto the lead, but the Reign scored in the final minute on a pulled goalie man advantage. The gulls had a lousy 3rd period, only recording two shots on goal. OT was dominated by the Gulls, but Reign goalie Budaj was having none of the Gulls fire. In the shootout, Ritchie and Sgarbossa scored while Khudobin made 2 excellent saves to seal the Gulls 3-2 (SO) win.


Mandatory Photo Credit: San Diego Gulls


Mandatory Photo Credit: Cameron Struyk

The Gulls take the ice again at Valley View Casino Center this Saturday, December 26th against Rival and leader the Ontario Reign at 7:05

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About cstruyk (21 Articles)
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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