April 22, 2017

The Gulls (0-1) continue their First Round Pacific Division Semifinals series against the Ontario Reign (1-0) tonight at Citizens Business Bank Arena (7 p.m.; Mighty 1090-AM).

Ontario stunned San Diego in Game 1 last night when Jonny Brodzinski scored with 11.7 seconds remaining in the third period, his second goal of the night, to defeat the Gulls 3-2 and take a 1-0 series lead.

“Do what you’ve been doing all year, it’s nothing new really,” said center Sam Carrick when asked about the quick turnaround with Game 2 less than 24 hours after the conclusion of the series opener.

“These games are playoff games so they are a little more intense, but we’ve been playing all year so we know what to expect and just a short little bus ride tomorrow. We’ll sleep in our own beds tonight and be ready.”

Carrick scored San Diego’s opening goal midway through the second period that thrust the momentum in San Diego’s favor in his first Calder cup Playoffs appearance with San Diego. Minutes later with Nick Sorensen in the penalty box, Kalle Kossila knocked a puck out of the Gulls zone into the path of Nic Kerdiles who was in all alone against Reign goaltender Jack Campbell and buried his first of the postseason. The goal by Kerdiles was the second shorthanded playoff goal in Gulls history.

San Diego won 20 road games to lead the Pacific Division in wins away from home, and the club ranked tied for third in the Western Conference with a .632 road win percentage (20-11-2-1) in the regular season. San Diego also allowed the second-fewest road goals against in the AHL (90). The Gulls finished their road schedule with standings points in 14 of the last 20 road games (13-6-1-0) and 18 of the final 25 contests away from home (17-6-1-1).

With a 1-0 series lead, Ontario improved to 5-1 over the Gulls in postseason history. San Diego has
faced Ontario one previous time in the playoffs, meeting in 2016 (Pacific Division Finals). Ontario prevailed in the season (in five games, 4-1) with the series featuring two overtime games and three one-goal contests. The Gulls didn’t win a Game 2 in their inaugural postseason in 2016, and have posted a 1-2 on the road in the playoffs.

“We want to get back out there,” said defenseman Jaycob Megna. “This is a series, we expect it to go five and we got to go take care of business on their ice now that they took home ice from us.”

In the 2016-17 regular season, the teams faced off 12 times with San Diego posting a 6-4-1-1 record against Ontario and a 2-3-1-0 mark at Valley View Casino Center. On the road in 2016-17, the Gulls earned points in five of six road games in the season series, going 4-1-0-1 at Citizens Business Bank Arena.

Kalle Kossila (1-1=2), Corey Tropp (0-2=2) and Antoine Laganiere (0-2=2) led all current Gulls in playoff scoring vs. Ontario. The Reign were led offensively by Nic Dowd (2-2=4) and Mike Amadio (1-3=4). There are 12 Gulls (Bickel, Cooper, Kase, Kossila, Laganiere, MacKinnon, Megna, Sabourin, Samuels-Thomas, Schultz, Tropp, Welinski) and 11 Reign (Amadio, Auger, Backman, Bissonette, Brodzinsksi, Crescenzi, Herr, Kempe, Mersch, Lowry, LoVerde,) remaining from the 2016 series. Current Gulls Sabourin, Schultz and Samuels-Thomas each appeared in the 2016 series with Ontario.