The San Diego Gulls continue their Pacific Division Semifinals series against the San Jose Barracuda tonight with Game 2 at SAP Center (7 p.m., Mighty 1090-AM). This marks San Diego’s second consecutive trip to the Second Round of the Calder Cup Playoffs after appearing in the Pacific Division Finals last season during the club’s inaugural season.
In Game 1 last night the Gulls erased two one-goal deficits to force overtime and Kevin Roy (1-1=2) scored the game-winning goal 38 seconds into the extra session to give San Diego a 1-0 series lead. Jhonas Enroth stopped 36-of-38 shots en route to his second consecutive postseason win and first of the Second Round.
Nate Guenin (1-0=1) tied the game with 3:56 remaining in regulation to extend the game to overtime. Kalle Kossila scored his second goal of the postseason and earned an assist on Guenin’s goal for his first career postseason multi-point game. Roy also registered an assist to earn his second consecutive multi-point game of the postseason.
The Gulls will look to improve on last night’s Game 1 performance and
“The basic thing is to get back, rest, hydrate and get good fuel in our bodies,” said Gulls head coach Dallas Eakins. “We’ll go through some of the things we need to do better video wise and go right back at it. The encouraging thing is we’ve rarely played two games badly in a row so we’re hopeful that this group can play a much better game tomorrow.”
Entering tonight, the Gulls have a 1-2 record in Game 2 of the postseason in addition to an 8-7 all-time postseason record and 4-4 road record. Facing San Jose, San Diego went 5-4-1-0 against the Barracuda during the 10-game regular-season series, including a perfect 5-0-0-0 at Valley View Casino Center. On the road in 2016-17, the Gulls posted a 0-4-1-0 record at SAP Center. All-time, the Gulls are 13-6-2-1 vs. the Barracuda, including 8-1-1-1 at home and 5-5-1-0 on the road.
“I think we just need to put our heads in more and do what we do good normally like we played last series,” said Kevin Roy, who scored the game-winning OT goal last night. “Win the battles, get the puck deep and work them, get more shots on net and we’ll be good for the rest of the series.”