Dec. 26, 2016
SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Gulls (11-11-1-0, 23 pts.) continue a season-long five game homestand tonight as they host the Tucson Roadrunners (13-6-3-0, 29 pts.) at Valley View Casino Center (7 p.m., 1090-AM). The Gulls are 8-5-0 at home this season and have won six of their last nine games on home ice (6-3-0) in addition to picking up wins in nine of the last 15 games (9-6-0) overall. The Gulls hold an 8-9-1 record in back-to-back games and are 5-3-1 in the first contest. Tonight marks the ninth of 12 December games for San Diego, which equals a season high for games in a single month (also 12 games in February and March).
San Diego enters tonight having dropped five consecutive games (0-5-0) dating back to Dec. 10 at San Jose. Prior to the season-long unbeaten run, the Gulls recorded a franchise-record eight game winning streak from Nov. 11-Dec. 2 which is still tied for the longest win streak in the AHL this season.
The Gulls’ last contest came before the holiday break on Dec. 17 as the club feel 3-1 to the Stockton Heat on Teddy Bear Toss Night at valley View Casino Center. San Diego conceded the games’ first three goals before Keaton Thompson scored his first professional goal with only 20 seconds remaining in the contest.
Tucson enters tonight winners of their last two games, both over Bakersfield. The Roadrunners edged the Condors 5-4 in overtime on Dec. 21 and also went into the extra frame on the previous night, which was eventually settled by a 4-3 shootout win by Tucson.
The Gulls and Roadrunners face off for the third time this season after San Diego won the first two meetings by a combined score of 10-4. The most recent contest between the two clubs came on Nov. 30 with the sealing a 5-1 route after conceding the first goal of the game but then scoring five unanswered goals. Five San Diego skaters (Kalle Kossila, Scott Sabourin, Nick Sorensen, Antoine Laganiere, Kenny Ryan) recorded multi-point games in the win on Nov. 30. The first meeting between San Diego and Tucson came on opening night as Corey Tropp’s 1-2=3 points paced the Gulls in a 5-3 victory. Antoine Laganiere leads all San Diego skaters with 3-1=4 points in the two contests, while Dustin Tokarski has posted a 2-0-0 record and a .928 SV% against Tucson this season.
Following tonight’s game, San Diego will conclude its homestand when the Ontario Reign visit Valley View Casino Center for the third time this season on Dec. 27 (7 p.m.). The culmination of the homestand will also end a 17-game stretch vs. Pacific Division opponents dating back to Nov. 18. The Gulls will close out the 2016 calendar year in Austin, Texas vs. the Stars on Dec. 29 and 31.