December 18, 2015

GAME PREVIEW: Gulls Take on the Barracuda in First Annual Teddy Bear Toss Game of the Gulls’ AHL History (7:05p.m.)

The Gulls return home for the first of just two home games in the month of December,faceing the San Jose Barracuda (AHL affiliate of the San Jose Sharks). The Gulls and Barracuda faced off just last Saturday (Dec. 12) at SAP Center in San Jose, CA, a 5-0 Gulls victory. San Diego currently leads the season-series 4-2 with the visiting team winning each of the six contests.

During Saturday’s contest, San Diego netted three goals in the first six minutes of the game. Gulls forward Max Friberg opened scoring just 33 seconds into the game. Right wing Brian McGrattan stretched the Gulls’ lead to two with his fourth goal of the season at 2:19 withKyle Bonis and Shea Theodore lendingassists. Barracuda winger Barclay Goodrow received a tripping minor at 3:54, granting the Gulls’ their first (and only) power play opportunity of the night. Mike Sgarbossa scored with 12 seconds left in the penalty, his fourth goal of the season. With San Diego up 3-0, San Jose called a goalie switch to replace Aaron Dell with Troy Grosenick in net.

The Barracuda put the pressure on in the second frame, outshooting the Gulls 14-7, but were unable to get on the board.

The third period started similar to the first with an early goal by right wing Stefan Noesen, 59 seconds into the final frame, his first of the season. Left wing Jiri Sekac (who played just one game with the Gulls while on a Long-Term Injury Conditioning Loan from Anaheim) finished off scoring by connecting with a pass in the slot from Chris Mueller. The 5-0 score held through the remainder of the period, sending the Gulls home with the W.

Gulls goaltender Matt Hackett saved all 32 Barracuda shots and recorded his first shutout of the season.

3 Stars of the Game:

  • Matt Hackett
  • Mike Sgarbossa
  • Max Friberg

Entering today’s game, the Gulls are 12-10-0-1 (25 points). San Jose has a season record of 9-9-1-3 (22 points).

Teddy Bear Toss will also be taking place at tonight’s game. After the first Gulls’ goal is scored, everyone will be instructed to throw their teddy bear or stuffed animal onto the ice. All new and bagged stuffed animals will be donated to the San Diego Regional Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive to benefit Rady Children’s Hospital. Plastic bags will be provided at the door upon entry.