Sept. 30, 2017

San Diego Gulls 0 vs. Tucson Roadrunners 2
Sept. 30, 2017
Valley View Casino Center
0-1-0-1, 1 point

The San Diego Gulls were shutout 1-0 by the Tucson Roadrunners tonight in the first-ever American Hockey League (AHL) preseason game at Valley View Casino Center. The Gulls will host their final preseason contest on Monday evening against the Ontario Reign at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. (7 p.m.).

Goaltender Kevin Boyle (0-1-0) made his first preseason appearance for the Gulls, stopping 13 of 14 shots in 34:49 minutes after he was assigned to San Diego earlier this afternoon. Boyle made his professional debut with the Gulls in 2016-17, posting a 10-5-4 record with one shutout, a 2.27 GAA and .924 SV% in 19 appearances. He signed a one-year, two-way contract extension with Anaheim on June 29, 2016.

Angus Redmond came on in 24:36 minutes of relief midway through the second period and stopped 14-of-15 shots in his second preseason contest.



Sam Carrick
On the game
Start with special teams, our power play had plenty of chances, we got to be better. We have to move the puck quicker. We’re a little rusty, but it’s to be expected. Guys haven’t played together all summer, we are not worried, lots of time to work on it before the season starts. I thought guys worked hard, I thought both goalies were great, they gave us a chance to stay in the game, we can build on that.”

On the penalty kill
The PK was pretty good I thought. We wanted to be aggressive. We knew if we were going to make mistakes, we wanted them to be aggressive mistakes. It’s just the way the way the refs are calling it now. There is going to be a ton of penalties. It kind of slows the game down a bit, but we knew it was coming.

On preparations to face Ontario Monday
Continue to move forward. We haven’t had a ton of time to work on too much, just the basics. All the systems will come with time. For the guys who were here last year, we run simple high-tempo practices. I think you will start to see more chemistry on the lines.

Kevin Boyle
On the game
I thought we played pretty well, but some bounces didn’t go our way. Their goalie played pretty well. I like what I saw.

On the number of penalties
With the rules now, they are cracking down on a bunch of different things so you can expect there to be more penalties called. Lots of penalty kills, lots of power plays. It’s going to fluctuate up and the down in the games. Hopefully we can capitalize in the next game.

On the penalty kill
(We didn’t) give up a goal tonight. Lots of huge kills right off the bat. Guys were blocking shots and clearing pucks out. It was good.

Head Coach Dallas Eakins
On the game
I thought individually (Julius) Nattinen played well. I thought Pettersson continued his good play. I thought both our goalies played well, were solid, it was a hard game, for the first half of the game we killed penalties, and for the second half we worked in our power play. Obviously it was quite evident we haven’t had those power play units together at all yet. It may be something we start focusing on moving forward.

On special team
They were working. And some guys that haven’t killed a whole bunch either. That was the positive. The negative was we can’t be in the box that much. We will spend the day tomorrow trying to recover and then No. 2 start the process on the power play, that takes time.

On the fans
I thought the support for an exhibition was excellent. Our fans have a great passion here. Our expectation is to keep on our path. We have had two good seasons here, we want to have an excellent (third) season. We want to play more in the playoffs as we continue to develop players for the Anaheim organization.