Feb. 3, 2017
Ontario, Calif – Brandon Montour scored the game-winning overtime goal at 2:46 of the extra session to extend the Gulls (22-12-2-2, 48 pts.) unbeaten streak to 10 games, the longest in streak in the AHL this season, in a thrilling 4-3 win over the Ontario Reign (23-9-8-0; 54 pts.) at Citizens Business Bank Arena on Friday night. San Diego came back from three one-goal deficits, tying the game on rookie Kevin Roy’s goal with 1:43 remaining in regulation to force overtime.
San Diego’s 10-game unbeaten run (9-0-0-1) is the longest unbeaten stretch in the AHL since Grand Rapids went 15 consecutive games unbeaten from Nov. 18 to Dec. 26, 2015. It is also the club’s longest unbeaten stretch this season, topping a franchise record eight-game win streak (8-0-0) from Nov. 11 to Dec. 2, and the second-longest in club history behind an 11-game point streak from Feb. 19 to Mar. 16, 2016.
The Gulls have won four consecutive games, 11 of the last 13 games (11-1-0-1), and have earned standings points in 14 of the past 15 games (11-1-1-2) and 23 of the last 30 overall (20-7-1-2). San Diego is also unbeaten in nine consecutive road contests dating back to Dec. 29 at Texas (8-0-0-1), extending its franchise best for points in consecutive road games (previous: seven games from Feb. 12 to Mar. 19, 2016).
Goaltender Jhonas Enroth (8-1-0-0) stopped 25-of-28 shots to earn his sixth consecutive win since being acquired by the Anaheim Ducks from the Toronto Maple Leafs. Enroth has gone 6-0-0 with the Gulls, posting a 1.16 goals-against average (GAA) and .956 save percentage (SV%).
Max Gortz (0-2=2) and Chris Wagner (0-2=2) each tallied multi-point efforts in the victory, Gortz’s first multi-point game with San Diego since being acquired from the Nashville Predators organization on Jan. 19 and has collected 1-2=3 points with the Gulls this season. Wagner tallied his third multi-point game of the season and now has 3-2=5 points his last three games and seven points (3-4=7) over his last six contests.
Ontario opened the scoring only 46 seconds into the contest when TJ Hensick cleaned up the rebound off Sean Backman’s shot to give the Reign an early 1-0 advantage. Hensick now has 1-3=4 points in his last three games and 4-0=4 goals in six contests against San Diego this season.
The Gulls struck back five minutes later at 6:25 as Jordan Samuels-Thomas’ blast above the left circle beat Ontario netminder Jack Campbell to tie the game 1-1. The goal equals the seventh of the campaign for Samuels-Thomas, who has earned 3-1=4 points his last seven games.
Early in the middle stanza, Ontario took the lead back when Brett Sutter found Mike Amadio from behind the net and Amadio’s wrist shot beat Enroth. The rest of the period belonged to the Reign as the home club outshot San Diego 11-2 and the Gulls struggled to maintain an offensive attack.
In his second game of the season, Nic Kerdiles scored his first goal of the season off a rebound from Chris Wagner’s shot to tie the game at 3:35 of the final frame. The goal marked Kerdiles’ first since April 2, 2016 vs. SJ.
With Wagner in the box for boarding, a failed clearing attempt led to Justin Auger’s ninth of the season at 9:11 of the third as he took a feed from Amadio and slipped the puck past Enroth to put Ontario ahead 3-2.
San Diego dominated the last 10 minutes of regulation and finally broke through when Roy’s blast from the point beat Campbell to tie the game once again with 1:43 left in regulation with Enroth pulled in favor of an extra attacker. The game-tying goal was the fourth this season with the goaltender pulled. Roy now has a three-game point streak (1-2=3) and 1-9=10 points in his last 13 games overall.
After the Gulls had killed off the remaining time on a Jaycob Megna penalty that extended into overtime, the clubs traded odd-man rushes. Ontario generated a 3-on-2 break that led to a shot that Enroth stopped, but he could not corral the rebound. Kalle Kossilla jumped on the loose puck and his clearing attempt found Montour alone on a breakaway. The All-Star defenseman skated in and beat Campbell with a snap shot to give San Diego its second win against their rivals this season.
San Diego returns home tomorrow night for the back end of this home-and-home set with the Ontario Reign, (7 p.m.) at Valley View Casino Center for its second annual Pink in the Rink Night. Fans can purchase tickets by visiting AXS.com/Gulls or by phone at (619) 359-4730.
Jhonas Enroth received an assist on the game-winning goal and became the first goaltender to register a point in Gulls’ franchise history…Scott Sabourin tallied an assist and has 2-2=4 points in his last five games…Kalle Kossila also recorded an assist and has 2-5=7 points in his last six games…the Gulls are now 7-4-1-1 in the first game of back-to-backs and 11-6-1-1 on the road..
1. Brandon Montour (SD)
2. Mike Amadio (ONT)
3. Nic Kerlides (SD)