Feb. 10, 2017
ONTARIO, Calif. – The San Diego Gulls (25-13-2-2, 54 pts.) earned their seventh win in the last eight games in a 4-1 win over the Ontario Reign (24-11-8-0; 56 pts.) at Citizens Business Bank Arena on Friday night. Nine different Gulls skaters recorded a point and Jhonas Enroth (11-2-0) made 26 saves as San Diego won its third straight game against their Southern California rivals.
San Diego now has wins in 14 of the last 17 games (14-2-0-1) and has earned standings points in 13 of the last 14 games (12-1-0-1) and 17 of the last 19 (14-2-1-2) overall. In addition, the Gulls have earned points in 11 of their last 12 road contests (10-1-0-1).
Ontario controlled play early in the opening frame, testing Enroth often. The Swedish veteran responded with key saves off Sam Herr and Jonny Brodzinski to keep the game scoreless. The Gulls goaltender continued his fine play throughout the evening as he improved to 9-1-0 with a 1.20 GAA and .954 SV% since being acquired by the Anaheim Ducks from the Toronto Maple Leafs on Jan. 10.
San Diego opened the scoring at 14:12 of the first period when Kyle MacKinnon knocked in the rebound from Zac Larraza’s drive past Ontario netminder Jack Campbell. The goal was initially waived off due to the net coming off behind Campbell, but after a brief review, the goal was confirmed by referee Troy Murray. The tally marked MacKinnon’s first of the season and first since Feb. 29, 2016 vs. San Antonio, as he appeared in his first game since Dec. 29 due to injury.
In a reversal from the first stanza, San Diego dominated play early in the middle frame, challenging Campbell with multiple quality chances. The Ontario netminder kept it a one-goal game when he shut the door on Antoine Laganiere and Kevin Roy to keep the Gulls lead at 1-0.
Late in the second stanza, MacKinnon almost extended San Diego’s lead to 2-0 when he put back a rebound off the boards, but Campbell lunged across the net to keep the deficit at one after 40 minutes of play.
San Diego doubled their lead at 8:32 of the third period when Jaycob Megna’s wicked wrist shot beat Campbell for the defenseman’s third goal of the season. Megna’s goal extends his point streak to three games (1-2=3), matching a career-high previously set this season from Jan. 7-13.
Brodzinski pulled Ontario within a goal at 14:31 when he corralled the rebound off Tom Gilbert’s drive and slid the puck past Enroth for a power-play goal with Antoine Laganiere in the box.
San Diego would strike right back at 17:35 as Nick Sorensen forced a turnover in the Reign zone with a timely stick check and fed Jordan Samuels-Thomas who blasted his eighth goal of the season past Campbell to put the Reign away.
Garbutt added an empty-net goal late to push San Diego’s lead to 4-1 as the Gulls skated off with their Pacific Division-leading 13th road win of the season.
The Gulls return home on Sunday, Feb. 12, to take on the Bakersfield Condors (5 p.m.) at Valley View Casino Center. The game will be televised by FOX 5 San Diego throughout San Diego. Fans can purchase tickets by visiting AXS.com/Gulls or by phone at (619) 359-4730.
NOTES: Zac Larraza recorded an assist and now has a three-game point streak (1-2=3)…Nick Sorensen, Nic Kerdiles, Kevin Roy and Tyler Morley also registered assists for the Gulls…San Diego forward Scott Sabourin appeared in his 200th AHL contest… Ontario goaltender Jack Campbell (21-8-5) stopped 34-of-37 shots in his 28th consecutive start.
1. Jhonas Enroth (SD)
2. Jack Campbell (ONT)
3. Jaycob Megna (SD)