Gulls Road Point Streak Comes to an End at San AntonioJan 25, 2019
Former Gulls’ neminder Jared Coreau stopped all 23 of San Diego’s shots for his first shutout of the season as the San Diego Gulls fell to the San Antonio Rampage 4-0. The setback marks the first time that San Diego has failed to gain a point in the standings in the last 11 home games.
The regulation loss marked San Diego’s first in 11 games after setting an AHL season high with a 10-game road point streak from Dec. 14-Jan. 21 (7-0-1-2). Despite the setback, the Gulls have earned points in 16 of their last 18 games (13-2-1-2) and wins in 10 of their last 13 (10-2-1-0).
San Antonio opened the scoring 8:04 into the opening period as the Gulls were attempting to clear the puck out of their own zone. Chris Butler intercepted the clearing attempt and fired a shot from the blue line before Jordan Nolan was able to deflect the puck past San Diego goaltender Jeff Glass for his 11th goal of the season. Jordan Kyrou also picked up an assist for his team-leading 26th point.
Early in the second period, the Gulls drew a roughing minor on Ryan Olson and Nolan took a tripping penalty 25 seconds later giving San Diego 95 seconds of a 5-on-3 power play. San Diego was unable to capitalize and San Antonio gained some momentum from the strong penalty kill.
Shortly after, San Antonio’s Conner Bleackley took the puck out of his own zone, past several defenders and behind the Gulls net before shooting the puck at Glass. Bobby MacIntyre was right in front of the net to clean up the rebound and give the Rampage a two-goal lead 7:24 into the second.
The Rampage added their third consecutive goal as MacIntyre netted his second of the night on a one-timer just 3:47 after MacIntyre's goal The goal was set up by Tanner Kaspick who showcased his patience on a pass to MacIntyre. Bleakley threw the puck back in the San Diego zone that lead to the goal, giving him a second assist of the game.
Andrej Sustr was whistled for a delay of game minor late in the second period and it only took 13 seconds for San Antonio to add their first power-play goal on the night. Defenseman Jakub Jerabek was credited with the goal as he fired a puck from the blue line and into the net to give the Rampage a 4-0 lead they w ouldn't relinquish.
Gulls’ rookie Jack Kopacka made his return to the lineup after missing 35 games with a wrist laceration suffered in his third AHL game, Oct. 13 at Ontario. Glass made 24 saves in his second consecutive start with the Gulls, his first regulation setback in four appearances with San Diego..
The Gulls conclude their three-game road series against the Texas Stars tomorrow night at the H-E-B Center (5 p.m. PT, Radio Mighty 1090).