Troy Terry Leads Gulls to 4-2 Win Over AdmiralsOct 19, 2018
Rookie scored two goals, including the game-winning goal with 1:57 remaining in regulation, as part of a three-point game (2-1=3) to help give the San Diego Gulls a 4-2 win over the Milwaukee Admirals. San Diego improved to 4-1 all-time against Milwaukee, including a perfect 3-0 on home ice.
Logan Shaw added two points with a goal and assist, while Josh Mahura earned his first multi-point game with two assists as Kevin Boyle backstopped the Gulls with 32 saves to earn his first win of the season.
The Gulls won for the second straight game, and and in facing a non-Pacific Division opponent improved to 14-1-2-0 and have won 14 of their last 17 games (14-1-2-0, 30 of a possible 34 points) against Central Division teams. San Diego has a 19-6-2-0 (.741 points percentage) record all-time against the Central Division (11-2-1-0 at home). San Diego is now 4-1-0-0 all-time against the Admirals, including a perfect 3-0-0-0 on home ice.
The opening 20 minutes did not feature any goals for either team, but what the period lacked in scoring, it made up for in a multitude of penalties, including a fight between Jake Marchment and Mathieu Oliver. The two teams combined for nine infractions for a total of 24 penalty minutes in the first.
The Gulls started the second frame strong, scoring back-to-back goals within the first four minutes of its start. Shaw scored the game’s first goal on a one-timer from a pass by newcomer Troy Terry, marking the rookie’s first AHL point and assist.
Just 2:27 later, Terry netted his first goal with the San Diego hockey club on an incredible backhand shot, showing those in attendance why he is one of the most highly-touted prospects in the Anaheim Ducks organization. Logan Shaw and fellow rookie Josh Mahura gathered assists on the goal.
San Diego’s offensive display continued as San Diego was awarded their 10th penalty shot 33 seconds later at 4:28 of the period as Giovanni Fiore was hooked on a breakaway. Fiore was unsuccessful on his first AHL penalty shot attempt as Milwaukee goaltender Tom McCollum stopped Fiore’s shot with a glove save.
The Admirals would slow down San Diego’s scoring pace, as they would be the beneficiaries of the following two goals. Milwaukee rookie Tanner Jeannot recorded the first goal, marking his second this season and Yakov Trenin tallied the second with just 6.2 seconds remaining in the period to even up the game at two apiece.
It took a combined 11 power plays for the first goal on the man advantage to be scored, coming by way of a shot by none other than the aforementioned Troy Terry. The goal only added to his night of firsts giving him his first AHL power play goal and what would end as his first AHL game-winning goal.
Head coach Dallas Eakins commented on Terry’s skill after the game. “I’ll tell you what, he’s got some sick hands and there’s not much that he cant with the puck.”
Sam Carrick added the primary assist on the eventual game-winner to push his point streak to four straight games (4-2=6) to open the 2018-19 season.
Giovanni Fiore added an empty-netter to seal the deal and present the San Diego crowd their first win on home ice in the 2018-19 season.
The Gulls ended the night going 1-6 (16.7%) on the power play in addition to a perfect 5-5 (100%) on the penalty kill. So far this season, San Diego has been successful on 25-28 (89.3%) of their penalty kills.
“We had a real great mentality. Milwaukee was coming in without losing in regulation, they were 4-0-1, so we wanted to do our best to hang in their with them,” said Eakins. “Again, we were depleted up front with our forwards, but we were able to scrape it out. Milwaukee has scored close to half of their goals on their power play and our penalty killers were excellent along with Kevin Boyle. We were able to keep their power play off of the game sheet, which is extremely hard to do.”
Josh Mahura earned his first career multi-point effort with two assists (0-2=2) and now has three assists his last two games. Simon Benoit, Corey Tropp and Andy Welinski each tallied assists.
The Gulls continue their homestand against the Bakersfield Condors tomorrow at Valley View Casino Center (7:30 p.m., FOX 5 San Diego and ESPN 1700-AM).