LIVE: Gulls Fall To Eagles 2-1May 12, 2021
By AJ Manderichio/SanDiegoGulls.com
The San Diego Gulls fell to the Colorado Eagles 2-1 in tonight's regular-season matchup at Budweiser Events Center.
THIRD PERIOD RECAP
Despite firing a game-high 11 shots on net in the final 20 minutes, San Diego couldn't find a way to solve Adam Werner and the Eagles.
The Colorado netminder made a crucial save late in regulation, denying the Gulls on a power-play chance as they searched for the game-tying tally.
Werner finished the game with 26 saves.
SECOND PERIOD RECAP
Lukas Dostal collected the highlight of the second period, stopping a partial breakaway from Callahan Burke to keep the deficit at one.
The rookie right wing snuck behind the San Diego defense and came in with speed off the wing. He snapped a low wrist shot on net from just below the hash marks, and Dostal snagged the attempt to keep the Boxborough, MA native off the board.
The Gulls earned an extended 5-on-3 chance at 5:42 of the opening frame, but failed to break through the American Hockey League's top-ranked penalty kill.
FIRST PERIOD RECAP
Martin Kaut opened the scoring with his sixth goal of the year at 8:02 of the opening frame. Lukas Dostal stopped the initial point shot from Alexandre Fortin, but kicked the puck back into the slot. Kaut found space between the defense and wired a shot past Dostal put the Eagles on the board first.
Riley Woods put Colorado ahead by two with 9:40 remaining in the opening frame, taking advantage of a rebound and burying the puck in an open net for his third goal of the season.
Keaton Middleton collected assists on both goals, recording his first multi-point performance of the season.
Chase De Leo cut the deficit in half, picking up a shorthanded goal with 5:34 left in the period.
Andrew Poturalski intercepted a Justin Barron pass near the point, flipping a backhand clearing attempt off the glass near the penalty boxes and to a streaking De Leo. The veteran forward moved in alone on Werner, beating the Colorado netminder with a snap shot for his team-leading 15th goal of the season.
The shorthanded tally extends De Leo's point streak to five games (3-2=5).
Poturalski pushed his point streak to four games (1-6=7). The forward leads the American Hockey League in assists and points (9-32=41).