LIVE: Gulls Beat Silver Knights 4-1Apr 24, 2021
By AJ Manderichio/SanDiegoGulls.com
The San Diego Gulls defeated the Henderson Silver Knights 4-1 in tonight's regular season contest at FivePoint Arena.
THIRD PERIOD RECAP:
Benoit-Olivier Groulx helped San Diego seal the win with two goals in the final frame.
His first goal restored San Diego's two-goal advantage with 4:32 remaining in regulation. The center chased down a clearing attempt in the corner, sending a backhand pass to the front of the net. The puck kicked off the skate of a Henderson defenseman and past Jiri Patera for his ninth goal of the season.
Nikolas Brouillard stretched his assist streak to three games, tallying a helper on the goal.
Groulx's empty-netter with 2:56 made it a three-goal lead for the Gulls. The rookie tied for third among first-year skaters in points (10-11=21).
Andrew Agozzino, who earned an assist on the goal, tied a season-high with three points (1-2=3).
SECOND PERIOD RECAP
Henderson cut the deficit in half with Danny O'Regan's power-play goal at 7:09 of the middle frame. The left wing converted on an opportunity near the post for his seventh goal of the season.
Jack Dugan continues to shine against the Gulls, collecting his seventh assist in four games against the San Diego. The rookie leads all skaters with eight points (1-7=8) in the season series. He sits second among American Hockey League rookies in scoring (5-19=24).
FIRST PERIOD RECAP
San Diego took advantage of the power play in the opening frame, striking twice with the man advantage to grab the lead.
Agozzino opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 8:39 of the period.
Trevor Zegras held the puck in the faceoff circle, sending a pass to Chase De Leo at the post. The veteran forward's pass attempt deflected in front, and Agozzino hunted the puck out of the mass of bodies, lifting it past Jiri Patera and in to collect goals in consecutive games.
San Diego scored the game's first goal in six previous April games, going undefeated when opening the scoring (6-0-0-0).
De Leo continues his strong play, collecting his 13th point of the month (4-9=13).
Vinni Lettieri doubled the advantage with a power-play goal with 2:02 left in the first frame.
Zegras held the puck at the point, skating down along the side boards. He fed Lettieri at the point, who collected the puck and fired a slap shot past Patera for his 11th goal of the season.
Zegras (0-2=2) collected a multi-point performance and moved into fifth place among American Hockey Leage rookie skaters in points (9-11=20).