Alex Limoges Sets Single-Season Power-Play Goal Record In Shootout LossApr 19, 2022
By AJ Manderichio/SanDiegoGulls.com
When the chips fell at Dollar Loan Center, the San Diego Gulls came up just short, falling 3-2 in a shootout to the Henderson Silver Knights. Despite the loss, the Gulls earned points in each of the eight games against their Pacific Division foes, just the second team in the team’s American Hockey League history it earned points in every matchup with a division foe.
Paul Cotter scored the decisive goal in the sixth round of the skills competition to push Henderson’s point streak to six games (5-0-1-0), further cementing their sixth-place position in the Pacific Division standings. Pavel Dorofeyev and Daniil Miromanov scored in regulation for the Silver Knights, who saw goaltender Jiri Patera turn aside 23 shots in regulation and overtime – plus five of six attempts in the shootout – to earn his first win of the season against the Gulls.
Alex Limoges recorded a power-play goal – his 12th of the season – in the loss. The rookie forward moved past Sam Carrick and Corey Tropp for the most man-advantage tallies in a single season in San Diego’s AHL history.
Hunter Drew also found the back of the net for the San Diego as the team’s losing streak moved to six games (0-5-0-1). Lukas Dostal stopped 35 shots through regulation and overtime and four-of-six attempts in the shootout.
Dorofeyev opened the game, scoring his 27th goal of the season at 7:08 of the first frame.
Reid Duke flipped a puck from his blue line into the San Diego end, where Dorofeyev gloved it down and onto the blade of his stick. With room in front, Henderson's leading scorer scooted down the wing and beat Dostal on the short side.
Drew tied the game just over a minute later.
Bryce Kindopp won an offensive zone faceoff, with Drew deftly moving the puck around a Brendan Brisson check. Alone in the slot, the forward ripped a shot by Patera for his 17th goal of the season.
Greg Pateryn kept the game tied with an incredible defensive play, sweeping a Ben Jones chance away from the goal line with 8:23 left in the first. The Gulls captain used the backhand to swat a bouncing puck away after Jones crashed the net, sending a shot by Dostal and dangerously close to the open cage.
Henderson would capitalize at the start of the second period, grabbing another one-goal lead on a Miromanov shot just 57 seconds into the frame.
The Gulls would once again battle back, with Limoges collecting his record-breaking marker late in the period.
San Diego moved the puck around the zone, with Nikolas Brouillard feeding Lucas Elvenes for a one-timed pass to the front of the net. The Swedish center found an open Limoges, who tipped the puck past Patera for his 22nd goal of the season.
The former Penn State captain finishes the season with 6-4=10 points against the Silver Knights, leading all skaters in goals and points.
Elvenes - claimed off waivers from the Vegas Golden Knights by the Anaheim Ducks earlier this season - collected points in six of seven games (1-5=6) against his old team.
The two teams would battle through a scoreless third period and overtime – one which saw the Gulls kill a crucial penalty late in regulation – before heading to a shootout.
After Dorofeyev and Jacob Perreault opened with goals, the netminders stole the show, keeping both teams at bay until the sixth round. Cotter scored the game-winning tally, moving in on Dostal with a deke to the backhand to draw the San Diego netminder out of position. He slid the puck into the empty net to put Henderson ahead.
Brayden Tracey tried to answer for San Diego, but saw his attempt hit the pad of a prone Patera to end the game.
The Gulls return to Pechanga Arena tomorrow night to open their final homestand of the regular season. The team hosts the Abbotsford Canucks at 7 p.m. PT.