LIVE: Gulls Trail Reign 4-2Apr 7, 2021
By AJ Manderichio/SanDiegoGulls.com
The San Diego Gulls trail the Ontario Reign 4-2 in the third period of tonight's regular season matchup at FivePoint Arena.
Matt Luff continued his torrid streak, putting Ontario ahead at 11:50 of the final frame.
The recently-reassigned forward entered the zone late, taking a pass in the slot and moving into the low circle. His wrist shot found its way through Olle Eriksson Ek for Luff's third goal of the season.
Aidan Dudas picked up an assist, giving him a multi-point game (1-1=2).
Josh Mahura took over in the middle frame to pull San Diego even.
The defenseman cut the deficit in half with a goal just 34 seconds into the middle frame.
Alex Limoges intercepted a centering pass in his defensive zone, feeding a streaking Josh Mahura to exit the zone. The defenseman carried it down the wing, and his centering feed bounced off a Reign defenseman and in Mahura's fourth goal of the season.
Limoges continued to enjoy a strong start to his professional career, collecting his fifth assist and sixth point in his sixth game.
Mahura tied the game with his fifth goal of the season at 1:48 remaining in the period. The defenseman didn't make a mistake on a centering feed from Trevor Zegras, chipping his shot past J-F Berube for his second goal of the game.
Ontario took control in the first period, jumping out to a two-goal lead.
Zegras, reassigned by the Anaheim Ducks to transition to center from the wing, collected his 10th point of the season with the assist. He has three points (2-1=3) in his last two AHL games.
Chase De Leo also collected an assist, extending his point streak to four games (2-4=6).
Ontario jumped in front, scoring twice in the first period.
Aidan Dudas opened the scoring with his sixth goal of the season at 2:26 of the opening period, threading a shot through a screen and past Olle Eriksson Ek to put Ontario on the board.
Lias Andersson doubled Ontario's lead with a shorthanded tally with just over a minute remaining in the period. Eriksson Ek put his pad on the backhand attempt, but the puck found its way through the netminder's legs and into the back of the net for Andersson's fourth goal of the season.