Bulls Game Day Preview
San Francisco Bulls (20-28-1-6, eighth place, Western Conference) at
Utah Grizzlies (21-27-3-4, seventh place, Western Conference)
When: Tuesday, February 26 at 6:05 pm
Where: Maverik Center
By: Emily Zahner
Tonight’s Matchup: The San Francisco Bulls (20-28-1-6) head to West Valley City to take on the Utah Grizzlies (21-27-3-4) Tuesday night. The Bulls begin the third game of their six-game road trip tonight in Utah, then travel to Colorado tomorrow night. Tonight is the fifth of eight meetings between the San Francisco and Utah, with the Bulls 1-3 against the Grizzlies this season. The last time these two met, back in December, Utah edged San Francisco for the win 3-2.
Last Saturday, the Bulls broke even on a two-game set with the Idaho Steelheads with a 4-3 shootout win. Newcomer Tristan King scored in regulation and in the shootout to help defeat his former team. Taylor Nelson was stellar, stopping 40 shots in regulation and all three shootout attempts, earning his first shootout win of the season. Saturday was a night of firsts, as Simon Danis-Pepin and Bryan Cameron also scored their first goals in Bulls uniforms. Rob Kwiet continued his offensive onslaught with his team-leading 24th assist of the season, and T. King also got his first assist for San Francisco.
Earlier today, the Bulls received forward Yanni Gourde from their AHL affiliate, the Worcester Sharks. Gourde has 13 points in 48 career AHL games. Last season, he recorded a league-high 124 points in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, and was named league MVP.
The Bulls will face two of their former teammates, Alex Tuckerman and Martin Lee, who were traded to Utah last week. In turn, Bulls forward Bryan Cameron is set to face his former team for the first time since the same trade.
The Utah Grizzlies sit in seventh place with 49 points, just two points ahead of the Bulls going into tonight’s game. With 47 points, the Bulls maintain their six point lead on the Bakersfield Condors.
After tonight’s game, the Bulls get right back on the road and head to Colorado to take on the Eagles tomorrow night at 6:05 pm PT. Follow along on KNBR.com and AmericaOneSports.com. After tomorrow, the Bulls complete their road trip in Las Vegas before returning home on March 6 to battle the conference-leading Alaska Aces.
Goals: Peter Sivak – 26
Assists: Rob Kwiet – 24
Points: Peter Sivak/Dean Ouellet – 46
Plus/Minus: Scott Langdon – +9
PIM: Scott Langdon – 112
Wins: Thomas Heemskerk – 12
GAA: Thomas Heemskerk – 3.19
Save %: Thomas Heemskerk – 0.901
Jordan Morrison – 7 points (4g, 3a) in the past 10 games
Christian Ouellet – 6 points (0g, 6a) in the past 10 games
02/26/2013 Yanni Gourde ADD Loaned from Worcester (AHL)
02/25/2013 Colin Reddin (C) DEL Released from SPC
02/22/2013 Tristan King (F) ADD Reassigned by Dallas (NHL) from Texas (AHL)
02/21/2013 Rylan Galiardi (F) DEL Traded to Idaho
Goals: Colin Vock – 20
Assists: Mitch Wahl – 40
Points: Mitch Wahl – 59
Plus/Minus: Multiple Players – 0
PIM: Tommy Maxwell – 190
Wins: Andrew Engelage – 9
GAA: Andrew Engelage – 2.83
Save %: Andrew Engelage – 0.914%
Shutouts: Andrew Engelage – 1
Recent Idaho Transactions
02/21/2013 Doug Melvin (G) DEL Traded to Idaho
02/19/2013 Alex Tuckerman (F) ADD Traded from San Francisco
02/19/2013 Bryan Cameron (RW) DEL Reassigned by Calgary (NHL) to Abbotsford (AHL)
02/19/2013 Martin Lee (D) ADD Traded from San Francisco
Mitch Wahl – 13 points (5g, 8a) in the past 10 games
Colin Vock – 7 points (3g, 4a) in the past 10 games
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About the ECHL
The ECHL began in 1988-89 with five teams in four states. Today, the league has 23 teams in 16 states. The ECHL celebrates its 25th Anniversary in 2012-13 and is the third-longest tenured professional hockey league behind only the National Hockey League and the American Hockey League. The ECHL has had 234 players reach the NHL over the last seven seasons. It’s the primary developmental league for the NHL and the AHL. On opening day of the 2011-12, 83 former ECHL players were on NHL rosters. The ECHL teams are divided into the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference. All teams play a 72-game schedule. For more information please visit http://www.echl.com/