ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The San Francisco Bulls clawed back from 3-0 down, but it was not enough in a hard-fought 3-2 loss to the Alaska Aces, Sunday afternoon at Sullivan Arena. Peter Sivak scored his first North American goal and Evan Barlow tallied his second of the season 32 seconds later, late in the second period to make the game interesting. Mark Guggenberger stopped all nine Bulls shots in the third period for his fourth consecutive win.
Zach Harrison put the Aces on the board first with 7:13 remaining in the first period. The Aces took a 2-0 lead on William Wrenn’s goal with 1:20 left in the first period.
The Aces added to their lead in the second period. Brandon Dubinsky scored his fifth goal of the series at 1:44 on the power play for a 3-0 advantage. After killing off a four minute power play, Sivak scored his first goal of the season off of a quick snap shot from the top of the circles with 1:31 remaining the middle frame. Scott Langdon and Jordan Clendenning recorded assists on the goal that cut the deficit to 3-1. With less than 58 seconds left in the second period, Barlow’s wrap-around squeezed past Guggenberger for a 3-2 game.
In the third period, the Bulls put on the pressure, but Guggenberger came up with some timely saves to preserve the victory. The Aces out-shot the Bulls 31-18 in the game. Thomas Heemskerk made 28 saves for the Bulls.
The Bulls continue on their road trip with back-to-back games against the Colorado Eagles in Loveland, Colorado on Friday and Saturday. The puck drops at 6:05 PT
Bulletins: Evan Barlow has goals in two straight games…Jordan Clendenning and has points in two straight games…Thomas Heemskerk denied Joey Crabb on a penalty shot in the first period.
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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 season, 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/