ONTARIO, Calif. – The San Francisco Bulls Professional Hockey Team, proud affiliate of the San Jose Sharks, surrendered a three-goal, third-period lead, ultimately losing 5-4 to the Ontario Reign in a shootout on Wednesday night at the Citizens Business Bank Arena. Jordan Clendenning helped stake the Bulls to a 4-1 lead with his first pro goal and an assist. However, the Reign scored three times in the final 3:07, including two while with an empty net to send the game into a shootout. In the skills competition, the Reign scored three times to earn the come-from-behind victory. The Bulls earned a point in the loss.
The Reign opened up the scoring just 13 seconds into the first period. CJ Stretch tapped home a loose puck that trickled by goaltender Thomas Heemskerk. The Bulls evened the score on Justin Bowers’ second goal of the season. While on the power pay, Bowers wristed a point shot that eluded Chris Carrozzi at 9:30 of the first period. Sacha Guimond recorded the lone assist on the play. With 5:11 left in the first period, Matt Carter put the Bulls up 2-1 by converting a penalty shot opportunity.
In the second period, Kris Belan gave the Bulls a 3-1 lead at 7:06. His slot shot was assisted by Scott Langdon and Clendenning. The Bulls took the 3-1 lead into the final period of regulation.
Just 16 seconds into the third period, Clendenning re-directed a centering feed from Dylan King for a 4-1 Bulls advantage. The Bulls successfully killed off a five-minute major power play, but it all fell apart in the waning moments. Goals by Dan DaSilva, Derek Couture and Vincent LoVerde in the span of 1:57 evened the score at four, forcing overtime.
After a scoreless extra session, DaSilva, Colton Yellow Horn and Chris Huxley scored in the shootout. Matt Carter scored the lone goal for the Bulls.
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BULLETINS: Justin Bowers is tied for the league lead with six points (2g, 4a)…Sacha Guimond and Jordan Clendenning are tied for the rookie lead in points with four…The Bulls have successfully killed off both five-minute power plays they have faced.
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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/