SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Marek Viedensky was the star of the show on Friday night, tallying two goals and two assists as the San Francisco Bulls defeated the Ontario Reign, 5-1, for their third consecutive win, in front of 4,128 at the Cow Palace. Peter Sivak chipped in with three points and Thomas Heemskerk turned aside 28 shots in a dominant effort by the Bulls against the Pacific Division leaders.
In the first period, the Bulls took the lead on the power play when Viedensky scored at 7:48. Sacha Guimond and Justin Bowers earned the assists on the goal. Ontario, however, countered with their own man-advantage tally on Derek Couture’s sixth goal of the season at 12:12 of the first frame. The scoring in the period was not finished. The Bulls regained their one-goal lead when Alex Tuckerman scored with 3:04 left in the period. The goal was assisted by Sivak and Viedensky. The Bulls out-shot the Reign 15-7 in the first period.
The Bulls extended their lead in the second period when Viedensky scored his second goal of the night at 9:33 of the period. The goal was assisted by Sivak and Scott Langdon. With 8:35 remaining in the second period, the Bulls extended their advantage to a three-goal lead when Sivak scored his fifth goal of the season with assists going to Guimond and Bowers.
Dean Ouellet put the Bulls up 5-1 with his team-leading seventh goal at 8:46 of the third period. Viedensky picked up the lone assist.
The Bulls return to action tomorrow night at the Cow Palace when they take on the Stockton Thunder at 7:15 pm. The SF Firefighters Local 798 is setting up shop for a Toy Drive. Bring your new and unwrapped toys to the Cow Palace to be donated to a local charity, and receive a 2-for-1 ticket coupon redeemable throughout the 2012-13 regular season. In addition, the first 5,000 fans receive a team photo, courtesy of stayingahead.com. Get your tickets by calling up 855-SF-BULLS or by visiting SFbulls.com
Bulletins: The Bulls out-shot the Reign 35-29. It was the fifth game in a row the Bulls out-shot their opponents…Justin Bowers extended his point streak to a season-high six games (1g, 7a)…Peter Sivak extended his point streak to five games (3g, 6a)…Sacha Guimond has seven points in his last three games…With 2 power play goals tonight, the Bulls have gone 5-for-8 on the man-advantage over the past two games…Daniil Tarasov (loaned from Worcester) and Rob Kwiet (traded from Greenville) made their Bulls debuts.
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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 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/