Gulls Biweekly Report 11

Photo: SD Gulls

By Thomas Harrington

The San Diego Gulls played six games, all at home, over the past two weeks and had a record of 4-2-0. Given the Gulls’ struggles at home, it was nice to see them have a winning record in San Diego over the past couple of weeks.

Gulls Edge Condors

Bakersfield visited San Diego for the first game, and Ben King opened the scoring early to give the Gulls the lead. In the final five minutes of the first, Glenn Gawdin scored; then the Condors scored; then Trevor Carrick scored to give San Diego a 3-1 lead. Bakersfield scored twice in the second to tie the game, but King scored his second of the game in the third and Josh Lopina scored into the empty net to give the Gulls a 5-3 win.

Gulls Earn Split With Firebirds

Coachella Valley then visited for a pair of games. The Firebirds opened the scoring in the first game, but Andrew Agozino tied it before the first period was over. Brayden Tracey put San Diego on top early in the second, but Coachella Valley tied it late in the period. In the third, the Firebirds took the lead, but Sasha Pastujov tied it a few minutes later. The game went to overtime and then the shootout. Nikita Nesterenko and Pastujov both scored for the Gulls, and Calle Clang stopped four of five shooters to give the Gulls a 4-3 win.

In the second game against Coachella Valley, they opened the scoring late in the first, and then made it 2-0 just 33 seconds into the second. The Firebirds followed that up with three more goals in the middle frame. King scored the Gulls’ lone goal in the third and San Diego lost 5-1.

San Diego Outlast Reign

The Ontario Reign came to visit the Gulls, and Nesterenko and Robert Hagg both scored in the first. Ontario scored the only goal of the second just 36 seconds into the period. After that, Clang shut the door, as he stopped a career high 41 shots and the Gulls won 2-1.

Gulls Split Two Games Against Admirals

The Gulls finished things off by hosting Milwaukee for a pair of games. In the first game, Chase De Leo opened the scoring early in the first and Nesterenko made it 2-0 late in the first. Agozzino scored in the second, but the Admirals responded with a goal of their own. Gawdin restored the three-goal lead before the second was over. In the third period, Milwaukee scored twice but De Leo scored an empty net goal to give the Gulls a 5-3 win. In the final game, Agozzino scored early, but Milwaukee tied the game less than a minute later. Pastujov scored the only goal of the second period, but the Admirals scored twice early in the third and won 3-2.

Final Thoughts 

Over the next two weeks the Gulls will play six games. They’ll start out by traveling to San Jose to face the Barracuda, before returning home for three straight games. Texas, Calgary, and Bakersfield will all pay a visit to San Diego. The Gulls will then travel to Tucson for a pair of games to finish things up.

Similar to Anaheim, San Diego is dealing with a number of injuries. With Olen Zellweger currently with the Ducks, hopefully more call-ups won’t be needed from the Gulls. However, if Anaheim does need more players, Nesterenko, Gawdin, Agozzino, or De Leo could get the call.

Despite a solid two week stretch, the Gulls probably won’t make the playoffs. There are only 16 games left in their season and they have a lot of ground to make up. San Diego needs to play some amazing hockey to finish out the season, and hope that Henderson, Abbotsford, and Calgary all play poorly.

Pavol Regenda was reassigned to San Diego today. He played in five games with the Ducks recording no points and a -1 on ice rating. 

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March 18th, 2024



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