November 9, 2017 - American Hockey League (AHL) - San Diego Gulls
San Diego Gulls 2 vs. Texas Stars 6
Nov. 8, 2017
Valley View Casino Center
5-5-1-0, 11 points
The Gulls opened a season-long five-game homestand with a 6-2 loss to the Texas Stars tonight at Valley View Casino Center. San Diego will continue the home stretch on Friday, Nov. 10 against the Stockton Heat (7 p.m.) in the first of two weekend games celebrating Military Weekend.
San Diego Gulls
On the game
We dug ourselves into a big hole. Taking two too-many-men penalties is unacceptable, just a mental mistake. We left our goalie out to dry. Digging ourselves a 2-0 early [deficit] is not what we wanted and that's all on us. It's on us as a leadership group too, to have the guys ready to go a little better.
On regrouping for Friday's game
We know that we have to be better. It's not a good feeling right now. I feel like we wasted a game. Fans came out and paid money to see that game and we let them down. It's just not a good effort. We are going to have to have a good bounce back on Friday.
On the message in the room
We had a few guys in the room step up. We had a little chat. We know that this is unacceptable. We have been taking too many penalties lately. Shift length has been a little too long lately. It's early, but at the same time it's not that early. We need to get on a roll here soon and it starts with the older guys bringing the rookies in and showing them what work ethic looks like. The good thing is we have two more games this weekend and hopefully we can have a better result.
Head Coach Dallas Eakins
On the game
I thought some immaturity showed its face tonight. We didn't seem ready to play. We weren't sharp with our line changes. When you get down 2-0 in a game you are going to start chasing it. We didn't seem to ever totally come out of it. It was a head-shaking night for sure. I think it's important for our staff here to breathe a little bit. We have six rookie forwards up front right now, two rookie defensemen, two defensemen in their second year, and a goaltender in his second year. When you have an older lineup, the ups and downs are less. Tonight we saw a big valley, and we are hopeful that our game will be much better on Friday.
On the quick turn-around
You don't have to sit on this for a week. We talk a lot about making an impact in the game individually. If each individual can make an impact collectively then we can have big nights. It is a soul-searching time, it doesn't feel good now, but these are the necessary pains to get better.
On regrouping before the weekend
With playing three games in four nights, we have a practice tomorrow. We have to get a plan together. I think the easy thing for a coach is to take out his fury and skate a team into the ice on that extra day, and then you keep digging the hole deeper. We definitely have to clear our heads. I'm not worried about that. We will be better in that regard. The second part is, with these teams that we are playing this weekend (Stockton and Ontario), it is going to be heavy games. We are not the biggest group or the strongest right now or most experienced. You are going to have to push yourself to have a major impact if we are going to have a chance to win.