San Diego Gulls Season Review
2016-17: The San Diego Gulls finished their second season in the AHL's Pacific Division with a 43-20-3-2 record and 91 points. The Gulls ranked second in the Western Conference and third overall in the AHL . The Gulls climbed six spots in the Pacific Division to finish second after falling to last in the division on Nov. 10, .500 percentage points behind then-leader Tucson (.830 Tucson win % to .330 win % San Diego). After the holiday break, San Diego sat 11 points behind then-division leader Stockton, surpassing four teams (Stockton, Tucson, Ontario and Texas) and earning the joint-most points in the league since Dec. 26 (68 points, also Chicago) despite playing three fewer games than the Wolves.
STRONG FINISH: The Gulls closed out the 2016-17 on a three-game win streak, posted a 9-5-0-0 record in their final 14 games and a 15-6-1-0 mark in the last 22 games overall. Dating back to the midway point of the season, San Diego recorded wins in 25 of their last 34 contests (25-8-1-0) and 32 of the last 43 overall (32-9-1-1). San Diego also earned standings points in 20 of the last 28 (18-8-1-0), as well as points in 36 of 45 contests since Dec. 26 (32-9-2-2).
50 : Throughout the 2016-17 regular season, 50 different players appeared in a game for San Diego, tied for the most players to appear in a game for a single team this season (also San Antonio). Of the 50 players, 14 were rookies that contributed 70-134204 points in a combined 403 games (70 goals were 32% of team's 221 goals).
AT VALLEY VIEW CASINO CENTER: San Diego's 23-9-1-1 record and 48 points at Valley View Casino Center ranked fourth in the Western Conference and sixth in the AHL. The Gulls outscored opponents by a 122-88 margin on home ice and boasted the fifth-best home power-play in the AHL with a 23.7% success rate. Additionally, San Diego won nine of its final 11 games at Valley View Casino Center to close out the regular season and posted a 15-3-0 record on home ice dating back to Jan. 7.
ROAD WARRIORS: San Diego won 20 road games to lead the Pacific Division in wins away from home, and the club ranked tied for third in the Western Conference with a .632 road win percentage (20-11-2-1). San Diego allowed the second-fewest road goals against in the AHL (90). The Gulls finished their road schedule with standings points in 14 of the last 20 road games (13-6-1-0) and 18 of the final 25 contests away from home (17-6-1-1). San Diego set a club record 10-game road standings point streak (9-0-0-1) from Dec. 29 to Feb. 7 (9-0-0-1, 19 of a possible 20 points), surpassing the previous mark of seven consecutive road wins set from Feb. 12 to Mar. 19, 2016. The Gulls won 12 consecutive road games outside of California to conclude their 2016-17 out-of-state schedule with wins over Tucson (5), Texas (2), San Antonio (2), Rockford (1) and Iowa (1). The only two losses (one regulation, one overtime) outside of California came in Canada at Manitoba on Oct. 28-29.
CLINCHED: San Diego clinched home ice in the division semifinals of the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs and will host the Ontario Reign in a best-of-five series in a 1-1-1-1-1 format beginning Friday, Apr. 21 at Valley View Casino Center. The berth in the Calder Cup Playoffs marks the second-consecutive trip to the postseason since the inception of Gulls last season. On March 31 at Tucson, the Gulls matched the 2015-16 mark of 39 wins set in 2015-16 (inaugural season), and the following night on Apr. 1 set a new club record with 85 points with a win over Tucson to surpass last season's total of 84 points (39-23-4-2).
ON THE LEADERBOARD: The Gulls ranked seventh among AHL teams in goals scored per game (3.25) and goals against per game (2.62), allowed the third-fewest goals in the league (178), and ranked fifth in shots for per game (32.4). San Diego also boasted the eighth-best power-play in the AHL (20.1%) and the seventh-best road penalty-kill at 83.1%.
SEASON STREAKS: San Diego set a club record 12-game point streak from Jan. 7 to Feb. 7 (11-0-1-0), the Gulls' longest standings point streak in franchise history, surpassing an 11-game point streak from Feb. 19 to Mar. 16, 2016 (9-0-1-1). The Gulls won a franchise-best eight consecutive games from Nov. 11 to Dec. 2 (8-0-0), the longest winning streak in club history (previous: four games, set three times in 2015-16; last: Mar. 8-16, 2016) and tied for the second longest win streak in the AHL this season. San Diego has had three win streaks of five games or more this season: 8 games; Nov. 11-Dec. 2, 6 games; Jan. 25-Feb. 7 and 5 games; Jan.7-20. San Diego also won a club record seven consecutive home games from Feb. 24 to Mar. 22, surpassing the previous record of six set on three previous occasions (Jan. 7 to Feb. 14, Nov. 11 to Dec. 6, 2016 and Oct. 10 to Nov. 11, 2015). San Diego's 10-game road point streak from Dec. 29 to Feb. 7 was also tied for the second-longest in the AHL this season.
- Corey Tropp set a career high with a five-game goal streak from Feb. 25-Mar. 10 (5-38), the longest of his career and tied for the longest Gulls goal scoring streak this season (also Brandon Montour). He has also recorded two seven-game point streaks this season: Feb. 18-Mar. 10 (5-611) and Nov. 5-27 (3-710).
- Kalle Kossila collected points in a career-high eight straight games from Dec. 29-Jan. 20 (4-812), the longest point streak recorded by a rookie in Gulls history.
- Sam Carrick notched a season-long seven-game point streak from Feb. 25-Mar. 10 (3-58) . The streak was his longest since an eight-game streak from Mar. 13, 2016-Apr. 13, 2016 (5-49).
- Brandon Montour, now with the Anaheim Ducks, registered a seven-game point streak from Dec. 26 to Jan. 22 (6-612) surpassing his career long six-game point streak set last season from Nov. 20- Dec. 4, 2015 (2-57). He also recorded a career long five-game goal streak from Dec. 26 to Jan. 16 (6-410), the longest goal streak by a defenseman this season.
LEADING SITUATIONS: This season when leading after the first period the Gulls posted a 28-0-1 record and a 31-1-2 mark when leading after two periods, including 62-1-2 dating back to last season. San Diego also earned a 28-2-2-1 mark when scoring the game's first goal, ranking second in the AHL in win percentage when scoring first (.894). The club also had a 39-6-1-1 record when scoring three goals or more in a game.
DEFENSIVE PRESENCE: The Gulls allowed 178 goals this season, the third-fewest goals against in the AHL, and finished the regular season allowing the second-fewest road goals in the league (90). The club boasted the seventh-best goals-against per game in the league (2.62) and allowed the second-fewest first period goals in the AHL (48), along with the fourth-fewest second period goals (59). San Diego allowed two goals or fewer in 22 of its final 38 games (84 goals, 2.21 GAA) and allowed three goals or fewer in 50 of their final 60 contests (141 goals, 2.35 GAA). The Gulls posted a 41-9-2-1 record this season when allowing three goals or less and a 31-2-1-0 record when allowing two goals or less. In one-goal games, the Gulls posted a 19-4-3-2 record.
NET GAINS: Jhonas Enroth (16-5-0) led all AHL goaltenders with a 1.91 GAA and .931 SV% (minimum 21 games). He posted a 14-4-0 record with two shutouts, a 1.73 GAA and .936 SV% in 18 games with San Diego after being acquired by the Anaheim Ducks from Toronto on Jan. 10. Enroth's finished the season with a 9-2-0 road record with a 1.63 GAA and .939 SV% in 11 starts away from home. Dustin Tokarski (17-8-1) started the season winning his first six home starts from Oct. 14-Dec. 6 (6-0-0), posting a 2.46 GAA and .906 SV%. He finished with a 10-3-1 record at Valley View Casino Center this season. Tokarski posted a 7-2-0 record with one shutout, a 2.63 GAA and .903 SV% in his last 10 appearances to close out the regular season.
CAN'T STOP TROPP: Veteran right wing Corey Tropp led the Gulls in scoring (21-3354), goals (21) and PPG (11), and ranked second in assists (33). Tropp set the club record for goals in a single season on Mar. 18 at San Antonio with his 21st of the season, surpassing Chris Mueller's 20 goals in 2015-16, and also became the third player in club history to record 50 points in a season, joining 2015-16 Gulls leaders Mueller (20-3757) and Brandon Montour (12-4557). The Michigan native finished the campaign with eight goals in his last 18 games (8-614), points in 9-817 his last 20 games, 13-1528 points over his last 31 games and 33 points in the last 38 games overall (15-1833).
ROOKIE SENSATIONS: Rookie center Kalle Kossila capped an impressive rookie year with 4-913 points in his last 20 games and 9-2332 in his last 40 contests. The 24-year-old ranked third on the Gulls in points (14-3448), led the team in assists, was tied for first in shots (163), and ranked second among all active San Diego skaters with a +19 rating. Amongst all AHL rookies, Kossila ranked tied for sixth in scoring, fourth in assists, third in power-play assists (18) and tied for fourth in plus/minus (+19). Rookie left wing Kevin Roy completed his first professional season with 20 points in his last 27 games (5-1520) and 5-2823 points is final 31 games. Among league rookies, Roy ranked 10th in assists (30) after posting 16-3046 points in 67 games. He ranked tied for first in shots (163), fourth in goals, points and assists on San Diego, and third in PPG (5).
STEADY MEGS: Defenseman Jaycob Megna led the AHL with a +34 rating this season and ranked second among active Gulls defensemen in goals (5), assists (22) and points (27). Megna set career highs in all of those categories, surpassing last year's previous career high of 0-1212 points. Over his last 41 games he earned 5-1924 points and also earned a plus or even rating in 31 of his final 35 games (+30). T he 24-year-old also ranked second in the league in shorthanded points (5) and assists (4).
ANAHEIM CONNECTION: Eighteen (18) players that appeared in a game with San Diego in 2016-17 also appeared in a game with the Anaheim Ducks in the National Hockey League (NHL). Players that appeared with the Gulls this season scored 28-4270 points in 368 NHL games this season. In addition, eight Gulls players made their NHL debut with Anaheim this season (Joseph Cramarossa, Ondrej Kase, Nic Kerdiles, Kalle Kossila, Jacob Larsson, Brandon Montour, Stefan Noesen, Nick Sorensen) and four scored their first NHL goal with the Ducks (Cramarossa, Kase, Noesen, Montour).
- Ondrej Kase appeared in 53 regular season NHL contests with ANA, earning 5-1015 points. He made his NHL debut on Nov. 2 vs. PIT and scored his first NHL goal Dec. 1 @ VAN.
- Nic Kerdiles made his NHL debut with the Ducks on Feb. 22 vs. BOS, earning a +1 rating in 11:08 TOI.
- Kalle Kossila made his NHL debut with the Ducks on Jan. 25 vs. EDM, posting one shot on net in 6:54 TOI.
- Jaycob Megna made his NHL debut with the Ducks on Apr. 6, going scoreless with a +1 rating in 15:20 TOI.
- Brandon Montour appeared in 27 contests with the Ducks this season after making his NHL debut on Dec. 29 @ CGY. He scored his first NHL goal Feb. 4 @ TB and collected his first NHL assist Feb. 9 @ BUF.
- Nick Sorensen began the year with the Ducks, recording his first career NHL point (assist) on Oct. 20 @ PHI. He collected the lone assist in five contests.
- Shea Theodore collected 2-79 points this season at the NHL level in 34 contests with the Ducks.
- Corey Tropp made his Anaheim debut on Feb. 20 @ ARI, going scoreless 9:28 TOI
- Chris Wagner earned 6-17 points in 43 games with ANA this season.
SAN DIEGO IS A HOCKEY TOWN: This season San Diego saw more than 301,000 fans enter the turnstiles throughout the club's 34 home games, including three sellouts (12,920) and 11 games of 10,000 or more fans. The Gulls led the Pacific Division and ranked third in the AHL with an average attendance of 8,876 in the 34 contests behind only Hershey and Cleveland. In the inaugural season, San Diego ranked second among AHL clubs in average attendance (8,675), bringing more than 296,000 fans to watch Gulls hockey at Valley View Casino Center.
Stu Bickel - 300th AHL game, Mar. 22 vs. SJ
Sam Carrick - 100th AHL assist, Mar. 31 @ TUC
Dallas Eakins - 200th AHL win, Nov. 12 vs. MB; 400th AHL game, Dec. 11 @ SJ
Nate Guenin - 100th AHL assist, Nov. 12 vs. MB; 500th AHL game, Feb. 12 vs. BAK
Nic Kerdiles - 100th AHL game, Mar. 22 vs. SJ
Antoine Laganiere - 100th AHL point, Mar. 3 vs. TUC
Corey Tropp - 200th AHL game, Dec. 27 vs. ONT; 100th AHL assist, Mar. 22 vs. SJ
Scott Sabourin - 200th AHL game, Feb. 10 @ ONT
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