Furious Rally Earns OT Point
The Gulls erased a three-goal deficit in the third period to force overtime and earn a point in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Colorado Eagles at Budweiser Events Center. Despite the setback, San Diego has points in 22 of 26 (18-4-2-2), in addition to points in 14 of their last 16 road games (10-1-2-2).
Kalle Kossila scored the game-tying goal with 38 seconds remaining in the game to force overtime and picked up an assist on the Tropp goal, marking his 33rd multi-point performance. In addition, he has recorded six points (2-4=6) over the last six games. Troy Terry added the lone assist on Kossila's late game-tying goal.
Chase De Leo netted his 15th goal of the season at the 14:07 mark of the third period and added an assist to push his point streak to seven games (6-4=10), a new career-best, surpassing his prior six-game point streak set earlier this season from Dec. 19-30 (2-5=7). De Leo's two points marks his 24th career multi-point game and 10th this season.
Kiefer Sherwood recorded a goal with 5:42 remaining in the third and added an assist for his first multi-point game with San Diego. He has registered 2-3=5 points over his previous five games played.
Corey Tropp scored a goal for the fourth consecutive game, opening the scoring at 9:36 of the first period with his 15th goal of the season. The four-game goal streak (5-1=6) marks the second longest of his career, one game short of his five-game goal streak from Feb. 28-Mar. 10, 2017 (5-3=8). Josh Mahura picked up his 14th assist of the season on the goal.
Korbinian Holzer and Andrej Sustr each picked up assists.
Angus Redmond stopped eight-of-nine shots in 22 minutes of play after relieving Jeff Glass in the third period.
San Diego will conclude a six-game road trip at San Jose at SAP Center on Saturday, Feb. 16 (1:15 p.m. PT) and Monday, Feb. 18 (1:15 p.m. PT).
San Diego Gulls
On the game
We're happy with our response, but I don't think we are satisfied by any means with how the game went. We got a lot better and if we play our game, results will take care of themselves. I know we got a lot better in our locker room.
On what to improve going forward
Just execution and communication. With a lot of these passes from the defensemen to the forwards and forwards to the defensemen, we have to be more crisp and that allows us to play quicker transition, we can play fast and we can wear the other teams down. I think playing simple and playing fast and getting pucks to the net allows us to have success
Head Coach Dallas Eakins
On what to improve going forward
Just play like we did in the last period. I thought we were good in the first period. I think we got away from our offensive game in the second, but again the resiliency of this group. Even though we lose the game and only get one point, there hasn't been too many times this year that I've been more proud of this group than tonight.
On forcing overtime and gaining a point
We certainly will take it and the great thing about the group is that they wanted both still and almost pulled it off.
On the message during the second intermission
A lot of times like that, I'll just leave them alone because I really trust our group and the leadership group. Tonight, I did go in and talk about a little bit about offense on some things that we just weren't doing. In the end, whatever I say, they can listen or not, it's up to them to go do it on the ice. I always think that the players are the smartest guys in the room. Like I said, I am extremely proud of how well they played in the third and their ability to come back in a game like that.
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