Gulls Rally from Three Down to Grab Point
San Diego erased a three-goal first period deficit with three unanswered goals to earn a point in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Manitoba Moose at Bell MTS Place. It marked the third time this season the Gulls have erased a deficit of three goals or more to earn a point after trailing 3-0 at 14:38 of the first period tonight (also Feb. 13 at Colorado; trailed 4-1 at 14:18 of the second, lost in OT 5-4 and Oct. 26 vs. Stockton; trailed 4-0 at 15:51 of the first, lost in a shootout 5-4).
San Diego concluded their three-game road trip with points in all three games (five of a possible six points; 2-0-1-0) and has also earned points in four straight road contests (3-0-1-0). The Gulls killed all three of Manitoba's power play opportunities to extend their club record streak to 30 consecutive penalties killed. San Diego has killed all 30 penalties dating to Mar. 1, a span of eight complete games. San Diego has not allowed a power play goal for 25 straight periods dating to the third period on Feb. 23 vs. San Antonio.
Kalle Kossila and Ben Street each scored goals eight seconds apart at 18:50 and 18:58 of the first period respectively. The goals in a span of eight seconds marked the fastest two goals scored this season, surpassing the previous mark of 11 seconds set by Chase De Leo (14:07) and Kiefer Sherwood (14:18) of the third period on Feb. 13 at Colorado.
Kossila scored his 13th goal (PPG) at 18:50 of the first period, the 50th of his career. Sam Steel picked up his 21st assist on the goal, while Jake Dotchin earned his second assist of the season to extend his career high point streak to four games (4-1=5).
Street scored eight seconds following the Kossila goal to mark his fourth of 2018-19. Chase De Leo recorded his team-leading 29th assist to extend his point and assist streak to three games (0-4=4) and mark his 19th point with a +15 rating his past 19 games (8-11=19).
Kiefer Sherwood scored his first career shorthanded goal at 9:36 of the third period to tie the game at 3-3. He also added an assist to mark his second multi-point game. His fifth goal of the season pushed his goal streak to three straight games (3-1=4) and he now has 12 points his last 13 games (5-7=12). Justin Kloos picked up his 40th point of the season with the lone assist on the shorthanded goal.
Jeff Glass stopped 25-of-27 shots in 59:11 of relief of Kevin Boyle.
San Diego and Manitoba concluded a four-game season series with the Gulls posting a 2-1-1-0 record. The Gulls also concluded their 12th and final game against the Central Division this season with a 8-2-2-0 record, including points in 10 of the 12 games.
The Gulls will return to San Diego to close out the month of March with a four-game homestand beginning on Saturday, Mar. 23 vs. Ontario (7 p.m.). The homestand will also see visits from San Jose (Mar. 27), Bakersfield (Mar. 29) and Stockton (Mar. 30).
San Diego Gulls
On the game
It's not the start we wanted, but I think it says a lot about our group, the way we responded. It's a game of inches and it could've gone either way, but I think there are positives to take out of this one.
On the comeback
Our team, we have a never-quit attitude so it doesn't matter the score. I don't think the score should dictate how we play. We know that if we stick to our systems and we can roll four lines, we have the talent and the work ethic to get things done.
On Bell MTS Place
Our mentality, it doesn't matter where we go into, if we play home or away, or who we play. If we play the way we want and stick to our strengths, the job will take care of itself.
On the team mentality
Dallas (Eakins) definitely leads it, but our leadership core and it trickles down to the first-year guys. If we can continue that mentality, then hopefully we can end the season on a strong run and keep that push going into playoffs.
Head Coach Dallas Eakins
On erasing a three-goal deficit
Being down 3-0 early in the game like that and being able to come back and tie it with some good special teams. Our power play chipping in and our penalty kill continues to be strong.
On the start
I look at the clock and I think there was 12 minutes left to go in the first period and we had given up three shots on net, which is pretty good. I think they were opportunistic and those first couple going in early is usually tough to recover from. I give those young men a lot of credit, they dug their heels in and stayed with it.
On Kiefer Sherwood
He's a shooter. He can rip it. I was very glad to see him trust his shot and not look to pass that puck. He was very resilient both games (against Manitoba).
On the penalty kill
We changed our system up ice a little while ago and instituted some new rules in our own zone. Sometimes that takes time to get a feel for that. I think it's everything right now. I think our forward are doing an excellent job, I think our D are keeping it very, very simple, I think our goalies have been a big part of that. I think it's all come together at the right time.
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