Gulls Reach 70-Point Plateau with Win at Manitoba
The Gulls continued a three-game road trip with a 4-1 win over the Manitoba Moose at Bell MTS Place. San Diego earned their first-ever win outside of the U.S. and improved to 8-2-1-0 against the Central Division this season (26-8-3-0 all-time).
San Diego killed all three Manitoba power plays to set a new club record with 27 straight penalties killed dating to Mar. 1 at Stockton, a span of seven complete games to surpass the previous record of 26 consecutive penalties from Dec. 5-27, 2015 (span of seven games, five full contests). San Diego has not allowed a power play goal for 22 straight periods dating to the third period on Feb. 23.
Jake Dotchin scored two goals for his first AHL multi-goal game, including his second career shorthanded goal. Dotchin opened the scoring at 14:03 of the first period and at 17:30 of the third period (shorthanded) to extend his goal streak to a career high three games (4-0=4). Dotchin's three-game goal streak dates to Jan. 19 following a 19-game absence. He also tied a career high for points in consecutive games, matching a three-game point streak with Syracuse from Mar. 11-13, 2016 (1-2=3).
Ben Thomson doubled the lead 35 seconds later with his fourth goal and 13th point. Adam Cracknell tallied the lone assists to mark his 11th point (5-6=11) his last 10 games and 21st (11-10=21) his last 17 contests.
Kiefer Sherwood netted his fifth goal and second in as many games at 18:40 of the first period to tie a season high for the Gulls with three goals in the first period (five times, last: Feb. 20 vs. Tucson). Sherwood has tallied 4-7=11 points his last 13 games. Simon Benoit earned his 12th assist while Chase De Leo picked up his team-leading 28th helper. De Leo has earned 17 points (8-10=18) his last 18 games with a +14 rating.
Sam Carrick earned the primary assist on Dotchin's first goal, his team-leading 52nd point (27-25=52), while Kevin Roy earned his fifth point. Patrick Sieloff earned his first point (assist) as a Gull on Dotchin's shorthanded tally.
Kevin Boyle stopped 38-of-39 shots to earn his 21st victory of the season. Boyle improved to 16-4-1 his last 21 games.
The Gulls and Moose will conclude their four-game season series on Tuesday, Mar. 19 at Bell MTS Place (5 p.m. PT) before San Diego returns home to open a four-game homestand on Saturday, Mar. 23 vs. Ontario (7 p.m.).
San Diego Gulls
On the game
It took a bit to kind of get back to the speed. The coaches and the trainers Mike (Ermatinger) and Ryan (Ledwon) helped me get back to the point where I needed to be to come back and make an impact. I couldn't have done it without our medical staff here. Those two goals were scored by all three of us.
On the penalty kill
It's that time of year where you have to risk everything and put your body on the line to win hockey games. It's pretty exciting when you can pull out with two points after you put that much on the line. We have some things to clean up, we weren't too happy with our second period, but we'll take the two points. They're crucial at this time of year.
On Kevin Boyle
I think a lot of it has to do with [Kevin Boyle]. He was a wall back there again, that's why he's an All-Star. He didn't give up too many rebounds, the one's he did we helped him, but they weren't Grade-A scoring opportunities so he put them to the corner, got them to the forward and got our rush going. Without him back there it could have been a closer game.
On playing in front of Boyle
It's good. As a defenseman you can take a few chances. We've got a lot of faith in (Boyle) so it's good to kind of good to be in the offensive zone, pucks coming around the boards, take that little pinch, you might not get it, but you trust that he'll get the save. It's definitely nice having him back there. We have a good group so I'm excited to see where we go with it.
Assistant Coach Brett Ferguson
On the strength of the penalty kill
The commitment our guys have had, it's been a run of 10-15 games our penalty kill has been stellar. It starts with Kevin Boyle and Jeff Glass in net. They've been good and it's contagious. Guys are blocking shots. One thing we're really doing a good job is we're killing plays off the entries and getting 200-foot clears.
On the 27-straight penalty kills
The commitment to killing those penalties. We're blocking more shots, winning faceoffs too, and those little things really add up. We've made a few tweaks system wise, but nothing major. It's just the commitment to killing penalties.
On Dotchin and Sieloff
Those are two guys that play with some grit and that's one thing you need on your penalty kill and on the back end especially. They make it hard to go to the net, hard to be around the net. The other team knows and especially the skilled players.
On Kevin Boyle
He was excellent as always. He's very calm influence back there. A lot of plays he can kill by just freezing the puck, covering the puck. He doesn't give up a whole lot of second chances and rebounds.
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