SF Bulls Hold off Utah, 6-5 in a Shootout
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Peter Sivak scored two goals in regulation, and Dean Ouellet scored the deciding goal in the extra session to lead the San Francisco Bulls (24-34-1-6) to a 6-5 shootout victory over the visiting Utah Grizzlies (25-30-4-7), Saturday night at the Cow Palace. Bryan Cameron scored against his former team, and Christian Ouellet scored shorthanded in the third period. Jordan Morrison and Kory Falite also chipped in with big games for San Francisco, each picking up two points in a game that featured many familiar faces for both teams.
The Grizzlies took an early 1-0 advantage on a short-handed goal by Adam Estoclet, who forced a turnover, and was able to put the puck past Taylor Nelson for his sixth goal of the season. Colin Vock picked up the lone assist. Sivak scored his 32nd goal of the season with 2:28 remaining in the first period to tie the game. After receiving a pass from Falite, Sivak skated in on a two-on-one and picked the corner past Ben Meisner.
San Francisco took the lead at 6:42 of the second period after a perfectly executed two-on-one rush by Cameron and Tristan King. Cameron buried the puck past Meisner for his 20th goal of the season. Dean Ouellet also assisted on the goal. Utah tied the game at two with 2:24 remaining in the second period. The Grizzlies kept up their sustained pressure after not scoring on the power play, and found a way to get the puck past Nelson. Berkley Scott scored his eighth goal of the season from former Bulls forward Jonathan Lessard. Sivak had the answer for the Bulls. Sivak scored on a one-time shot from the right face-off circle just 18 seconds after Utah had tied the game. The goal was set up by Tommy Grant and Ian Schultz.
The Grizzlies tied the game at 8:28 of the third period after Colin Vock scored his 24th goal of the season. Estoclet and Cody Carlson assisted on the game-tying goal. Morrison quickly gave San Francisco the lead back. His shot from the right circle snuck past Meisner for his 15th goal of the season. C. Ouellet and Falite picked up the assists. Once again the Grizzlies were able to tie the game. Adam Estoclet scored his sixth goal of the year with 9:09 remaining in the third period. David Eddy picked up the only assist on the goal. The Bulls were able to take the lead back with 6:40 left in the game. While on the penalty kill, C. Ouellet broke away from the pack after a brilliant chip off the boards from Morrison. Ouellet brought the puck to his back-hand, and lifted the puck over Meisner for his 15th goal of the season. Utah tied the game on the power play with 1:46 remaining in regulation. A beautiful pass by Vock left Ryan Howse alone in front of the San Francisco goal. Howse scored his second goal of the season to tie the game, David Eddy also picked up an assist.
The game went to overtime with the score deadlocked at five after 60 minutes of play. Neither team scored in the extra session, and the game proceeded to the shootout. Cameron and D. Ouellet scored goals in the shootout, and Taylor Nelson made four out of five saves to seal the victory for San Francisco.
Tomorrow, San Francisco is back in action against these same Utah Grizzlies at 2:15. The Bulls will also be hosting Star Wars Day, and Always Dream Foundation Day! Come to the game dressed in your best Star Wars outfit for a costume contest. For every costume worn $5 will be donated to the Always Dream Foundation. In addition, a portion of the proceeds from the game's events will also be donated to the Always a Dream Foundation. Kristi Yamaguchi and Bret Hedican will be in attendance representing the Foundation. Call 855-SF-BULLS for tickets!
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