March 30, 2021
The San Diego Gulls want to extend their winning streak in four games as they host the Ontario Reign tonight in the FivePoint Arena (7 p.m.; TV: AHL.TV; Radio: Gulls Audio Network).
The Seagulls want to continue their success against their rival in Southern California. San Diego recorded narrow wins in their first three inter-club meetings, including both home ice games.
In the first match, rookie netminder Lukas Dostal scored 40 saves to score his third career win, and defender Keegan Lowe scored the winning goal five seconds ahead to give the Seagulls a 2-1 victory.
The second competition lasted more than 60 minutes as Chase De Leo scored his second career overtime goal to give San Diego a 5-4 win.
San Diego’s winning streak against Ontario hit three games last week (3-0-0-0) with a 5-3 win at Toyota Sports Performance Center. Andrew Poturalski leads the season with 1-5 = 6 points.
“We know these games will be difficult to get into,” said Gulls striker Benoit-Olivier Groulx. “It certainly doesn’t disappoint. There has been a lot of fighting in the last three games. Lots of stumbling. These are games we like. We have some character players with a lot of grit. It suits us very well. “
The Gulls have a seven-point streak against the government (5-0-2-0) and have scored points in nine of their last ten encounters (7-1-2-0). San Diego set a 36-19-3-2 record against Ontario and hasn’t lost to the government in 424 days (February 1, 2020).
“I just liked our serenity during the games,” said Gull’s head coach Kevin Dineen. “I think there are many times that this has been found to be positive. We found a way to stick with the program. Play right. It was nice to see us rewarded. “
The Seagulls will look to continue the success they achieved in the first half of their four-game homestand, with wins over the Bakersfield Condors and Tucson Roadrunners. With a 10-3-0-0 mark in the FivePoint Arena this season, San Diego leads the AHL in home wins (10) and points (20).
“It’s going to be easy,” said Groulx. “We have to check it out beforehand. We have to put pucks in the net and bodies in the net. We’ll be successful if we play like this. It’s really hard to play against us when we’re playing at speed. We’re really hard to deal with, especially offensive. That’s how we’ve been playing lately. “
Gulls Netminder Olle Eriksson Ek drives a personal winning streak in four games, including wins on consecutive nights, with 48 of 50 shots stopped. The Swedish rookie ranks fifth among qualified AHL goalkeepers in terms of goals against average (2.02) and savings in percent (0.927).
“He was really big for us back there,” said Gull’s striker Matt Lorito. “I think it’s a great help to have him back. It gives our defenses confidence that he’s back. He really has the calm demeanor and presence that is very important to our team. “
Ontario goes into the matchup tonight with seven wins in their last ten games (7-3-0-0) but is last in the Pacific Division (.409).
Quinton Byfield, the second overall winner of the 2020 National Hockey League draft, found his move with points in seven games in a row (5-4 = 9) and accelerates the team in the scoring (6-10 = 16).