The San Francisco Bulls of the ECHL opened up their regular season with a 4-3 regulation loss to the Bakersfield Condors on Friday night in their first ever game in franchise history.
The expansion team is a Double-A affiliate of the NHL’s San Jose Sharks, who are currently locked out. That explains why a sellout crowd of over 8,000 attended the game at the Cow Palace.
Dean Ouellet scored the first ever goal in Bulls’ history in the first period on a shot from the high slot. It was assisted by Jordan Clendenning, and that goal tied up the contest 1-1.
Bakersfield responded quickly though, scoring three straight unanswered goals and held a 4-1 lead going into the third period.
However, the Bulls would give the sellout crowd a reason to cheer, storming back with two goals in a minute by Kevin Baker and Sasha Guimond midway through the third period. They continued to pressure for the tying goal, but failed to notch the equalizer as time expired.
Obviously this was a historic day for the Bulls and for the Cow Palace, which hasn’t hosted a hockey team since the San Francisco Spiders in 1996.