The San Francisco Bulls defeated the Stockton Thunder by the final of 4-2 in a rematch of last night’s game. This evening the Bulls were able to come out on top after losing the night before by a considerable margin.
The first period started off slowly and would stay that way as it was filled with penalties and missed opportunities The Thunder went to the ‘sin bin’ 3 times and each time the Bulls were unable to capitalize although they definitely had their chances. Finally, with less than 5 minutes left to play in the period the ‘ice was broken’ and Stockton struck first with a goal by defenseman Mike Little. His goal allowed the Thunder to take a lead into the first intermission, but it would not last long.
In the second period the Bulls struck early off of a power play chance generated by a goaltender inteference penalty against Stockton’s Eric Hunter. He payed for his mistake as Peter Sivak scored his 17th goal of the season with helpers from Rob Kwiet and Jordan Morrison to tie the game at 1-1. Later on the Bulls took control of the game as Jonathan Lessard scored giving his team a 2-1 lead and changing the tide of the game heading into the locker rooms for the second intermission.
Early on in the third period the Thunder were given a golden opportunity at a comeback as Christian Ouellet was called for a double-minor for high-sticking. Fortunately for the Bulls they were able to pick up the slack and keep the score 2-1 as they killed off the 4 minute penalty. Stockton stayed strong and kept firing shots at the net and it paid off as Stockton scored on a shot by Harrison Reed on the second Ouellet penalty of the period to tie the game at 2 apiece on the power play.
A little over a minute later the Bulls struck again as Belan scored at the 13:56 mark with assists from Jordan Clendenning and Jonathan Lessard. With that goal San Francisco took lead back and from from then on the Thunder were dead in the water. In a last ditch effort to tie the game for a second time in the period the Thunder tried to pull goaltender Cody Reichard but ended up giving up the empty netter to Jordan Morrison, sealing the 4-2 victory for the Bulls.
Three Stars of the Game
1. Kris Belan (1 goal, 1 assist) – San Francisco Bulls
2. Jonathan Lessard (1 goal, 1 assist) – San Francisco Bulls
3. Harrison Reed (1 goal) – Stockton Thunder