Bulls Go For Fourth Straight Win vs. Aces: Game Preview

Christian Ouellet of San Francisco, right, fires a shot past Alaska goaltender Mark Guggenberger to give the Bulls a 2-1 lead during second-period action Friday evening Jan. 25, 2013 at Sullivan Arena. Steve Ward of Alaska trails. ERIK HILL — Anchorage Daily News

The Bulls (16-20-5) and the Aces (31-11-2) get set to kick off game two tonight at 8:15. The Bulls are looking for the fourth straight win and to guarantee a victory in the weekend series.

Last night, the Bulls were able to upend the Aces five to two due to a strong third period as they scored three unanswered goals in the frame. Christian Ouellet led the offense with two goals. Also notably, Peter Sivak has his goal scoring streak ended at six games. The Bulls will be looking for the offense to ramp it a little more consistently instead of trying to rely on just one great period. The defense will look to have another strong game after holding the Aces to just 25 shots on goal last night.

The Bull offense was efficient on their shots early in the game as they had two goals on just 15 shots through two periods. Then they had three goals on 16 shots in just the third period alone. The will look to use their third period as the blue print for tonight’s game as they were able to dominate possession for the entire period. Christian Ouellet scored his first two goals since becoming a Bull. The Bulls also added goals from Rob Kwiet, Jordan Clendenning, and Cody Carlson. The offense will look to create quality chances since the quantity will likely not be there tonight.

The defense played a pretty sound game as they managed to hold the Aces to two goals on just 25 shots. Limiting the amount of chances is going to be key for the defense tonight as the Aces’ offense does not go quietly multiple games in a row. The player they need to shut down is Nick Mazzolini, the Aces leading scorer. They did an excellent job as they held him to no points and just one shot on the net. The penalty kill is looking to stay strong after going three for three against the Aces’ power play. The defense is going to be the major reason if the Bulls win tonight’s because the Aces are going to be looking to bounce back and will be buzzing all night.

Topics: Alaska Aces, ECHL, San Francisco Bulls

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