Anchorage Daily News Sean Curry of Alaska, left, defends Peter Sivak of San Francisco during second-period action Friday evening Jan. 25, 2013 at Sullivan Arena. ERIK HILL — Anchorage Daily News

Bulls Look To Bounce Back In Rubber Match Against The Aces: Pre-Game Report

The Bulls look to bounce back in today’s matinee match-up with the Aces as they wrap up the weekend series. The Bulls come into the game with a record of 16-21-5 for 37 points, while the Aces boast a record of 32-11-2 for 66 points. The Aces topped the Bulls with the hot hand of goalie Gerald Coleman. Coleman was phenomenal as he saved 31 of 32 shots on the evening. Bulls goalie Taylor Nelson also had a fantastic evening as he stopped 35 of 37 shots. The Aces ability to convert on the power play was the major difference in the game. The offense needs to help out Nelson as he has stood on his head recently and given the Bulls a chance to win.

The most dangerous player on the ice lately has been Christian Ouellet with three goals in the last two games. Jordan Morrison also has six points during his four game point streak. The power play has been anemic lately as they have only converted two of their last 15 opportunities. The Bulls really need to take advantage of the chances they have with the extra man. The special teams is the best way to kick start a struggling offense. Look for Peter Sivak and Dean Ouellet to have an impact on the special teams as they look to get back on the score after a quiet couple of games.

The defense of the Bulls has been strong as of late, mostly due to the strong goal-tending performance of goalie Taylor Nelson. He has a streak of five games of only allowing two goals to opposing teams. The penalty kill got tagged for one goal last night, but they still killed off four of the five chances. Three of those penalty kills came back to back to back during the end of the second period, which was a huge moment to keep the Bulls within a goal. The Bulls defense will again be leaned upon to keep the game close and allow the offense to find its rhythm against this tough Aces defense.

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