The San Francisco Bulls (18-23-7) are back at for a Sunday afternoon matinee as they wrap up their two game series with the Bakersfield Condors (14-34-5). Last Night, the Bulls defeated the Condors three to one behind an outstanding defensive effort. Goalie Taylor Nelson was spectacular as he stopped 34 of 35 shots he faced on the evening. Rob Kwiet led all scorers with two points as he a goal and an assist. The victory gave the Bulls a 10 point lead over Bakersfield for eighth place and maintained their two point deficit to Utah for seventh.
The Bulls played a complete game yesterday as they had success in all three phases of the game. Rob Kwiet opened the scoring with a goal on a two man advantage midway through the second period. He added his second point by assisting Marek Viedensky on Bulls’ second goal early in the third period. Jordan Morrison added the insurance midway through the third to put away the Condors. The hero of the game was Taylor Nelson as he only gave up one goal on 35 shots. He was vital to the success the Bulls had on the penalty kill as they stopped all six of the Condors’ opportunities on the man advantage.
The Condors got off two a quick start in the game as they got 17 shots on goal in the first period alone, but they just could not figure out Nelson for most of the night. Their inability to convert on the power play was the main reason as the Bulls gave them plenty of chances but their offensive deficiencies do not allow them to take advantage. Their lone goal last night was scored by Jake Morely, which was his first on the season. Goaile Brian Stewart played admirably as he made 34 saves on 37 shots.
Look for the Bulls to do much of the same this afternoon as they try and increase their record against the Condors, which stands at 6-2-1. Last night’s win gave the defense some much need confidence and look for them to carry that momentum with them today against a poor Bakersfield offense. The only area of improvement for the Bulls is the ability to start quickly as they seem to take a period or two to get going offensively.