The Bulls will try to bounce back following an ugly loss at the hands of the Stockton Thunder.
The Bulls (19-26-7) are still two points behind Utah for seventh place, while Stockton (26-20-9) is now two points ahead of Las Vegas for fourth. The Thunder offense was led by Gabriel Levesque’s two-goal night on the way to a decisive 4-0 victory. Taylor Nelson had a rough night, giving up four goals on 23 shots and only lasted 23 minutes before he was pulled in favor of Thomas Heemskerk, who had a perfect 22 save performance.
The game came to boil midway in the third as a line brawl broke out leading to the ejections of eight players, four from each team. It will be interesting to see how the fallout from the brawl will have an impact on today’s contest.
The Bulls were thoroughly dominated last night by their rival. They were able to get 34 shots on net, but couldn’t figure out Oliver Roy. The Bulls only had three players who were not minus players in the game. Goalie Taylor Nelson had his worst performance in awhile as he only lasted 23 minutes, before giving way to Heemskerk. The Bulls need to get better at starting out games as they have been in holes too many times as of late.
The Thunder played a near perfect game last night. Roy was arguably the best player on the ice, as he earned the 34th save shutout on the heels of the one goal performance the night before. Roy is developing a bit of hot glove, but will probably find himself on the bench tonight considering it will be the third straight game they have played. Gabriel Levesque was the other top player on the ice with two goals in game. Levesque would have had a shot at the hat trick but was one of the players ejected in the third period line brawl. The Thunder also added goals from Eric Hunter and Matt Bergland.
The key for today’s game is for the Bulls getting out to a quick start. They need to use their home ice advantage and an early lead would get the crowd into it. It would also do well for their confidence given that they have seemed to be playing form behind lately.