The San Francisco Bulls again take on the Idaho Steelheads tonight as they look to bounce back from a bad loss last night. The Bulls (19-28-7) are now four points behind the Utah Grizzlies for seventh, while the Steelheads (35-15-5) are still four points behind the Ontario Reign for second in the west. The Steelheads beat the Bulls last night by a score of four to zero as they were led by Ben Ondrus’s three points game and Josh Robinson’s 26 save shutout. The Bulls’ usually solid power looked porous as the Steelheads went two for four on the man advantage. The Steelheads now own the season series 3-2.
The Bulls looked rusty coming off the four day layoff as they could never get any sustained offensive pressure established until late in the game as the Steelheads to a couple of penalties back to back, but they were already down by four at the time. Thomas Heemskerk got tapped for the start and stopped 12 of the 14 shots he faced in the first, but was pulled for Talyor Nelson at the start of the second. Nelson then was immediately thrown into the fire as he faced 21 shots in the second period and stopped 19 of them as he ended with 23 saves.
The Steelheads looked dominant last night as they out shot the Bulls all night. Ben Ondrus led the charge with three points as he scored a goal and added two assists. They also added goals by Brad Ross, Patrick Cullity, and Tyler Gron. Josh Robinson was the best player on the ice as he posted the shut out. He did not face too many shots in the first two periods, but when the Bulls turned up the pressure in the third he was more than ready as he turned away everything. He played a major role in killing off all three Bulls’ power plays.
The Bulls should look better tonight as they should have their legs under them after the long layoff. It will be interesting to see how much longer the two acquisitions will take to find chemistry with the rest of the team and help beef up the offensive punch for the Bulls. The Bulls need to jump on the Steelheads early and build early momentum that they can carry into the rest of the game.