San Francisco Bulls v Colorado Eagles January 2, 2013 - photo courtesy of Mike Tkacheff via the San Francisco Bulls web page -

Bulls Continue Road Trip As They Wrap Up Season Series With Colorado: Game Preview

The Bulls continue their six game road as they travel to Colorado to take on the sixth place Eagles. The Bulls (20-29-7) are now four points behind the Grizzlies and 11 points behind the Colorado Eagles (27-24-4). The Bulls are coming off a tough two to one loss to the Grizzlies as Utah won the game with a goal in the final minutes of the game. Colorado has been playing well as of late with three victories in their last four games. San Francisco took the last meeting between these two teams with three straight goals in third to give them a four to three victory. Colorado owns the season series at 5-1.

The Bulls had a rough game offensively as they managed to get just a single goal on 25 shots on goal. Dean Ouellet was credited with the goal for his 24th goal of the season. Newcomer Yanni Gourde earned his first point in his first game for the Bulls by get credit for the assist on the Ouellet goal. Taylor Nelson was outstanding and probably should have earned a win as he got his second straight 40 save performance and the first goal for the Grizzlies came on a five on three. Nelson was perfect through two as he stopped all 25 shots he faced.

The Colorado Eagles are on a two game winning streak as they out scored Utah nine to one in the those two games. The Eagles are led by Michael Forney with 27 goals and 57 points on the season as he produces at better than a point per game. They also have another point per game producer in Trent Daavettila with 15 goals and 55 points. Colorado boasts the number one power play unit with a 23.4 conversion percentage. All of these factors make up the number five offense in the league with 3.44 goals per game. Eagles goalie Adam Brown is carrying a hot glove as he had 60 saves on 61 shots in his last two appearances.

The Bulls will be facing a much more powerful offense in Colorado and will need their offense to capitalize on chances if they want to have a chance to keep it close. Colorado is not a strong penalty killing team so it is crucial for the Bulls to take advantage of their opportunities with the extra man.

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