San Francisco Bulls v Alaska Aces, March 8, 2013 – photo courtesy of Mike Tkacheff via the San Francisco Bulls Web Page –

Bulls Try To Snap Four Game Losing Streak As They Wrap Up Series With Aces: Game Preview

The Bulls are looking to snap their four game losing streak as they wrap their series with the Alaska Aces. The Bulls (21-33-7) dropped a point and now sit six points behind Utah for seventh, while the Aces (45-12-6) are now eight points ahead of Ontario. The Bulls came up short last night as they fell three to two to the Aces. The Bulls power play was a main reason for the lack of offense as they failed to convert on any of the six attempts they were given last night. This is the final game between the two teams with the Bulls sitting at 2-7 against the Aces.

The Bulls were much better last night as they were able to have about equal puck possession with the Aces. The Bulls even out shot the Aces 32 to 29 on the evening. Yanni Gourde continues to make an impact as he scored his third goal as a Bull, which was his second straight game with a goal. Gourde has six points in his six games with the Bulls. Bryan Cameron had the Bulls other goal for his 18th on the season and his third as a Bull. Taylor Nelson played well as he stopped 26 of 29 shots on the night, but only two of the goals came at even strength. The Bulls power play was the major reason for the Bulls loss. They were given six chances with the extra man and failed to convert on any of them. The were even given a two man advantage during the first period that they were unable to capitalize on. The Bulls now have one goal in their last 32 chances on the power play for a three percent conversion percentage.

The simple answer for the Bulls tonight is special teams. They need to be successful on the power play if they want a chance to win. Goals are much harder to come by on even strength, so they need to take advatage of the opportunities they are given. Special teams scoring can also have an effect on even strength as it builds rhythm and confidence in the offensive zone. If they Bulls can succeed on special teams they should have a great chance at snapping their losing streak.

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