Bulls Snap Losing Streak As They Beat Condors


San Francisco Bulls v Bakersfield Condors, February 9, 2013 – Photos Courtesy of Mike Tkacheff via SF Bulls Webpage

The Bulls managed to snap their four game losing streak as they took down the Bakersfield Condors three to one. The Bulls played an excellent defensive game as they only surrendered one goal, while killing all six power play opportunities for the Condors. Bulls’ goalie Taylor Nelson stopped 34 of the 35 shots he faced on the night as he was stellar all night. Rob Kwiet had two points in the game as he scored the opening goal of the game and added an assist on Marek Viedensky’s game winning goal.

First Period:

Both teams came out flying in the first period as the shot totals rose rapidly. Both goalies would be prefect as they stopped a combined 29 shots in the period. The Bulls penalty kill would set the tone for the rest of the evening as they killed off both man advantages for the Condors. The Condors out shot the Bulls 17 to 12 in the period.

Second Period:

The Bulls began to establish their game in the second period as they began to take over. They would take a quick penalty, but again the penalty kill unit would shut the down on the Condors. The Bulls specials teams would be the difference in the period as back to back penalties by the Condors led to a five on three advantage for the Bulls on which they would capitalize. Rob Kwiet’s snipe pass Brian Stewart opened the scoring. It was Kwiet’s eighth goal on the season and Christian Ouellet and Cody Carlson were credited with the assists on the play. Taylor Nelson would be huge as he stopped all 11 shots he faced in the period to maintain the one goal edge. Condors out shot the Bulls 11 to 10 in the second.

Third Period:

The Bulls took control of the game in third as they sought to expand on their one goal lead. Marek Viedensky did just that just 2:45 into the third as put away the Rob Kwiet rebound for eighth goal of the season. The Condors would finally breakthrough as Jake Morely would score his first goal of the season. The Condors would get another golden opportunity as they would get a power play chance shortly after the goal, but the Bulls penalty kill would stand tall once again as they maintained the one goal lead. Jordan Morrison would extend the Bulls’ lead back to two as he found the back of the net for his 13th goal of the year. The Condors would get one more power play try before the end of the game but Nelson and the Bulls defense was up to task as they killed it off to seal the victory. The Bulls out shot the Condors 37 to 35 on the night.

The Bulls took care of business tonight and did what they were suppose to do as they kept pace with the Utah Grizzlies in their battle for the seventh seed. The Bulls’ defense was the difference in this one as they were stout all night as they held the Condors to just one goal. The Bulls killed off all six of the Condors’ power play attempts as they continue to be on fire as unit recently. Goalie Taylor Nelson had his best night in awhile as he stopped 34 of the 35 shots in the game and was instrumental in the Bulls’ penalty kill efforts. The Bulls offense was led by Rob Kwiet scored his eight goal on the season and he added his 22nd assists in the third. Marek Viedensky’s quick goal in the beginning of the third turned out to be the game winner. Jordan Morrison added an insurance goal midway through the third. The Bulls are now 10 points clear of the Condors as they go to 18-23-7 on the season, while Bakersfield falls to 14-34-5. The Bulls are now 6-2-1 against Bakersfield on the year. These two teams face off tomorrow at 2:15 pm in San Francisco.

Three Stars:

  1. Rob Kwiet – San Francisco
  2. Taylor Nelson – San Francisco
  3. Marek Viedensky – San Francisco