Bulls Drop Their Fifth Straight As They Fall To Alaska: Game Recap


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

The Bulls lose their fifth straight as they get crushed by the Alaska Aces. The Bulls poor performance on special teams was a key reason for the lopsided score. The Aces went two for four on the power play, while the Bulls were zero for three. Taylor Nelson had a rough night as he allowed five goals. Peter Sivak and Kory Falite would score the only goals for the Bulls in the game.

First Period:

The Aces jumped on the Bulls in the first period as they controlled possession throughout the period. The Aces opened the scoring when Nick Mazzolini scored his 34th goal of the season to give the Aces a quick one to nothing lead. Peter Sivak would bring the teams even in a little over a minute later with his 28 goal on the year. Nick Walsh and Rob Kwiet had the assists on the Sivak goal. They game would get a little chippy midway through the period as the teams three separate coincidental penalties, but the last one right before the end of the period would give the Aces power play when Ian Schultz took a double minor. The Aces would capitalize with just six seconds remaining in the period to push their lead back out to one. Sean Curry would score his seventh of the season. The Aces out shot the Bulls 15 to six.

Second Period:

The Bulls would strike back quickly at the beginning of the period. Kory Falite would bring the Bulls back even with Aces by netting his first goal as a Bull just 4:50 into the second. The feeling would be short lived as the Aces would turn on the pressure and never look back. Alex Hudson would put the Aces back out in front just three minutes later with his 12 of the year. Midway through the Aces would strike again on the power play. Tommy Mele would be the goal scorer to push the Aces’ lead to two with his eighth of the season. Five minutes later the Aces would extend their lead to three when Evan Trupp would get his sixth of the year. The Bulls out shot the Aces 11 to 10 in the second.

Third Period:

The Bulls were looking to push back in the third. An early penalty on Yanni Gourde would kill any momentum the Bulls offense was trying to acquire. Any chance at a comeback was destroyed midway through the third when Garry Nunn would put the game away with his 17th of the year and pushing the Aces out to a four goal lead with just under 10 minutes to play. The Bulls would get one final try on the power play just a few minutes later, but were unable to create a goal with the man advantage. The Bulls out shot the Aces nine to six in the third and the Aces out shot the Bulls 31 to 26 on the game.

The Bulls simply got demolished on specials teams which lead to them being demolished on the scored board. The Bulls allowed the Aces to go two for four on the power play, including the back breaking goal to put the Aces up by two. The Bulls power play was again unable to create a score as they went zero for three on the man advantage. Taylor Nelson played poorly as well as he allowed five goals on 31 shots. The Bulls finish the season series against Alaska with a 2-8 record. The Bulls fall to 21-34-7 on the season, while the Aces jump to 46-12-6. The Bulls meet Las Vegas for the final time this season as the two teams meet today for a Sunday matinee.

Three Stars:

  1. Evan Trupp – Alaska
  2. Sean Curry – Alaska
  3. Garry Nunn – Alaska