Bulls Lose Third Straight As They Drop Season Series To Stockton: Game Recap


San Francisco Bulls v Stockton Thunder, March 22, 2013 – Photo courtesy of Mike Tkacheff via the San Francisco Bulls Web Page – SFBulls.com

The Bulls drop their third straight game as they fall to the Thunder four to one. Taylor Nelson had another rough outing as he surrendered four goals on 24 shots. The Bulls dug themselves into another early hole, but were never able to recover as they only added a single goal in the second. The newcomers again made the lone impact Nick Czinder and Daultan Leveille each had a point in their second straight game with a goal and an assist respectively. Newly added Thunder forward Andrew Clark had his first professional hat trick in just his third game. The Bulls lose the season series to Stockton 6-5-2.

First Period:

The Bulls would find themselves in an early hole as the Thunder came out flying. The Bulls would let the Thunder find some momentum from an early power play just 3:28 into the game. The Bulls would kill off the penalty, but the Thunder would use the momentum built by the power play. The Thunder would kick off the scoring midway through the first. Cameron Abney would give the Thunder the early lead as he score his fifth of the season. Stockton would extend their lead right before the end of the period. Andrew Clark would put home a rebound for his first career goal and push their lead out to two with just 30 seconds left in the first. The Thunder out shot the Bulls eight to six.

Second Period:

The Bulls would try to scratch their way back into the game. The Bulls would take a too many men on the ice penalty early in the period. The Thunder would strike in just 29 seconds into the power play as Andrew Clark would score his second goal of the game and on the season giving the Thunder a three goal lead. The Bulls would finally get on the board just five minutes later as Nick Czinder would score a highlight reel goal for his first career goal cutting Stockton’s lead to two. Daultan Leveille would add the assist for his second straight game with a point. The Bulls would get two straight power plays after the midway point of the period, but again the power play was lacking teeth as they squandered an excellent chance to claw back into the game. The Bulls out shot the Thunder eight to seven in the period.

Third Period:

The Bulls were looking to complete the comeback as they cut the lead to two goals. The Thunder would quickly extend their lead back out to three as Clark would complete his hat trick just 46 seconds into the period. The Bulls offense would pick up the pace as they were searching for a way back into the game. They would again blow a couple of good chances as they failed to convert on both power play chances they had in the period. Olivier Roy would shut the door on the Bulls as he turned aside all 15 shots he faced in the period. The Bulls out shot the Thunder 15 to nine in the period and 29 to 24 in the game.

The Bulls struggled offensively again as they drop their third straight game. The Bulls managed just 14 shots in the first two periods combined. The new faces continue to make an impact as Nick Czinder and Daultan Leveille each added a point in their second straight game. Daultan added the assist on Czinder’s first career ECHL goal. The Bulls were burned by newly added Thunder player Andrew Clark as he produced his first career hat trick. Taylor Nelson struggled as he only had 20 saves on the 24 shots he faced in the game. The power play again failed to produce as the Bulls went zero for five with the man advantage. The Bulls now sit at 24-36-8 on the season, while Thunder improve to 36-25-9. The Bulls get right back to it tonight as travel to Bakersfield to take on the Condors at 5 pm as the Bulls kick off their final week of their first season.

Three Stars:

  1. Andrew Clark – Stockton
  2. Shawn Weller – Stockton
  3. Nick Czinder – San Francisco