The San Francisco Bulls ended their first year, as they started it, in home whites. After the game, the Zamboni cleaned the ice and the lights dimmed with a loud click over the rink at the Cow Palace. The Bulls had earned three home games beyond the regular season, but the end still felt sudden and harsh. Fresh off the final loss, Bulls Alternate Captain Dean Ouellet summed up the bittersweet season:
I think the boys battled hard all season. We had lots of ups and downs, I think the guys pulled it together in the playoffs, the guys worked hard. Unfortunately we came up short, but I’m proud of the guys’ effort for sure.
It was not unlike the last time the Aces came to San Francisco and won three games in a row. Two of the games were close, one was not. Close or not, the Aces won all three, ending the Bulls’ first post-season run. It was not a bad showing for the eighth seed against the top seed, a Bulls team with nine rookies in the lineup to the Aces’ four. By Game Four, the Bulls were out of spare players, with Daulton Leveille, Tommy Grant, and Tristan King all injured after the playoff rosters were due. Continue reading →
The ECHL’s Kelly Cup Quarter Finals resume tonight for the San Francisco Bulls and the Alaska Aces. It will be the first of three playoff games in three days at the Cow Palace. The series is tied 1-1 after two games in Alaska.
The Aces ended the regular season as the top team in the ECHL. Bulls Head Coach Pat Curcio described some of the things that make Alaska such a dangerous opponent:
Obviously their goaltending is exceptional. They’ve been the best in the league, they’ve won championships and of course from the defense out they’ve got great players. You don’t do what [they’ve done] without the players and the horses to do so.
Gerald Coleman was in goal for Alaska in the first two games of this series. Coleman was ranked second in GAA this season, has played in the last three post-seasons, twice with Alaska. In 32 games this season, he finished with a GAA of 2.17, a save percentage of .918, and 23 wins. Continue reading →
The San Francisco Bulls are back at the Cow Palace. Their first post-season run will resume on Thursday. They lost Game One last Friday to the Alaska Aces by a score of 5-1. They tied the series the next day by winning 1-0.
Kris Belan scored Friday’s goal short-handed. Kory Falite scored the game winner on Saturday, with assists to Brett Findlay and Dean Ouellet. Except for Falite’s, all of those points went to players in their first professional playoff series. Bulls goalie Thomas Heemskerk, who was replaced by Taylor Nelson during Friday’s loss, recorded a shutout in Saturday’s win. This is his first professional post-season too.
For a team that just wrapped up its first regular season, newness is hardly new, but these are the playoffs: Continue reading →
The San Francisco Bulls announced their roster for the 2013 Kelly Cup Playoffs on Tuesday, listing 20 players and four more as playoff eligible. To get to the 23 player limit, they released forward Nick Walsh and defenseman William Lacasse before the deadline.
The Bulls’ active playoff roster now includes Dean Ouellet, returned to San Francisco last weekend from the Hamilton Bulldogs, and Kris Belan who returned from Manchester on March 25. Defenseman Simon Danis-Pepin has also been activated from injured reserve. Continue reading →