SF Bulls Looking More Confident

San Francisco Bulls’ Head Coach Pat Curcio was pleased with the way his team looked before their third game last Wednesday:

I like the way the guys are bouncing, I like the way they’ve practiced in the last few days. -Bulls’ Pre-game report

The team did look good in Idaho, and bounces have certainly been a factor in their season so far. After a theft of a win in their first game of the season, the Bulls came down to earth with a thud in game two. Their third game of the season showed the team improving, becoming more consistent and more confident. Their record is a pretty good reflection of their progress: a lucky win, a bad loss and an overtime loss. By the time the Bulls return to San Francisco, fans could be in for a treat. Continue reading

Aces Shut the Bulls Down 5-0

The Alaska Aces made the San Francisco Bulls pay dearly for ruining their home opener, beating the Bulls 5-0 on Saturday. It is hard to tell from the score, but the Bulls did show signs that they were working better as a team, leaving fewer gaping holes on defense.

The Bulls went in to their second game in Alaska without Dean Ouellet, who was described as having a non-specific upper body injury. If the team was thrown by that development, it didn’t show as they started the game with more composure in the defensive zone than they displayed in the first game. Despite taking too many penalties and giving up more goals than in the previous game, the team actually had more chances and showed signs of improvement. Continue reading

SF Bulls Start Season On Familiar Ground

The San Francisco Bulls start the 2013-14 season on the road, against the Alaska Aces. Their preseason ended in three losses, including one shootout loss. Preseason games don’t tell you a great deal about how a team will perform in the regular season, but the Bulls’ two exhibition games at the Cow Palace were worth a look. New forward Ryan McDonough gave his assessment:

At the end we didn’t get the result we wanted but it is preseason and we’re just getting everything together so I think we’re moving forward pretty well.

In the Bulls’ first game, against the Bakersfield Condors, most of the faces on the ice were unfamiliar to fans. Head Coach Pat Curcio wanted to see as many players in a game setting as possible: Continue reading

The Bulls Are Back

The San Francisco Bulls play two preseason games at the Cow Palace, on October 10 and 12. The regular season is just around the corner, and the roster has already started to percolate. Seven familiar faces have returned to the team, six have been assigned from Worcester, and the Bulls have already made a trade. Monday, defenseman Darren Rowe was acquired from the Utah Grizzlies in exchange for forward Danick Paquette. Paquette had been signed by the Bulls in August.

The ECHL is a development league, it is its purpose to send players up the ladder to the AHL and even the NHL. The league’s rules limit how many veteran players they can have on their roster. These factors can conspire to deprive fans of familiar faces on the ice from season to season. Add the natural roster movement present in any league and it can be disorienting for someone trying to follow the team. Continue reading

SF Bulls Are Back, Moving Forward

A number of players have returned to the San Francisco Bulls for a second season. Team Captain, Scott Langdon, forward Kris Belan and defenseman Dylan King all signed again early in ECHL free agency. Last week, Dean Ouellet and Jordan Morrison returned from a stint in the Kazakh league to rejoin the Bulls. Christian Ouellet and Brett Findlay, rookie who impressed last season, are also back.  These players are not the only ones showing confidence in the young San Francisco Bulls organization.

The San Jose Sharks renewed their affiliation with the Bulls in late August, but they had already given the organization a significant stamp of approval last season. They sent seven prospects to San Francisco from Worcester, including five skaters. This season, Bulls President and Head Coach Pat Curcio expects the Sharks to continue sending prospects to the ECHL: Continue reading