Bulls Add Ryan Garlock, Win Two of Three


(Originally published at Inside Hockey)

The San Francisco Bulls have won two of their last three games, after losing two of three to the Aces. They won at home against the third place Colorado Eagles, and on the road against their nearby rivals and last season’s Western Conference Champions, the Stockton Thunder. In between those wins, they lost on the road to the Bakersfield Condors, who are tied with the Bulls in points but have three games in hand on San Francisco.
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SF Bulls Announce Playoff Roster

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

A Dozen Moves This Week for SF & Stockton

As the San Francisco Bulls and the Stockton Thunder prepare for today’s game, they have both seen their rosters significantly altered. Stockton play-by-play announcer Mike Benton summed it up Thursday on Twitter:

@Benton_Mike: 12 player transactions affecting @StocktonThunder & SF Bulls active lineups for tomorrow. Spotting board version of #MarchMadness.

Actually, with today’s changes, it is a baker’s dozen, not including players placed on reserve.

Wednesday, the Bulls congratulated Dean Ouellet and Peter Sivak on their first AHL call-ups. Both players make their AHL debut today, Sivak with the Worcester Sharks at 4:00 PDT, and Ouellet with the Hamilton Bulldogs at 4:30 PDT.  (Click the links for the audio of those games.) Before the farewells were even announced, the Bulls set about adding six players to their roster. Continue reading

Bulls Lose Another One Goal Game to Aces

The San Francisco Bulls might be sick of hearing that the Alaska Aces are the best team in the league, how their 87.7% penalty kill leads the league, how they have been at the top of the standings pretty much all season, with or without locked-out NHLers.  The Bulls weren’t happy after last night’s game to know that they only lost by one, again.  They aren’t pleased that they outshot the Aces, even if it was an improvement over Wednesday.  Scoring two goals instead of one wasn’t much comfort since they still lost 3-2.  Head Coach Pat Curcio was at a loss to see the bright side:

I just think that we did everything right tonight. I mean one loose puck in the third, it’s tough, tough because I think we played a pretty good hockey game. But two goals isn’t going to be enough. We need to find a way to score more goals.

Friday’s game was the second of three games in a row against the Aces.  Round two began with a fight between the Bulls’ Ian Schultz and the Aces’ Dustin Molle.  The fighters were still in the box when Mikael Tam and Alaska’s Chris Clackson joined them after another fight.  Before that second fighting major expired, Ian Schultz went back to the box for trying to fight again.  He only got a roughing minor.  The Bulls killed off the first penalty of the game. Continue reading

Grizzlies Bring Down the Bulls 2-1

Changes to the Bulls’ roster seem to be the norm right now.  Since last week’s moves, Bulls’ forward Kris Belan was called up by the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs.  Tuesday, the Bulls released forward Colin Reddin, and he was signed by the Evansville IceMen the same day.  That left room for two, but only one has arrived: Yanni Gourde, from the Worcester Sharks.  Gourde is the third player added to the team since the Bulls set out on their six-game road trip.

Tuesday night, Head Coach Pat Curcio put Gourde on a line with Dean Ouellet and Peter Sivak.  Though Gourde had just arrived late the night before, he played very well on the top line.

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The Bulls lose to Idaho and Guimond is on his way to Worcester

The Bulls fell to the Idaho Steelheads last night, 2-1.  The Bulls took an early lead, but Idaho outshot them through the game so it wasn’t a terribly surprising outcome.   What was surprising was how composed the Bulls looked, despite the condition of their roster.

Tarasov and Tam have gone to Worcester, Crescenzi and Devane went back to Toronto, Viedensky is still injured… add to that, several players had flu symptoms.  They had every excuse to really fall apart.  Yet the game was a good, balanced, defensive game with neither team giving the other a lot of room.  Of the team’s performance, Alternate Captain Scott Langdon said:

I think we had good possession in their end, I think we had a good forecheck.  Sometimes you just can’t put the puck in the net for whatever reason… It’d be different if we spent the whole game in our own end but we didn’t so we just have to move on to the next one. 


Sacha Guimond was loaned to Worcester today, so that leaves another hole in the Bulls defense.  That hole will be even bigger as Scott Langdon was suspended for last night’s hit on Idaho’s Mathieu Tousignant:

@GackleReport: “Tough times for @SFBulls blue line. Tam called up, Guimond called up, Langdon suspended two games for last night’s hit”

The hit was penalized as illegal contact with the head and resulted in a five minute major penalty and a match penalty for Langdon.  The Bulls were able to kill that penalty off, which made the loss that much more frustrating.  Their penalty kill performed very well throughout the game, not giving up a single power play goal.

Marek Viedensky’s recovery is coming along more slowly than anticipated, but imaging this week showed progress.  Thomas Heemskerk is healing from his abdominal surgery but can’t be rushed, as coach Pat Curcio explained:

He’s got the stitches out now, but he’s about a week away because he’s a goaltender, they want to take every precaution… He’s about a week away from resuming some excercise.  We should know more prior to the All Star break, about ten days.

The Bulls signed forward Colin Reddin, and no doubt are in the process of finding another defenseman as well.

A curious coincidence: by adding Guimond, the Worcester Sharks now have two of the top three scoring defensemen from the ECHL on their team.   The other is Denny Urban, who has been up and down a couple of times this season.  Of course it also means that none of those three are in the ECHL for now as the scoring leader, Ben Youds, has been called up to the AHL too.

Worcester has now added a total of three defensemen and two forwards this week.  The team will play in a few minutes, and the scratches list has grown:

@210Darryl: “Scratches for the #WorSharks: Groulx, Doherty,  Tennyson,  Acolatse,  Sheppard, Gourde, Irwin, Kennedy, Rissmiller, Tam, Bonneau.”

There are a lot of injured players in there, but the pending NHL CBA approval must have some players waiting to get on a plane for the short training camp next week in San Jose.

(Originally published at Kukla’s Korner)

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