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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Bulls Dig Deep, Find New Mettle


(Originally published at Inside Hockey)

The San Francisco Bulls started a six-game homestand last weekend, with two games against the top two teams in the ECHL’s Pacific Division. The Bulls lost the first to Ontario 4-1, and won the second against Stockton in a shootout 6-5. The loss was a big let down after the team had competed so effectively against Ontario the weekend before. Continue reading

SF Bulls Make 4 Goal Comeback Against Stockton Thunder


(Originally published at Sports Radio Service)

SAN FRANCISCO-Saturday, the San Francisco Bulls came back from a three-goal deficit to defeat the Stockton Thunder in a shootout. It was the third meeting of the season for the two teams. The first period ended tied at one, the second period ended 4-2. The teams went to a shootout tied at five goals apiece. Two of the Bulls’ goals were scored by Steven Tarasuk, his first two goals of the season. Also, there were teddy bears, lots of teddy bears tossed on the ice. 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 Drown Out the Thunder 7-2

For the first time this season, the San Francisco Bulls scored seven goals, and won by five.  The victims of this scoring binge were the Stockton Thunder.  One game can make a point.  Two games doesn’t make a pattern, but a line from Sunday’s 4-1 win to Wednesday’s 7-2 win leads to the question: how far can these Bulls go?  The Bulls have scored as many as six goals in a game before, but rarely with such a voracious offensive appetite.   Quite simply, they ran away with the game and looked ready to keep going if the final buzzer hadn’t stopped them.

Wednesday’s game plan was not an ambitious one: survive the first ten minutes and go from there.  In their losses to Stockton, the Bulls were frequently overwhelmed by the Thunder’s quick starts, putting them down by one or two goals before they knew it. No one wants to hear that a team plans to merely survive the first ten minutes of a game, but it was a good plan. Stockton did take an early lead, when Ryan Hayes scored 5:57 into the first. Then, as if they had been waiting for the critical ten minutes to pass, the Bulls went on the attack and finished that first period up by two goals. Kory Falite, Nick Walsh and Peter Sivak all scored in under three minutes. Continue reading

Bulls Break Loose, Beat Wranglers

The San Francisco Bulls were ready to win Sunday.  They had lost three in a row at home, and the night before they lost 6-2 to the Alaska Aces.  Good as the Aces are, the Bulls had never lost by more than three to them.  The Bulls had only beaten Las Vegas once before, and they’d lost by bigger margins to the Wranglers, including a 5-0 shutout.  Las Vegas wouldn’t be a push over, but the Bulls were due for a win and they took it.

In Saturday’s loss to Alaska, the Bulls started well, just as they had in the previous two games.  The Aces scored first, but the Bulls got it back less than two minutes later.  It wasn’t until the last minute of the first period that Alaska took the lead again, on a power play.  By then, the shot clock read 15-6 Aces. Continue reading