BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Helped out by two third-period goals by center Jordan Morrison, the San Francisco Bulls earned their first road victory in team history, 5-3 over the Bakersfield Condors, Friday night at Rabobank Arena. Dean Ouellet produced three points, including two goals to pace the offense.
The Bulls got things started on a delayed power play in the first period. Justin Bowers notched his third goal of the season with 2:57 left in the opening frame. But the Condors evened things up on Levi Nelson’s tally with 46.3 seconds left in the opening frame. The Condors out-shot the Bulls 13-9 in the first period.
In the second period, Bowers teamed up again with Ouellet to put the Bulls on top 2-1. Bowers feathered a pass to Ouellet, who slipped a backhand shot by Brian Stewart at 8:24 of the second period. The Condors led 25 to 19 in shots through 40 minutes.
The Condors tied the game up just 58 seconds into the third period on Parker Stanfield’s third of the season. The Bulls then struck twice in the span of 2:25 to regain the lead. Morrison jammed home a rebound in front at 6:35 for his first in a Bulls uniform. Then, Ouellet scored off of a rebound at the 9:00 mark for a 4-2 lead. Brett Perlini cut the Condors deficit to 4-3 with 7:42 remaining in regulation. Morrison put the Bulls back on top with 2:49 left in the third period, after finishing a well-designed two-on-one with Keaton Turkiewicz. Thomas Heemskerk did the rest, turning aside a total of 32 shots for his first victory with the Bulls.
The Bulls next play the Condors in Bakersfield on Saturday night at 7 pm. Catch all of the action live on KNBR.com and on America One Sports. On Friday, November 9, the Bulls return home to face the Stockton Thunder at 7:15 pm at the Cow Palace. Visit sfbulls.com/tickets or call 855-SF-BULLS to get your tickets today.
BULLETINS: Keaton Turkiewicz made his Bulls and pro debut. He produced his first two professional points…Justin Bowers remains the league-leading scorer with nine points (3g, 6a) in four games…Dean Ouellet (1st) and Jordan Clendenning (2nd) are atop the ECHL rookie leaderboard.
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The ECHL began in 1988-89 with five teams in four states. Today, the league has 23 teams in 16 states. The ECHL celebrates its 25th Anniversary in 2012-13 and is the third-longest tenured professional hockey league behind only the National Hockey League and the American Hockey League. The ECHL has had 234 players reach the NHL over the last seven seasons. It’s the primary developmental league for the NHL and the AHL. On opening day of the 2011-12 season, 83 former ECHL players were on NHL rosters. The ECHL teams are divided into the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference. All teams play a 72-game schedule. For more information please visit http://www.echl.com/