SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Dean Ouellet powered the Bulls to victory by scoring the first hat-trick in team history as the Bulls defeated the Stockton Thunder, 6-3, Saturday night at the Cow Palace for their fourth consecutive win. Simon Danis-Pepin added two assists and Thomas Heemskerk made 34 saves to earn his fourth straight victory, in front of a crowd of 3,389.
Peter Sivak opened the scoring for the Bulls with his sixth goal of the season at 3:39 of the first period. Marek Viedensky picked up the assist on a no-look pass to his linemate. Stockton had a response however when Justin Maylan scored his eighth goal of the year at 12:17 to tie the game at one. The goal was assisted by Harrison Reed and Mike Little. The Bulls took a one-goal advantage when Andrew Crescenzi scored his professional first goal at 16:45 on a pass from Kris Belan.
The Bulls’ power play continued to show its dominance Saturday night as Ouellet scored his eighth goal of the season on the man-advantage. Danis-Pepin earned the assist at 6:06 of the second period. Ouellet was not finished in the period as he scored again at 8:32, assisted by Belan and captain Justin Bowers. Stockton brought the Bulls advantage back to two when Jesse Fratkin scored his first goal of the season at 12:12, assisted by Ryan Constant and Matt Reber.
In the third period, Ouellet scored his hat trick goal on the power play at 12:28 of the third period. The goal put the Bulls up 5-2, and was assisted by Sacha Guimond and Danis-Pepin. Stockton answered back at 16:33 on Eric Hunter’s fourth goal of the season, assisted by Maylan and Dan Ringwald. Stockton pulled their goalie late in the game for an extra attacker. The Bulls were able to convert on the empty net situation as Jordan Morrison scored his fifth goal of the season at 18:31 with an assist to Crescenzi.
Bulletins: Justin Bowers extended his point streak to a season-high seven games (1 goal, 7 assist)…Peter Sivak extended his point streak to six games (3 goal, 7 assist) and goal streak to four games…Dean Ouellet has a team-leading 10 goals on the season…The Bulls went 2-for-4 on the power play. They are 7-for-12 on the man-advantage over the past three games.
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