SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – The San Francisco Bulls (12-17-1-4) were defeated by the Colorado Eagles (17-14-1-2), 2-1, in a shootout, Wednesday night at the Cow Palace. Torrey Mitchell scored the only goal in regulation for the Bulls in his return to the Bay Area. Filling in for the injured Thomas Heemskerk, Taylor Nelson was spectacular for the Bulls making 34 saves.
Mitchell made his presence known early in the game when he scored his first goal in a San Francisco sweater with 9:14 remaining in the first period. A strange play led to the puck bouncing into the air and over the shoulder of Adam Brown. Justin Bowers and Dean Ouellet picked up the assists.
Colorado found the equalizer at 4:49 of the second period. Devin DiDiomete got the puck past Nelson for his second goal of the season. The goal was assisted by Isaac Smeltzer and Teegan Moore.
The teams skated hard in the third period to try to find a winning goal, but Nelson and Brown stood tall for their respective teams.
After a scoreless overtime the game proceeded to a shootout where Colorado won in the eighth round on a Steve Haddon goal. Peter Sivak scored the only goal in the shootout for the Bulls.
The Bulls return to action on Friday at 7:15 pm to take on the Eagles at the Cow Palace. It’s Country Western Night at the Cow Palace. The first 1,000 fans, 18 and over, receive a Bulls Foam Cowboy Hat, presented by the San Francisco Examiner. Line dance with the Cow Belles, take a photo with a live bull and watch a Rocky Mountain Oyster Eating Competition. It’s also Hockey Bingo Friday. Receive a Bingo card and watch the game to see if your spots get filled to win prizes.
- Adam Brown (COL)
- Taylor Nelson (SF)
- Torrey Mitchell (SF)
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Bulletins: The Bulls out-shot the Eagles 42-35…The Bulls are 0-4-0-1 against the Eagles this season…The Bulls are 11-3-1-1 when scoring first…Torrey Mitchell played the past five seasons for the San Jose Sharks.
SF Bulls Season Tickets start at less than $12 per seat and include the first four games of the Kelly Cup Playoffs, savings on parking, and special invitations to “Meet The Team” and Chalk Talk Events. Individual tickets are now on sale. Click here to find out more or call 415-469-9843.
About the ECHL
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/