San Diego Gulls lose their second pre-season game Tucson Roadrunners

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The San Diego Gulls were held scoreless on four power plays, including a 78-second two-man advantage in the first period, and Hunter Miska stopped all 26 shots in a 2-0 loss to the Tucson Roadrunners in a preseason game tonight at Valley View Casino Center.

Defenseman Kyle Wood put a shot from the point past Kevin Boyle seven minutes, 12 seconds into the first period to open the scoring. Former Gull Zac Larraza put a shot through the legs of Angus Redmond on a breakaway with 49 seconds left for the second goal.

"It was a hard game, with so many penalties,” Gulls coach Dallas Eakins said. "It seemed for the first half of the game we killed penalties and in the second half of the game we worked on our power play. It was quite evident we haven’t had those power play units together at all yet. That will be something we start focusing on moving forward.”

The Gulls (0-1-0-1) killed all six power-play opportunities by Tucson (1-1-0-0).

"The PK was pretty good I thought,” Gulls center Sam Carrick said, referring to the team’s penalty killing. "We wanted to be aggressive. We knew if we were going to make mistakes, we wanted them to be aggressive mistakes.”

Boyle stopped 13 of the 14 shots he faced in the opening 34:49. He was assigned to the Gulls earlier Saturday by their NHL parent team, the Anaheim Ducks. Redmond stopped 13 of the 14 shots he faced in 24:36.

In his first appearance with the Gulls, left wing Mike Liambas checked rookie center Lane Pederson into the bench boards, drawing a five-minute major boarding penalty and a game misconduct.

The 20-year-old Pederson was sidelined for the rest of the game. He was playing in his first game for the Roadrunners, six days after being assigned to the team by its NHL parent team, the Arizona Coyotes.

Jens Looke assisted on both goals. Emerson Etem, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in the only game he played for the Gulls last season,
assisted on the second.

The Gulls will conclude their three-game preseason schedule Monday by facing the Ontario Reign, the Los Angeles Kings AHL affiliate, at Honda Center
in Anaheim.

The Gulls will open the regular season next Saturday at Tucson. Their home opener will be on Oct. 13 against the Texas Stars, the Dallas Stars’ AHL affiliate, at the Valley View Casino Center.

Categories: Local San Diego News