San Francisco Bulls Get the Win in the Long Awaited Home Opener
By Joe Lami
A month long wait for the Bulls to play a regular season game at the Cow Palace is finally over, with Friday night’s win over the Bakersfield Condors. The October road trip was a tough one for the Bulls, as they went 2-5-1. Though the Bulls opened the season with a win against Alaska, the same team to knock them out of the Kelly Cup Playoffs in the first round last year, the Bulls started to struggle only winning one of the next seven. San Francisco was excited to come home to play a winless Condors team, who was 0-6-1 entering Friday nights contest, with the worst record in the ECHL.
The Bulls pulled out in front first after Dean Ouellet opened the scoring at 8:29 of the first period, notching his first of the season. On a side note Ouellet has scored first in both home openers for San Francisco. Picking up the assists on Ouellet’s mark was Riley Brace, his first point of the season in his second game for San Francisco, and alternate captain Dylan King. The score going into the first intermission was 1-0 San Francisco.
It didn’t take long into the second period for San Francisco to notch another as Kyle Biggos netted his first of the year on a big slapper from the point at 1:12. The second period would not see another one until Wes Cunningham brought the score back to 2-1 late in the second period.
The third period was an eventful one, though no goals were scored. Bakersfield out shot the Bulls 10-8 in back and forth action. Tyler Beskorowany stood on his head making 35 saves out 36 shots earning him the second star of the game. With the win San Francisco ups their record to 3-5-1 for a total of seven points, and Bakersfield falls to 0-7-1.
The Bulls travel to their arch-rival the Stockton Thunder on Monday for a scheduled puck drop of 5:00pm. San Francisco will then return home for a Friday, Saturday and Sunday series next weekend.