Gulls defeat Roadrunners extend win streak to 7
SAN DIEGO — Kenny Ryan had a goal and an assist in his season debut with the San Diego Gulls and Dustin Tokarski stopped 19 of 20 shots in a 5-1 victory Wednesday over the Pacific Division-leading Tucson Roadrunners at the Valley View Casino Center.
Kalle Kossila, Antoine Laganiere and Scott Sabourin also had a goal and an assist as the Gulls extended their winning streak to seven games, the longest in their two seasons in the American Hockey League.
Ryan was signed to a professional tryout agreement on Tuesday, returning him to the team he played for in 41 games last season, scoring six goals. Ryan had played 18 games with the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones this season, with six goals and seven assists.
Ryan’s goal on a wrist shot 13 minutes, 19 seconds into the second period increased the Gulls lead to 3-1. He assisted on Sabourin’s goal 13:18 into the first period that tied the score, 1-1.
Laganiere’s power-play goal with 4:01 left in the second period off assists by Nick Sorensen and Kossila gave the Gulls a 4-1 lead before a crowd announced at 5,555.
Kossila took a pass from Sorensen in the slot and put a snap shot past Tucson goaltender Adin Hill with 7:02 to play for the lone goal of the third period.
Rookie center Kevin Roy scored his team-leading eighth goal of the season at 16:22 of the first period when the Gulls (9-5-1-0) were on the power play.
The Roadrunners, the Arizona Coyotes’ AHL affiliate, opened the scoring 11:32 into the game when a shot from the point by Zbynek Michalek deflected off teammate Matia Maracantouni’s skate onto the stick of Conor Garland.
The Gulls killed all four of Tucson’s power-play opportunities. The Gulls have killed 26 of 29 penalties during the seven-game winning streak, 89.7 percent.
The Gulls, the Anaheim Ducks AHL affiliate, scored on two of their four power-play opportunities.
Hill stopped 24 of 29 shots for the Roadrunners (9-3-2-0).
The Gulls will next play Friday at Stockton, the Calgary Flames AHL affiliate. Their next game at Valley View Casino Center will be Dec. 6 against the Bakersfield Condors, the Edmonton Oilers AHL affiliate.