New goalie leads Gulls to victory

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SAN DIEGO — Goaltender Ryan Faragher stopped 24 of the 25 shots he faced in his debut with the San Diego Gulls in a 3-1 victory over the Ontario Reign  Saturday night at Ontario.

Faragher was aided by the Gulls killing off all seven of the power-play opportunities for the Reign (11-4-2-0), the Los Angeles Kings American Hockey League affiliate.

The Gulls recalled Faragher Tuesday from the Utah Grizzlies, the Anaheim Ducks ECHL affiliate, when they needed a second goaltender after the Ducks recalled John Gibson from the Gulls.

Faragher played 15 games last season, his first in professional hockey, with the American Hockey League’s Norfolk Admirals, who moved to San Diego, and 24 games with the Grizzlies.

Adrian Kempe spoiled Faragher’s bid for the third shutout of his professional by scoring with seven minutes, eight seconds to play.

The victory was the second straight for the Gulls (11-7-0-1) following a six-game losing streak. They also defeated the Reign, 3-2, Friday night at Valley View Casino Center.

The Gulls’ second-oldest player, 34-year-old Tim Jackman, opened the scoring with a short-handed goal 4:55 into the first period. The goal was Jackman’s first during his nine games with the Gulls after being assigned to them on Nov. 3 by the Ducks, their NHL parent team.

The Gulls increased their lead to 2-0 on Nic Kerdiles’ power-play goal at 10:20 of the second period.

Antoine Laganiere scored the Gulls’ final goal at 15:35 of the second period before a crowd announced at 9,491 at Citizens Business Bank Arena.

There were three fights, including one between Jackman and Ryan Horvat at the final buzzer. Kerdiles and Nic Dowd fought earlier in the third period.

The first fight was came 2:51 into the first period and involved Brian McGrattan, the Gulls’ oldest player — also 34, but 2 1/2 months older than Jackman — and second-most penalized player with 61 penalty minutes. Stu Bickel leads the team with 68 penalty minutes.

In addition to a five-minute major penalty for fighting, McGrattan also drew a misconduct penalty.

The Gulls will resume their five-game road trip Friday by playing at Bakersfield, the Edmonton Oilers’ AHL affiliate. Their next game at the Valley View Casino Center will be on Dec. 18 against the San Jose Barracuda, the San Jose Sharks AHL affiliate.

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