SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Defenseman Jamie Drysdale became the youngest player to score a goal in the San Diego Gulls’ 274 American Hockey League games and assisted on Sam Carrick’s go-ahead goal in a 4-3 victory over the Bakersfield Condors Saturday evening.
The 18-year-old Drysdale scored his first professional goal on a breakaway 13 minutes, 42 seconds into the first period off assists by Alex Dostie and Jeremy Roy, giving the Gulls a 2-1 lead. Drysdale was selected by the Gulls’ NHL parent team, the Anaheim Ducks, with the sixth choice in the 2020 NHL draft.
Bakersfield tied the score, 2-2, at 2:14 of the second period when Cooper Marody chipped a shot over sliding Gulls goaltender Lukas Dostal.
The Gulls regained the lead for good 90 seconds later when Carrick deflected a wrist shot by Trevor Zegras past Condors goaltender Oliver Rodrigue for his first goal of the season and 157th point in 191 games with the Gulls over five seasons, tying Corey Tropp for the team record. Carrick’s 72 goals are the team record.
The Gulls increased their lead to 4-2 on Zegras’ power-play goal at 7:15 of the second period, off assists by Kodie Curran and Andrew Poturalski. It was the Gulls’ only goal on their four power-play opportunities.
Bakersfield pulled to within a goal when rookie defenseman Theodor Lennstrom scored with 15:36 to play in the third period.
Condors coach Jay Woodcroft pulled Rodrigue for a sixth attacker with about one minute to play, but the Edmonton Oilers’ AHL affiliate was not able to re-tie the score at FivePoint Arena at Great Park Ice in Irvine, the Gulls home for the 2020-21 season.
Bakersfield, which lost to the Gulls 4-1 in Friday’s season opener, opened the scoring Saturday 1:35 into play on Seth Griffin’s goal. The Gulls tied the score on Chase De Leo’s second goal of the young season at 12:29 of the first period.
The Gulls were outshot, 43-24, including 15-6 in the third period.
Dostal (2-0-0-0) made 40 saves. Rodrigue (0-2-0-0) made 20.
The Gulls killed off all four of Bakersfield’s power-play opportunities, including two in the final 9:56 as the Condors were attempting to re-tie the score.
“You’ll often hear that you need your goaltender to be your best penalty killer. Tonight, we had that,” Gulls assistant coach Sylvain Lefebvre said.
The Gulls’ 2-0-0-0 home record matches their best start to a season at home since 2015-16, their inaugural season in the AHL.
The Gulls are playing at FivePoint Arena at Great Park Ice to fulfill the Ducks’ desire to have all players in their organization in one location under the same health protocols. Like all professional sports events in California, fans are not permitted to attend.
Friday’s game was the Gulls’ first since March 11. They are scheduled to play 44 regular-season games, 24 less than usual. The AHL season customarily begins in early October.
FOX 5 will livestream the Gulls’ Feb. 14 game against the Colorado Eagles on air and online.