Gulls fall to Silver Knights in third straight loss in Las Vegas

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) – The San Diego Gulls were held scoreless for the final 28 minutes, 58 seconds Saturday in a 4-2 loss to the Henderson Silver Knights in Paradise, Nevada, their fourth loss in four road games.

The Gulls took a 2-1 lead with 8:58 left in the second period when right wing Bryce Kindopp tapped in a pass from Sam Carrick for his second goal of the season. He also scored in Wednesday’s 4-2 loss to the Silver Knights, the Las Vegas Golden Knights’ American Hockey League affiliate.

The Gulls were not credited with another shot after Kindopp’s goal until Chase De Leo’s shot 47 seconds into the third period. Henderson took the final 13 shots of the second period, including Dylan Sikura scoring off Pavel Dorofeyev’s backdoor pass with 6:02 remaining in the period.

The Silver Knights took the lead for good with 14:43 left in the third period with defenseman Jake McLaughlin took a pass from behind the Gulls’ net by Gage Quinney and put a shot just under the crossbar for his second goal of the season.

Gulls coach Kevin Dineen pulled goaltender Jeff Glass with about one minute to play. Quinney scored an empty-net goal with 11 seconds to play as Henderson won its fourth consecutive game, including three home victories over the Gulls, improving their record to a league-best 8-1-0-0.

“We have to stay out of the penalty box,” said De Leo, who assisted on both Gulls’ goals. “When we get on the penalty kill, there are some guys not killing penalties so they’re sitting on the bench for longer periods of time and it’s harder for them to get going.”

The Gulls (7-4-0-0) were called for seven minor penalties, leaving them shorthanded six times, including for six minutes in the opening 11:22. The Gulls killed off all of the Silver Knights’ power-play opportunities.

The Gulls were outshot 38-33, including 10-5 in the first period and 18-13 in the second.

“I felt like we had some good opportunities but missed a lot because there were a lot of pucks laying in front pf the net that we didn’t take advantage of those,” Dineen said. “It’s an area that we’ve got to continue to harp on and work on. When those pucks get to the net, good things tend to follow.”

Gulls 35-year-old goaltender Jeff Glass made 34 saves in his first start of the season, including stopping Kaedan Korczak on a breakaway in the second period.

“I thought Jeff Glass was probably our best player tonight,” De Leo said. “It says a lot about him. It’s pretty awesome that we can roll him out to be a brick for us back there and make some huge saves.”

Henderson opened the scoring 15:57 into the first period when Dorofeyev split two Gulls defenders and put a backhanded shot past Glass. The Gulls tied the score with eight seconds left in the first period when Andrew Agozzino chipped a loose puck in front of the net past Silver Knights goaltender Oscar Dansk for their lone power-play goal in six opportunities.

“I think our power play has won us some games this year but we didn’t get enough impact out of them to make a difference in these games,” said Dineen, whose team scored on one of seven power-play opportunities in Friday’s 3-2 loss to Henderson. “A good lesson-learning weekend but a painful one for us.”

Dansk (3-0-0-0) made 31 saves, including stopping all 15 shots he faced in the third period.

The Silver Knights are playing at the Orleans Arena at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in the 2020-21 season as their permanent home, the Henderson Event Center, is under construction. This is the team’s first season in Nevada following its move from San Antonio.

The Gulls are scheduled to get their fifth chance to record their first road victory of the coronavirus-delayed and shortened 2020-21 season Wednesday in a game against the Ontario Reign in El Segundo.

The Reign are playing their home games at the Toyota Sports Performance Center, the practice facility of their NHL parent team, the Los Angeles Kings, in an attempt to reduce the possibility of spreading the coronavirus.

The Gulls are 0-3-0-0 since their NHL parent team, the Anaheim Ducks, recalled center Trevor Zegras, last Sunday. Zegras shared the AHL scoring lead when he was recalled with nine points on four goals and five assists.

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