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||Gulls exit Playoffs
In the Bantam B SCAHA Playoffs in Oxnard, the Gulls lost the opening game 5-2 to the Pasadena Maple Leafs. The game was much closer than the score looks with the Leafs scoring an empty net goal. The Gulls were overmatched in game two with the Oxnard Riptide running away with a 9-1 win.
Game three was a thrilling 2-2 tie against the Ventura Mariners. The Gulls scored what appeared to be the game winner at the end of the third period. But the goal was negated by a quick whistle when the ref got hit in the face with a high stick. The Gulls season series with the Mariners ended 0-0-3.
||Gulls top SDIA 4-3
Two weeks ago the Bantam B Gulls played in an A tournament in Santa Rosa. Despite losing all 4 games, the Gulls learned a lot against stiffer competition.
Last week, the Gulls beat the Ontario Eagles 4-2 in a game where they led from start to finish.
Yesterday, the Gulls beat the SDIA Oilers after falling behind 2-0 in the first period. Two quick goals by the Gulls tied the game in the second period. After trailing 3-2, the Gulls rallied for two unanswered goals to secure a 4-3 win.
We are the 6th seed in the SCAHA playoffs next week in Oxnard.
||Gulls top Wolves 5-4
The Bantam B Gulls secured a SCAHA playoff berth with a 5-4 road win over the West Valley Wolves. In a game where they never trailed, the Gulls built a 5-2 lead. However, the Wolves battled back to make it close in the end.
||Express beats Gulls 5-1
Yesterday, the undefeated Valencia Express beat the Bantam B Gulls 5-1. In the upcoming weekend, the Gulls will travel to Santa Rosa to play in the 2008 Wine Country Face-Off. The Express are also playing in the Santa Rosa tournament, so it should be a great test for the Gulls as we prepare for the SCAHA playoffs.
||Gulls place second in MLK
It was a hockey-filled weekend with the MLK tournament and a SCAHA road game in Pasadena. In Pasadena on Saturday, the Gulls lost 8-4 to the high-scoring Maple Leafs. After the MLK qualifying round, the Gulls were the #1 seed after beating the Sharks 3-2, tying the Ozzie Bears (Arizona) 0-0, and beating the Foothill Flyers (Colorado) 3-2.
In the championship game, the Gulls came out a bit flat and the Flyers jumped out to a 3-0 lead. The Gulls fought hard, but with 5 minutes remaining the score was still 3-0. Finally, the Gulls answered with a power play goal. With the goalie pulled, the Gulls scored again to make it 3-2. Then, despite several quality shots in the remaining minute, we just couldn't get that last one to send it to overtime.
||Lightning beats Gulls 8-3
The Gulls traveled to KHS to play the Beach City Lightning. The first two periods were a see-saw game. The Lightning scored on their first shift to stake a 1-0 lead. But the Gulls battled back to take a 2-1 lead. The Lightning returned the favor to lead 3-2, however the Gulls answered immediately to tie the game. Then, came the third period. Despite having the stingiest defense in the division, the Gulls surrendered 5 unanswered goals.
||Gulls tie Mariners 3-3
For the second time this season the Gulls and Mariners skated to a 3-3 tie. The Mariners got on the board early with two first period goals, but the Gulls battled back to tie the score at 2-2. Early in the third period, the Mariners went ahead on a penalty shot goal. However, the Gulls answered with a power play goal.
In the first period, Bubba Renner left the game with a shoulder injury that was later diagnosed as a broken collar bone. He is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. The Gulls are also without Diego Guerrera who sustained a broken arm during the holidays. Fortunately, Brent Acomb is almost 100% after missing 5 weeks with a separated shoulder.
||Riptide beats Gulls 6-1
The Bantam B Gulls traveled to Oxnard to play the second place Riptide. We hung in the game for 2 periods, but the Riptide broke the game open in the third with 3 unanswered goals. Goaltending and team defense was strong, but our scoring struggles continue with only 3 goals in our past 4 league games.
||SDIA beats Gulls 3-0
The Bantam B Gulls had a couple of tough games over the past two weeks. Last week, the Gulls dominated the Ontario Eagles, outshooting them 4-1. But a late third period goal gave the Eagles a 2-2 tie. This week, we played the SDIA Oilers at home and lost 3-0. The game was fairly even but the we had trouble finishing on our opportunites. Next week, we play the Riptide in Oxnard.
||Gulls go 2-2 in Thanksgiving Tournament
This year, the Bantam B Gulls played in the Bantam Open division - a mix of Bantam A, Bantam B, and PeeWee AA teams. Our first game was a 4-3 victory over cross-town rival SDIA Bantam B. Our next game was a resounding 7-0 victory over the West Valley Bantam B Wolves with the Gulls posting over 50 shots on goal. Then we stumbled in game 3 against the Bantam A Burbank Bears, losing 3-1. Our final game was a 6-0 loss to the Bantam A Lady Ducks. Last, but not least, we'd like to thank everyone who generously participated in our silent auction, raffles, and bake sale. Until you've had a Troyer cookie, your hockey life will never really be complete.
||Express beats Gulls 4-0
The Gulls traveled to Valencia to play the first place Express on Saturday at 8:30pm. Despite the long commute, the Gulls came out strong with the first period ending in a 0-0 tie. The tight defensive struggle continued through the second period with the Express scoring a lone short-handed goal. Eventually, the Express prevailed with two goals in the third period. The final goal was an empty netter at the 5 minute mark as the Gulls tried to capitalize on a power play.
||Gulls beat Wolves 5-4
In a closely contested road game, the Gulls posted their third straight victory with a 5-4 defeat of the West Valley Wolves. The Gulls got on the board first with two quick goals. Then, the Wolves tied the score with two goals of their own. However, the Gulls answered with their third goal of the game and held the lead until the final whistle. On the previous Saturday, Mark Crawford and the Kings coaches led the Gulls through a vigorous practice that was taped by the KNBC crew for the evening news. Kudos to David Reich whose interview (and black eye) made for must-see TV.
||Gulls top Selects 3-1
The Gulls topped the Lady Selects 3-1 in an exhibition game at Escondido. Earlier that week in practice, the Gulls worked very hard on our weaknesses -- the transition game and regrouping. On Halloween, the entire team showed up for an intense Wednesday practice and that level of committment was reflected in our game play. On Sunday, we looked like a different team -- moving the puck through the neutral zone as an entire unit. Wins are always good, but when a team finally buys in to the *system* as an entire unit and applies that with enthusiasm for a full 45 minutes... well, that is special. Next Saturday our team will be practicing at the Staples Center in a private session run by the L.A. Kings coaching staff. Life is good.
||Gulls top Maple Leafs 8-1
The Gulls notched their first victory of the season with a decisive 8-1 win over the Pasadena Maple Leafs. After a close first period, the Gulls superior conditioning was apparent as we took over the game in the second period. After starting the season 0-2-1, the win gives the Gulls a much-needed boost of confidence.
||Lightning beats Gulls 3-1
Once again the Bantam B Gulls had a strong showing on the ice, but not the scoreboard. Despite outshooting the Beach City Lightning 36 to 19 and dominating the flow of the game, the Gulls just couldn't light the lamp. After falling behind 2-0, we rallied with a third period goal before losing 3-1.
||Gulls tie Mariners 3-3
Ventura opened the scoring in the very first minute, but the Gulls responded in the second period with a power play goal. Ventura answered with two quick goals for a 3-1 score after two periods. In the third period, the Gulls turned up the heat and scored two goals to even the score at 3-3. The last five minutes was fast and furious with great chances and great goaltending by both sides.
||Riptide beats Gulls 5-2
Gulls travel to Oxnard to play the Channel Island Riptide. The Riptide opened the scoring at 1-0. The Gulls fought back to tie the game, before giving up a second goal with 20 seconds remaining in the first period. The Riptide built up a 4-1 lead when the Gulls answered with their second goal. Momentum swung to the Gulls in the third period before the Riptide scored at the end to make the final, 5-2.
||Ontario beats Gulls 9-2
For the second week in a row, the Bantam B Gulls suffered a frustrating loss where the score did not reflect the level of play. Despite registering 9 penalties to Ontario's 2, the Gulls out shot the Eagles.
||SDIA beats Gulls 1-0
After beating SDIA 2-1 last week the boys came out a bit slow Sunday morning. SDIA seemed to want revenge and peppered Max quite often in the first period. After SDIA scored an early goal, the kids woke up and played strong the rest of the game. There was nervousness on both teams with the boys from each team being so familiar with each other. With a strong effort in the second and third period we could only manage a few rung posts. The boys seemed upbeat after the game as they headed over to the north rink for the team picture.
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