Kevin Roy had a goal and two assists during a four- goal first period as the San Diego Gulls continued their dominance of the San Antonio Rampage with a 5-3 victory Saturday evening in San Antonio.
Roy gave the Gulls the lead for good when he scored off an assist by Escondido native Austin Ortega at 13 minutes, two seconds into the first period.
Roy assisted on Sam Carrick’s power-play goal at 16:46 and Deven Sideroff’s first professional goal with 14 seconds left in the period.
Rookie center Julius Nattinen opened the scoring for the Gulls for the second consecutive game, putting a rebound of Jeff Schultz’s shot from the left point past Martin Spencer 54 seconds into play for his second professional goal.
The Rampage (6-2-0-0) tied the score on Samuel Blais’ power-play goal at 10:37.
Gulls defenseman Andy Welinski scored the lone goal of the second period on the power play 15:11 into the period.
Felix Girard and Brady Shaw scored for San Antonio in the third period before a crowd at AT&T Center announced at 5,220.
The Gulls (4-3-1-0) killed seven of the Rampage’s eight power-play opportunities and scored on two of their seven.
The Gulls were out-shot, 30-20, including 11-0 in the third period.
Leland Irving stopped 27 of 30 shots in his second start and first victory for the Gulls, the Anaheim Ducks American Hockey League affiliate.
Spencer stopped 15 of the 20 shots he faced in the first two periods. He was replaced by Joe Cannata at the start of the third period, who did not face a shot in 18:33 of play.
The victory improved the Gulls record against San Antonio to 10-1-0-0, including 6-0-0-0 at AT&T Center.
The loss ended a five-game winning streak for the Rampage, the Colorado Avalanche’s AHL affiliate, which entered Saturday’s play sharing the league’s best record with the Providence Bruins.
The Gulls will next play Friday at the Valley View Casino Center against the Ontario Reign, the Los Angeles Kings AHL affiliate.
— City News Service