The San Diego Gulls overcame a third-period deficit for the second consecutive game to earn a standings point, but were again unable to record a victory, losing to the Tucson Roadrunners, 4-3, in overtime Sunday evening at Valley View Casino Center.
Kalle Kossila tied the score with nine minutes, 12 seconds to play in the third period with his second goal of the and third in two games with the Gulls after being loaned to them Thursday by their NHL parent team, the Anaheim Ducks.
Kossila had been on injured reserve with the Ducks because of a hip injury.
Neither team scored in the remainder of regulation, guaranteeing each team at least one standings point. American Hockey League teams receive one point for a loss in overtime or a shootout and two points for any type of victory.
Overtime in the AHL is played with three skaters per team, two fewer than normal. The Roadrunners were able to play with an additional skater after Gulls right wing Corey Tropp was called for slashing 2:05 into overtime.
Tropp also received a 10-minute misconduct for unsportsmanlike conduct, which did not effect the number of skaters per team.
The Gulls were able to kill the penalty, but Tucson scored 38.7 seconds after the expiration of the penalty when David Ullstrom put a backhanded chip shot past Gulls goaltender Jared Coreau with 15.3 seconds remaining in the five-minute overtime for his second goal of the game and third in four games with the Roadrunners.
Kossila opened the scoring 1:31 into the second period on an uncontested shot from the top of the faceoff circle for a power-play goal before a crowd announced at 7,080.
Tucson (6-1-0-1) tied the score at 11:19 of the second period on Ullstrom*s wrist shot from in front of the net.
The Gulls (3-2-1-1) regained the lead 3:55 later on Ben Thomson*s goal. The Roadrunners re-tied the score with 18 seconds left in the period when Mario Kempe put a slap shot from the point past Coreau for a power-play goal.
Tucson took its first lead with 12:21 left in regulation when defenseman Jordan Gross scored on a wrist shot for the first goal of his eight- game professional career.
The Roadrunners have won six consecutive games against the Gulls since April, three this season and three last season.
The Gulls were outshot, 51-32, including a 17-10 disadvantage in the third period and 6-1 in overtime. The 51 shots were the second-most the Gulls have allowed in their four seasons in the AHL, behind only the 55 in a 5-2 victory over Ontario Feb. 18.
Coreau (2-1-1-1) made 47 saves. Hunter Miska (3-1-0-1) made 29 saves for Tucson, the Arizona Coyotes’ AHL affiliate.
The Gulls scored on one of four power-play opportunities and killed two of the Roadrunners three.
The Gulls will resume play next Saturday at Ontario.
— City News Service