La Mirada native Chase De Leo scored twice in the second period as the San Diego Gulls defeated the Bakersfield Condors, 4-1, in their debut at their temporary home, the FivePoint Arena at Great Park Ice in Irvine.
The American Hockey League team is playing at the area to fulfill the Anaheim Ducks’ desire to have all players in the organization in one location under the same health protocols.
The Gulls are the Ducks’ AHL affiliate.
Lukas Dostal stopped 29 of 30 shots in his official game in the Ducks’ organization. They selected the native of the Czech Republic in the third round of the 2018 NHL draft, the 85th overall selection.
Beginning his third season with the Gulls and sixth in the AHL, De Leo put in the rebound of his own shot five minutes, seven seconds into the second period then scored again 11:15 into the period off assists by Trevor Zegras and Simon Benoit.
In his Gulls’ debut, defenseman Kodie Curran put a shot from the right faceoff circle past Bakersfield goaltender Oliver Rodrigue at 15:00 of the second period off assists by Zegras and De Leo, increasing their lead to 3-1.
The 31-year-old Canadian was signed by the Ducks as a free agent June 1 after playing the past two season with Rogle BK of the Swedish Hockey League.
Gulls right wing Matt Lorito scored the third period’s lone goal, redirecting Jacob Perreault’s pass from the right faceoff circle into the net with 13:16 to play. Antoine Moreland was also credited with an assist.
The Condors opened the scoring 4:56 into the first period when Devin Brosseau tipped in a shot from just inside the blue line by defenseman Theodor Lennstrom.
The Gulls led 31-30 in shots, including a 17-6 advantage in the second period.
The Gulls killed off Bakersfield’s only power-play opportunity. The Gulls were scoreless on their three power plays.
Rodrigue made 27 saves for the Condors, the Edmonton Oilers’ AHL affiliate.
This was the first night there were two regular-season professional hockey games in Orange County. The Ducks lost to the San Jose Sharks, 5-4, in a shootout at Honda Center.
The game was the Gulls’ first since March 11.
The Gulls will face Bakersfield again Saturday, also at the FivePoint Arena at Great Park Ice.
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