After a hard fought Saturday night game, the San Francisco Bulls lost in a Shootout to the Bakersfield Condors, 2-1. Even though it was a loss, it was one of the team’s most exciting games. Defense was strong and the entire team played one of their best games.
Bakersfield scored a goal in the 1st Period and led 1-0 until the 3rd Period when Team Captain Justin Bowers got the only Bulls goal. Dean Ouellett of the Bulls hurt his shoulder in the 2nd Period but was back skating in the 3rd, fortunately.
Friday night’s game was even better. I was only able to catch the end of the game, as it was the same night as the San Francisco Giants’ Game 5. I couldn’t miss watching that, of course, which we won 5-0 against the dreaded St. Louis Cardinals. I got home early enough to catch the end of the Bulls game, with the team winning 5-3. This was also the Bulls first ever Road Victory!
The Bulls have finished three games into a nine-game road trip, the longest of the year. They’ll be making this trip every year due to the Grand Nationals which happen in October at the Cow Palace. It’s one of the biggest rodeos in the country. I remember going to it every year with my dad and having a great time.
If there is one part of the game the team has to work on, it’s Shootouts. There have been only been two, I realize, but they have lost both. It will be a huge milestone for the team to win one. The fact that they are able to keep games tied and into Overtimes and then into Shootouts is a very positive sign.
The online broadcast was much better than previously. It was near-perfect. The volume was high enough. The only complain I have is throughout the game there was a sharp tapping sound that was a bit disruptive. I don’t know what it was, but hopefully, the technical team can smooth it out in time for the next broadcast.
The next game for the team is in Alaska against the Aces. Starting time is 8:00pm. The team will be practicing at Yerba Buena Ice during the upcoming week, but I don’t see the schedule on the Bulls website, so give the team office a call for practice times. Regular practice sessions are free and open to the public.