This was more than just a hockey game. It was a statement. It was a statement not only to the Las Vegas Wranglers, not only to the fans, but to the players themselves. And that statement is The Bulls are serious and they’re here to play AND win!
This was one of those games that will be remembered long after the season ends. Long after I’ve forgotten what the plonk of skates on ice is like, long after the chill of the inside of the Barn wears off. It was a momentous afternoon.
Radio Disney blasted kid-type tunes to the awaiting smiles outside the doors and we made our way, sleepy eyed from turning our clocks ahead one hour. It’s amazing how much one hour makes a difference, but it does. I got a cup of the Barn’s coffee, which isn’t too terrible and that helped.
The Bulls beat the Wranglers 4-1. With the exception of the first half of the First Period, San Francisco dominated the entire game. Captain Scott Langdon got the Bulls in gear by engaging in a great fight between a Wranglers member early on during the First. Christian Ouellet scored the tying Bulls goal and from then on, it was Bulls all the way.
Yanni Gourde, Peter Sivak and Tristan King scored the remaining goals for the Bulls. Taylor Nelson did a spectacular job at the net. He was brilliant the entire contest, as if he was cued in to just where the Wranglers were going to shoot the goal.
At one point, Dean Ouellet was so angry or broke his stick on the ice and damaged the door to the Bulls bench. Why he was angry is anyone’s guess. I’m thinking it was probably because the Wranglers were double-teaming him the entire game, or maybe because he’s been in a scoring slump, or maybe that he was slashed and it wasn’t called. Or it could be all of the above. All this did was energize the Bulls even more. And then they played faster, better, more aggressive.
Every team member played well. After talking to many fans, I’ve heard nothing but positives about all the Bulls players on the ice today. Simon Danis-Pepin is using his size more, Dylan King was a beast at defense as always, Kory Falite was awesome moving that puck up the ice and what can be said about our Roadrunner Yanni Gourde? He’s got the moves.
This was the prescription the doctor ordered. Thank you, Hockey Gods, you have been most merciful to the Bulls today.
Heads up to the music dude…you might want to think about switching the tunes around a little. You use the Stockton Thunder’s theme song AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” a bit too much. When the Thunder visit March 22 and 23, this song should not be used at all.
Next game the Bulls take on the Stockton Thunder in Stockton. Listen at knbr.com
Also Bulls Weekly at Pedro’s is this Thursday. BE THERE!!!
Next home game is Saturday, March 16th against the Utah Grizzlies. Sunday they’ll also play Utah. This will be a great time to see the recently traded Bulls members like Alex Tuckerman.