Linus Ullmark allows shootout goal off back of head (Video)

Game are beginning to wind down as we near the All-Star Weekend so we look to the AHL for some entertainment.

After regulation and overtime the Toronto Marlies and the Rochester Americans remained tied at 1-1.

In the first three rounds of the shootout, all six skaters could not convert. Rochester’s Daniel Muzito-Bagenda scored first in the fourth round and Kerby Rychel answered. Two more rounds and four more skaters did not score.

In the seventh round, Vaclav Karabacek was denied by Marlies goaltender Garrett Sparks.

Toronto’s Colin Smith could win it if he could beat Linus Ullmark. And technically, he did …

Courtesy of @PrescottRossi:

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Dings off the cross bar, doinks off the back of Ullmark’s head, and into the net. There was nothing Ullmark could do.

The Marlies win, 2-1.

Kalle Kossila submits nomination for goal of the year (Video)

If San Diego Chargers fans need another reason to ‘Join the Nest’ of the San Diego Gulls, might we show them an example of the talent they’ll be seeing.

It just so happens that Gulls forward, and Anaheim Ducks prospect, Kalle Kossila submitted his goal of the year nomination.

Drumroll please..

“I’ve been in pro hockey for 30 years and I’ve never seen a player pull that off in a game,” said Gulls head coach Dallas Eakins.

“I’ve done it in practice, but obviously a game situation is way different,” said Kossila afterward. “The puck happened to stay on the top of my stick, and their defenseman wasn’t pressuring me, so I tried it.”

Gulls would go on to win 5-1 in front of a sellout crowd in San Diego.

AHL game postponed following Craig Cunningham’s on-ice collapse (Update)

Frightening set of events unfolded in Arizona prior to the AHL game between the Tucson Roadrunners and the Manitoba Moose as Roadrunners captain Craig Cunningham collapsed to the ice after the anthems.

The Arizona Daily Star first reported on the incident:

Cunningham collapsed just moments before the puck was scheduled to drop. He appeared to convulse after hitting the ice. Medics worked on Cunningham, who was lying on his back, and cut away his jersey. They performed chest compressions before moving him off the ice and into an ambulance.

Players returned to their respective dressing rooms. The AHL announced the game would be postponed with no makeup scheduled at this time.

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Pros vie for John Scott Cup in ‘Da Beauty League’

The Legend of John Scott continues to grow in the offseason.

Starting Tuesday night in Edina, Minnesota, ‘Da Beauty League’ will take to the ice for a series of games that will last until the championship game on August 10. The winner will receive the inaugural John Scott Cup.

Now we know what you’re thinking: Why would we devote our time to covering a beer league that awards a trophy named after an NHL All-Star?

Despite the beer league sounding name, Da Beauty League is a mix of NHL, AHL, NCAA and international players with a majority residing in Minnesota and others from various states and provinces across North America.

And no, they’re not washed up, has-been NHL’ers either.

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Nothing ‘minor league’ about San Diego Gulls’ return

Ari Segal, president of business operations for the San Diego Gulls and one of the architects in returning hockey to San Diego, emphatically states, “… we are not a minor league team.”

The Gulls are the American Hockey League affiliate for the Anaheim Ducks.

“You’ll never see ‘minor league’ in any of our branding, any of our collateral, anything anyone says from our staff ever says publicly,” said Segal. “We’re not a minor league team.”

Then what are they?

“[The AHL is] the second best hockey league in the world, and we are San Diego’s professional hockey team,” said Segal.

San Diego is part of the four team AHL expansion to California. The newly formed Pacific Division includes: the Gulls, Ontario Reign (Los Angeles Kings), Texas Stars (Dallas Stars), San Jose Barracuda (San Jose Sharks), Bakersfield Condors (Edmonton Oilers), Stockton Heat (Calgary Flames), and San Antonio Rampage (Colorado Avalanche).

Last weekend the Gulls wrapped up their first season back in San Diego in the second round of the playoffs with a 4-1 series loss to the Ontario Reign. While the end result wasn’t what the team was hoping for, the return to San Diego was a success.

The Gulls last played hockey in San Diego in the 2005-06 season. A decade later, was the classiest city in the world ready for the return of the franchise?

Short answer: Yes.

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