SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego Gulls will return to the U.S. Sunday after two one-goal losses in their first two American Hockey League games in Canada.
The Gulls rallied from a three-goal deficit to tie the score Saturday, but allowed what proved to be the game-winning goal one minute, 18 seconds later in a 5-4 loss to the Manitoba Moose in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Nic Petan redirected a slap shot by Peter Stoykewych past Gulls goaltender Dustin Tokarski for his second game-winning goal of the season for the Moose (4-3-0-1) before a crowd at MTS Centre announced at 4,148.
Nick Sorensen began the Gulls comeback attempt 14:10 into the second period when he scored on a breakaway for his first goal in his four-game AHL career. The Gulls (2-3-1-0) cut the deficit to 4-3 exactly four minutes later when Nick Tarnasky scored off Sorensen's assist.
The Gulls tied the score 12:11 into the third period as defenseman Andy Welinski's shot from the point ricocheted wildly before hitting the crossbar and landing in the net for his first goal in his 11 games as a professional.
Defenseman Julian Melchiori scored on Manitoba's first shot of the game 1:01 into play. The Moose increased their lead to 2-0 4:43 into the first period when Jan Kostalek put a shot from the faceoff circle past Tokarski, who arrived in Winnipeg earlier Saturday after being reassigned to the Gulls by their NHL parent team, the Anaheim Ducks.
Tokarski played in Anaheim Friday night, stopping all five shots he faced in relief of John Gibson in a 4-0 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Tokarski was recalled by the Ducks Wednesday after Jonathan Bernier suffered an upper-body injury in the first period of Tuesday's 2-1 overtime loss to the San Jose Sharks.
Back-to-back goals by Patrice Cormier, the second shorthanded, 4:52 apart in the second period gave Manitoba a 4-1 lead after Scott Sabourin scored for the Gulls at 15:26 of the first period.
The Gulls led in shots 41-27. Tokarski made 22 saves. Ondrej Pavelec made 37, including 15 in the third period, for the Moose, the Winnipeg Jets AHL affiliate.
The Gulls were scoreless in four power-play attempts and killed all three of Maintoba's power-play opportunities.
The Gulls lost to Moose, 3-2, in overtime Friday night, with the tying goal coming when the Gulls were attempting to kill a penalty for having too many men on the ice when they were caught on a line change.
The team will resume its four-game road trip Friday in Stockton. The Gulls will next play at Valley View Casino Center Nov. 11 against Manitoba.
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