SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego Gulls allowed power-play and shorthanded goals in the first period and an empty-net goal in the third in a 4-2 loss to the Stockton Heat Friday night at Stockton.
Kalle Kossila scored power-play goals in the second and third periods for the Gulls (2-2-0-0) in front of a crowd announced at 2,152 at Stockton Arena.
"It got better, but still, it's tough if you have a bad start on the road," Kossila said. "The last two periods were all right, but it's not enough.
Spencer Foo opened the scoring five minutes, 30 seconds into the first period with a power-play goal.
Joseph Cramarossa, who scored 11 goals in 63 games for the Gulls during their first two American Hockey League seasons, scored an unassisted shorthanded goal at 10:02.
Kossila took a pass from Escondido native Austin Ortega and put a shot from the left faceoff circle past Stockton goaltender Jon Gillies at 12:43 of the second period for his first goal of the season.
The Heat, the Calgary Flames AHL affiliate, regained a two-goal lead on Mark Jankowski's power-play goal at 18:44 of the second period when the Gulls had three skaters because of penalties to Steve Oleksy and defenseman Andy Welinski and Stockton four because of Emile Poirier's coincidental roughing penalty to Oleksy.
The Gulls, the Anaheim Ducks AHL affiliate, again cut the deficit to one on Kossila's power-play goal 1:17 into the third period.
Gulls coach Dallas Eakins pulled goaltender Leland Irving in favor of an extra attacker, but Morgan Klimchuk thwarted their comeback hopes with a power-play empty-net goal with five seconds left off assists by Rasmus Andersson and Foo.
The goal came 1:06 after Ortega's tripping penalty.
Irving replaced Kevin Boyle at the start of the third period and stopped all 14 shots he faced in his debut for the Gulls. Irving was acquired Oct. 9 from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, the Philadelphia Flyers AHL affiliate, in exchange for future considerations.
Boyle stopped 16 of 19 shots over the first two periods. He has started each of the Gulls four games this season.
Gillies stopped 29 of 31 shots, improving to 2-1-0-0.
The Gulls scored on two of eight power-play opportunities, including going scoreless on a four-minute power-play in the first period after Stockton center Rod Pelley received a double-minor for high sticking.
The Heat (3-2-0-0) scored on three of seven power plays.
Welinski has at least one point in all four games this season.
The two teams will play again Saturday at Stockton Arena and Wednesday at Valley View Casino Center.
The San Diego Rescue Mission opened its doors to the homeless community on Saturday for its annual Thanksgiving celebration.
A man died after his body caught fire, police said Saturday. At 11:30 p.m. Friday, police received a call regarding a person on fire in a field near 5200 Pacific Highway in Mission Bay Park, according to the San Diego Police Department.
Hoping for the best but preparing for the worst, local business owners and first responders teamed up for an all-to-real feeling hazard drill on Saturday.
A 5-year-old girl who was abducted from New York by her 32-year-old mother, who does not have custody of the child, was found safe Saturday in San Diego, police said.
Before Saturday, Marine veteran Joshua Ray, his wife and six children had just one vehicle to use for all of their family business, and Ray had to take the train from Oceanside to San Diego every day to get to work.
A sea of pink will travel through San Diego starting Friday for the Susan G. Komen San Diego 3-Day. The 60 mile journey kicks off early Friday morning and ends Sunday evening at the final destination – the celebratory Closing Ceremony.
A man arrested on suspicion of committing a murder in Imperial Beach earlier this week remained jailed Saturday.
Spencer Abbott had two goals and two assists after missing two games and Eric Fehr scored twice in his debut with the San Diego Gulls in an 8-3 victory over the Tucson Roadrunners Friday night.
On Friday, a fourth woman came forward with disturbing allegations of sexual assault by a San Diego County Sheriff’s Deputy.
Malcolm Young, the rhythm guitarist and guiding force behind the bawdy hard rock band AC/DC who helped create such head-banging anthems as "Highway to Hell," ''Hell's Bells" and "Back in Black," has died.