Gulls end five-game winless streak

Posted at 4:19 AM, Jan 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-20 07:19:12-05

Dustin Tokarski stopped all 32 shots he faced until an injury forced him to leave the game early in the third period as the San Diego Gulls ended a five-game winless streak with a 2-1 victory over the host San Antonio Rampage Tuesday night.

Zac Larraza opened the scoring three minutes, 27 seconds into the second period with his third goal in his four games with the Gulls, who signed him to a professional try out on Wednesday.

Kenny Ryan scored on a penalty shot at 13:27 of the second period for his second goal in 25 games for the Gulls. Ryan was awarded the penalty shot when he was pulled down in front of the net on a breakaway.

Tokarski left the game with 17:27 left after suffering what the team described as a lower-body injury. His replacement, Matt Hackett stopped eight of the nine shots he faced.

The Gulls announced Hackett's recall from the Utah Grizzlies of the ECHL earlier today, replacing Anton Khudobin, who was recalled by the Anaheim Ducks, the Ducks NHL parent team, Sunday.

Tokarski was playing in  his second game for the Gulls. He allowed four goals in Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Texas Stars.

Tokarski was obtained by the Ducks Jan. 7 in a trade with the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for left wing Max Friberg, who had 17 points in 25 games for the Gulls.

With goaltender Roman Will pulled for a sixth attacker, Alex Belzile spoiled the Gulls' bid for a shutout by scoring his first goal in his his fourth game with San Antonio, the Colorado Avalanche's American Hockey League affiliate.

Gulls 34-year-old right wing Brian McGrattan, suffered what the team called an upper-body injury in a second-period fight with Rampage right wing Daniel Maggio.

McGrattan, the Gulls' oldest player, was punched in the face by Maggio, fell limply to the ice, laying unconscious for several minutes. He was taken off the ice on a stretcher and brought to a hospital.

A team official later reported McGrattan was conscious, alert and had full movement.

The Gulls were scoreless on their five power-play opportunities. They have scored one power-play goal in 11 attempts in their past three games.

The Gulls killed all six San Antonio power-play opportunities before a crowd announced at 2,982 at AT&T Center.

Will made 22 saves.

The Gulls' five-game winless streak was one short of their season high.

The Gulls (18-16-1-1) are 4-0 against the Rampage (16-18-7-0), including a 3-0 mark at AT&T Center.

The Gulls will continue their three-game Texas road trip Friday against the Texas Stars at the Cedar Park Center in the Austin, Texas suburb of Cedar Park.

The Gulls next game at the Valley View Casino Center will be on Jan. 29 against the Ontario Reign, the Los Angeles Kings AHL affiliate.