Mar 18, 2023
By AJ Manderichio/SanDiegoGulls.com
The San Diego Gulls host the Iowa Wild in the team’s Hockey Is For Everyone Night presented by California Coast Credit Union at Pechanga Arena San Diego (7 p.m. PT; TV: Fox 5 San Diego; Radio: Gulls Audio Network).
The theme night will celebrate Hockey Is For Everyone™ to help raise awareness for diverse groups in hockey, as well as drive positive social change and foster more inclusive communities within the sport. Throughout the evening, the Gulls will recognize the San Diego Ducks Sled Hockey Team, consisting of disabled and able-bodied athletes ages five and older, including active-duty military and veterans; the San Diego Gulls Special Hockey Team, an athlete-centered hockey program for children and adults with developmental disabilities; and Blake Steinecke of the United States National Blind Hockey Team, an athlete with a visual impairment who competes for the United States of America in international hockey competition.
The San Diego Gulls Foundation will host an online puck sale, with select player-signed Hockey Is For Everyone pucks available at sandiegogulls.com/auction. In addition, the Gulls Foundation will hold a Hockey Is For Everyone Surprise Puck Sale. Surprise Pucks ($20) are available on the concourse at the Gulls Foundation table at Section 10. Pucks are selected at random, with five surprise pucks including an additional gift of either Gulls player-signed memorabilia or Gulls merchandise (limit five pucks per person). Proceeds will benefit the San Diego Ducks Sled Hockey and San Diego Gulls Special Hockey Teams.
On the ice, the teams open a four-game regular-season series. The Gulls earned points in 10 of the 14 previous matchups since the 2016-17 season (8-4-2-0), outscoring the Wild 43-35 in those contests. San Diego is on a two-game points streak against Iowa dating back to the 2021-22 season, earning a 5-3 victory on Apr. 2 after falling 2-1 in overtime on Apr. 1.
“Real good goaltending, well coached,” Gulls head coach Roy Sommer said about Iowa. “A team that kind of gets after it. They get on top of pucks, they break out real good, which always causes problems trying to get the offense going.”
San Diego enters tonight firing on all cylinders, riding a season-high four-game win streak into the matchup. The Gulls swept a weekend back-to-back series with Henderson, including a come-from-behind 4-2 win over the Silver Knights on Sat., Mar. 11….
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