When San Diego sports fans have something to root for they tend to get a little crazy (in a good way).
The Gulls being in the Calder Cup Western Conference Final certainly qualifies. 12,147 fans showed up at Pechanga Arena for Game 4 between the Gulls and Chicago Wolves, a new post-season record for a San Diego playoff hockey game.
Alas, the home crowd didn’t get the result it wanted. Chicago scored in double-overtime to beat the Gulls 2-1 and tie the series 2-2.
Gulls goalie Kevin Boyle was fantastic, making 42 saves, but he was matched almost shot-for-shot by Wolves netminder Oscar Dansk, who stopped 40 shots. Chicago led 1-0 in the 3rd period when Justin Kloos got his 3rd goal of the playoffs to tie it 1-1.
After that nobody could find the net until the 2nd extra period. American Hockey League MVP Daniel Carr whipped a terrific shot past Boyle to end it and guarantee that this series is going back to Illinois.
Game 5 is Saturday night back at Pechanga Arena. No matter what happens there Game 6 will be played on Monday night in Chicago.