A couple of firsts for the Salt Lake Golden EAgles during their International Hockey League game Saturday night against athe inaugural-season Sand Diego Gulls:
-the first win of the season for the Eagles, a 4-3 triumph on the heels of the season-opening 4-3 loss the night before.-the first professional victory by Salt lake rookie goalie Warren Sharples, who started Satruday night's game and held Sand Diego scoreless until the 7:24 mark of the third period. Sharples then had his work cut out for his as SanDiego scored tow more goals and looked to tie the game on a last-minute power-lplay opportunity.
Sharples had come in a relief effort in Friday night's loss, holding the Gulls scoreless in the final two periods.
-the first Eagle power-play goal of the season, after Salt Lake was shut out in five man-up advantages the night before.
-the first professional goals by Salt Lake rookies Corey Lyons and Todd Harkins.
With the road victory, Salt Lake evened its record at 1-1 - identical to Sand Diego. The two teams meet again 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Golden EAgles' home -opener at the Salt Palace.
Just two games into the yong season, the EAgles and Gulls have already found some bad blood between themselves, with Saturday's game featuring two lengthy fights (one at athe end of the first period and the other six-plus minutes into the third), more than a half-dozen game misconduct penalities (and automatic ejections), and nearly 200 minutes worth of penalites.
Kerry Clark scored two Salt Lake goals - his first being an unassisted game-opener at the 4:00 mark of the first period, taking the puck on a Gull defensive miscue and slapping a 15-foot shot from the slot to the right of SanDiego goalie Mark Reimer.
Lyons scored the second Salt Lake goal of the first period from an in-front-of-the-net screen, picking up an assist from Andrew McKim near the right face-off circle.
Harkins scored the sole goal of the second period - the long-awaited power-play goal - with less than two minutes to play, as Eagle returness Rich Chernomaz and martin Semard assisted.
Clark added his second goal of the night and third of the seson in the third period, as San Diego skated around in a state of confusion. Clark slipped inside the blue line and rifled a low shot past Reimer.
San Diego's Jim mcGeough broke Sharples' shutout bid with an unassisted Gull goal at the 7:24 mark.