Sunday, December 19, 2004

Birbraer's goal hoists Gulls to win

By The Union Tribune
VICTORIA, British Columbia
It was a back-and-forth game all night long, but Max Birbraer's goal midway through the third period last night was the deciding factor as the Gulls beat the Victoria Salmon Kings for the second straight night, 5-4, before 2,283 at Bear Mountain Arena.

Birbraer, with 9:57 to go, pried loose the puck from Victoria goalie Jason Stone and poked it home for his team-leading eighth goal of the season.

With the victory, the Gulls (13-7-2) extended their winning streak to a season-high four games. It also moved them into third place in the West Division, now trailing the first-place Bakersfield Condors by only four points.