By: Joe Lami
Less than 24 hours after a huge win by the San Jose Barracuda over the Texas Stars 5-4 on Saturday, they returned on the ice to a losing fashion 3-2 to the top scoring team in the AHL.
Goals came in flurries for the Stars, as they got on the board less than a minute into the contest. Curtis McKenzie tallied his first of the season just 45-seconds in. He threw the puck in front from behind the net and it found its way off a Barracuda defender past Troy Grosenick for the only goal in the first period.
McKenzie had a chance at his second of the period on a penalty shot after being pulled down on a breakaway with nine minutes remaining in the frame, but Grosenick held strong on the attempt.
The Barracuda had a penalty shot of their own just minutes later. This time, it was Jeremy Langlois that got pulled down on a breakaway. However, San Jose’s leading scorer couldn’t capitalize on the chance.
San Jose finally tied the game at one in the second period. Scott Timmins was awarded the goal off of a deflection out in front of a Joakim Ryan point shot. However, it is believed that Trevor Parkes deflected it after Timmins did. As of now, it remains Timmins goal and is the fifth of the year for him. If the goal is changed to Parkes, it will be his third.
The flurries started back up for the Stars, as 15 seconds would cost the Barracuda the game. Radek Faska scored at the 13:16 marker unassisted and Brendan Ranford iced the game at the 13:31 mark for his sixth of the season. “It’s just frustrating when you put together a pretty good hockey game and a lapse for 15 seconds is a two-goal difference,” added Bryan Lerg.
San Jose attempted to battle back but fell short. Gus Young made it a contest, scoring his first professional goal at 15:05 of the second period but San Jose was unable to get the puck past John Muse again, as he picked up 33 saves in the victory.