By: Eric He
photo by the San Jose Barracuda: The Barracuda congratulate the Ontario Reign after loosing the first round of the playoffs three games to one
The San Jose Barracuda’s season came to an end on Friday night with a 4-1 loss to the Ontario Reign in Game 4 of the Pacific Division Semifinals, falling 3-1 in the best-of-five series.
Up 2-1 heading into the third period, the Reign scored twice in the final stanza to pull away and clinch the series.
Like in Game 3, the Barracuda felt behind early. Midway through the first period, Nic Dowd scored on a rebound to give the Reign a 1-0 lead.
But San Jose evened the score midway through the second period on a Jeremy Langlois deflection goal. The tie would be short-lived, though.
As Aaron Dell was screened, Justin Auger’s shot got through and in two minutes later to regain the lead for the Barracuda, and Ontario led 2-1 heading into the third.
Jordan Samuels-Thomas opened up a two-goal lead for the Reign five minutes into the third and Andrew Crescenzi put the game away with an empty-net goal as the Barracuda failed to muster much offense in the final period to keep their season alive.
The Barracuda were outshot 35-19 by the Reign and will now prepare for the 2016-2017 season.