Barracuda Fall To Condors In Shootout
by Ana Kieu
sjbarracuda.com photo: The San Jose Barracuda right winger Kevin LeBanc (62) is pursued near the glass by the Bakersfield Condors defencemen David Musil (6) and Joey Laleggia (17) in AHL action Saturday at SAP Center
SAN JOSE–After scoring four goals in a span of 10:23 last night, the San Jose Barracuda hosted the Bakersfield Condors again Saturday with a desire to go 2-0 against their Central California foes.
However, the Barracuda were unable to carry their momentum into the Saturday matinee in a 4-3 loss in their second meeting in two days.Harrison Ruopp entered as Jason Fram exited, sparking a sudden change in the Barracuda lineup.
Dillon Simpson opened the scoring at 6:37 of the first period, unleashing a slapshot from the point with massive traffic in front of Barracuda goalie Mantas Armalis.
Mirco Mueller dropped at the blue line, no call was made, and the Barracuda defense broke down with him on the ice. Jujhar Khaira picked up the loose puck and sent it easily into the net to make it 2-0 Condors at 8:33.
Alex Schoenborn received credit for tipping in Tim Heed’s point shot past Ellis. The Barracuda pulled within a goal at 9:15.
Jordan Oesterle put the Condors up 3-1 at 17:42 by beating Armalis glove side with a slap shot.
Two offsetting minors were given to Josh Currie (holding) and Joakim Ryan (diving) in the final minute of play. Both teams had tons of shots that hit the post, but the Condors maintained a 17-14 edge and led the Barracuda 3-1 after 20 minutes.
Condors goalie Nick Ellis made a huge pad save on Marcus Sorenson early in the second period.
Both teams dropped the gloves in a trivial brawl midway through the second. As a result, Braden Cristoffer went to the penalty box with a double-minor for roughing and cross checking.
Kevin Labanc swayed on Joey LaLeggia, but the defender’s clearing attempt ended up knocking the puck over Ellis’ shoulder. Labanc’s third goal of the season pulled San Jose back within one with 2:11 left in the second.
Despite having a mere 26-25 lead in shots, San Jose continued to trail 3-2 after 40 minutes.
Rourke Chartier completed a gorgeous tic-tac-toe play to tie the score and remind the Barracuda that the game was not over yet.
After ending in a 3-3 tie, the game went into overtime.
Neither team scored in overtime, leaving the game to be decided in a shootout. Among all players, Scott Allen made the lone shot in the shootout, lifting the Condors to a 4-3 victory over the Barracuda.
Nick Ellis (2-1) made 41 saves in the victory. Mantas Armalis (1-1) made 36 saves in his second start of the season.
I asked Timo Meier if there were any Sharks players that inspired him to improve in strength and endurance.
“Yeah,” Meier answered. “There’s guys like Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski, like Pavelski trying to tip in the pucks. . .Just looking at the overall game, but I’m trying to be myself.”
Barracuda head coach Roy Sommer remained optimistic despite the tough loss.
“We showed a lot of fire power with 44 shots,” Sommer said. “I thought we had some good looks on the 5-on-3, hit the post and tied the game up. . .we got a point and that’s all that matters.”