sjbarracuda photo: San Jose Barracuda goaltender Tony Grosenick (1) picked up a shutout against the San Diego Gulls Saturday night at SAP Center in San Jose.
SAN JOSE–After recently hitting rock-bottom with a hapless 4-0 loss to the Stockton Heat, the San Jose Barracuda recuperated with a 3-0 win over the San Diego Gulls at SAP Center on Saturday afternoon.
The Barracuda hosted the Gulls for the first time in the 2016-17 season on Saturday. The last time these two teams played, San Diego shutout San Jose 4-0 at Valley View Casino Center.
The Barracuda had a lot of shot opportunities that they did not finish. They led the Gulls 10-2 in shots on goal. The silver lining was that San Jose held San Diego to just two shots to tie the franchise record for fewest shots in a period since Nov. 25, 2015 against the Charlotte Checkers.
The game was scoreless after 20 minutes, but the fourth line of Alex Gallant, Nikita Jevpalovs and Joakim Ryan had an excellent shift midway through the first period. Jonathan Martin had a good tip that was fought off by Gulls goalie Dustin Tokarski.
Barracuda goalie Troy Grosenick denied the Gulls of a potential goal at the left post midway through the second period. Grosenick then took a bench minor penalty to give the Gulls their second power play of the game.
Shortly after the Grosenick delay of game penalty, Tim Heed unloaded a blast from the point to give the Barracuda a 1-0 lead with 3:48 left in the second period with his sixth goal of the season.
The Barracuda led 1-0, outshooting the Gulls 19-11 in the second period.
The Gulls went on their third power play of the game after Barclay Goodrow was called for tripping at 11:46. San Diego finally got a goal, but it was waived off when a replay review showed Corey Tropp batting the puck in with a high stick.
Goodrow made it 2-0 Barracuda with his eighth goal of the season. Goodrow is now tied with Meier for the AHL lead with eight goals.
The Barracuda went on their first power play of the game after Ryan Garbutt was called for holding the stick at 16:55.
The Barracuda took an early lead and never looked back as they shutout the Gulls 3-0 at home.
Grosenick finished with 15 saves in a San Jose victory. Tokarski made 31 saves in a losing effort for San Diego.
Grosenick felt great in his performance following his lower-body injury on Nov. 22. Grosenick also added that the Barracuda was a team that continues to learn in order to progress.
Barracuda head coach Roy Sommer expressed positive views of his team.
Sommer said the Barracuda defense was solid and mentioned that the penalty kill made a difference in the Saturday matinee.
“I thought everyone was good,” Sommer said. “But the fourth line of Gallant, Jevpalovs and Martin had some good looks and zone time…I thought they were decent on the wall because they got some bangs (hits).”
The Barracuda and Gulls will meet again on Sunday. Game is scheduled for 3:00 pm PST on AHL Live and AM 1220 KDOW