San Jose Barracuda Sunday game wrap: Barracuda drop 4-3 decision to Ontario at SAP Center

December 18, 2016

AHL, San Jose Barracuda

sjbarracuda.com photo: San Jose Barracuda goaltender Troy Grosenick takes to the icy floor to protect the net against the Ontario Reign on Saturday afternoon at SAP Center
by Ana Kieu

SAN JOSE–The Barracuda welcomed the Reign to the SAP Center for the first time this season. The two rivals gave each other a hard time and fought their way until the very end and in the end it costed San Jose in a one goal 4-3 loss to the Ontario Reign.

Vincent LoVerde drew a cross-checking penalty, giving the Barracuda their first power play of the game.
Barracuda goaltender Troy Grosenick watched his shutout streak of 248:08 come to an end, as the referees declared what appeared to be a good goal. Teddy Purcell grabbed the puck from behind the net and fired it past Grosenick to put the Reign on the board 1-0 with his third goal of the season at 6:32 of the first period.
But the lead didn’t last long. Joakim Ryan tipped in a blast from the right point to beat Reign goaltender Jack Campbell to tie the game 1-1 at 9:47.
The Barracuda got a second power play when Kurtis MacDermind was called for tripping at 16:24. Just a little over a minute later, San Jose grabbed a 2-1 lead when Adam Helewka took a pass from Tim Heed and put the puck in the net for his fifth goal of the season and second on the power play.

The shots were even at 12, but the Barracuda held a 2-1 lead over the Reign after 20 minutes.

Adrian Kempe buried a Justin Auger rebound to tie the game 2-2 at 5:25 of the second period.
Helewka put home his second power-play goal of the game to put the Barracuda up 3-2 with 3:41 left in the second. Shortly after, Campbell denied Helewka of a hat trick with his left pad.
The Barracuda amassed 19 shots to outshoot the Reign, 31-19. San Jose led 3-2 after 40 minutes.
Brent Sutter jumped on a rebound in the slot and fired it into the net to tie the game 3-3 with 3:14 left in regulation.

The Barracuda outshot the Reign, 42-31, but the game remained in a 3-3 deadlock and went into overtime.

Helewka received his third penalty of the game just 32 seconds into the overtime period. Michael Mersch scored the game-winning goal at 1:07 of overtime to lift the Reign to a 4-3 victory over the Barracuda.
Despite the rough loss, the Barracuda didn’t get discouraged and kept their spirits at a high level.
“I’m just getting the opportunity to play with and around a lot of good players on this team (Barracuda),” Helewka said.
Head coach Roy Sommer thought his team played a pretty good game.
“The power play was good,” Sommer said. “The penalty killing was also good. We just had a couple of 5-on-5 breakdowns that cost us the game…I don’t know what happened there with too many men. It was one of those ones (penalties) where the puck comes up and there was a natural instinct to just grab it.”
Grosenick made 29 saves in a losing effort for San Jose. Campbell finished with 40 saves in an Ontario victory.
The Barracuda return to action Tuesday when they host the Stockton Heat. Game is scheduled for 1:15 pm PST on AHL Live and AM 1220 KDOW.
 
 

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