San Jose Barracuda Tuesday game wrap: Barrcuda beat the Heat with 6-3 winner at SAP Center Tues

sjbarracuda.com photo: San Jose Barracuda forward Rourke Chartier (60) looks for the feed in front of the Stockton Heat net on Tuesday afternoon at SAP Center in San Jose
by Ana Kieu

SAN JOSE–The San Jose Barracuda beat the Stockton Heat 6-3 at SAP Center on Tuesday afternoon.

The Barracuda rode a season-long four-game point streak as they welcomed the first-place Heat to San Jose for the second time this season.

Troy Grosenick’s shutout streak ended at 2:

48 minutes and eight seconds after giving up a first-period goal to Reign forward Teddy Purcell on Sunday. Grosenick was just 63 minutes and three seconds shy of Matt Murray’s AHL record in the 2014-15 season.

The Barracuda have two goaltenders, so the starts have been few and far in between for Mantas Armalis. Today, Armalis made his 10th start of the season and second against the Heat.

Adam Helewka opened the scoring at 3:58 of the first period, continuing his scoring streak with his fourth goal in three games.

The Barracuda went on their first power play of the game after Brandon Bollig and Ryan Lomberg were both assessed minor penalties for high sticking and hooking. Nikolay Goldobin cleaned up the rebound for a power-play goal to give the Barracuda a 2-0 lead at 13:58.

The Heat went on the power play after Jacob Middleton was called for tripping at 18:02. Bollig then picked up a cross-ice pass from Hunter Shinkaruk and put the puck in the net past Armalis to cut the lead in half with 52 seconds left in the first.

The Barracuda held a 2-1 lead, limiting the Heat to just six shots in the first.

Joakim Ryan went to the box for tripping at 4:40 of the second period. Just 13 seconds into the Heat power play, John McCarthy put his team ahead 3-1 with a short-handed goal for his fifth of the season.

Mike Angelidis put in the rebound to make it a one-goal game at 7:27.

Barclay Goodrow doubled the Barracuda lead with 21 seconds left in the second. Goodrow stuffed the puck behind Gillies for his ninth goal of the season.

The Barracuda carried a 4-2 lead to the dressing room after two periods of play.

The Heat made it a one-goal game again at 12:18 of the third period when Mark Jankowski tipped in a Matt Frattin shot past Armalis for his sixth of the season.

Matt Frantin went to the box for boarding at 15:19. Tim Heed picked up a pass from Danny O’Regan and fired it into the net for a power-play goal, extending the Barracuda lead to 5-3 less than two minutes later.

Both teams fought each other late in the third. As a result, Goodrow received a minor roughing penalty. Helewka served a bench minor for unsportsmanlike conduct. Ryan Carpenter scored an empty-net goal to expand the Barracuda lead to 6-3 at 18:14.

The Barracuda beat the Heat 6-3 in a nail-biter. Armalis finished with 22 saves in a San Jose victory. Gillies made 38 saves in a losing effort for Stockton.

Despite the victory, Barracuda head coach Roy Sommer is a realist when it comes to the defense.

“There’s always parts of our game that we’ve got to get better at,” Sommer said. “Like being harder at their end…for the most part, I thought we played pretty good defensively.”

The Barracuda (12-6-1-3) return to action Monday when they host the Heat (16-7-1-1) in a post-Christmas game at 5:00 pm PST. You can tune into the game on AHL Live and AM 1220 KDOW.

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