San Jose Barracuda New Years Eve game wrap: SJ’s O’Regan, Ryan and Sorenson take it to Bakersfield in 4-1 win

December 31, 2016

AHL, San Jose Barracuda The San Jose Barracuda Marcus Sorenson (20) scored the third goal of the game in the second period at 18:05 beating Bakersfield Condors goalie Laurent Brossoit at SAP Center on Saturday night

by Ana Kieu

SAN JOSE–The San Jose Barracuda (15-7-1-3) ended 2016 on a positive note with a 4-1 win over the Bakersfield Condors (11-12-4-1) at SAP Center on Saturday night.

The Barracuda sported their alternate orange jerseys as they hosted a sober New Year’s Eve celebration in the Shark Tank. Fans donated brand-new winter clothing, received free ‘Cuda and Canines calendars and watched the Barracuda ball drop.

Both goaltenders made strong first impressions in the first period. Troy Grosenick stopped all seven shots he faced while Laurent Brossoit stopped all nine shots he faced. The two teams battled to a scoreless tie with the Barracuda holding a 9-7 shot advantage after 20 minutes.

Joel Rechlicz was called for slashing at the 13:15 mark. Shortly after, San Jose broke a scoreless deadlock on the power play. Danny O’Regan scored off his own rebound to bury his ninth of the season and give his team a 1-0 lead.

The Barracuda took a 2-0 lead when Joakim Ryan drove to center ice, fired in a pass from Barclay Goodrow and scored a short-handed goal for his fourth of the season.

The Barracuda padded their lead to three goals with less than two minutes remaining in the second period when Marcus Sorensen stole the puck and went in alone to beat Brossoit for his seventh of the season.

The Barracuda outshot the Condors 22-17 and led 3-0 after 40 minutes.

Ryan Carpenter scored a short-handed goal to put the Barracuda up 4-0 at 16:07 of the third period. With his sixth of the season, Carpenter increased his point streak to five games. He also collected points in seven of his last eight games.

The Barracuda were en route to a shutout until Anton Lander fired a puck past Grosenick’s ear for his 10th of the season at 11:09.

The Barracuda beat the Condors 4-1 on New Year’s Eve.

Grosenick finished with 34 saves for San Jose. Brossoit made 24 saves in a losing effort for Bakersfield.

Carpenter felt confident in his team following Friday’s 7-2 loss to the Condors.

“We felt like we gained some confidence in this game,” Carpenter said. “It felt like we were blowing off some steam. It was 5-2, 6-2 and then 7-2. It shows what kind of character we have.”

Sorensen also felt confident in his abilities as of late.

“I had a couple of good games before this,” Sorensen said. “So I’m starting to feel good about myself.”

Barracuda head coach Roy Sommer complimented his power-play unit.

“I think they were both good,” Sommer said. “(Danny) O’Regan’s line ate it up most of the time. I didn’t get Carpy’s (Ryan Carpenter’s) line out there much…I just like the way our entries are clean.”

The Barracuda return to action next Wednesday when they host the San Antonio Rampage (15-15-2-0). G


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