sjbarracuda.com photo: Nikolay Goldobin forward (82) of the San Jose Barracuda is pursued by the Milwaukee Admirals Justin Florek left winger (38) and Justin Kirkland left wing (19)
By Ana Kieu
SAN JOSE–The San Jose Barracuda lost 3-1 to the Milwaukee Admirals as their two-game win streak was snapped at SAP Center on Friday night.
The Barracuda (16-8-1-3) had their first look at the Admirals (20-8-2-2) this Friday. San Jose was without Julius Bergman after he suffered a head injury on Wednesday. As a result, Michael Brodzinski made his season debut with the Barracuda.
It took an army of one for Derek Army to score his first goal of the season. Army went to the net, collected a rebound off Alex Carrier’s shot and beat Troy Grosenick to put the Admirals on the board 1-0 at 14:53 of the first period.
The Admirals generated plenty of shot opportunities, outshooting the Barracuda 17-5 in the opening period. Milwaukee led 1-0 after 20 minutes.
The Barracuda appeared to be frustrated with the way things went as Alex Gallant dropped the gloves with Michael Liambas almost six minutes into the second period. Both players received two-minute minors for unsportsmanlike conduct and five-minute majors for fighting.
Alexandre Carrier went to the box for holding at 6:15. The Barracuda capitalized on the man advantage as Danny O’Regan scored on a deflection that bounced off the ice and past Marek Mazanec for a power-play goal and his 11th of the season, tying the score 1-1 at 5:06.
Justin Kirkland drove the net and scored on a rebound for his third of the season. The Admirals took a 2-1 lead with 48 seconds left in the period.
The Barracuda were outshot 31-23 and trailed 2-1 after 40 minutes.
Army scored his second goal of the game off an assist by Adam Payerl to extend the Admirals’ lead to 3-1 at 10:16 of the third period.
The Barracuda lost to the Admirals 3-1. Grosenick made 32 saves in a losing effort for San Jose.
Mazanec finished with 39 saves in a Milwaukee victory.
Barracuda captain John McCarthy thought his team responded well, but it was “too little, too late.”
Defenseman Dan Kelly added to what McCarthy said.
“We just didn’t get the result we wanted as a team,” Kelly said. “So we got to bounce back with a short-term memory.”
Barracuda head coach Roy Sommer thought Brodzinski had a pretty good season debut, but there were a few things he needed to work on.
“His overall game I thought was pretty good,” Sommer said. “Down low, getting beat to the net on that one (goal), is something he needs to work on and moving pucks a little bit quicker. We’re a pretty good transition team when we get it through the neutral zone…when you hang on to it (puck) for a little while longer, it allows the other team to get into their d-zone (defensive zone) or neutral zone forecheck. We could’ve been a little better there.”
The Barracuda return to action Saturday afternoon when they host the Tuscon Roadrunners (15-8-4-0) at 1:15 pm PST on AHL Live and AM 1220 KDOW.
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