San Jose Barracuda Saturday game wrap: Jevpalovs and Chartier supply third period offense; Armalis gets Cuda the shutout 2-0

January 14, 2017

AHL, San Jose Barracuda

sjbarracuda.com photo: San Jose Barracuda forward Adam Helewka (52), Stockton Heat left winger Ryan Lomberg (41) and defenseman Kayle Doetzel (48) scramble for the puck on Saturday at SAP Center

By: Ana Kieu

SAN JOSE–The San Jose Barracuda blanked the Stockton Heat 2-0 at SAP Center on Saturday afternoon.

The Barracuda had three power play opportunities in the first period, but were unable to capitalize on them and ended up skating their way to a scoreless deadlock after 20 minutes. Both teams were tied with four shots on goal.

“I thought when it came down to it,” Barracuda captain John McCarthy asserted. We got big blocks, we got big clears when we needed them. It’s a good sign that we’re battling in those situations.”

As the second period progressed, the Barracuda started gaining momentum, outshooting the Heat 21-16. Nikita Jevpalovs broke a scoreless deadlock with his fifth goal of the season. Jevpalovs scored on a 2-on-1 with Barclay Goodrow to give the Barracuda a 1-0 lead at 14:19.

“It’s always nice to get rewarded,” Jevpalovs responded when asked about getting rewarded for his hard work. “But I’m trying not to focus on goals right now. I’m just trying to help the team out with good plays, like the little details right now.”

Rourke Chartier added a goal — his eighth of the season — on a 2-on-1 at the 10:01 mark, extending the Barracuda lead to 2-0.

The Barracuda led 2-0 after 40 minutes.

The third period was a great defensive effort by both teams. Neither team scored and the Barracuda shutout the Heat 2-0 at home. Barracuda goaltender Mantas Armalis stopped all 19 shots he faced.

“It was kind of a weird game where both teams had only four shots each,” Armalis recalled. “It’s not something that happens too often, and those kinds of games and periods, you just got to work on those.”

Barracuda head coach Roy Sommer had some nice things to say about Armalis.

“I thought he (Armalis) looked really good tonight,” Sommer said. “He looked real calm. He was seeing pucks…He looked really good for us tonight.”

Heat goaltender Jon Gillies made 25 saves in a losing effort.

Notes:

John McCarthy skated in his 400th career AHL game.

In honor of veterans and active duty military, the Barracuda hosted Military Appreciation Day, collecting donations of travel-size toiletries and food items as well as handing out free patriotic tote bags to the first 1,500 fans in attendance. Barracuda players wore their red, white and blue jerseys, which were sold through an auction during the matinee game against the Heat.

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