photo by sjbarracuda.com: The San Jose Barracuda forward Rourke Chartier (60) chases puck and the Bakersfield Condors defenceman Mark Fraser (2) chases Chartier in Monday night AHL action at SAP Center
By: Ana Kieu
SAN JOSE — The San Jose Barracuda crushed the Bakersfield Condors 7-1 at SAP Center on Monday.
The Barracuda applied consistent pressure on the Condors in the first period.
Julius Bergman sent a pass to Nikita Jevpalovs, who used his speed to rush the puck from the top right corner and into the net past Nick Ellis to get the Barracuda on the board 1-0 at 6:08.
Condors head coach Gerry Fleming challenged Jevpalovs’ goal, but the call stood. Jevpalovs scored his sixth of the season, extending his point streak to four games with three goals and one assist.
Adam Helewka intercepted Jesse Puljujarvi’s pass in the defensive zone and skated in alone to slide it through Ellis’ five-hole to make it 2-0 Barracuda at the 13:55 mark.
Ryan Carpenter gathered the puck in the middle of the ice and delivered a wicked wrist shot that beat Ellis to extend the Barracuda’s lead to 3-0 at 19:49. Carpenter’s eighth goal of the season was a part of the complete, 60 minute game.
The Barracuda let a perfect lead slip away shortly after Alex Schoenborn took a hooking penalty with just three seconds left in the period. Jesse Puljujarvi took the faceoff win and fired a shot past Mantas Armalis for his first AHL goal on the Condors’ third shot on goal.
The Barracuda continued to lead 3-1 after 20 minutes, limiting the Condors to just three shots on goal in the first period.
There was quite a lot of action in the second period. It all started when Adam Helewka hauled down Patrick Russell, but referee Ryan Hersey caught him in the act, which led to a hooking penalty at 6:07.
Marcus Sorensen dropped the gloves and had a brief argument with Russell that resulted in a draw. Sorensen’s hit on Josh Currie sparked another fight between the two teams. Currie was helped off the ice with alleged upper-body discomfort.
“It was me who hit him (Currie),” Sorensen admitted, laughing.
Sorensen has never fought in the Swedish Hockey League, adding: “This is my first time ever. If you dropped the gloves, you would get suspended.”
After all the fights and hits, Jon Martin found Marcus Sorensen in front of the net. Sorensen blasted a shot through traffic past Ellis for his 10th of the season, expanding the Barracuda’s lead to 4-1 at 14:59.
The second period was a little slow, but the Barracuda outshot the Condors 27-12 and led 4-1 after 40 minutes.
The Barracuda didn’t waste any time getting ahead.
Barclay Goodrow completed a tic-tac-toe play from Carpenter and Tim Heed just 32 seconds into the third period to score his 12th of the season and give his team a 5-1 lead.
“Everyone was skating in all four lines,” Goodrow asserted. “We played how we wanted to play, except for the last few seconds of the first period, but it was exactly the start we wanted.”
Sorensen chipped in a loose puck from the left circle for his second of the game and 11th of the season to put the Barracuda up 6-1 at 4:11.
The Barracuda took a 7-1 lead at 16:30 when John McCarthy skated around a fallen Frankie Simonelli, outwaited Ellis and slid the puck into the net for his sixth of the season.
The Barracuda (19-9-1-3) extended their winning streak to two games with a 7-1 victory over the Condors (14-14-4-1) at home. Armalis finished with 22 saves in a San Jose victory.
Ellis made 29 saves in a losing effort for Bakersfield.
When I asked Barracuda head coach Roy Sommer about how he would keep his team from getting too high after a one-sided win, he told me: “I wouldn’t say they’re getting too crazy about themselves, but they got themselves a day off tomorrow, so that’s a good thing…We got some bumps and bruises, but it won’t hurt them. We’ll go back to work on Wednesday.”
The Barracuda head to Valley View Casino Center to face the San Diego Gulls (17-12-2-1) on Friday at 7:00 pm PST. You can tune into the game on AHL Live and AM 1220 KDOW.