San Jose Barracuda Wednesday game wrap: Grosenick stops 21 shots to lead Cuda in 5-0 shutout over Stockton

January 25, 2017

AHL, San Jose Barracuda

sjbarracuda photo: San Jose Barracuda defenceman Travis Brown (45) and Stockton Heat right winger Mark Frattin (19) skate for the puck in the Barracuda 5-0 shutout at Stockton Arena Wednesday night

By Ana Kieu

The San Jose Barracuda shutout the Stockton Heat 5-0 at Stockton Arena on Wednesday night.

The Barracuda came back really hungry because they got a taste of their own medicine after suffering two straight blowouts, losing 5-1 to the San Diego Gulls Friday and 7-2 to the Ontario Reign Saturday.

The Barracuda jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the opening period.

Rourke Chartier put back the rebound of a John McCarthy shot to put the Barracuda on the board with his ninth of the season at 12:29.

Bryan Moore put a backhand past David Rittich for his first AHL goal, giving the Barracuda a 2-0 lead at 6:49.

Shortly after Moore’s tally, Jake Marchment started a fight, dropping the gloves with Mike Angelidis at center ice.

Danny O’Regan scored in his first game back from a right foot injury. O’Regan sprung on a breakaway after taking a centering pass from Mirco Mueller, beating Rittich for a 3-0 Barracuda lead with 2:02 left in the period.

The Barracuda led 3-0 and held a 10-8 shot advantage after 20 minutes.

If a trio of even-strength goals wasn’t convincing enough, the Barracuda continued to pour on the pressure in the second period, outshooting the Heat 20-16.

Morgan Klimchuk was called for delay of game just 24 seconds into the period. The Barracuda capitalized with the man advantage as Tim Heed blasted a shot past Jon Gillies for his 10th of the season and gave San Jose a 4-0 lead at 18:14.

Moreover, Marchment stood up for a hard hit on Nikolay Goldobin, dropping the gloves with Brandon Bollig in a second fight at 14:07. After failing to comply with the AHL’s two-fight rule, Marchment exited Wednesday’s game.

The Barracuda carried a 4-0 lead to the locker room after 40 minutes.

O’Regan went top-shelf on Gillies for his second of the game and 13th of the season, extending the Barracuda’s lead to 5-0 at 11:43. O’Regan currently leads the AHL in points, scoring 36 in 32 games.

The Barracuda (20-11-1-3) snapped a two-game losing skid with a 5-0 shutout win over the Heat (19-14-3-1) in Stockton. Grosenick stopped all 21 shots he faced for his sixth shutout of the season.

Rittich allowed three goals on 10 shots before being pulled after the first period. Gillies made 17 saves on the 19 shots he faced in relief.

The Barracuda continue their road trip with a stop in Michigan to take on the Grand Rapids Griffins (27-11-1-2) Tuesday night. You can tune into the game on AHL Live and AM 1220 KDOW.





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