photo by sjbarracuda.com
by Ana Kieu
The San Jose Barracuda visited the Grand Rapids Griffins Friday for the first time this season, leaving Van Andel Arena with a 4-1 victory.
The Barracuda got on the board first when Barclay Goodrow buried a short-handed breakaway to make it a 1-0 game at the 13:44 mark.
The Barracuda held a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes, despite being outshot 14-8 by the Griffins.
The Barracuda capitalized with the man advantage in the second period. Matthew Caito was called for hooking at 10:58. Nikolay Goldobin fired it home from the circle for a power-play goal, giving the Barracuda a 2-0 lead 32 seconds later. With his eighth of the season, Goldobin ended his goalless drought dating back to Jan. 13 against the Ontario Reign at SAP Center.
The Griffins led in shots, 31-18, but the Barracuda carried a 2-0 lead to the locker room after 40 minutes.
Evgeny Svechnikov ruined the Barracuda’s chance at a shutout just 31 seconds into the third period. Barracuda head coach Roy Sommer challenged the play for intent to blow, but the goal stood, and Svechnikov scored his 13th of the season.
Goldobin scored his second of the game and ninth of the season to extend the Barracuda’s lead to 4-1 at 18:03. The rebound came off the post, went past Danny O’Regan and straight to Goldobin, who tapped it into the net.
Julius Bergman capped the scoring by firing a seeing-eye shot through traffic for his second of the season into the Barracuda’s eventual 4-1 road win over the Griffins. Troy Grosenick finished with 43 saves.
Cal Heeter made 24 saves in a losing effort.
The Barracuda head to University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee Panther Arena to take on the Milwaukee Admirals Saturday at 6:00 pm PST on AHL Live and AM 1220 KDOW.