San Jose Barracuda Tuesday post game wrap: Hearts afire Cuda get ninth in row with 4-1 Valentine’s Day win over Tucson

February 15, 2017

AHL, San Jose Barracuda

sjbarracuda.com photo: San Jose Barracuda forward Nikolay Goldobin (82) tries to get the puck past Tucson Roadrunner goalie Marek Langhamer (30) on his stick side on Tuesday night at SAP Center

by Ana Kieu

SAN JOSE — The San Jose Barracuda crushed the Tuscon Roadrunners 4-1 in a Valentine’s Day game Tuesday night at SAP Center.

The game got off to a physical start as Alex Gallant and Stefan Fournier dropped the gloves less than three minutes into the opening period. Both players were assessed five-minute majors for fighting.

The Barracuda took a 1-0 lead at 8:46 when Rourke Chartier picked up a loose puck from Tim Heed and fired it into the net past Marek Langhamer for his 10th goal of the season.

With just five seconds left in Fournier’s two-minute holding penalty, the officials handed Mark Olver a two-minute slashing penalty. The Barracuda capitalized with the man advantage with 2:31 left in the period as Nikolay Goldobin picked up a pass from Marcus Sorensen and beat Langhamer for his 13th of the season.

“I’m happy that I haven’t gone through the ups and downs yet,” Goldobin said, drawing laughter from the media. “But I have a whole lot of emotions inside. Hopefully I’m not going to go down anytime soon because I’m hopefully going to play tomorrow.”

Just 86 seconds later, the Roadrunners cut the Barracuda’s lead in half. Shortly after Barclay Goodrow went to the box for cross-checking, Michael Bunting redirected Jamie McBain’s pass and tipped it past Troy Grosenick for his 10th of the season. Barracuda head coach Roy Sommer challenged the play, but the officials ruled it as a good goal.

The Barracuda outshot the Roadrunners 16-7 and held a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes.

The Barracuda generated a lot of shots early in the second period, outshooting the Roadrunners 22-8 at 17:01, but were unable to produce good scoring chances.

Anthony DeAngelo was called for hooking at 16:22. On the power play, Mirco Mueller completed a tic-tac-toe play from Ryan Carpenter and Julius Bergman and fired a shot at the net for his first goal of the season to extend the Barracuda’s lead to 3-1 at 14:28.

The Barracuda outshot the Roadrunners 35-19 and led 3-1 after 40 minutes.

Defense kept the Barracuda in the game. Grosenick prevented a potential Roadrunners goal by making an impressive glove save less than four minutes into the final period.

Laurent Dauphin was called for hooking at 10:39. For the fourth time, the Barracuda capitalized with the man advantage. Marcus Sorensen expanded the Barracuda’s lead to 4-1 at 10:12. Sorensen cleaned up a rebound of Danny O’Regan’s missed shot for his 14th goal of the season.

The Barracuda (28-11-1-3) extended their win streak to nine games with a 4-1 victory over the Roadrunners (21-17-5-0). Grosenick finished with 28 saves for San Jose.

Langhamer made 35 saves in a losing effort for Tucson.

“I just think our movement and winning races to the puck and our entries were good tonight,” Sommer said when asked about what made the power play click. ”

The Barracuda kick off a brief, two-game road trip on Friday night against the Stockton Heat (19-19-4-1) at 7:30 pm PST on AHL Live and AM 1220 KDOW.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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