Barracuda win 10th straight, fend off Stockton 5-4

February 18, 2017

AHL, San Jose Barracuda

sjbarracuda photo: San Jose Barracuda’s Dan O’Regan camps out in front of the Stockton Heat’s net on Friday night in Stockton

By: Eric He

The San Jose Barracuda can’t seem to stop winning these days. They defeated the Stockton Heat 5-4 at home on Friday for their franchise-record 10th straight win.

The Barracuda took a 3-0 lead after one period and held off a comeback attempt by the Heat. They let Stockton tie the game in the second period, with the lead cut to 3-2, 4-3 and eventually even 4-4.

Rasmus Andersson and Mark Jankowski scored early in the period for Stockton to the cut the lead to 3-2. Timo Meier responded to double the Barracuda lead, only to have the Heat respond with two goals to tie the game. But Joakim Ryan gave San Jose the lead back heading into the third with a crucial goal, a hard shot from the point past the goaltender.

San Jose held on to the one-goal lead in the third, as goaltender Mantas Armalis made nine saves to earn his second straight win. The Barracuda scored twice on the power play despite being outshot 30-26.

The Barracuda will look to make it eight straight road wins and 11 consecutive victories overall on Saturday when they play the Reign in Ontario.

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