San Jose Barracuda Monday game wrap: Cuda messes up Texas 5-3 for 12th consecutive win; San Jose players like AHL rock stars

February 20, 2017

AHL, San Jose Barracuda

sjbarracuda.com photo: San Jose Barracuda forward Marcus Sorenson who had an assist in Monday night’s game at SAP Center takes a shot of his own on net against the visiting Texas Stars

by Ana Kieu

SAN JOSE — The San Jose Barracuda beat the Texas Stars 5-3 at SAP Center for their 12th straight win Monday afternoon.

Barracuda mascot Frenzy celebrated his first birthday in style as his party guests Sharkie, Lou Seal, Sourdough Sam, etc. were in attendance. Fans took photos with their favorite mascots and watched them play in an exclusive game during the — intermission.

The Barracuda were off to a good start, capitalizing with the man advantage. They took a 1-0 lead at 14:21 of the opening period. Mattias Backman was called for tripping at 14:29. Nikolay Goldobin collected a pass from Joakim Ryan and fired the puck into the net on the power play for his 14th goal of the season.

Barclay Goodrow sent a nice pass to John McCarthy, who managed to beat Justin Peters after a few unsuccessful attempts for his 13th goal of the season. The Barracuda took a 2-0 lead at 10:10.

“It’s a good sign we’re getting goals,” McCarthy said when asked about the keys to the recent power play success. “We’re getting goals from the point. We’re getting goals from low points…I think everyone is figuring what their role is on the power play.”

However, the Barracuda’s lead was short-lived as the Stars scored two goals less than four minutes apart to tie the contest at 2-2.

Nikita Jevpalovs dropped the gloves with Austin Fylen at 9:48 after the Stars took some rights in the Barracuda zone. Both players received five-minute majors for fighting. Jevpalovs also received a two-minute minor for roughing.

Ludwig Bystrom cut the lead in half at 9:24 when he activated a shot from the point and fired it past Troy Grosenick for his first goal of the season.

The Stars tied the contest 2-2 when Remi Elie scored a fluke goal for his sixth of the season with 4:36 left in the period.

The Barracuda went ahead 3-2 when McCarthy finished a tic-tac-toe play from Ryan and Goodrow for his second of the game and 14th of the season with just 12 seconds left in the period.

The Barracuda outshot the Stars 13-9 and led 3-2 after 20 minutes.

Danny O’Regan converted on a centering pass from Marcus Sorensen less than two minutes into the second period to extend the Barracuda’s lead to 4-2.

“That’s like an easy question,” O’Regan said when asked about his thoughts on McCarthy, drawing laughter from the local media. “He’s just the best guy ever. Honestly, on and off the ice, he does everything right…Such a good guy on the team for the guys to look up to.”

Patrick McNally went to the box for holding at 14:07. The Stars capitalized with the man advantage as Bystrom picked up a pass from Fyten and beat Grosenick short-side to pull the Stars within one with his second of the game and season just one minute later.

Julius Bergman almost fired the puck through Maxime Lagace’s pads, but Ebert swept it away as it headed into the goal line with 26 seconds left in the period.

The Barracuda outshot the Stars 24-16 and held a 4-3 lead after 40 minutes.

Once again, the Barracuda capitalized with the man advantage, expanding their lead to 5-3 at 9:32. O’Regan picked up a pass from Marcus Sorensen and beat Lagace with a high slap shot for his second of the game and 16th of the season.

The Barracuda beat the Stars 5-3 for their 12th straight win. Grosenick finished with 28 saves for San Jose.

Peters allowed four goals and made 10 saves before being pulled in favor of Lagace, who stopped 14 of 15 shots in relief of Peters.

“The first one was a backdoor play we missed,” Barracuda head coach Roy Sommer said when asked about what the Stars did well on the power play. “And then, the other one, we gave it because we were on a 4-on-3 and it was a turnover on the blue line, which is uncharacteristic. But we’ve been scoring short-handed…It happens. Every time the dog is going to bite you back.”

The Barracuda head to the Tuscon Convention Center to take on the Tuscon Roadrunners (22-18-5-0) in the first game of a back-to-back set Friday night. The action starts at 6:05 p.m. PST on AHL Live and AM 1220 KDOW.

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