sjbarracuda.com photo: The San Jose Barracuda did some high wire balancing to maintain their consecutive win streak on Friday night in Tucson against the Roadrunners they’ll try it again tonight in Tucson
By: Eric He
The San Jose Barracuda rallied in the third period to beat the Tucson Roadrunners on the road on Friday to push their franchise-record win streak to 13 games.
In their 4-3 win, the Barracuda received third period goals from Rourke Chartier and Marcus Sorensen to pull off the victory. Chartier evened the score at 3-3 less than five minutes into the period on a shorthanded goal, and Sorensen delivered the eventual game-winner midway through the third on a hard shot from the right faceoff circle.
The two unanswered goals came after Tucson had scored to take the lead early in the period. Christian Fischer snuck in on a breakaway to give the Roadrunners a 3-2 lead.
The game was tied 2-2 entering the third, but the Barracuda didn’t trail until Fischer’s goal. Buddy Robinson led off the scoring with a goal 6:28 into the game, though the Roadrunners tied it up with 10 seconds left in the first period on a shorthanded goal.
Scoring in the second was almost a mirror image of the first; Nikita Jevpalovs fired a puck in from the slot to give the Barracuda a 2-1 advantage, only to have Tucson even the score with 1.7 left in the period. It was Laurent Dauphin, who had also scored to end the first.
The Barracuda, though, prevailed in the end. Troy Grosenick won his 11th straight game, making 21 saves in the winning effort. San Jose has also won nine road games in a row, and will look to make it 10 straight road wins – and 14 overall – on Saturday when it faces Tucson again.
1. Marcus Sorensen (SJ: 1+0=1)
2. Christian Fischer (TUC: 1+2=3)
3. Laurent Dauphin (TUC: 1+0=1)