San Jose Barracuda Sunday post game wrap: O’Regan gets the gamer in OT for Cuda in 4-3 win over San Diego

March 6, 2017

AHL, San Jose Barracuda photo: Tyler Morely (23) center San Diego Gulls tries to get control of the puck in front of the San Jose Barracuda’s forward Dan O’Regan (65) at SAP Center on Sunday night AHL action

By Ana Kieu

SAN JOSE — The San Jose Barracuda edged the San Diego Gulls 4-3 in overtime at SAP Center on Sunday night.

The Barracuda were looking to start a new winning streak after dropping a 2-1 decision to the Texas Stars (26-27-1-2) in a shootout Wednesday night. Prior to that, San Jose won 14 straight games. They fell to the Stockton Heat (23-23-4-1) by a score of 4-2 on Saturday night.

The Gulls didn’t waste any time getting on the board. Just 19 seconds into the opening period, Ryan Carpenter was called for hooking, giving the visiting team a power play. Corey Tropp picked up a pass from Shea Theodore and beat Troy Grosenick for his 16th goal of the season 39 seconds later.

Michael Brodzinski set up a pass to Barclay Goodrow, who stuffed the puck through traffic to beat Kevin Boyle for his 17th goal of the season, tying the game 1-1 at 13:10.

Shea Theodore received a pass from Spencer Abbott and made a move to beat Boyle five-hole for his third goal of the season, giving the Gulls a 2-1 lead with 1:09 left in the period.

Shots were 12-5 in favor of the Gulls, who led the Barracuda 2-1 after 20 minutes.

The Barracuda displayed a lack of speed and transition in the second period.

Timo Meier tipped in a shot for a game-tying goal late in the period. However, Terry Koharski disagreed with Meier’s thought, declaring no goal for the Barracuda.

Nic Kerdiles sent a cross-ice pass to Sam Carrick, who fired the puck into the net to extend the Gulls’ lead to 3-1 with 50 seconds left in the period.

The Gulls carried a 3-1 lead to the locker room after 40 minutes, outshooting the Barracuda 24-10.

The Barracuda mounted a comeback in the third period with two goals in a span of 2:35. They made it a one-goal game with 2:51 left in regulation when Buddy Robinson found Rourke Chartier, who jammed the puck into the net past Boyle for his 13th of the season. Then, Daniel O’Regan scored on a wrist shot from the point for his 17th of the season, tying the score 3-3 with 15.7 seconds left in regulation.

The game headed into overtime, thanks to a pair of late Barracuda goals. O’Regan scored the game-winner with 54.1 seconds left, recording his 18th of the season, lifting the Barracuda to a 4-3 overtime win over the Gulls (32-14-3-2).

“It’s tough to get going,” O’Regan said. “But everybody stayed positive and that was the difference.”

Grosenick finished with 26 saves in the San Jose victory. Boyle made 25 saves in a losing effort for San Diego.

“It was a great, come-from-behind win,” Barracuda head coach Roy Sommer said when asked about the significance of Sunday’s overtime win. “That doesn’t happen very much, where you score two empty-netters and then get the overtime win…It was good for everyone’s mojo…I’m sure they’ll remember this.”

The Barracuda (34-12-1-4) head to Stockton to take on the Heat this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. PST on AHL Live and AM 1220 KDOW.





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