San Jose Barracuda Wednesday game wrap: Gulls just get by competitive Barracuda in noisy San Diego 7-6

March 9, 2017

AHL, San Jose Barracuda photo: San Jose goaltender Troy Grosenick (1) anticipates some offense from San Diego Gulls left winger Jordan Samuels-Thomas (42) trying to control the puck and the Gulls right winger Scott Sabourin (15)

by Ana Kieu

San Diego — The San Jose Barracuda took on the San Diego Gulls and dropped a 7-6 decision in overtime at Valley View Casino Center on Wednesday night.

After being reassigned by the Sharks, Kevin Labanc returned to the Barracuda lineup on Wednesday night.

There was a lot of action between these two teams in the first period. Joakim Ryan went to the box for hooking just 2:36 into the first period. The Gulls killed off their penalty. Shortly after the game returned to even strength, Antoine Laganiere was called for tripping.

The Barracuda drew first blood as Timo Meier scored on the power play at 13:10. Meier’s puck tricked into the net, beating Dustin Tokarski five-hole for his 12th goal of the season.

The Gulls grabbed a 2-1 lead with two goals in a span of 59 seconds. Nick Sorensen tied the score 1-1 at 10:58 with his ninth of the season. Sorensen managed to beat Troy Grosenick after Barclay Goodrow went to the box for the double minor for high-sticking. Once again, the Gulls scored during Goodrow’s double minor as Laganiere scored his 18th of the season at 9:59.

The Barracuda tied the score 2-2 at 8:35 when Danny O’Regan found a wide-open Tim Heed, who blasted a shot past Tokarski for his 12th goal of the season.

The Gulls’ offense came alive as they retook a 4-2 lead with two goals in a span of a 1:46. Sam Carrick beat Grosenick under the blocker for his 13th of the season. Then, Corey Tropp redirected a shot from Laganiere and found the back of the net to cut the lead in half.

An individual effort by Colin Blackwell made it a one-goal game with 3:24 left in the period. Blackwell stuffed the puck past Tokarski for his third of the season.

However, the Gulls took a 5-3 lead as Laganiere scored his second of the game and 19th of the season just 18 seconds later.

Shots were 13-10 in favor of the Gulls, who led the Barracuda 5-3 after 20 minutes.

These two teams went on a 4-on-4 for 12 seconds and then a one minute power play to start the second period. Also, Barracuda head coach Roy Sommer made a goaltender change as Mantas Armalis replaced Grosenick, who allowed five goals on 13 shots in the first period.

Joakim Ryan went to the box for slashing at 8:11 of the second period. Armalis made a glove save, but Mirco Mueller lost the sight of Nic Kerdiles in front of the net. Kerdiles scored a power-play goal for his fifth of the season, expanding the Gulls’ lead to 6-3 at 7:31.

The Barracuda pulled within two at 6:42 when Nikita Jevpalovs fired a shot through traffic for his 12th goal of the season.

Barclay Goodrow scored an unassisted goal — his 18th of the season — to pull the Barracuda within one just 43 seconds into the third period.

Meier fired a high wrist shot that beat Kevin Boyle for his second of the game and 12th of the season, tying the score 6-6 at 14:06.

After these two teams were tied 6-6 through 60 minutes, the game headed into overtime. The Gulls (33-14-3-2) avoided back-to-back losses against the Barracuda (34-13-1-4) as Tyler Morley scored the game-winning goal with 9.4 seconds left in overtime, lifting his team to a 7-6 win.

Tokarski allowed six goals on 24 shots. Boyle stopped all 10 shots he faced in relief of Tokarski.

Armalis made 23 saves in a losing effort.

The Barracuda return to action Saturday night when they host the Grand Rapids Griffins (38-17-1-2) at 6:00 p.m. PST on AHL Live and AM 1220 KDOW.



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