San Jose Barracuda Saturday game wrap: O’Regan finds his way again leads Cuda with OT shootout gamer past Grand Rapids 1-0

March 11, 2017

AHL, San Jose Barracuda

sjbarracuda.com photo: San Jose Barracuda forward Alex Schoenborn (56) takes a poke at the puck in front of teammate forward Colin Blackwell (43) and Grand Rapids Griffin center Tomas Nosek (19) at SAP Center on Saturday night

By Ana Kieu

SAN JOSE — The San Jose Barracuda edged the Grand Rapids Griffins in a shootout at SAP Center on Saturday night. The Barracuda’s Danny O’Regan scored the game winning goal in a shootout overtime for a 1-0 Barracuda win over the Griffins.

The game began with a ceremonial first puck drop by Erik Kuhre, the winner of the Barracuda fan designed jersey contest.

Mirco Mueller was called for cross-checking at 8:52 of the first period. The Barracuda successfully killed the penalty.

The Barracuda and Griffins skated to a scoreless tie after 20 minutes. Shots were 11-10 in favor of San Jose.

The Barracuda received a power play opportunity just 1:24 into the second period after Matthew Ford was called for high-sticking.

The Barracuda received a second power play opportunity when Michael Frk was called for high-sticking with 57 seconds left in the period.

However, the Barracuda were unable to capitalize on either man advantage. They went 0-for-3 on the power play.

The Barracuda outshot the Griffins 20-14, but the game remained in a scoreless tie after 40 minutes.

The Barracuda power play seemed to be terrible as they were unable to capitalize on their third power play after Tyler Bertuzzi was called for slashing at 10:29 of the third period.

The game went into overtime after a scoreless 60 minutes.

The Barracuda (35-12-2-4) bounced back to beat the Griffins (38-17-1-3) by a score of 2-1 in a shootout after a scoreless overtime period. In the first round, neither John McCarthy or Evgeny Svechnikov scored. In the second round, Kevin Labanc scored for the Barracuda. In the third round, Matt Lorito tied the score, but Daniel O’Regan scored the game-winning goal.

Troy Grosenick stopped all 22 shots he faced in the victory. Jared Coreau stopped all 31 shots he faced in a losing effort.

“The tight checking was pretty defensive,” Grosenick said. “I’m glad we were able to pull it out in a shootout.”

“Unbelievable,” O’Regan said when asked about Grosenick’s performance. “He just seems to always help us out at every game. They’re all point blank chances and he’s always there with the slide and his legs ready.”

“I thought it was really good,” Barracuda head coach Roy Sommer said when asked about the defense. “That’s an offensive team, but we kept them down…Overall, I thought we did a really good job at keeping the plays to the outside.”

The Barracuda play the second of back-to-back games when they host the San Diego Gulls (34-14-3-2) at 1:15 p.m. PST Sunday afternoon on AHL Live and AM 1220 KDOW.

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