sjbarracuda.com photo: San Jose Barracuda goaltender Troy Grosenick (1) takes up his position to stop the San Diego Gulls from scoring. Grosenick gets the shutout with 25 saves on Saturday night at SAP Center
By Ana Kieu
SAN JOSE — The San Jose Barracuda blanked the San Diego Gulls 3-0 at SAP Center on Sunday afternoon.
Despite a lack of action in the first period, the Barracuda and Gulls played high-quality defense.
Kevin Labanc took a high-sticking penalty at 10:59, giving the Gulls a power play. However, San Diego was unable to capitalize with the man advantage.
These two teams skated to a scoreless tie after 20 minutes. The Gulls outshot the Barracuda 10-4.
Sam Carrick was called for cross-checking at 7:44, allowing the Barracuda to go on the power play. Kevin Labanc sent a pass to Daniel O’Regan, who fired the puck into the net to beat Kevin Boyle. The Gulls challenged the play for goaltender interference, but the call stood, and O’Regan recorded his 19th goal of the season.
“I thought we had some good possession in the zone,” O’Regan said when asked about his power-play goal. “The guys were all around. We were getting some good shots…I had myself in an awkward spot in the corner and saw the goalie (Kevin Boyle) going down a bit, so I decided to try one. It went top-shelf and it worked out.”
O’Regan commented on the Barracuda’s defense, saying: “I thought we struggled a bit getting shots early on, but as the game went on, we kept getting better and better.”
Shortly after, Mirco Mueller sent a puck to the stands, receiving a delay of game penalty. Then, Buddy Robinson scored a short-handed goal for his 12th of the season to give the Barracuda a 2-0 lead at 5:24.
“Rourke (Chartier) got a piece of it and knocked it out to me,” Robinson said when asked about his short-handed goal. “I saw an open lane and put my head down and skated hard. It was good to get a reward there.”
The Barracuda took a 2-0 lead to the locker room after 40 minutes. Shots were tied 17-17.
Barclay Goodrow scored an empty-net goal — his 19th of the season — with 1:31 left in regulation to seal the scoring for the Barracuda.
The Barracuda (36-12-2-4) extended their win streak with a 3-0 shutout victory over the Gulls (34-15-3-2). Troy Grosenick stopped all 25 shots he faced.
“We were really solid again,” Grosenick said when asked about the Barracuda’s defense. “We kept things on the outside. Skilled teams like them are going to get their chances and they did. I thought we did a good job clearing up the rebounds.”
Boyle made 23 saves in a losing effort.
“I think we just got through the first (period),” Barracuda head coach Roy Sommer said. “We were outshot by them (Gulls) and outchanced by a couple, but I think the power plays helped because we haven’t gotten a lot of power plays…We put (Kevin) Labanc back there and that kind of got us going. Once we got that goal, we kind of took off.”
The Barracuda head to Rabobank Arena to take on the Bakersfield Condors (26-22-5-1) on Tuesday night. You can tune into the game on AHL Live and AM 1220 KDOW.