San Jose Barracuda Saturday game wrap: Cuda can’t hang on as Stockton takes aim at back of the net for 7-4 win at SAP Center

March 18, 2017

AHL, San Jose Barracuda

sjbarracuda.com photo: San Jose Barracuda forward Ryan Carpenter (40) skates from behind the net pursued by the Stockton Heat’s defenceman Oliver Kylington (4) during Saturday’s contest at SAP Center

By Ana Kieu

SAN JOSE — The San Jose Barracuda were unable to clinch the playoffs as they dropped a 7-4 decision to the Stockton Heat at SAP Center on Friday night.

The Barracuda celebrated the luck of the Irish with Freebie Friday specials for all fans in attendance. Also, parents brought their children to play games in Frenzy’s Fun Zone.

The opening period was filled with tons of action.

The Barracuda jumped out to a 1-0 lead on the power play at 15:25. After a brawl between players from both teams, Mikkel Aagaard was given an interference penalty. San Jose capitalized with the man advantage as Barclay Goodrow beat David Rittich top-shelf for his 20th goal of the season.

The Heat responded with a power play goal of their own to tie the score 1-1 at 12:58. Jacob Middleton was called for slashing. Stockton capitalized with the man advantage as Mark Jankowski beat Mantas Armalis stick side for his 23rd of the season.

The Heat took a 2-1 lead when Garnet Hathaway picked up a pass from Andrew Mangiapane, beating Armalis for his sixth goal of the season at 17:53.

Brandon Bollig scored an unassisted goal for his 10th of the season to extend the Heat’s lead to 3-1 at 18:18.

The momentum changed when the Barracuda capitalized with the man advantage after Kayle Doetzel was called for high-sticking late in the game. Daniel O’Regan fired a shot that beat Rittich top-shelf for his 20th goal of the season.

Shots were 12-7 in favor of the Barracuda, however, they trailed the Heat 3-2 after 20 minutes.

The Heat poured in the goals in the middle period.

Buddy Robinson served a double minor for high-sticking early in the period. Matt Frattin fired a one-timer over Armalis’ shoulder to give the Heat a 4-2 lead just 1:32 later for his 18th goal of the season.

Hathaway was called for hooking at 14:55. Shortly after, Stockton capitalized on the power play as Linden Vey scored his 13th goal of the season.

The Barracuda pulled within two with a power play goal of their own at 11:05. Julius Bergman pulled the puck to the open shooting lane and fired a shot on net that was tipped by John McCarthy, who notched his 16th of the season.

The Heat made it a 6-3 game when Michael Kostka’s backhand shot beat Armalis’ seven-hole for his third goal of the season.

Shots were tied 18-18, but the Barracuda continued to trail the Heat 6-3 after 40 minutes.

Bollig went to the box for hooking just 3:16 into the final period, giving the Barracuda a power play. Joakim Ryan fired a shot from the point that beat Rittich for his eighth of the season to pull his team within two just a little over 30 seconds later.

“Tough night for everyone tonight, obviously,” Ryan said when asked about Armalis and the Barracuda’s defense. “That wasn’t our best defensive effort and we have a lot of things to tighten up before tomorrow’s game in Stockton. Tough game.”

Vey scored his second of the game and 14th of the season on the empty net to seal a 7-4 victory for the Heat. Rittich finished with 26 saves for Stockton.

Armalis made 16 saves and allowed seven goals, including an empty-netter, in a losing effort.

“Not really, we blocked 20 shots,” head coach Roy Sommer said when asked if there was anything defensively the Barracuda could work on. “You keep a team to 20 shots and you’re playing pretty good hockey. You had 20 shots or 18 shots so it wasn’t like our defense was that bad.”

The Barracuda (37-13-2-4) head to Stockton Arena Saturday where they’ll take on the Heat (27-24-4-1) at 7:30 p.m. PST on AHL Live and AM 1220 KDOW.

 

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