San Jose Barracuda Saturday post game wrap: Barracuda find the cork at the top of the champagne bottle clinch with 3-1 win in Stockton

March 18, 2017

AHL, San Jose Barracuda

By Ana Kieu photo: San Jose Barracuda center Timo Meier (28) greets his teammates as the Stockton Heat’s left winger Ryan Lomberg (41) skates by after the game at Stockton Arena Saturday night

The San Jose Barracuda kicked off a four-game road trip on a positive note as they clinched the playoffs with a 3-1 win over the Stockton Heat at Stockton Arena on Saturday night.

The first period started off with a bang.

Keith Aulie delivered a huge hit on Nikita Jevpalovs. Dan Kelly jumped in to defense Jevpalovs and dropped the gloves with Aulie to start a fight. As a result, Kelly received a two-minute minor for instigating, five-minute major for fighting and a 10-minute major for game misconduct. Aulie was given a five-minute major for elbowing and fighting along with a 10-minute major for game misconduct (elbowing).

The Heat capitalized on the man advantage less than two minutes after the fight between Kelly and Aulie. Mark Jankowski picked up a pass from Hunter Shinkaruk and beat Troy Grosenick for his 24th goal of the year to give his team a 1-0 lead.

Shots were 9-7 in favor of the Barracuda, but they trailed the Heat 1-0 after 20 minutes.

Buddy Robinson scored his second short-handed goal with the Barracuda to tie the score 1-1 at 14:16 of the second period. Rourke Chartier picked up the only assist on Robinson’s 13th goal of the year.

The Barracuda and Heat were tied 1-1 after 40 minutes. Shots were 16-11 in favor of San Jose.

The game got even more chippy in the third period.

Chartier deflected Mirco Mueller’s shot from the point to make it 2-1 Barracuda at 15:03. Robinson picked up the other assist on Chartier’s 15th goal of the year.

Kenney Morrison was called for holding the stick at 11:56. Then, Barclay Goodrow cashed in on the power play to extend the Barracuda’s lead to 3-1 at 10:18. Julius Bergman and Daniel O’Regan picked up the assists on Goodrow’s 21st goal of the season.

Another fight ensued as Zach Stortini dropped the gloves with Brandon Bollig with 6:31 left in regulation. Both players received five-minute majors for fighting.

After an exciting game filled with tons of action, the Barracuda (38-13-2-4) cooled off the Heat (27-25-4-1) with a 3-1 victory in Stockton. Grosenick finished with 19 saves.

David Rittich made 24 saves in a losing effort.

The Barracuda return to action Wednesday night when they take on the San Diego Gulls (37-15-3-2) in Valley View Casino Center at 7:00 p.m. PST on AHL Live and AM 1220 KDOW.







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