San Jose Barracuda Wednesday game wrap: Gulls keep the shots coming Grosenick helpless in the cause Cuda lose 5-1

March 22, 2017

AHL, San Jose Barracuda

sjbarracuda.com photo: San Diego Gulls left winger Jordan Samuels-Thomas (42) takes a swing at the puck in front of the San Jose Barracuda net with Barracuda goalkeeper Troy Groenick in front at Valley View Casino Center in San Diego in Wednesday night’s AHL action

By Ana Kieu

The San Jose Barracuda lost to the San Diego Gulls 5-1 at Valley View Casino Center on Wednesday night.

Two of the top teams in the West competed against each other. However, there was only one winner.

The Gulls led the Barracuda in shots 8-1 before taking the first lead of the game midway through the opening period. Jordan Samuels-Thomas sent a shot from the point through traffic to Brian Cooper, who fired the puck into the net past Troy Grosenick for his third goal of the season.

Shots were 14-13 in favor of the Gulls, who held a 1-0 lead over the Barracuda after 20 minutes.

The Barracuda found themselves in a hole early in the second period.

The Gulls scored two goals on two shots in a span of 1:34.

Alex Schoenborn was called for interference just a little over two minutes into the second period. Shea Theodore then fired a wrist shot through traffic on the power play to give his team a 2-0 lead at 16:07.

Theodore scored his second goal of the game and fifth of the season to extend the Barracuda’s lead to 3-0 at 14:33.

The Barracuda outshot the Gulls 29-19 but were outscored twice in the second period and trailed 3-0 after 40 minutes.

The Barracuda capitalized on the power play to cut the Gulls’ lead early in the third period. Nic Kerdiles was called for tripping at 16:33. About two minutes later, Tim Heed beat Dustin Tokarski on the power play for his 13th of the season.

Scott Sabourin picked up a pass from Kevin Roy and buried it into the net to expand the Gulls’ lead to 4-1 at 5:47.

Kalle Kossila scored an empty-net goal with 2:37 left in regulation. Kossila’s 12th of the season sealed the Gulls’ 5-1 win over the Barracuda. Tokarski finished with 36 saves in the San Diego victory.

Grosenick made 21 saves in a losing effort for San Jose.

The Barracuda (38-14-2-4) and Gulls (38-15-3-2) split the season series with five home wins each.

The Barracuda return to action Saturday night when they take on the Tuscon Roadrunners (24-28-6-0) in the first of a back-to-back series.

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