San Jose Barracuda Sunday game wrap: If they catch them they’re through Roadrunners best Cuda by one goal 5-4

March 26, 2017

AHL, San Jose Barracuda

sjbarracuda.com photo: The San Jose Barracuda forward Daniel O’Regan and the Tucson Roadrunners defenceman David Musil (2) anticipate the puck during play on Sunday at Tucson Convention Center in AHL action

By Ana Kieu

The San Jose Barracuda scored four unanswered goals, but ultimately dropped a 5-4 decision to the Tuscon Roadrunners in a shootout at Tucson Convention Center Sunday.

The Barracuda faced the Roadrunners in the second game of a back-to-back series this weekend.

These two teams skated to a scoreless tie after the first 20 minutes. Shots were 11-6 in favor of the Barracuda.

Despite shots being tied at 12 apiece, the Roadrunners scored two goals early in the second period. The first goal was awarded to Michael Bunting, who picked up a Conor Garland pass and buried it into the net past Mantas Armalis for his 12th of the season 3:41 into the period. Chris Mueller put his team up 2-0 with his 14th of the season 84 seconds later.

The Barracuda’s offense slightly intensified, but the Roadrunners overworked its visitors and continued to pour in the goals. Brandon Burlon scored his third goal of the season to extend the Roadrunners’ lead to 3-0 at 9:39.

Branden Troock’s unassisted goal — his fourth of the season — gave Tuscon a 4-0 lead 89 seconds later.

From this moment on, the Barracuda scored four answered goals to tie the score 4-4.

San Jose finally got on the board with 1:23 left in the period as Barclay Goodrow scored a short-handed goal for his 22nd of the season.

Goodrow scored his second short-handed goal of the game for his 23rd of the season to cut the Roadrunners’ lead to 5-2 at 13:42 of the third period

Joakim Ryan fired a shot from the point through Marek Langhamer’s five-hole to make it a 5-3 game at 9:05.

With 50 seconds left in regulation, Goodrow scored his 24th goal of the season to record a hat trick, tying the score 4-4.

Neither team scored the game-winning goal in overtime, which led to a shootout to determine the winner.

In the first round, Garland scored for the Roadrunners while Kevin Labanc’s shot was stopped.

In the second round, Armalis blocked a shot by Jeremy Morin. However, Danny O’Regan’s shot was also denied.

In the third and final round, Chris Mueller skated in, hit the post, and the puck fell into the net to secure a 5-4 victory for the Roadrunners (25-28-7-0). Langhamer finished with 39 saves for Tuscon.

Armalis made 19 saves in a losing effort for the Barracuda (39-14-2-5).

The Barracuda return to action Friday when they host the Manitoba Moose (24-34-4-5) at 7:00 p.m. PST on AHL Live and AM 1220 KDOW.

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