San Jose Barracuda Friday game wrap: Grosenick picks up 10th shutout and 12 overall for Cuda in 3-0 win over Manitoba

April 1, 2017

AHL, San Jose Barracuda

sjbarracuda.com photo: The San Jose Barracuda forward Tim Clifton (45) faces off with the Manitoba Moose’s center Ryan Olsen (9) at SAP Center on Friday night

By-Ana Kieu

SAN JOSE — The San Jose Barracuda finished the month of March with a 3-0 shutout victory over the Manitoba Moose at SAP Center Friday.

The Barracuda hosted the Moose in the first of back-to-back games.

The Barracuda served two penalties during the first period. Rourke Chartier was called for high-sticking just 77 seconds into the period. Joakim Ryan went to the box for tripping with 3:52 left in the period.

“I don’t really remember, to be honest,” Barracuda goalie Troy Grosenick said when asked about the stop he made on a deflection in the first. “There were a couple of plays that I was just trying to block, and deflections, all that is is finding the stick and trying to meet it as early as possible and playing big.”

However, the Moose were unable to capitalize on their power plays, going 0-for-2 in the first 20 minutes. Shots were tied 6-6 as both teams skated to a scoreless deadlock.

The Barracuda finally got on the board as Nikita Jevpalovs collected a pass from Julius Bergman and fired it into the net, beating Moose goalie Eric Comrie for his 13th goal of the season just 1:48 into the second period.

Ryan Carpenter gave the Barracuda a 2-0 lead with an unassisted goal — his 12th of the season — at the six-minute mark.

Barclay Goodrow held the puck in the slot and managed to pass it to Danny O’Regan, who put it into the net for his 21st goal of the season along with 33 assists in hand.

Shots were 23-16 in favor of the Barracuda, who brought a 3-0 lead to the locker room after 40 minutes.

Things got chippy in the third period as Julius Bergman dropped the gloves with Peter Stoykewych for an action-packed fight. As a result, both players served roughing penalties.

The Barracuda shutout the Moose 3-0 at home. Troy Grosenick stopped all 26 shots he faced.

“I think from the start of the year up until now, I’ve grown a lot as a player and I’ve adjusted to pro hockey now,” Adam Helewka recalled. “And like you said, I’ve been getting more confidence and getting to play with high-end, skilled guys like Danny O’Regan and [Barclay] Goodrow and it’s just been helping my game a lot.”

Comrie made 27 saves in a losing effort.

“The thing is…he adds speed to the lineup,” Barracuda head coach Roy Sommer said when asked about Colin Blackwell’s performances as of late. “He hasn’t played the two games in Tucson and he was kind of nursing an injury and we’re kind of just like ‘we have a lot of guys up’ so some other guys are going to get looks.”

The Barracuda (40-14-2-5) and Moose (25-34-4-5) return to action Saturday at 7:00 p.m. PST on AHL Live and AM 1220 KD

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