San Jose Barracuda Saturday game wrap: Stockton grabs lead early finishes off Cuda in three goal win 5-2

April 8, 2017

AHL, San Jose Barracuda photo: The Stockton Heat’s defenseman Mikkel Aggard (12) gives chase on the San Jose Barracuda’s forward John McCarthy (17) during Saturday’s game at Stockton in AHL action

By Ana Kieu

The San Jose Barracuda lost to the Stockton Heat 5-2 at Stockton Arena Saturday.

The Heat got on the board first as Mikkel Aagaard picked up a pass from Austin Carroll and put it into the net for his fourth goal of the season just 6:22 into the opening period.

Hunter Shinkaruk fired a sniper past Clarke Saunders short-side for his 14th goal of the season, giving the Heat a 2-0 lead.

The Heat celebrated a milestone at 8:30 when Adam Ollas Mattsson scored his first professional goal off a pass by Linden Vey.

The Barracuda cut the lead 3-1 with 3:53 left in the period. Adam Helewka beat Jon Gillies short-side for his 14th goal of the season.

The Heat took a 4-1 lead with 2:03 left on the clock. Andrew Mangiapane beat Saunders with a wrist shot to the blocker side for his 18th goal of the season.

The Barracuda trailed the Heat 4-1 after 20 minutes. Stockton outshot San Jose 14-9.

Colin Blackwell pulled the Barracuda within two with his fourth goal of the season at 10:16 of the second period to. In addition, Colby McAuley picked up the primary assist for his first in the AHL.

Shinkaruk scored his second goal of the game — 15th of the season — to put the Heat ahead 5-2 just 3:50 into the third period.

The Barracuda lost to the Heat 5-2.

However, the San Diego Gulls lost to the Ontario Reign 3-1, the Barracuda managed to clinch the Pacific Division title.

Gillies finished with 31 saves in a Stockton victory.

Sharks recalled forwards Danny O’Regan and Timo Meier as well as defenseman Tim Heed from the Barracuda Saturday morning.

O’Regan was named to the AHL All-Rookie Team Wednesday.

Heed and Troy Grosenick were selected to the AHL First and Second All-Star Team Thursday.

Up Next
The Barracuda return home to host the Heat in a Sunday matinee at 3:00 p.m. PST on AHL Live and AM 1220 KDOW.

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