Barracuda take 2-1 series lead with 5-3 win over Heat in Game 3

April 28, 2017

AHL, San Jose Barracuda

Photo credit: The AHL Twitter (@TheAHL)

By: Ana Kieu

STOCKTON — The San Jose Barracuda beat the Stockton Heat 5-3 in Game 3 to take a 2-1 series lead at Stockton Arena on Friday night.

Barracuda fans were loud and energized, shouting the “Bar-ra-cu-da” chant just moments before the opening faceoff in enemy territory.

Barclay Goodrow helped the Barracuda grab an early 1-0 lead at 16:11 of the first period. Goodrow knocked in the rebound from Ryan Carpenter’s wraparound attempt, beating David Rittich for his first goal of the playoffs.

Kevin Labanc tipped in a shot from Danny O’Regan to give the Barracuda a 2-0 lead with just 15.1 seconds left in the first.

Shots were 10-8 in favor of the Barracuda, who held a 2-0 lead over the Heat after 20 minutes.

The attention shifted to the Heat in the second period.

Buddy Robinson was called for tripping at 11:02. Just 46 seconds later, Andrew Mangiapane swayed in front of the net and Mike Angelidis beat Troy Grosenick to score a power-play goal —his first goal of the playoffs — and cut the Barracuda’s lead in half.

Brandon Bollig hammered home the rebound to tie the game 2-2 with 6:44 left in the second.

Both teams were tied at two apiece after 40 minutes. Shots were 23-20 in favor of the Barracuda.

The Barracuda were back on top 3-2 with 4:43 left in the period. Carpenter beat Rittich top-shelf, short-side for his third goal of the playoffs.

Timo Meier added an insurance goal to give the Barracuda a 4-2 lead just 1:26 later. After Rourke Chartier got out of the box for goaltender interference, he sent a pass to Meier, who fired it into the net for his first goal of the playoffs.

The Heat didn’t sit and back and relax just yet. Mike Kostka buried a shot from the point to make it a one-goal game with 27.9 seconds left in regulation.

However, the Heat’s comeback fell short as the Barracuda took Game 3 with a 5-3 victory. Buddy Robinson scored an empty-net goal to seal the scoring. Grosenick finished with 30 saves for San Jose.

Rittich made 28 saves in a losing effort for Stockton.

Barracuda starting lineup
Troy Grosenick
John McCarthy
Barclay Goodrow
Ryan Carpenter
Joakim Ryan
Tim Heed

Barracuda defenders
Joakim Ryan – Tim Heed
Mirco Mueller – Julius Bergman
Jacob Middleton – Nick DeSimone

Up Next
Both teams return to action for Game 4 in Stockton Arena on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. PST. You can tune into the game on AHL Live and AM 1220 KDOW.

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