Barracuda drop 3-2 OT decision to Gulls in Game 1

May 5, 2017

AHL, San Jose Barracuda

Photo credit: San Jose Barracuda Twitter (@sjbarracuda)

By: Ana Kieu

SAN JOSE — The San Jose Barracuda dropped a 3-2 overtime decision to the San Diego Gulls in Game 1 of a Division Final series at SAP Center on Friday night.

The Barracuda dominated in the opening period. They held the Gulls shotless until the 12:48 mark.

The Barracuda also struck first on the power play. Sam Carrick was called for hooking at 10:45. Shortly after, Joakim Ryan accepted a pass from Danny O’Regan and put it into the Gulls’ net, beating Jhonas Enroth for his third goal of the playoffs.

The Gulls responded with a power-play goal to tie the game 1-1 with 2:14 left in the period. First, Tim Heed was called for tripping. Then, Ryan Carpenter went to the box for hooking. Kalle Kossila took a pass from Kevin Roy and fired a long-range wrist shot past Troy Grosenick for his second goal of the playoffs.

Both teams were tied at one apiece after 20 minutes. The Barracuda outshot the Gulls 14-2.

The Barracuda surrendered just one even strength shot on goal in the second period.

Yet, the game remained in a 1-1 deadlock as the Barracuda outshot the Gulls 26-10.

The Barracuda took a 2-1 lead with 7:52 left in the third period. John McCarthy set up Carpenter, who skated down the middle and tipped the puck into the net past Enroth for his fifth goal of the playoffs.

“Yeah it’s tough, but we can’t dwell on it too much,” Carpenter said when asked about the tough loss. “We played pretty well, but I guess the team hung around and had some good players that capitalized on their chances.”

Things got chippy late in the period as Marcus Sorensen dropped the gloves with Zac Larraza for a fight. As a result, both players received and served roughing penalties.

“I think we played pretty good,” Sorensen commented. “There were many shots to the net. We probably to be around the net more.”

The Gulls weren’t done yet. They tied the game 2-2 with 3:56 left in regulation when Nate Guenin blasted a wrist shot from the blue line that found its way through traffic for his first goal of the playoffs.

Fans in the arena received a treat of free hockey as Guenin’s game-tying goal forced the contest into overtime.

The game was in favor of the Gulls as Roy scored the game-winning goal just 36 seconds into overtime to lift his team to a 3-2 victory over the Barracuda in Game 1.

The Gulls lead the best-of-seven series 1-0. Enroth finished with 36 saves for San Diego whereas

Grosenick made 13 saves in a losing effort for San Jose.

“If you look at it, I think they had six scoring chances and three goals,” Barracuda head coach Roy Sommer recalled. “I think the biggest thing is that we gotta get to (Jhonas) Enroth…Look at the last series against the Ontario Reign. He was the difference.”

During the regular season, the Barracuda went 5-3-1-1 against the Gulls and a perfect 5-0 at SAP Center.

Three of the Barracuda’s five wins over the Gulls at home were shutouts. San Jose outscored San Diego 15-4 in those five games. The Barracuda had the AHL’s best home-winning percentage during the regular season and are 3-2 all-time at home during the playoffs.

Ryan dominated in the Barracuda’s first-round series against the Stockton Heat. He recorded seven points (four goals, three assists) and currently leads the AHL during the playoffs. He also had a league-high plus-eight rating. He has 12 points (six goals, six assists), six penalty minutes and a plus-13 rating in 13 career postseason games. He scored four points (two goals, two assists) in seven games against San Diego during the regular season.

During the regular season, the Barracuda were first in shorthanded goals with 14 and finished with the eighth-best penalty kill at 83.7 percent. San Jose’s power play went 1-for-22 in round one at 4.5 percent, but they scored a pair of short-handed goals, including a game winner down a man in a decisive Game 5 overtime victory on Tuesday night.

Buddy Robinson totaled five points (three goals, two assists) in five games, two penalty minutes and a plus-four rating in round one. He was acquired in a trade with the Ottawa Senators in January. He collected 19 points (10 goals, nine assists) in 33 games, 53 penalty minutes and a plus-five rating after recording just 12 points (seven goals, five assists), 18 penalty minutes and a plus-four rating in 33 games with the Binghamton Senators. He had zero points in six career postseason games prior to 2017.

Troy Grosenick had a promising regular season, going 30-10-7 with a 2.04 goals-against average, .926 save percentage and 10 shutouts. He received the Baz Bastien Memorial Award as the AHL’s most outstanding goaltender. He went 5-3-1 during the regular season in 10 games played against the Gulls with a 2.46 goals-against, .914 save percentage and three shutouts.

Zack Stortini is the Barracuda’s most experienced postseason player. He played in 61 playoff games through his 12-year career. He won a Calder Cup with the Hamilton Bulldogs in 2007.

Up Next
Both teams return to action for Game 2 on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. PST. You can tune into the game through AHL Live and AM 1220 KDOW.

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