Timo Meier’s OT goal lifts Barracuda to 4-3 win over Gulls for 2-1 series lead

May 10, 2017

AHL, San Jose Barracuda

Photo credit: San Jose Barracuda Twitter (@sjbarracuda)

By: Ana Kieu

SAN DIEGO — Timo Meier scored 2:40 into overtime to lift the San Jose Barracuda to a 4-3 overtime victory over the San Diego Gulls in Game 3 at Valley View Casino Center on Wednesday night.

Max Jones had something to celebrate as he scored his first professional goal just 3:28 into the opening period. Jones received the puck from Jaycob Megna on a play that was originally set up by Spencer Abbott.

The bank was apparently open late because Kevin Labanc stuffed the puck past Jhonas Enroth for the game-tying goal — his second of the playoffs — with 2:35 left in the period.

Both teams were tied 1-1 after 20 minutes of play. The Gulls outshot the Barracuda 11-3.

The Gulls took a 2-1 lead at 12:36 of the second period after Sam Carrick went top-shelf on Troy Grosenick for his third of the playoffs.

Shots were 26-23 in favor of the Gulls, who carried a 2-1 lead to the locker room after 40 minutes of play.

Colin Blackwell scored his first Calder Cup Playoff goal to extend the Barracuda’s lead to 3-1 at 12:49 of the third period.

Abbott netted his first Calder Cup Playoff goal to put the Gulls ahead 3-2 with 3:20 left in the period.

Danny O’Regan tied the score 3-3 with his third of the playoffs with just 1:01 remaining in regulation.

The game ended up being decided in an overtime period after the scoreboard was stuck in a 3-3 tie through 60 minutes of play. Timo Meier picked up a pass from Buddy Robinson and skated to the net to tally the game-winning goal — his third of the playoffs — and lift the Barracuda to a 4-3 overtime win over the Gulls. Grosenick stopped 32 of 35 shots in a San Jose victory while Enroth made 45 saves in a losing effort for San Diego.

The Barracuda lead the best-of-seven series 2-1.

On Wednesday, the Barracuda and Gulls shifted their best-of-seven series to Southern California, all knotted up at one apiece. During the regular season San Jose went 5-3-1-1 against San Diego at home, but 0-3-1-1 on the road.

Ryan Carpenter continued his red-hot postseason with his AHL-leading sixth goal on Saturday. He also added an assist. He’s first in points (10), plus-minus (+8) and game-winning goals (2). In 15 career Calder Cup playoff games, he has 15 points (eight goals, seven assists), eight penalty minutes and a plus-13 rating. He recorded four points in seven games against the Gulls during the regular season.

After going just 1-for-22 on the power play in their opening series against the Stockton Heat, the Barracuda are just 3-for-8 on the man-advantage versus the Gulls. San Jose finished the regular season with the AHL’s second-best power play unit (23.8%).

Buddy Robinson combined for six points (four goals, two assists), four penalty minutes and a plus-three rating in the playoffs so far. After being acquired in a trade with the Ottawa Senators in January, he collected 19 points (10 goals, nine assists), 53 penalty minutes and a plus-five rating in 33 games with the Barracuda. Before his acquisition, he recorded 12 points (seven goals, five assists), 18 penalty minutes and a plus-four rating in 33 games with the Binghamton Senators. Prior to 2017, he totaled zero points in six career Calder Cup playoff games.

After signing a two-year entry-level deal with the San Jose Sharks in late March, Nick DeSimone netted his first professional goal for the Barracuda in his fourth game. He has five points (one goal, four assists) in seven playoff games, tying for the team lead among defensemen during the postseason. He opened up the scoring for San Jose in their 5-1 win over the Gulls on Saturday.

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

The Barracuda netted five goals and rolled to a 5-1 win over the Gulls at SAP Center on Saturday night, tying the second round series at 1-1. DeSimone and Carpenter each scored for San Jose in the first and Buddy Robinson made it a 3-0 game early in the second period. After Sam Carrick got the Gulls on the board, Adam Helewka cashed in on the power play to extend the lead to 4-1 in the second. Barclay Goodrow sealed the victory just 40 seconds into the third. Troy Grosenick picked up the win, making 31 saves on 32 shots. Jhonas Enroth allowed five goals on 35 shots, lasting 46:46.

Up Next
Both teams return to action Friday night in Game 4 at 7:00 p.m. PST on AHL Live and AM 1220 KDOW.

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