Barracuda edge Gulls 4-3, take commanding 3-1 series lead

May 12, 2017

AHL, San Jose Barracuda

Photo credit: San Jose Barracuda Twitter (@sjbarracuda)

By: Ana Kieu

SAN DIEGO — The San Jose Barracuda took a commanding 3-1 series lead with a 4-3 victory over the San Diego Gulls in Game 4 at Valley View Casino Center on Friday night.

The Barracuda were apparently ready to continue their success as they grabbed a 2-0 lead in the opening period on power-play goals by Barclay Goodrow (3) and Ryan Carpenter (7). Goodrow beat Jhonas Enroth five-hole at the 12:44 mark and Carpenter put home a rebound a little over six minutes later.

Shots were tied at nine apiece and the Barracuda led the Gulls 2-0 after 20 minutes of play.

Colin Blackwell made it 3-0 Barracuda at 11:30 of the second period. Blackwell scored his second goal in two postseason games.

The Gulls ended Troy Grosenick’s shutout bid at 13:29. Mitch Hults finished a dish from Spencer Abbott for his first of the playoffs.

Tim Heed netted third of the playoffs on a shot from the point to extend the Barracuda’s lead to 4-1 with 4:02 left in the second.

Shots were tied at 19 apiece and the Barracuda carried a 4-1 lead over the Gulls to the locker room after 40 minutes of play. Enroth left the game after allowing four goals on 19 shots. Dustin Tokarski stopped all seven shots he faced in relief of Enroth.

The Gulls responded with two unanswered goals in the third period and their last-minute comeback was great, but they ultimately fell short.

Nic Kerdiles deflected a shot from the point for his fourth of the playoffs just 3:35 into the period.

The Gulls pulled Tokarski for an extra attacker late in the period. Sam Carrick then made it a one-goal game on a play that was originally set up by Kalle Kossila.

The Barracuda beat the Gulls 4-1. Grosenick finished with 29 shots for San Jose.

The Barracuda lead the best-of-seven series 3-1.

Notes
Ryan Carpenter continued his red-hot postseason. On Wednesday, he recorded an assist and is now first in the AHL in points (11), goals (6), plus-minus (+9) and game-winning goals (2). In 16 career Calder Cup playoff games, he has 15 points, eight penalty minutes and a plus-13 rating. He recorded four points in seven games against the Gulls during the regular season.

On Wednesday, Timo Meier became the Barracuda’s hero with an overtime winner at 17:40 of the overtime period. He’s third on the Barracuda in points (6) during the playoffs and is first in the AHL with game-winning goals (2) and shots (31). He won a QMJHL Championship and appeared in a Memorial Cup Final with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies in 2015-16.

Buddy Robinson has been a force throughout the playoffs. He totaled eight points, four penalty minutes and a plus-five rating. After being acquired in a trade with the Ottawa Senators in January, he collected 19 points, 53 penalty minutes and a plus-five rating in 33 games with the Barracuda. Before his acquisition, he recorded 12 points, 18 penalty minutes and a plus-four rating in 33 games with the Binghamton Senators. Before 2017, he had 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 has impressed from the get-go. He netted his first pro goal for the Barracuda in his fourth game and has five points in eight playoff games, tying for the team lead among defensemen during the postseason. He opened up the scoring for the Barracuda in their 5-1 win over the Gulls in Game 2.

Zack Stortini is by far the Barracuda’s most experienced postseason player. 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 fell down three separate times on Wednesday, but managed to force overtime before taking the series lead with a 4-3 victory over the Gulls at Valley View Casino Center on Wednesday night. Max Jones opened up the scoring for San Diego before fellow rookie Kevin Labanc tied the score for San Jose less than a minute later. In the second period, Sam Carrick made it 2-1 Gulls before Colin Blackwell evened the score at 2-2 in the third period. Spencer Abbott shifted the pressure back on San Jose in the final period, but Danny O’Regan forced the extra period at the 1:01 mark of the third with San Jose’s net pull. In the extra period, Timo Meier became the hero at 17:40 of overtime.

Up Next
Both teams return to action Saturday for Game 5 at 7:00 p.m. PST on AHL Live and AM 1220 KDOW.

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