Barracuda bounce back with Game 2 win over Griffins 4-2

May 21, 2017

AHL, San Jose Barracuda photo: What a difference a day makes after losing game one on Saturday the SJ Barracuda with rightwinger Ryan Carpenter (40) and leftwinger Barclay Goodrow (23) celebrate after scoring against the Grand Rapids Griffiths at SAP Center on Sunday night in game two of the AHL Calder Cup Series

By: Eric He

SAN JOSE–The San Jose Barracuda got back in the win column and got their power play back on track in a 4-2 victory over Grand Rapids in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals on Sunday.

After going 0-for-6 in a 3-1 loss in Game 1 on Saturday, the Barracuda converted three times on five power play opportunities on Sunday. It propelled them to a much-needed victory to even up the best-of-seven series at one game apiece as it shifts to Grand Rapids.

Before the end of the first period, the Barracuda had already struck gold twice on the man advantage. Julius Bergman opened the scoring less than four minutes in, and Ryan Carpenter tipped home the second power play goal to put San Jose up 2-0.

But Grand Rapids fought back to even the score. After Tomas Nosek cut the lead in half before the end of the first period, Matt Ford scored the game-tying goal seven minutes into the second period on the power play, taking a pass from Ben Street and one-timing it past Troy Grosenick.

That would be it for the scoring for the Griffins, however.

San Jose soon regained the lead late in the second period, with the power play coming through again. Joakim Ryan hammered in a shot from the point to give the Barracuda a 3-2 advantage. Barclay Goodrow added an empty-netter to seal the deal in the third.

Grosenick made 33 saves for the Barracuda, who held Grand Rapids to 1-for-4 on the power play.

The series continues with Game 3 on Wednesday in Grand Rapids.


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