Photo credit: @sjbarracuda
By Marko Ukalovic
The San Antonio Rampage (23-16-4-0) scored three goals in the first period and never looked back as they dominated the San Jose Barracuda (19-17-1-2) with a 3-0 shutout victory at the AT&T Center on Thursday night.
San Antonio took control of the game from beginning to end. Rocco Girmaldi scored his 13th goal of the season just 85 seconds into the game. His shot sailed past Barracuda goalie Antoine Bibeau (12-8-1). Klim Kostin and Chris Butler assisted on the goal.
Kostin was awarded a penalty shot at the 5:48 and made the most of his one-on-one chance beating Bibeau for a 2-0 lead. The unassisted goal was his fifth on the season.
Samuel Blais completed the scoring in the frame when he scored his 10th goal on the season at the 16:48 mark. Jessie Graham and Jean-Christophe Beaudin assisted on the goal.
The Cuda had a chance to get back in the game with four minutes left in the second period when Rampage forward Felix Girard went to the sin bin for tripping. However they could not put the pack behind Rampage goalie Ville Husso (10-6-1).
The Cuda had two power play opportunities within the first five minutes of the third period but couldn’t capitalize on the man advantage and ended up frustrated at the end of the night despite outshooting San Antonio 13-10 in the period.
Husso saved all 29 shots from Cuda sticks to earn the shutout victory. Bibeau suffered the loss despite a strong game with 38 saves on 41 shots.
GAME NOTES: The power play woes continued for San Jose as they ended the night 0/3 while San Antonio was 0/1 on their only power play opportunity.
Marcus Sorensen was recalled by the San Jose Sharks due to the injury to Joe Thornton.
Rudolfs Balcers will be joining his goalie Antoine Bibeau in Utica, New York next week as he was selected to participate in the AHL All-Star Classic.
UP NEXT: San Jose will take on the San Antonio Rampage on Saturday evening at AT&T Center at 5 pm PT.