Harvey makes like wall in Barracuda 3-0 shutout win over the Roadrunners

The San Jose Barracuda goaltender Sam Harvey got a shutout win over the Tucson Roadrunners at SAP Center in San Jose on Fri Jan 14, 2022 ( file image from Chasing the Puck)

by Marko Ukalovicv

SAN JOSE —Quality over quantity.

Goalie Sam Harvey has produced shutouts in 66% of his starts. His outstanding performance led the San Jose Barracuda to a 3-0 shutout victory over the Tucson Roadrunners on Friday evening at SAP Center.

Harvey (2-1-0) was perfect stopping all 28 shots he faced, which included having to help kill off a double-minor penalty to Jake McGrew with 4:25 left in the game, to earn his second shutout of the season (and second of his AHL career) in just three starts.

The 23-year-old native of Alma, Quebec played aggressive, challenging the Roadrunner shooters and did not give up many second chance rebounds in his strongest game of the season.

“I think I needed that game after what happened last game,” Harvey said. “I got pulled after (giving up) five goals. For me, I was just trying to get back to my game, play well and the boys helped me (out) in front as well.”

San Jose has won two out its last three games and split the series. Tucson has lost four out of its last five games.

San Jose (13-16-1-0) drew first blood halfway through the first period. McGrew sent a rink wide pass that caromed off the boards over to Evan Weinger who rifled home a one-timer top shelf past Roadrunner’s goalie Josef Korenar for his sixth goal of the season at the 10:49 mark.

The Barracuda doubled its lead on the power play late in the opening frame. Nick Cicek’s slapshot from the point caromed off the backboards out in front where Jayden Halbgewachs chipped it out in front of the crease. Scott Reedy buried the point-blank shot into an empty net for his team leading 16th goal of the season at the 16:02 mark.

“A lot of it’s timing,” said Reedy on his consistent scoring. “Boxing out offensively. I kind of just know when the puck is coming in. That’s been happening a lot lately.”

Tucson (12-12-2-1) only managed four shots on goal in the first period as San Jose had the ice tilted in its favor in the opening 20 minutes.

The middle frame was scoreless as San Jose out shot Tucson eight to six in the second period.

San Jose clamped down defensively in the third period and did repeat what happened on Wednesday night when they blew a third period lead against Tucson.

“We really should be sitting right now with three wins in a row,” said Barracuda head coach Roy Sommer. “We got that one back, which is good, but (when) you lose a game, you learn a lesson hopefully.”

San Jose received some insurance when they scored their league leading eighth short-handed goal early in the third period. John Leonard poked the puck out the ‘Cuda zone off the faceoff. On the breakaway, his shot went through the five-hole of Korenar as it trickled into the back of the net for his fifth goal of the season at the 3:59 mark.

The unassisted goal was Leonard’s second short-handed goal of the season.

Korenar (2-4-1) made 21 saves on 24 shots in the losing effort.

GAME NOTES: San Jose finished 1-for-3 on the power play. Tucson was 0-for-5.

Cicek was hit in the face with a shot from the point late in the second period.

The Three Stars of the Game were: 1) Harvey 2) Reedy 3) Weinger.

UP NEXT: San Jose take on the Bakersfield Condors on Saturday 1/15 at 7:00pm at Mechanics Bank Arena.

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