The San Jose Barracuda rebound from loss on Monday to beat the Charlotte Checkers

by Jerry Feitelberg

photo credit: SJ Barracuda logo

The San Jose Barracuda defeated the Charlotte Checkers 3-2 in a shootout Wednesday afternoon at the SAP center.  Head coach Roy Sommer’s team evened the season series with the Checkers at two apiece. The Barracuda fell to the Checkers Monday as the played a lackluster game. San Jose played a much better game.

The Barracuda and the Checkers played a lively first period. The Barracuda held their own as they killed off two penalties early in the period. Goalie Aaron Dell made a terrific stop on a two on one rush by the Checkers while the “Cuda was on a power play. The contest remained scoreless until the 16:18 mark when the Checkers’ Sergei Tolchinsky beat Dell for the first score of the game. Danny Biega and Brock McGinn assisted. The Barracuda tied the game with just twelve seconds left when Michael Haley put the puck past Daniel Altshuller for the tally. Julius Bergman assisted on the play.  The Barracuda outshot the Checkers 13-12. Score tied at one after one period.

There was no scoring in the second period. Bith teams continued the levely play as they skated up and down the ice. The Checkers continued to lead in the shots on goal category 23-22. The Barracuda’s Michael Haley and the Checkers’ Mike Cornell sat out five minutes of the period as they were flagged for fighting. Both the Barracuda and the Checkers had one power play opportunity but neither team could convert.

San Jose scored their second goal of the game with 15:01 left to play in the game. Forward Ryan Carpenter poked the puck into the nets during a huge scrum in front of Checkers’  goalie Daniel Altshuller. Ther Checkers tied the ame with just 5:25 left as Jake Chelios beat Dell for the score. Neither team could score and the game ended in a tie and headed for Overtime.

The  Barracuda had their chances in the five-minute overtime period. The Checkers were called for three penalties but San Jose did not score. The game will be settled by a shootout. Bryan Lerg beat Altshuiller to secure the win for  San Jose by a final score of 3-2.

Game Notes- With the win,  San Jose’s record improves to 12-10-2-3 and they have won three of the last four games. Charlotte drops to 17-12-1-0.

San Jose’s Ryan Carpenter and goalie Aaron Dell were awarded first and third stars respectively after the game. Charlotte’s Sergei Tolchinsky won the second star. Aaron Dell stopped 31 shots for the Barracuda. Charlotte’s Altshuller recoireded 32 saves in a losing effort.


The Charlotte Checkers skate by the San Jose Barracuda

by Jerry Feitelberg

photo credit by the San Jose Barracuda-Charlotte Checkers promo page

SAN JOSE–The San Jose Barracuda, hoping to win their second game in a row, fell to the Charlotte Checkers 4-1 Monday afternoon at the SAP Center. The Barracuda beat the Stockton Thunder 5-1 Sunday but they appeared to run out of gas in a lackluster performance against Charlotte. Neither team scored in the first period. The Checkers outshot the ‘Cuda 12- 6. San Jose scored at the 6:28 mark of the second period. Michael Haley tallied his sixth goal of the year to get things going for San Jose. The Checkers outshot San Jose 11-4 and had 23-10 edge after two periods of play.

Charlotte owned the third period. They scored four unanswered goals to put the game away. They scored a power-play goal with 3:36 played to tie the score. Justin Shugg tallied his fifth of the year. Assists went to Jake Chelios and Brock McGinn. They scored again to take a 2-1 lead. The Checkers’ David Wohlberg score a short-handed goal that seemed to take the fight out of the Barracuda. Patrick Brown picked up the assist. Ethan Werek scored his first of the year at the 9:24 mark to give Charlotte a 3-1 advantage. T.J. Hensick and Justin Shugg assisted on the play. Charlotte’s fourth goal of the period came with a little more than two minutes left in the game. Zach Boychuk put the puck into an empty net. Charlotte wins 4-1.

Game Notes – Aaron Dell started in goal for San Jose. Dell entered the game with a record of 4-5-2. He GAA (goals against average) was a respectable 2.68 and he had a .910 save percentage. Daniel Altshuller was in goal for Charlotte. Altshuller’s record before the start of the game was 3-0-0 with a sparkling 1.97 GAA and an impressive .933 save percentage. With the loss, San Jose’s record drops to 11-10-2-3 while Charlotte’s improves to 17-11-1-0. The two teams meet again Wednesday afternoon at the SAP Center at 1:15 pm.


Barracuda Cool Off Heat in 5-1 Win

By Mary Walsh

photo credit: San Jose Barracuda

SAN JOSE– The San Jose Barracuda trounced the Stockton Heat to the tune of 5-1 on Sunday. It was the Barracuda’s first game back from the holiday break, while the Heat were playing their second in two days. It may not have been a must-win for San Jose, but it certainly was a should-win. Barracuda goaltender Troy Grosenick made 31 saves on 32 shots. Barclay Goodrow scored two goals, Trevor Parkes, Petter Emanuelsson and Bryan Lerg scored the other three. Ryan Carpenter had two assists in the game. The lone Stockton goal was scored by Derek Grant.

Troy Grosenick in net for San Jose, Joni Ortio in net for Stockton. San Jose wore home whites and Stockton was in their red and black uniforms. Despite starting the game by chasing down Turner Elson in their own zone, the Barracuda quickly established themselves in the offensive zone and kept pressure on for several shifts.

The Heat pushed San Jose back in the third minute of play, though most of their progress was facilitated by Barracuda errors. Turnovers and ill-conceived passes almost combined to give Stockton the lead, but Troy Grosenick stopped the puck and allowed San Jose to regroup.

McNally had a very good shitft early in the first period. He stole the puck, intercepted passes, took a couple of shots, kept the puck in when it looked on its way out.

The Barracuda took the lead 7:49 into the first period. Nikolay Goldobin caught puck near boards behind goal line, shot it at Ortio’s pads, and had it come back to him. He shot it again, and Jeremy Langlois caught that rebound. Langlois shot it and Trevor Parkes deflected it in.

San Jose padded their lead less than two minutes later when Ryan Carpenter caught puck behind net and passed it to Gus Young at the point. Young shot it and Petter Emanuelsson caught the rebound and threw it past Ortio.

The Barracuda took the first penalty of the game at 12:06, Nikita Jevpalovs went to the box for high-sticking, but his teammates killed the penalty off.

With 5:54 left in the period, San Jose got a power play as Stockton’s Garet Hunt went to the box for slashing. The Heat penalty kill was as effective as the Barracuda one. After the power play ended, Stockton came on with renewed vigor. The Barracuda could not seem to get in passing lanes as the Heat came through the neutral zone, and San Jose found themselves trapped for a long spell, defending their zone. Grosenick had a couple of close calls but he kept the Heat off the board.

With 1:09 left in the period, the Barracuda’s Bryan Lerg went to the box for slashing. San Jose started the penalty kill with a short-handed rush, and when the play returned to the Barracuda zone, Grosenick made a good save through traffic, snuffing some energy from the Heat.

At the end of the first, the score was 2-0 Barracuda, and the shots were 14-10 Barracuda.

San Jose killed off the rest of the penalty to strt the second, and then followed up with another strong push.That was cut off by a penalty to Joakim Ryan for interference at 3:27.

The Heat power play was cut short when Emile Poirer was called for hooking at 4:09. The Barracuda made good use of their short power play when Karl Stollery took a shot from the point, while Goodrow and Carpenter waited at the net. Ortio scrambled to keep the puck out but Goodrow and Carpenter kept after it. Bryan Lerg arrived late as the puck came away from the scramble. He took the shot to give the home team a 3-0 lead. Assists went to Stollery and Carpenter.

Near the half way mark, a Stockton shot rang off the post in an unusual manner, triggering a video review that came to naught. The review did give the Barracuda a little time to rest up for a penalty kill, as McNally had just gone to the box for high-sticking.

With 8:27 remaining in the second, Barlcay Goodrow skated in to the Stockton zone and put a puck right under Ortio for a 4-0 lead. Stockton changed goalies after that, putting Kent Simpson in net.

Gallant and Ryan Lomberg exchanged blows after a questionable hit, and both went for five minutes. Kenny Agostini served the two minutes for Lomberg’s charging penalty.

The Barracuda power play was ineffective and almost as soon as it ended, Petter Emanuelsson went to the box for interference. The Stockton power play opened with a quick short-handed chance for San Jose. Grosenick’s shutout ended with that penalty, as the Heat took the puck round the outside of the Barracuda zone, ending with a near-the-goal-line shot from Derek Grant over Grosenick’s shoulder. Assists went to Jakub Nakladal and Morgan Klimchuk.

Another fight ensued, this time between Turner Elson and Julius Bergman. They joined Gallant and Lomberg in the box.

With almost three minutes remaining in the second, Mitchell Heard went to the box for cross-checking, giving the Barracuda another power play that they did not score on.

At the end of the second, the score was 4-1 and the shots 29-20 Barracuda.

The Barracuda did not have a shot through the first three minutes of the third period. Barclay Goodrow took one of their first shots of the period and scored his second goal of the game. Stockton goaltender Simpson tried to cover the puck in front of the blue paint, by falling forward onto it. The puck escaped him and Goodrow had a clear view of an open net. An assist went to Bergman.

The middle ten minutes of the period were relatively uneventful, save another Lomberg fight, this one with Greger Hanson. Another Heat power play came during the last six minutes, when Trevor Parkes went to the box for tripping. San Jose was pretty efficient at getting the pucks out without giving Stockton much time to shoot.

The Barracuda had yet another power play opportunity during the final two minutes, as Turner Elson went to the box for slashing.

Final score: 5-1 San Jose. Final shot count was 35-32 San Jose.

The Barracuda next play on Monday at 1:15 PST, against the visiting Charlotte Checkers.

Barracuda Surge Back to Beat Heat

By: Ben Leonard

photo credit: San Jose Barracuda; Barracuda get one goal win over Stockton Heat 5-4

SAN JOSE–Frustration was beginning to mount in San Jose. The Barracuda had dropped three straight, and looked like they were going to extend that streak after finding themselves down 3-0 early. It was the same old, same old for the ‘Cuda, struggling on penalty kills — until out of nowhere, five straight goals gave the Barracuda a stunning 5-4 win over the Stockton Heat.

Fresh off a stint with the NHL’s San Jose Sharks, right winger Barclay Goodrow had a goal and two assists to help propel the Barracuda to the victory.

The Barracuda had struggled mightily on the penalty kill coming into Sunday, succeeding on just 76% of penalty kills, 30th in the AHL, and even worse at the SAP Center (70.6%). And it was more of the same in the early going, allowing a power play goal to Freddie Hamilton, his seventh of the season, after ten minutes to let Stockton take a 1-0 lead. Just four minutes later, Emile Porier added on another goal, beating Troy Grosenick top shelf after getting an extra step away from his defender, giving Stockton the 2-0 lead.

Roy Sommer’s team was down, frustrated and ready to lash out. So ‘Cuda left winger Frazer McLaren took matters into his own hands, taking out his frustration on Heat right winger Hunter Smith.

// dominated Smith, but both got five-minute fighting majors. The fight didn’t seem to help the ‘Cuda much in terms of momentum, giving up another goal in the second period to Morgan Klimchuck to fall down 3-0, but head coach Roy Sommer thought it started to “get [the Barracuda] going.” Before that, he said that he had “doubts” about his team’s ability to come back.

After that, Michael Haley got it going for San Jose with a shorthanded goal that Sommer thought “put [the Heat] on their heels,” cutting the lead to 3-1. Before you knew it, the ‘Cuda had taken a 4-3 lead, after a power play goal from Goodrow, a goal right after the faceoff from Nikolay Goldobin, and a Gus Young goal on a deflection. The Barracuda had scored four goals in under four minutes, quite a feat. It stunned the Heat, and killed their momentum for the rest of the game.

Petter Emanuelsson added an insurance goal to make it 5-3 late in the third, the difference in the game when Heat winger Austin Carroll added a goal with three minutes left to cut the lead to 5-4, one that would hold.

Cuda left winger Alex Gallant was ejected from the game in the second period after laying a hit to Porier. Sommer thought it was a “good hit” that wasn’t a “hit to the head.” In his eyes, Porier “released the puck and then hit him. If [Porier] popped up, I don’t think they make the call.”







Barracuda fall in overtime to Gulls

By: Eric He

San Jose Barracuda photos: San Diego Gulls skate to a Friday night victory past Barracuda in San Diego

The San Jose Barracuda lost their third straight game on Friday night, falling in 3-2 overtime to the San Diego Gulls on the road.

With the game tied 2-2, Stefan Noesen won the game for the Gulls, finishing off a pass from Brandon Montour on rush less than two minutes into the extra session.

The Barracuda had evened the score in the third period courtesy of Nikolay Goldobin, who found the back of the net midway through the third to tie the game at 2-2.

After a scoreless first period, San Jose jumped on the board first on a goal by Karl Stollery. But San Diego answered with two power play goals to take a 2-1 lead into the third.

Barracuda goaltender Troy Grosenick played well despite the loss, stopping 28 shots in defeat.

San Jose drops to 9-9-2-3 while San Diego advances to 13-10-0-1.

Next up will be a matchup against the Stockton Heat at home on Sunday.

Barracuda fall in overtime in Ontario

By: Eric He

photo credit: San Jose Barracuda; SJ Barracuda defeated in Ontario 12-13-15

The San Jose Barracuda could not hang on to a 1-0 third period lead on Sunday night, falling 2-1 in overtime to the Ontario Reign on the road.

They nearly escaped with a thin victory, but with the net empty for the Reign late in the third period, a deflection by Justin Auger on a shot from the point found the back to the net to tie the game at 1-1. Kevin Gravel won the game for Ontario in overtime, scoring on a tight angle on the rush.

The Barracuda’s lone goal came late in the first period courtesy of Trevor Parkes, who deflected a shot by Mark Cundari into the net.

San Jose outshot Ontario 24-20, with both teams finishing 0-for-2 on the power play. Peter Budaj stopped 19 of 20 shots for the Reign, who pulled off a dramatic home win.

The division-leading Reign advance to 15-4-2-0 while the Barracuda drop to 9-9-1-3. Next up for San Jose will be a Friday night tilt against the Gulls.

Sluggish Start Costs Barracuda in 5-0 Loss to Gulls

By Matthew T.F. Harrington

photo credit: by San Jose Barracuda of Gulls and Barracuda on 12-12-15

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Despite having the advantage of fresh legs, the San Jose Barracuda’s flat start Saturday afternoon against the San Diego Gulls led to a 5-0 loss at the SAP Center. San Diego’s Max Friberg and Mike Sgarbossa had a goal and assist each and Matt Hackett made 32 saves for his first shutout since the 2011-12 season. Barracuda starter Aaron Dell was pulled after allowing 3 goals in the first 6 shots he faced.

“It’s the same (expletive),” said Barracuda coach Roy Sommer. “I don’t know how many out of our first 19, 20 games the first or second shot is going in. Now we’re sitting back going whoa. We’ve got to be better and have better starts.”

“We need some key saves from our goalies,” said Lerg. “It’s not just on them, it’s on us. But that’s one thing, we live or die by our goalies. You’ve seen that in games where we’ve let up a (bad) goal early on and it sucks the life from us.”

Playing in their first game since last Saturday’s 7-6 overtime thriller, the Barracuda (9-9-0-3) found themselves down 3-0 in the opening minutes of play and never recovered. Despite being blanked by Bakersfield 3-0 last night, the Gulls (12-10-0-1) found plenty of offense to distance themselves from San Jose in the standings. San Jose outshot the Gulls 32-26.

“Here’s a team we’re trying to catch,” said Barracuda Roy Sommer. “They played last night. They looked like the fresher team to me.”

Bad puck luck but the Barracuda on their heels early after a harmless play turned into a fluke goal 33 seconds into the game. Gulls forward Max Friberg took a puck from behind the San Jose net and banked it in off Aaron Dell’s body for his 5th goal of the season.

Renowned enforcer Brian McGrattan netted his 4th goal of the season 1:40 later to extend the Gulls lead to 2-0. The Gulls faced little opposition position themselves in the offensive end after Matt Bailey’s drop pass to Shea Theodore from the right face-off dot. Theodore fired a shot that Dell turned aside, but the netfront presence of Kyle Bonis and McGrattan overwhelmed the Barracuda defense. Bonis chipped the rebound to McGrattan for the tap-in tally.

The scuffling start went from bad to worse for the Barracuda 5:42 into the 1st period when again they failed to protect the blue paint. With Barclay Goodrow in the box for tripping, a Gull shot off the crossbar from Nick Ritchie deflect off Dell and into a scrum in front. From there Michael Sgarbossa was able to convert on his 4th goal of the season.  Dell was replaced by Troy Grosenick following the third Gulls goal after just 3 saves on 6 shots.

“You can say it’s on him and it’s on us,” said Sommer of his starter. “One of these guys needs to step up.”

After a listless 1st period, the Barracuda upped the energy level in the second period. They managed to maintain possession more frequently in the 2nd, resulting in the better of the scoring opportunities. San Jose did just about everything but score in the period, peppering Gulls netminder Matt Hackett with 14 shots.

“We had some good zone time,” said Sommer. “But we didn’t get anything out of it. We needed to bury them. We had a couple where we had second, third chances and didn’t get it done.”

After replacing Dell with Grosenick, the Barracuda outshot San Diego 22-13. San Diego was also held scoreless in the 2nd.

“I don’t even know if they played in our end that period,” said Lerg. “(Grosenick) made two saves. Other than that, we were all over them. We had some really good chances. It’s frustrating. They’re not going in. That’s part of the game though.”

A quick strike in the 3rd period zapped the momentum from San Jose. On just the second shot of the period, Stefan Noesen netted his first goal of the season, beating Grosenick 59 seconds into the final period. Sgarbossa assisted on the goal. Jiri Sekac, loaned by the Anaheim Ducks to the Gulls on a conditioning stint, added a goal with 7:55 left.

The Gulls weren’t the only team with a skater on a conditioning stint from the parent club. Sharks forward Ben Smith skated with the Barracuda Saturday, forming a line with one-time Shark Bryan Lerg and Jeremy Langlois. Smith was a -3 and managed 2 shots on goal.

“It was nice to be back in a game,” said Smith, who hasn’t played in a game since October 16th. “It was nice to warm up and go out and play. That’s not the way I wanted it to go but that’s my first game in 6 or 7 weeks. I definitely left a lot there to build on.”

Smith’s arrival and a promotion for Ryan Carpenter forced the Barracuda to juggle lines one game after Sommer found magic with a grouping of Barclay Goodrow, Petter Emanuelssson and Carpenter. Micheal Haley took Carpenter’s spot on the line to let Smith skate with Lerg’s line.

“They had a couple bang-bang plays,” said Sommer on his captain’s line. “They had a couple point blankers he stopped.”

“They’re all fast and they all make plays,” added Sommer. “They should be able to get something done at this level.”

San Jose will hope to find some chemistry on the road with a game Sunday afternoon against the Ontario Reign. After that, they’ll travel to San Diego for a tilt with the Gulls Friday night.

“We don’t have a lot of time to think about it,” said Sommer. “We’re facing the best team in the league tomorrow. We better start better than we did tonight.”

Early Goals, Dell’s 43 Saves Give Barracuda 5-3 Win over Heat

By Matthew T.F. Harrington

photo credit: SJ Barracuda-Barracuda celebrate win over heat Fri 12-4-15

SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose Barracuda managed to collect a point in a third-straight contest against their Northern California rivals the Stockton Heat Friday night at the SAP Center. Both teams pummeled each other on the ice in a feisty showdown, but the Barracuda hit Stockton where it hurts most; the scoreboard.

“We did what we needed to do,” said Barracuda coach Roy Sommer. “We got the start we wanted, we got some goals.”

San Jose rode a three-goal first period to douse the Heat 5-3 at home. Barclay Goodrow had a goal and three assists, Ryan Carpenter added to his team-leading 12 assists with a pair of assists and a goal and linemate Petter Emanuelsson added a pair of helpers to give San Jose (8-8-0-3) 5 of a total 6 points against the AHL opponent closest in proximity to San Jose. Barracuda goalie Aaron Dell made 43 saves in a stellar outing that saw Stockton (6-8-0-2) outshoot the home team 46-18.

“You feel it early,” said Dell. “You get a couple good shots, you get comfortable. There’s not a lot of time where you’re just sitting there. You get in a rhythm. It’s a comfort level. I felt good. I had a lot of help tonight, got some goals and some blocked shots at the end where we needed them.”

The play skewed towards the physical early and often, as evidenced by a pair of fights in the opening period by San Jose defenseman Gus Young and Barracuda captain Bryan Lerg. While cooler heads prevailed after the first pair of donnybrooks, the two still combined for 38 penalty minutes.

San Jose alternate captain John McCarthy got some sweet revenge to open the game, scoring right as a penalty he drew expired. The Andover, MA native was chasing a loose puck but was ridden into the boards by Stockton’s Pat Sieloff a step before the puck, sending the Heat forward to the box for two minutes for interference. While San Jose didn’t score on the man advantage, nine seconds later McCarthy flicked a backhander in the crease over Heat netminder Joni Ortio to give the Barracuda a 1-0 lead 3:09 into the game.

“I didn’t think (Nikita Jevpalov and Nikolai Goldobin) played very well tonight,” said Sommers on McCarthy’s linemates. “McCarthy was very good. He was basically bailing them out.”

The second Barracuda goal of the period, a rebound tip-in by Carpenter, did come with a Heat player in the box. With defenseman Oliver Kylington in the box for holding, Carpenter worked himself into the perfect position to knock home a rebound from a Mirco Mueller shot just under five minutes into the game for his second point of the night.

“He was on the puck, around the puck,” said Sommer of Carpenter. “That line played like they were supposed to. They played pretty heavy.”

Despite mustering only 9 shots on goal in the first, San Jose found itself up 3-0 after Julius Bergman netted his second goal of the season 3:09 away from the first intermission. Bergman again scored on a rebound after Barclay Goodrow fed the perfect cross-ice pass to Petter Emanuelsson. Emanuelsson’s one-timer landed in Bergman’s lap for the rebound goal.

“It was nice to take the pressure off,” said Dell on the early goal support. “I got to ease into the game. It’s nice to have a lead to start off.”

“Getting those two early on was big for us,” said Goodrow. “After that we worked down low, worked on getting pucks to the net and we were rewarded for it tonight.”

Stockton answered back 14 seconds later after Kenny Agostino beat Dell for his second goal of the season, with both coming against the Barracuda. The Heat nearly added another in the waning moments of the period but Dell made a skidding save from his belly to hold Stockton to 1 goal on 12 shots.

Goodrow picked up his third point of the game in the second period. After assisting on McCarthy and Bergman’s tallies, the 22 year-old netted a goal of his own. Goodrow camped out in the crease, tucking home a loose puck off a Carpenter shot. Goodrow has scored 5 goals in 12 games since being demoted to the Barracuda from the Sharks November 4th.

“It’s at the point where I’m passed the adjustment phase,” said Goodrow, who played for the first time on a line with Emanuelsson and Carpenter. “It got to a point where I realized I wasn’t playing to how I wanted. In the last couple games I’ve played better. I’m looking forward to getting better going forward.”

Agostino tortured the Barracuda again with 28 seconds left in the 2nd. Like a number of San Jose’s goals, Agostino’s was the result of crashing the net and positioning himself in the crease.  He guided a Garnet Hathaway shot back Dell to cut the lead in half 4-2 heading into the 2nd intermission. Former Shark Freddie Hamilton picked up assists on both Agostino goals.

Dell appeared to have the game on lock in the final period despite seeing 21 shots, but Aaron Johnson managed to sneak one past Dell with 3:37 left in regulation to set up a tense final moments. The Barracuda iced the game with an empty net goal by Jeremy Langlois with 13 seconds left.

“It’s always good to get a win,” said Carpenter. “But I don’t think we were too happy with how we finished the game. They took it to us in the second half. You could see it from the shots on goal. We want to have a good start. You have to play 60 minutes.

While San Jose still has 9 games remaining with Stockton, the rivalry will be put on hold until the next meeting between both teams. For now, the Barracuda will turn their attention to the Bakersfield Condors. The Condors roll into town for a Saturday matinee at SAP which will see the Barracuda don their ugly sweater jerseys.

“We’ll hopefully bring the start we had tomorrow and keep it through all 60,” said Carpenter.

Stars Score in Flurries to Beat Barracuda on Sunday

By: Joe Lami

Less than 24 hours after a huge win by the San Jose Barracuda over the Texas Stars 5-4 on Saturday, they returned on the ice to a losing fashion 3-2 to the top scoring team in the AHL.

Goals came in flurries for the Stars, as they got on the board less than a minute into the contest. Curtis McKenzie tallied his first of the season just 45-seconds in. He threw the puck in front from behind the net and it found its way off a Barracuda defender past Troy Grosenick for the only goal in the first period.

McKenzie had a chance at his second of the period on a penalty shot after being pulled down on a breakaway with nine minutes remaining in the frame, but Grosenick held strong on the attempt.

The Barracuda had a penalty shot of their own just minutes later. This time, it was Jeremy Langlois that got pulled down on a breakaway. However, San Jose’s leading scorer couldn’t capitalize on the chance.

San Jose finally tied the game at one in the second period. Scott Timmins was awarded the goal off of a deflection out in front of a Joakim Ryan point shot. However, it is believed that Trevor Parkes deflected it after Timmins did. As of now, it remains Timmins goal and is the fifth of the year for him. If the goal is changed to Parkes, it will be his third.

The flurries started back up for the Stars, as 15 seconds would cost the Barracuda the game. Radek Faska scored at the 13:16 marker unassisted and Brendan Ranford iced the game at the 13:31 mark for his sixth of the season. “It’s just frustrating when you put together a pretty good hockey game and a lapse for 15 seconds is a two-goal difference,” added Bryan Lerg.

San Jose attempted to battle back but fell short.  Gus Young made it a contest, scoring his first professional goal at 15:05 of the second period but San Jose was unable to get the puck past John Muse again, as he picked up 33 saves in the victory.

Goldobin’s Pair, Bergman’s Late Shoot Down Stars 5-4

By Matthew T.F. Harrington

SAN JOSE, Calif. – A wild second period pushed the San Jose Barracuda past the Texas Stars Saturday afternoon at the SAP Center. Barracuda forward Nikolai Goldobin scored two of four Barracuda goals in the frame and Ryan Carpenter, John McCarthy and Nikitia Jevpalovs all had a pair of assists to help the Barracuda overcome a 3-1 lead and win 5-4.

“He could have had four or five tonight,” said Barracuda coach Roy Sommer on his star wing’s performance.

“It’s nice to score two goals,” added Goldobin. “I hoped I could score a hat trick. I had a couple chances.”

Julius Bergman answered a late Stars goal with a score of his own in the final minute to give San Jose (7-7-0-3) a win in its first game back after 7-game road trip that saw the Barracuda go 3-2-0-2 and pick up 8 points.

“I think it’s a good sign that our team didn’t fold after they scored with two minutes left,” said McCarthy. “We dug deep and got that last one. That’s a good sign for us.”

Texas (11-8-0-1) landed the first and only strike of the first period on Matej Stransky’s 5th goal of the season with 8:24 left in the opening period, then built a two goal lead on Devin Shore’s Western Conference-leading 14th goal of the season just under 5 minutes into the 2nd.

Barracuda defenseman Joakim Ryan scored his first career professional goal on a point blast past Stars netminder Maxime Lagace at the 9:38 mark of the period, but Texas answered back with a Shore’s second goal of the period just two and a half minutes later to make it 3-1 visitors. Shore took a near end-to-end rush and ripped a backhander around Troy Grosenick to reestablish a two-goal advantage on the power play.

“We talked about it, we didn’t want to get into a footrace with that team,” said Sommer. “They’re one of the highest scoring teams in the league, we’re not. I don’t think very often you come out ahead on those kinds of games.”

While the early going of the 2nd was all Shore and the Stars, Goldobin took over late. The San Jose Sharks 2014 first-round draft pick showed glimmers of his potential as a pure NHL goal scorer, ripping a wrist shot from Lagace’s left hand faceoff circle that beat the Stars goalie on the far post clean with 5:50 left in the second.

“The skill has been there the whole time,” said McCarthy. “It was on display tonight. That’s the biggest thing for him, playing on both sides of the rink. He’s getting there.”

After Shore was sent to the box for delay of game, Goldobin again found the back of the net on a play that displayed his offensive arsenal. Nikita Jevpalovs fired the initial shot that bounced of Lagace’s pads and into a crowd in the crease. From there, alternate captain John McCarthy was able to scoop the puck out of his skates and nudge it to a waiting Goldobin behind the net. Goldobin wrapped the puck around the net for his second of the night and fourth of the season. The Russian’s tally tied the game 2:30 from the second intermission.

“You don’t want to take away his creativity,” said Sommer on what the expectations are from his star winger following a demotion from the Sharks to work on his defensive game. “He’s going to try things other guys won’t. When you try things other guys won’t you’re going to turn pucks over. If you told Joe Thornton to not try to pass through sticks, you’re not going to get much from him. He’s one of those guys that you have to let play and not put too many restrictions on him.”

“I think I just need to score goals and coach will be happy,” said Goldobin. “If I’m going to play in their zone, I don’t have to play defense in their zone.”

Barclay Goodrow gave fans of the parent club confidence, scoring his 4th goal of the season to take the lead with just 10 seconds left in the six-goal second. Petter Emanuelsson wasn’t able to muster the full-strength shot, but his whiff slid right to Goodrow on the far post for the easy tap-in for the goal.

“That was the backbreaker,” said Sommer. “Scoring with ten seconds left. More power to him.”

San Jose appeared poised for the victory in the third period after heading to the 5-on-3 man advantage, but game up empty on both go-arounds. Texas managed to make San Jose pay, finding the back of the net with just under two minutes to play. Esa Lindell picked the puck out of a scrum and lifted a backhander over a prone Grosenick to tie the game.

The resiliency of the Barracuda won out though, with Julius Bergman scoring the game-winner exactly one minute later on a point shot that deflected off a Stars defender.

“We weren’t getting any production on the back end,” said Sommer on Ryan and Bergman both contributing on the blue line. “So I thought it was really good to see.”

McCarthy and Jevpalovs assisted on Bergman’s first career AHL goal.

“It’s not usually three guys you get working together,” said Sommer on the chemistry Jevpalovs, McCarthy and Goldobin have shown over the past three games since forming a line. “It’s usually two guys and an outsider but that line seems to be going well together.”

The Barracuda continue the second game of a two-game set against the Stars tomorrow at SAP looking for the top line to continue to contribute at the pace it is. After that, they’ll continue the five-game homestand with contests against Stockton, Bakersfield and San Diego.