San Jose Barracuda Tuesday game wrap: Fischer and Wood get Roadrunners early lead hand Cuda 2-1 loss in first of two meetings photo: San Jose Barracuda forward John McCarthy (17) is chased by the Tucson Roadrunners center Chris Mueller (19) as the Roadrunners goaltender Adin Hill (33) looks on Tuesday night at SAP Center

SAN JOSE — The San Jose Barracuda pulled within a goal in the second period, but their comeback bid fell short and they dropped a 2-1 decision to the Tuscon Roadrunners at SAP Center Tuesday.

The Barracuda — the Roadrunners

The Roadrunners got on the board first. Christian Fischer took a pass from Chris Mueller and put it into the net for his 20th goal of the season at 15:57 of the opening period.

The Roadrunners went on their first power play of the game after Barclay Goodrow went to the box for tripping at 12:22. They capitalized with the man advantage for a 2-0 lead 43 seconds later. Kyle Wood used a wrist shot to beat Troy Grosenick stick-side for his 14th goal of the season. With that goal, Wood currently leads the AHL in power-play goals (11) among all rookies.

Shots were 12-9 in favor of the Barracuda, but they trailed the Roadrunners 2-0 after 20 minutes.

The Barracuda cut the lead in half with 5:51 left in the second period. Adam Helewka tried to beat Adin Hill five-hole, but hit the left post. Ryan Carpenter proceeded to clean up the rebound for his 14th goal of the season.

Alex Schoenborn was called for cross-checking just as time expired at the 20-minute mark. Despite outshooting the Roadrunners 21-16, the Barracuda continued to trail 2-1 after 40 minutes.

Schoenborn served his cross-checking penalty during the first two minutes of the third period.

The action intensified midway through the period. Dakota Mermis was called for hooking at 12:38. Less than a minute later, Jamie McBain received a double minor for high-sticking Rourke Chartier.

In his postgame press conference, Barracuda head coach Roy Sommer confirmed Chartier was okay after taking a stick to the face.

Hill was called for delay of game with 20.5 seconds left in regulation. The Barracuda went on the power play, but were unable to capitalize with the man advantage, and their comeback fell short.

The Barracuda (43-16-2-5) dropped a 2-1 decision to the Roadrunners (27-31-8-0).

“I think our power play is kind of (good) and we got some weapons on there,” Colin Blackwell said when asked if there was anything his team could’ve improved on the power play. “I don’t think they have to really improve anything…I think if we just keep shooting, we’ll score on the power plays…It was just one of those nights where we didn’t get ahead of them, but they’re a good team and I expect them to that (capitalize on power plays) for the rest of the year.”

“I thought we were (real) flat,” Sommer said. “You know, especially the first 20 minutes, 25 minutes until we scored in the second (period) and then the game picked up a little bit.”

The Barracuda honored Grosenick’s AHL Goalie of the Year victory on the jumbotron. Fans gave him a big round of applause.

The Barracuda were without Zack Stortini as he served the first game of his two-game suspension after a controversial incident with the Stockton Heat Sunday. Stortini was accused of kneeling Heat defenseman Oliver Kylington.

The Barracuda went with six defenders: Joakim Ryan, Tim Heed, Mirco Mueller, Julius Bergman, Dan Kelly and Jacob Middleton.

Up Next
The Barracuda and Roadrunners return to action Thursday at 7:00 p.m. PST on AHL Live and AM 1220 KDOW.

San Jose Barracuda Sunday post game wrap: Cuda wrap up conference title in overtime 2-1 over Stockton photo: San Jose Barracuda celebrate on their bench as they defeat the Stockton Heat 2-1 in overtime on Sunday afternoon at SAP Center

By Ana Kieu

SAN JOSE — The San Jose Barracuda clinched the Western Conference, wrapping up their 12-game season series against the Stockton Heat with a 2-1 overtime victory at SAP Center Sunday.

After a quick stop in Stockton Saturday night, the Barracuda returned to San Jose to open a three-game homestand, starting with the Heat.

Following a brief fight, Zack Stortini received a slashing penalty while Jamie Devane sat in the box for cross-checking.

“It’s two teams that compete hard against each other,” Stortini commented. “We’re both playing for something and we’re very competitive so those kinds of games are very fun to play in.”

Andrew Mangiapane was called for high-sticking with 9:22 left in the period. The Barracuda got into another fight with the rival Heat. This time, it was over a questionable call made by the officials. Julius Bergman’s shot bounced off the end boards and Ryan Carpenter tried to slam the puck into the net, but the call stood. No goal for San Jose.

The Barracuda opened the scoring with just 51.5 seconds left on the clock. Garnet Hathaway went to the box for holding the stick. Tim Heed sent a pass to Danny O’Regan, who blasted it into the net, beating David Rittich for a power-play goal — his 22nd of the season.

The Barracuda led the Heat 1-0 after 20 minutes. Shots were 20-7 in favor of San Jose.

Things remained chippy in the second period as Mirco Mueller dropped the gloves with Ryan Lomberg for a fight at 13:08. As a result, both players served two-minute minors for roughing.

The Barracuda held a 1-0 lead over the Heat after 40 minutes. San Jose outshot Stockton 36-14.

The action ensued in the third period. Buddy Robinson dropped the gloves with Austin Carroll for an intense fight just 2:03 into the period. Consequently, both players served 10-minute misconducts and two-minute roughing minors.

Jacob Middleton was called for tripping at 14:07. Mike Angelidis then finished a tic-tac-toe play from Mangiapane and Mark Jankowski for a power-play goal — his seventh goal of the season — tying the game 1-1 at 13:39.

The game headed into overtime after the Barracuda and Heat remained in a 1-1 deadlock after 60 minutes. Troy Grosenick made a notable save, stopping the puck with his glove to prevent a potential game-tying goal from a Heat forward.

Barclay Goodrow scored the game-winning goal — his 25th of the season — to lift the Barracuda to a 2-1 win at 2:48 of the overtime period.

The Barracuda (43-15-2-5) edged the Heat (33-25-5-2) in a 2-1 overtime victory. Grosenick finished with 20 saves for San Jose.

“I was a little bit bored there,” Grosenick said when asked about how he shot the puck back and forth with Rittich. “So I wanted to play pass with somebody and I passed it to him. Then he took a shot on that and I wasn’t happy with that.”

Rittich made 47 saves in a losing effort for Stockton.

When asked about the melee between both teams, Barracuda head coach Roy Sommer didn’t have much to say.

“I don’t know man,” Sommer responded. “It was kind of just a heat of the moment thing…I don’t remember what he said. It was just one of those things and it’s kind of a team thing. They get under your skin and into your mind and shame on me, I guess.”

Notes Sommer received a misconduct — his second of the season — after attempting to discuss a call with the Heat bench. He now has 20 penalty minutes, zero goals and zero assists.

O’Regan was named to the AHL All-Rookie Team Wednesday.

Grosenick and Heed were selected to the AHL First and Second All-Star Team Thursday.

Up Next The Barracuda continue their homestand Tuesday when they host the Tuscon Roadrunners (26-31-8-0) at 7:00 p.m. PST on AHL Live and AM 1220 KDOW

San Jose Barracuda Saturday game wrap: Stockton grabs lead early finishes off Cuda in three goal win 5-2 photo: The Stockton Heat’s defenseman Mikkel Aggard (12) gives chase on the San Jose Barracuda’s forward John McCarthy (17) during Saturday’s game at Stockton in AHL action

By Ana Kieu

The San Jose Barracuda lost to the Stockton Heat 5-2 at Stockton Arena Saturday.

The Heat got on the board first as Mikkel Aagaard picked up a pass from Austin Carroll and put it into the net for his fourth goal of the season just 6:22 into the opening period.

Hunter Shinkaruk fired a sniper past Clarke Saunders short-side for his 14th goal of the season, giving the Heat a 2-0 lead.

The Heat celebrated a milestone at 8:30 when Adam Ollas Mattsson scored his first professional goal off a pass by Linden Vey.

The Barracuda cut the lead 3-1 with 3:53 left in the period. Adam Helewka beat Jon Gillies short-side for his 14th goal of the season.

The Heat took a 4-1 lead with 2:03 left on the clock. Andrew Mangiapane beat Saunders with a wrist shot to the blocker side for his 18th goal of the season.

The Barracuda trailed the Heat 4-1 after 20 minutes. Stockton outshot San Jose 14-9.

Colin Blackwell pulled the Barracuda within two with his fourth goal of the season at 10:16 of the second period to. In addition, Colby McAuley picked up the primary assist for his first in the AHL.

Shinkaruk scored his second goal of the game — 15th of the season — to put the Heat ahead 5-2 just 3:50 into the third period.

The Barracuda lost to the Heat 5-2.

However, the San Diego Gulls lost to the Ontario Reign 3-1, the Barracuda managed to clinch the Pacific Division title.

Gillies finished with 31 saves in a Stockton victory.

Sharks recalled forwards Danny O’Regan and Timo Meier as well as defenseman Tim Heed from the Barracuda Saturday morning.

O’Regan was named to the AHL All-Rookie Team Wednesday.

Heed and Troy Grosenick were selected to the AHL First and Second All-Star Team Thursday.

Up Next
The Barracuda return home to host the Heat in a Sunday matinee at 3:00 p.m. PST on AHL Live and AM 1220 KDOW.

San Jose Barracuda Wednesday game wrap: Meier scores twice as Barracuda crush Ontario 5-1 photo: San Jose Barracuda forward Timo Meier (28) finds the back end of the net as he scores on the Ontario Reign’s defenceman Matt Roy (3) at SAP Center on Wednesday night in AHL action

By Ana Kieu

SAN JOSE — The San Jose Barracuda dethroned the Ontario Reign with a 5-1 victory at SAP Center Wednesday.

The defense was strong in the opening period. It was a goaltending duel as Barracuda goalie Troy Grosenick and Reign backup goalie Jeff Zatkoff made the necessary saves to keep the game scoreless.

Things got chippy late in the period when Zack Stortini dropped the gloves with Paul Bissonnette for an action-packed fight. Both players received five-minute majors for fighting and two-minute minors for unsportsmanlike conduct.

The Barracuda and Reign skated to a scoreless tie after 20 minutes. Shots were 16-9 in favor of San Jose.

Timo Meier broke a scoreless deadlock halfway through the second period. Meier collected a pass from Barclay Goodrow and fired the puck into the net, beating Zatkoff short-side for his 13th goal of the season.

The Barracuda took a 2-0 lead when Danny O’Regan sent a pass to Meier, who tipped it into the net to beat Zatkoff for his second goal of the game and 14th of the season.

The Barracuda outshot the Reign 28-16 and led 2-0 after 40 minutes.

The Reign cut the Barracuda’s lead in half when T.J. Hensick scored a power-play goal — his 14th overall — after Colin Blackwell went to the box for hooking at 13:48 of the third period.

However, the Barracuda extended its lead to 3-1 with 7:29 left in the period. Tim Heed fired a shot from the right point past Zatkoff for his 14th goal of the season.

Joakim Ryan’s shot missed the net, but Buddy Robinson tipped it in for his 15th goal of the season, extending the Barracuda’s lead to 4-1 with 4:03 left in the period.

48 seconds later, Adam Helewka collected a pass from Joakim Ryan and put it into the net for his 13th goal of the season, expanding the Barracuda’s lead to 5-1.

The Barracuda (42-14-2-5) beat the Reign (33-20-10-0) by a score of 5-1. Grosenick finished with 23 saves in a San Jose victory.

Zatkoff made 33 saves in a losing effort for Ontario.

“They (Barracuda) don’t always go in for you,” head coach Roy Sommer said when asked about his thoughts on tonight’s power play opportunities. “But they get a lot of good looks. I think we’re leading the whole American Hockey League in power-play percentage…As long as you’re getting the looks and you’re getting some quality chances on it…The PP (Power Play) and PK (penalty kill) ebbs and flows are normal…I don’t think there’s a lot of stuff to worry about. We only had three of them tonight.”

O’Regan was named to the 2016-17 AHL All-Star Team.

Sommer celebrated his 60th birthday. He was born on April 5, 1967 in Oakland, Calif.

Sharks reassigned Meier to the Barracuda.

Up Next
The Barracuda head to Stockton Arena to face the Stockton Heat (32-25-4-2) Saturday at 7:30 p.m. PST on AHL Live and AM 1220 KDOW.

San Jose Barracuda Saturday post game wrap: Barracuda offense chips away at Moose to take two game set 6-3 photo: San Jose Barracuda forward John McCarthy (17) puts some follow through into his swing against the Manitoba Moose on Saturday night at SAP in AHL action

by Ana Kieu

SAN JOSE — The San Jose Barracuda swept the back-to-back series with a 6-3 victory over the Manitoba Moose at SAP Center Saturday.

The Barracuda and Moose wrapped up their four-game season series this weekend. San Jose entered the second game of a back-to-back with the AHL’s best home winning percentage (.776) while Manitoba ranks 21st in road winning percentage (.429).

The Barracuda controlled the tempo for a little over half of the opening period as they had the first eight shots until the 9:06 mark. The Moose committed two penalties when Brian Strait went to the box for tripping at 13:38 and Kevin Czuczman was called for delay of game less than two minutes later. San Jose then broke a scoreless deadlock as Buddy Robinson cleaned up the rebound of Adam Helewka’s shot and put it into the net, beating Jamie Phillips for his 14th goal of the season.

“Absolutely,” Robinson said when asked about his thoughts on home-ice advantage. “Home-ice advantage is important in the playoffs and I think anyone who you talk to is going to say the same thing…The (Barracuda) fans out here have been great and this team has been hot so the fans have been coming out to show their support and we love it…It’s easier to play at home (SAP Center) because you have the same routine everyday…The more home ice we get, the more better we’ll be.”

Ryan Carpenter made it a 2-0 game with just six seconds left in the period. Carpenter collected a pass from John McCarthy and stuffed the puck through traffic, which went over Phillips’ pads for his 13th goal of the season.

The time on the clock winded down and the Barracuda held a 2-0 lead over the Moose after 20 minutes. Shots were 21-6 in favor of San Jose.

The Moose cut the Barracuda’s lead in half early in the second period. Patrice Cormier’s shot from the point deflected off of Jacob Middleton. Czuczman tipped in the deflection to beat Clarke Saunders top-shelf for his eighth goal of the season.

Peter Stoykewych was called for tripping at 13:52. The Barracuda went on the power play and capitalized with the man advantage. Joakim Ryan collected a pass from Tim Heed and fired it into the net for his 10th goal of the season, giving his team a 3-1 lead 21 seconds later.

The Moose scored another power-play goal to pull within one at the 14-minute mark. Mirco Mueller was called for cross-checking. Dan DeSalvo then collected a pass from Scott Kosmachuk and beat Saunders for his 16th of the season.

The Barracuda outshot the Moose 31-23 and brought a 3-2 lead to the locker room after 40 minutes.

Zach Stortini scored his third goal of the season early in the third period, expanding the Barracuda’s lead to 4-2. Stortini’s scoring attempt worked despite crashing the net for a goal and then crashing into the net himself. However, San Jose’s comfortable cushion was short-lived as the Moose went on the power play after Barclay Goodrow was assessed a slashing penalty at 15:59. Kyle Connor put home the rebound to make it a one-goal game 16 seconds later.

The Barracuda scored an insurance goal for a 5-3 lead over the Moose with a little over three minutes left in regulation. Helewka sent a pass to Rourke Chartier, who fired a long-range shot past Phillips short-side for his 17th of the season. McCarthy capped off the scoring with an empty-net goal — his 18th of the season — with 51.7 seconds left in regulation.

“We’re all kind of on the same page,” McCarthy said. “It’s a nice feeling.”

The Barracuda (41-14-2-5) beat the Moose (25-36-4-5) by a score of 6-3. Saunders stopped 32 of 35 shots in his first appearance in San Jose. Phillips made 36 saves in a losing effort for Manitoba.

“It was an unbelievable way to start,” Saunders gushed. “And it kind of let me ease my way into it. I just want to thank them (Barracuda) for working their butts off tonight.”

The Barracuda are 4-0 against the Moose and won seven straight games against Central Division teams.

“It’s kind of unusual,” Barracuda head coach Roy Sommer recalled. “But they (Moose) had 3-for-5 or something like that. We were pretty much right on, but we had some rebounds and stuff like that. Overall, the game we had was alright.”

Carpenter played in his 200th AHL game.

Up Next
The Barracuda host the Ontario Reign (33-19-10-0) Wednesday to conclude a three-game homestand. You can tune into the game on AHL Live and AM 1220 KDOW.

San Jose Barracuda defeat their nemesis, the Ontario Reign. Keep their playoff hopes alive

by Jerry Feitelberg

photo credit: San Jose Barracuda

SAN JOSE–The San Jose Barracuda entered Wednesday night’s game with the Western Conference-leading Ontario Reign in desperate need of a win. The Barracuda trailed the Charlotte Checkers for the eighth and final playoff spot with a winning percentage of .550. The Checkers percentage is .551. The Barracuda won the game 3-1 to keep their playoff hopes alive. Aaron Dell entered the game with goals against average on 2.29 and a save percentage of .924. Dell was up to the task as he stopped thirty-four shots and allowed just one goal. Veteran Peter Budaj started in goal for Ontario. Budaj had a sparkling 1.73 goals against average and a .939 save percentage. However, The Barracuda beat him three times and sent him to the bench late in the second period. Michael Houser finished the game in goal for the Reign.

The Barracuda and the Reign played a fairly even first period until the Barracuda broke through when winger Petter Emmanuelson spun around, and his shot made it past the Reign’s veteran goaltender Peter Budaj for the tally. The score came at the 15:18 mark of the period. The Barracuda almost had another goal when Nikolay Goldobin made a great pass to Scott Timmins came in alone, but Budaj was up to the task and made the save. The Barracuda had two power play opportunities, but the Reign was able to kill the penalties. The Reign also had two power play opportunities and the Barracuda was able to keep them from scoring. The Barracuda had an 8-7 edge in the shots on goal department. The Barracuda leads 1-0 after one period of play.

Early in the second stanza, the Reign missed on a terrific opportunity to tie the game. Reign winger Matt Schmaltz found himself in all alone on top of Barracuda goalie Aaron Dell. Dell blocked the shot, and the defense cleared the puck to keep he Reign off the board. The Barracuda made it 2-0 at with 5:41 played. Barracuda captain, Bryan Lerg collected a rebound, then spun around and let go with a shot that found its way into the net. Trevor Parkes and Gus Young assisted. The Barracuda scored the second goal of the period and third of the night at 10:25. Nikolay Goldobin entered the zone on the left side of the ice. Just as he reached the red line, he fired a shot that beat Budaj over his left shoulder. For Goldobin, it was his eighteenth goal of the year. Gus Young picked up his second assist of the night and the second assist on the play went to Joakim Ryan. Ontario coach Mike Strothers decided to remove Budaj and replaced him with backup goalie Michael Houser. With just 1:08 left to play in the second period, the Reign’s Kris Newbury scored to make it a 3-1 game. Newbury beat Dell as he couldn’t cover the right side of the net in time. The Reign’s Jonny Brodzinski and Jeff Schultz assisted.

There was no scoring in the third period. The Reign poured it as they tried to score the two goals they needed to tie the game. The Barracuda’s defense was strong, and Aaron Dell was magnificent in goal as he made 34 saves in winning his fifteenth game of the season. The Barracuda win 3-1.

The Barracuda have seven games left to play this year. Six of the seven are on the road, and the Barracuda end the season against the Stockton Thunder on Sunday, April 17th at 3 pm at the SAP Center. It will be Fan Appreciation day so be there.

San Jose Barracuda Wednesday game recap: The Ontario Reign continue their mastery over the San Jose Barracuda.

by Jerry Feitelberg

photo credit: San Jose Barracuda

SAN JOSE–The San Jose Barracuda met the Ontario Reign for the eleventh time this season. It looked like the Sharks against the LA Kings as the uniforms were replicas of the parent clubs. The Reign currently reside in first place in the Western Conference. The Reign entered the game with a record of six wins, two overtime wins, and just two losses against the Barracuda this year. The Teams played a very entertaining game in front of a very sparse crowd, and the result was the same. The Reign triumphed 3-2 in overtime. The Reign started Peter Budaj in goal, and the Barracuda had twenty-four-year-old Joel Rumpel tending the nets. Budaj is thirty-three years old and is the best goalie in the AHL. Budaj played for three NHL clubs in his career. He saw time with the Colorado Avalanche, Montreal Canadiens, and the LA Kings. He entered the game with a sparkling 1,63 goals against average and a 93.2% save percentage. Rumpel was making his second start for the Barracuda since coming over in a trade with the Allen Americans. The Barracuda needed a win as they are residing in ninth place in the conference and would not make the playoffs if the season were to end today.

The San Jose Barracuda, without question, won the first period. They outplayed and outskated the Western Conference leader, the Ontario Reign. The Barracuda had twelve shots on goal and held the Reign to just two shots on goalie Joel Rumpel. Not much happened until about halfway through the period. Right-winger Jeremy Langlois had a partial breakaway down the right side of the rink. He put a good shot on goal, but the Reign’s goalie Peter Budaj made a terrific stop to thwart Langlois. The Reign went on a power play when Trevor Parkes was called for tripping. The Barracuda penalty kill stopped the Reign cold as they did not allow a shot on goal. The Barracuda lit the lamp with 12:25 played to take a 1-0 lead. Trevor Langlois scored on a rebound. Jeremy Morin blasted s shot from the left side that Budaj stopped but the rebound went to Langlois, and he spun around and put it past Budaj for the score. The other excitement in the period was a fight between Alex Gallant and Ryan Horvat of the Reign. They both went to the penalty box for five minutes.

The Reign took control of play in the second period. They kept the Barracuda from mounting an attack for most of the period and were on the attack until they were called for two penalties late in the period. The Barracuda went on a power play with 3:54 played. Ryan Carpenter fed Michael Haley with a beautiful pass, but Budaj came up with the save. With 12:46 played, the refs called a penalty on Trevor Parkes for boarding. The Reign scored eight seconds later to tie the game. Michael Mersch scored his twenty-second goal of the year and assists went to Kevin Gravel and Nic Dowd. The Barracuda went on a power play when Vincent LoVerde went to the penalty box for holding. His teammate, Derek Forbort joined him there forty-seven seconds later. The “Cuda had a two-man advantage for 1:18 but could not convert. The Reign killed both penalties. The Reign outshot the Barracuda 8-6. Most of the Barracuda’s opportunities came late in the period.

Both teams played well in the third period. The Reign had the edge in the first half of the period. They scored a power-play goal with 10:21 played. The Barracuda refused to quit and took control of the game but couldn’t get the puck past Budaj. With about ninety seconds left in the contest, coach Roy Sommer pulled his goalie, and the move paid off as the Barracuda scored with just 32.4 seconds left in the game.

The Reign won the game in overtime as they scored just twenty-three seconds after play began. Final score 3-2 for Ontario.

Barracuda Fall to Reign Again

By Mary Walsh

photo credit: San Jose Barracuda

The San Jose Barracuda lost by a score of 4-1 to the Ontario Reign on Sunday. In ten games already played against Ontario, San Jose has just two wins and two overtime points. The teams will play two more times, on March 16 and March 30, both at SAP Center.

Ontario’s Peter Budaj stopped 18 of 19 shots, while Troy Grosenick made 19 saves on 23 shots for San Jose. Neither team scored on the power play, though the Reign only had one chance while the Barracuda had four. Micheal Haley and Kurtis MacDermid had the only fight in the game, though MacDermid also went to the box two other times, once for diving and once for delay of game.

The first goal of the game was scored by Brett Sutter, acquired near the trade deadline by the LA Kings from the Minnesota Wild. It was his first goal for Ontario, in his fourth game with them. Andrew Crescenzi picked up the assist.

The second period saw more goals for the Reign. At 1:09, Michael Mersch, the team’s leading goal scorer gave Ontario a two goal lead. Assists went to Nic Dowd and Sean Backman, the team’ points leader. The Reign added a third goal at 13:15, this time from Dowd, with assists going to Mersch and Backman.

The Barracuda finally got on the board in the third, with a goal from John McCarthy. It was his 14th of the season, and the only point earned by a Barracuda player in the game.

Ontario extended their lead to three again, at 14:58. While Ontario defenseman Andrew Forbot sat in the box for tripping, Justin Auger scored shorthanded. Crescenzi picked up an assist.

San Jose is not out of playoff contention yet, they are getting close. They sit fourth place in the Pacific Division, five points behind the third place San Diego Gulls. The new AHL playoff format allows the fourth place team in the Pacific into the playoffs if they have more points than the fifth place team in the Central division. The Barracuda would need even more points to catch the Charlotte Checkers.

The Barracuda next play on Wednesday at 7:30 PT. As mentioned above, they will face the Reign again at home.

Barracuda Lose to Rampage in OT

By Mary Walsh

photo credit: San Jose Barrcuda-San Antonio Rampage take San Jose Barracuda to OT and win it 1-0

SAN JOSE– The San Jose Barracuda have quietly turned into a winning team in the AHL’s Pacific Division. They may not mean to be quiet about it, perhaps the deafening noise from their parent team’s struggles has just drowned them out. In any case, they now sit second in their division and, more impressively, had won five in a row before Sunday, and seven of their last ten games. An overtime loss, by a score of 1-0, did not change any of that.

Sunday’s match was the second of back to back meetings with the San Antonio Rampage. Saturday night’s game ended 6-4 in San Jose’s favor, so they faced a motivated opponent Sunday afternoon.

San Jose started the game well, at both ends of the ice. They were rewarded with a power play when San Antonio’s Duncan Siemens was called for holding at 2:35. The Barracuda did not score and had another chance at 6:16 when San Antonio goaltender Spencer Martin was called for tripping. The power play started out fairly well but just as the second minute started ticking down, the Rampage found a deflected puck and attacked the Baracuda net two on one. The shooter was unlucky and hit the post. The pair had a second chance and shot again. This time, Aaron Dell’s quick glove sent the puck over the net. San Jose did not score on the power play but they scaped unscathed.

A few minutes later, the Barracuda had to kill their own penalty: a hooking call to John McCarthy. Not long after that one expired, the Barracuda were penalized again, this time to Langlois, also for hooking. They killed these all off, and despite a lot of zone time for the Rampage, the Barracuda skaters kept opposing shots to a bare minimum. The penalties kept coming, and the Barracuda finished the period on another power play, a slashing call to Nikita Zadarov.

By the end of the period, the shots were 9-6 San Jose.

The Rampage started the second by killing off the last of the Barracuda’s third power play, and then evening up the shot count at 9-9 before the five minute mark.

The next penalty went to the Barracuda, this time a kneeing call on Alex Gallant at 8:58. The kill was very efficient, not allowing the Rampage much time at all to sustain an attack. They were back on the kill at 13:51 when Micheal Haley went to the box for slashing. The fourth time around, the Barracuda penalty killers did not look as sharp, and the Rampage took over the shot lead in a still scoreless game.

By the end of the second, the Rampage led on the shot clock, 17-13.

Four minutes and seven seconds went by before the Barracuda recorded their first shot of the third period. By then, the Rampage also had just one. In the minutes that followed, the Barracuda seemed to wake up and spent a lot of time in the ofensive zone. Still, shots on goal were few and far between, goals non-existant. A media time out ended the San Jose surge, and when they returend, the Rampage took their turn on offense. They were no more successful and by the ten minute mark, the shots were 21-17 an Antonio and the score still 0-0.

The tension boiled over a few seconds past that mark in a multi-player skirmish, after Julius Bergman took a hard hit near the end boards. From that, San Antonio’s Reid Petryk landed in the box for charging. The Barracuda had a number of attempted shots but none hit the net during the two minute man advantage.

the Rampage had barely finished killing that penalty when the Barracuda’s Haley was called for hooking at 12:20. The Rampage added one shot to their tally, and in the final seconds of the power play they hit another post. It made a loud ringing sound, shot across the goal mouth and out.

In the final minutes, the Rampage were all over the Barracuda, but luck and posts seemed against the visitors. With 2:20 left in regulation, the shots were 26-17 Rampage, and the Barracuda were trapped in their own zone by icing calls and turnovers. The closest they got to the offensive zone was a neutral zone faceoff. A few brief skates through the Rampage zone was all San Jose could manage in the final seconds of the third.

The Rampage won the game on a wrist shot from Reid Petryk with 1:48 remaining in the OT session. An assist went to Marc-Andre Cliche.

With the one point, the Barracuda remain in the playoff picture, in seconds place in the division, but their winning streak ended at five.

Aaron Dell received the third star of the game for his trouble, making 26 saves on 27 shots.

The Barracuda next play on Wednesday against the Gulls in San Diego at 7:05 PT.

The Barracuda rally from a two-goal deficit to defeat the Stockton Heat in Overtime

by Jerry Feitelberg

photo by San Jose Barracuda: Barracuda skate to victory over Stockton Heat 1-6-16

SAN JOSE–The San Jose Barracuda rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat the Stockton Heat 4-3 at the SAP Center Wednesday night in San Jose. With the win, the Barracuda’s record improves to 15-10-2-3 good for 35 points and third place in the Pacific Division. Stockton drops to 12-14-0-3 for the season. They currently reside in 7th place. The Barracuda did not play well until the third period. They could not take advantage of several Stockton penalties until late in the game. Trailing 3-2 with under a minute left to play, the Barracuda finally scored on the power play much to the delight of the fans.

The first period did not go well for the Barracuda. The Heat took a 1-0 with 4:24 played when Morgan Klimchuk scored his second goal of the year putting the puck past Al Stalock for the score. Kenny Agostino and former Shark Freddie Hamilton assisted on the play.San Jose had three power play opportunities, but Stockton played very well on the PK and kept the Barracuda at bay. Chris Tierney had a breakaway on the power play at the 12:39 mark but Heat goalie mad a huge stop to deny Tierney.  San Jose went on a power play when Hunter Smith went off for high sticking. The power play didn’t last long as the ‘Cuda’s Joakim Ryan went to the box for slashing. The teams had to play four on four for forty-four seconds before Stockton would have the man advantage. The Heat’s Kenny Agostino scored his seventh goal of the year as he beat Stalock with 49 seconds left in the first period. The assist went to Drew Shore.  The Heat outshot the Barracuda 12-11. Stockton in charge 2-0 after twenty minutes of play.

The second period belonged to Stockton. Each team scored a goal, but the Heat continued to play well. They killed off another penalty and outshot the Barracuda 14-6. San Jose has not been able to take advantage of four Stockton penalties so far, and Stalock has been less than stellar in goal. John McCarthy scored San Jose’s lone goal while Derek Grant notched his fifteenth of the year for Stockton in the period. The Heat leads 3-1 after two periods of play.

The Barracuda played very well in the third period.  They cut the deficit to one when Chris Tierney scored his first goal of the year as a member of the San Jose Barracuda. Jeremy Langlois and Julius Bergman picked up assists on the play. Al Stalock also played very well. He made two big stops to thwart the heat. San Jose tied the game with just thirty-five seconds left to play. The refs called Heat defenseman, Brett Kulak, for a high-stick infraction with just 1:50 left. San Jose pulled Stalock at the one minute mark and had six on four advantage when Barclay Goodrow beat Poulin to tie the game at three.

In overtime, the Barracuda’s Nikolai Goldobin scored the winning goal with just 1:51 left to play in the game. Jeremy Langlois had a breakaway, but Poulin stopped the shot. However, the rebound went to Goldobin, and he didn’t miss.San Jose wins 4-3 in overtime.