Photo courtesy of San Jose Barracuda Twitter. Aaron Dell readies himself in goal.
By Titus Wilkinson (@TitusWisme)
On their first of a four game road stand the Barracuda kicked things off against the Ontario Reign winning in dramatic fashion 4-2.
The first period between the pacific division rivals was a rather uneventful one with no goals either way.
The only two plays of note were penalties taken by Austin Wagner for holding and Montana Onyebuchi for tripping.
Both Aaron Dell and Cal Petersen were not too busy in the first as Dell turned aside eight shots and Petersen turned aside 10 shots.
With the score tied at zeros heading into the second Ontario and San Jose looked to find the first of the game.
Finally 6:44 into the period the Reign were given that opportunity as Max Veronneau took a high-sticking penalty.
Just ten seconds into that power play Tyler Madden scored his sixth goal of the season assisted by Lias Andersson and T.J. Tynan.
There would end up being a couple more special team opportunities either way but no other power play goals to speak of in the second.
At the end of the second the shots in total favored the Reign 22-16.
The third period compared to the first two periods ended up being quite eventful with plenty of goals to make up for the quieter beginning.
To start off the scoring 6:24 in Thomas Bordeleau got his 16th goal of the season assisted by William Eklund and Danil Gushchin to tie the game up at one.
Just a few minutes later Daren Brady scored his first AHL goal of his career to give San Jose the lead 2-1. Both Artemi Kniazev and C.J. Suess assisted on the goal.
However the Reign struck back again on the power play this time Tynan scored his fourth of the season tying the game back up. Andersson and Samuel Fagemo assisted on the goal.
A little over five minutes later Petersen took a tripping penalty giving the Barracuda a late opportunity to take the lead.
On the ensuing power play Bordeleau scored again giving San Jose a 3-2 lead with both Kniazev and Scott Reedy assisting on the goal.
Ontario tried to come back by pulling their goalie but to no avail as Will Riedell scored on the open cage to get his first goal of the campaign.
At the end of the game the shots favored San Jose 33-30.
The three stars of the game were: 1st: Thomas Bordeleau 2nd: Aaron Dell 3rd: T.J. Tynan
The Barracuda will play their second game of this road trip in Coachella Valley tomorrow at 6 p.m.