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.

Barracuda beat Condors in a shootout

By: Eric He

photo credit: San Jose Barracuda CCM/AHL Player of the Week Barry Goodrow and SJ Barracuda get win over Bakersfield on Saturday night

Jeremy Langlois recorded the lone goal in the seventh round of the shootout as the San Jose Barracuda defeated the Bakersfield Condors 5-4 on the road on Saturday night.

Aaron Dell and Laurent Brossoit both were perfect through six rounds, denying the first 13 shooters before Langlois came through.

With the game tied a 4-4 heading into overtime after a scoreless third period, San Jose notched several quality opportunities in the extra session but could not convert.

The second period consisted of nothing but offense, with each team recording three goals. Micheal Haley, Barclay Goodrow, and Ryan Carpenter scored for the Barracuda while Joe LaLeggia, Marc-Oliver Roy, and Matthew Ford notched goals for the Condors and the second period ended with the score tied 4-4.

Bakersfield got on the board first with Matthew Ford finishing after stealing a clear attempt by Dell, but Michael Haley responded for San Jose by scoring on a rebound, his third connective game with a goal.

The Barracuda are now 13-10-2-3. They return home on Sunday to take on the Texas Stars at 5pm.

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.

Barracuda finish road trip with 3-1 win over Checkers

By: Eric He

photo credit by the San Jose Barracuda

The San Jose Barracuda wrapped up a seven-game road trip with a 3-1 win over the Charlotte Checkers on Wednesday night.

Greger Hanson and Trevor Parkes recorded first period goals, a period that the Barracuda dominated. Hanson scored on a rebound, while Parkes connected after a great feed in front by Scott Timmons. That sent San Jose into first intermission with a 2-0 lead.

The Checkers cut the lead in half on a second period goal by Patrick Brown, but that was all they would get.

Nikolay Goldobin provided some insurance with a goal off a deflection midway through the third period to help seal the 3-1 victory.

San Jose outshot Charlotte 26-20 in the period.

Next up, the Barracuda return home for a five-game homestand that starts on Saturday against the Texas Stars.

Barracuda fall 3-1 to Checkers

By: Eric He

The San Jose Barracuda fell behind early and could not recover from a poor first period in a 3-1 loss to the Charlotte Checkers on the road on Tuesday night.

The Checkers g0t on the board three times in the final six minutes of the first period, two of them on the power play. With just over a minute to play in the period, a deflection by Brock McGinn found the back of the net to give Charlotte a 3-0 lead.

San Jose outshot Charlotte 23-14 through two periods, but could not get on the scoreboard. Finally, Jeremy Langlois connected early in the third period, but the Barracuda were unable to muster another goal to make the game interesting.

Aaron Dell recorded 16 saves, facing 19 shots. The Barracuda only converted on one of their eight power plays, including a couple of early opportunities on the man-advantage.

The Barracuda will remain in Charlotte and play the Checkers again on Wednesday to wrap up their seven-game road trip.

Barracuda fall in shootout to Heat

By: Eric He

photo credit: SJ Barracuda-Stockton Heat beats SJ Barracuda in AHL action Sat 11-21-15 in Stockton

The San Jose Barracuda dropped their second straight game in the shootout, falling 4-3 to the Stockton Heat on the road on Saturday night.

The Barracuda led 3-2 in the third period, but gave up the tying goal to the Heat’s Emile Poirier, who beat Troy Groesnick from point blank. The goal, scored at the midway point of the third, would go on to force overtime.

A scoreless overtime led to a shootout, where Freddie Hamilton won it for the Heat in the fifth round.

San Jose fell behind 2-0 as Stockton recorded two goals in the first period from Kenny Agostino and Markus Granlund.

But the Barracuda responded. Barclay Goodrow tipped in a shot on the power play in the second period to cut the lead in half, and the Scott Timmons tied it less than three minutes into the third. Three minutes later, a 2-on-1 resulted in John McCarthy finishing with a goal to put San Jose in front.

The Barracuda are now 4-2-0-2 on the road. Up next is a trek across the country to North Carolina where they will take on the Charlotte Checkers on Tuesday.

Barracuda fall in shootout to Bakersfield

By: Eric He

The San Jose Barracuda were unable to extend their win streak to three, as they fell 2-1 in a shootout to Bakersfield on the road on Wednesday morning.

It was a special start for school day, and the home team sent the kids home happy.

In the shootout, Ryan Hamilton scored the lone goal as Condors goaltender Laurent Brossoit stopped all three shootout chances for the Barracuda.

Down 1-0 in the third period, the Barracuda evened the score on a deflection by Bryan Lerg at 6:38 and the teams headed to overtime tied 1-1. Despite an exciting overtime session that saw an unsuccessful breakaway by Barclay Goodrow, the Barracuda were unable to find the back of the net.

Bakersfield struck first midway through the first period on a wraparound goal by Marc-Olivier Roy. The game remained 1-0 into the third in a low-scoring affair.

In the midst of a seven-game road trip, the Barracuda will head to Stockton to take on the Heat on Saturday.

photo credit San Jose Barracuda from game in Bakersfield Wed 11-18-15

Barracuda complete back-to-back wins over Gulls

By: Eric He

photo credit SJ Barracuda

The San Jose Barracuda hung on on Saturday night for a 4-3 win over the San Diego Gulls to complete a back-to-back road sweep.

The Barracuda won in a shootout on Friday night, but on Saturday they needed just 60 minutes to come away with the victory.

Taking a 4-1 lead into the third period, the Barracuda hung on after the Gulls converted on a 5-on-3 midway through the period and scored with 2.1 seconds on the clock to cut the lead to 4-3. But it was too little, too late.

San Jose started off fast with two goals in the first period. Jeremy Langlois and Karl Stollery converted on goals. Early in the second period, Mark Cundari scored a power play goal on a shot from the point to give the Barracuda a three-goal lead.

It was enough to hold off the Gulls and advance the Barracuda’s road record to 4-2-0-0. San Jose is 5-6-0-1 overall.

Up next, the Barracuda will play the Condors in Bakersfield at a special 10:30am start time on Wednesday.

Barracuda Notch Shootout Win Over Gulls

By: Eric He

In an exciting affair, the San Jose Barracuda defeated the San Diego Gulls 4-3 in a shootout on the road on Friday night.

Down 3-2 late in the third period, Scott Timmons even the scored for the Barracuda with 24 seconds remaining to send the game to overtime.

The overtime was a wild one. The Barracuda thought they had won on a goal by Joakim Ryan, but it was waved off. Then, San Diego had a prime opportunity on a penalty shot, but Barracuda netminder Troy Groesnick turned down Brandon Montour.

In the shootout, Jeremy Langlois converted in the third round to win it for San Jose.

The Barracuda came back from a 2-0 deficit as Barclay Goodrow and Bryan Lerg scored in the second period to even the score. San Jose dominated the period, outshooting San Diego 13-6. It was a sharp contrast to the first period, where the Gulls jumped ahead with two early goals and controlled possession.

Attendance on Friday was 10,010.

The Barracuda will remain in San Diego and play the Gulls again tomorrow on the road.