clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Barracuda offense continues to struggle in shutout loss to Reign

New, comments
San Jose Barracuda forward Scott Timmins battles for the puck during Saturday night's game against the Ontario Reign. (SJBarracuda.com)
San Jose Barracuda forward Scott Timmins battles for the puck during Saturday night's game against the Ontario Reign. (SJBarracuda.com)

In what is an on going franchise record, the San Jose Barracuda saw their goalless drought reach 166:20 Saturday night after being shutout for the second time in as many nights, this time by goaltender Peter Budaj, who made 24-saves for his third shutout of the season in leading the Ontario Reign (AHL affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings) to a 3-0 win at the Citizens Business Bank Arena.

The Barracuda, whose last goal was a shorthanded score by forward Scott Timmins at 18:40 of their game Wednesday night at SAP Center, went 0-for-5 on the power play in Ontario and went 0-for-12 with the man advantage for the week.

Barracuda goaltender Aaron Dell made 14-saves on 15 shot attempts in 40-minutes of relief time for starting goaltender Troy Grosenick, who exited the game at the end of the first period after it appeared the skate of Reign forward Jordan Samuels-Thomas accidentally caught Grosenick up high at the side of the net with 3:45 left in opening frame.

The winning goal was scored by Reign forward Andrew Crescenzi just 67-seconds into the game when he shuffled a rebound from the right of the crease past a sprawled out Grosenick after Grosenick had made the initial save on a left point shot from Reign defenseman Zach Leslie. The goal was Crescenzi's first of the season.

The Reign added an insurance goal at 4:12 of the third period when forward Adrian Kempe buried home a one-timer from on top of the crease top shelf for a power play goal, his first goal of the season.

With the Barracuda trialing by two, Barracuda head coach Roy Sommer pulled Dell for the extra attacker with 3:40 left in the game and the Reign forward Michael Mersch scored an empty net goal, his fourth goal of the season, at 19:14 to seal the 3-0 win.

NOTES... Shots on goal were 28-24 in favor of the Reign... The Barracuda went 3-for-4 on the penalty kill... Grosenick was credited with the loss and falls to 0-2-1 with a 2.90 goals-against-average and .917 save percentage... Dell now has a 2.21 goals-against-average and .926 save percentage... The Barracuda extended their streak to two games of having a fighting major when defenseman Gus Young fought Reign forward Ryan Horvat at 17:49 of the first period... Barracuda defenseman Julius Bergman had a team high four shots on goal... Barracuda forwards John McCarthy and Melker Karlsson stayed behind in San Jose as McCarthy was called up to Sharks and Karlsson had a maintenance day... This was the first of 12 meetings between the Barracuda and Reign this season... The Barracuda are 0-1-0 against the Reign, 2-1-0 on the road and 2-3-1 with five points overall... The Barracuda are back in action Nov. 1 when they host the Reign at SAP Center with puck drop at 3pm/pt.

THREE STARS
1. Peter Budaj - Reign (24 saves, Shutout win)
2. Andrew Crescenzi - Reign (1-0-1)
3. Adrian Kempe - Reign (1-0-1)

LINES
*In order of appearance*
Haley (A) / Carpenter / Emanuelsson
Goldobin / Timmins / Jevpalovs
Helewka / Langlois / Parkes
McLaren / Crane / Arseneau

DEFENSE
*In order of appearance*
Young / DeMelo (A)
Stollery (A) / Ryan
Cundari / Bergman

GOALIES
Grosenick
Dell

SCRATCHES
McNally (scr)