Coming into Tuesday night's game against the Charlotte Checkers (AHL affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes), the San Jose Barracuda had a minus-10 goal differential in the first period. Over the course of a five-and-a-half minute stretch of the opening frame against the Checkers, the Barracuda saw that differential drop to minus-13 as the Checkers scored three times en route to a 3-1 victory at Bojangles' Coliseum.
The Barracuda, who had their four game point streak snapped with the loss, spoiled Checkers goaltender Rasmus Tirronen's shutout bid with 14-seconds left in the third period when forward Jeremy Langlois scored a power play goal, his fifth goal of the season, on the Barracuda's 29th shot attempt.
The Checkers scoring started at 14:26 when forward Brock McGinn, the younger brother of former San Jose Sharks forwards Jamie and Tye McGinn, beat Barracuda goaltender Aaron Dell blocker side with a one-timer from the top of the left slot for a power play goal, his third goal of the season.
Checkers forward Zach Boychuk made it 2-0 at 18:19 with a quick shot from deep in the left face-off circle for a 5-on-3 power play goal, his first goal of the season. McGinn made it 3-0 just 36-seconds later with his second goal of the game off a deflection in the slot of defenseman Jake Chelios' one-timer from the the right point.
Though the Barracuda out-shot the Checkers 22-10 over the next 40-minutes, they couldn't get the puck past Tirronen, who came into the game with a .862 save percentage, until late in the third period when Langlois scored a power play goal off a one-timer in the left slot at 19:46.
NOTES... Shots on goal were 29-19 in favor of the Barracuda... The Barracuda went 1-for-8 on the power play and 3-for-5 on the penalty kill... Dell made 16 saves and fell to 3-4-1 with a 2.39 goals-against-average and .914 save percentage... Langlois and Barracuda forward John McCarthy each had a team high four shots on goal... Forward Nikolay Goldobin was in the Barracuda lineup after being reassigned from the Sharks... The Barracuda fell to 4-3-2 on the road and 5-7-3 with 13 points overall... The Barracuda rematch the Checkers Wednesday (Nov. 25) at 4pm/pt.
1. Brock McGinn - Checkers (2-0-2)
2. Rasmus Tirronen - Checkers (28 saves, Win)
3. Zach Boychuk - Checkers (1-0-1)
Lerg (C) / Carpenter / Langlois
Goodrow / Timmins / Parkes
Jevpalovs / McCarthy (A) / Goldobin
Hanson / Doremus / Emanuelsson
Stollery / DeMelo (A)
Cundari / Ryan
McNally / Young