For the seventh time in nine meetings this season, the San Jose Barracuda defeated the Stockton Heat (AHL affiliate of the Calgary Flames), this time by a 7-1 score thanks to four power play goals Tuesday night at the SAP Center.
The Barracuda, who improved to 7-0-2 against the Heat this season, got multi point games from forwards Nikolay Goldobin (two goals, assist), John McCarthy (goal, two assists), Micheal Haley (three assists), Bryan Lerg (goal, assist), Ryan Carpenter (goal, assist), and defenseman Karl Stollery (goal, assist). Between the pipes, Barracuda goaltender Troy Grosenick made 18 saves for his 11th win of the season.
In a first period that saw the Barracuda out-shoot the Heat 11-5, Lerg put the Barracuda up 1-0 at 2:31 when he buried home a one-timer from the left hashmark in the slot off a behind the net centering feed from linemate Barclay Goodrow for his 14th goal of the season.
McCarthy, who had the secondary assist on Lerg's goal, extended the lead to 2-0 at 7:03 with a rebound score from on top of the crease for a power play goal, his 11th goal of the season. Lerg and Barracuda defenseman Joakim Ryan, who took the initial shot on net from the center point, picked up the assists.
Barracuda forward Jeremy Langlois made it 3-0 at 5:49 of the second period with a shorthanded goal that saw Langlois use his speed along the right side to burst through the neutral zone and into the Heat zone, where he cut across the slot and beat Heat goaltender Kevin Poulin with a backhanded shot from on top of the crease for his ninth goal of the season. Haley had the lone assist on the goal.
Goldobin continued the offensive onslaught with his first power play goal of the game at 11:20 off a snap shot from just in front of the right face-off circle for his 12th goal of the season. Stollery and Lerg registered the assists.
The Heat got on the scoreboard at 16:46 when forward Hunter Shinkaruk beat Grosenick just inside the near post from the right side of the crease for a power play goal, his 22nd goal of the season.
Near the midway point of the third period at 9:05, Goldobin regained the Barracuda's four goal lead with a quick shot from on top of the crease for his second power play goal of the game and 13th goal of the season. McCarthy and newly acquired Barracuda forward Jeremy Morin picked up the assists.
Stollery ended Poulin's night in net at 13:32 with a power play goal off a parallel angle shot from the right side for his sixth goal of the season. Haley and Carpenter registered the assists on the goal, which was set-up by an undisciplined penalty by Heat defenseman Pat Sieloff.
Carpenter made it 7-1 at 16:36 with a one-timer from in the slot that beat Heat goaltender Kent Simpson for his 13th goal of the season. Carpenter's linemates Trevor Parkes and Haley had the assists.
NOTES... Shots on goal were 32-19 in favor of the Barracuda... The Barracuda went 4-for-7 on the power play and 4-for-5 on the penalty kill... Grosenick improved to 11-8-4 with a 3.05 goals-against-average and .899 save percentage... 11 Barracuda skaters registered a point... Morin wore no. 21 in his Barracuda season debut... Goldobin had a game high five shots on goal... McCarthy now has an eight game point streak (6-6-12)... Lerg (1-4-5) and Haley (0-5-5) each have three game point streaks... The Barracuda improved to 13-10-2 at SAP Center and 24-18-9 with 57 points overall... The Barracuda are back in action March 5 when they host the Bakersfield Condors at 1:15 p.m. on Matt Tennyson bobblehead day.
1. Nikolay Goldobin - Barracuda (2-1-3)
2. John McCarthy - Barracuda (1-2-3)
3. Troy Grosenick - Barracuda (19 saves, Win)
*In order of appearance*
Lerg (C) / McCarthy (A) / Goodrow
Haley (A) / Carpenter / Parkes
Goldobin / Langlois / Jevpalovs
Morin / Doremus / Emanuelsson
Young / Ryan
Stollery / Bergman
McNally / Mueller