San Jose Barracuda 5 - Stockton Heat 4
The Barracuda started the weekend by dealing a serious blow to the playoff hopes of the Stockton Heat. The Heat played one of their best games in weeks but could not hold it together for an entire game and wasted a four-goal second period . The Heat are a team that is loaded with talent and should be higher in the standings despite issues in goal.
San Jose opened the floodgates early in this one with Nikita Jevpalovs opening the scoring at 3:59 with his 9th of the year. Danny O’Regan (27) and the recently demoted Timo Meier (7) picked up the assists. The Heat put on some good pressure but Brandon Bollig killed the momentum with a penalty and Patrick McNally made them pay for it with his third goal of the season. The assists on the power-play marker came from Barclay Goodrow (12) and Julius Bergman (19). Jevpalovs added his second tally of the game at 18:21 (10) with Daniel O’Regan (28) getting the lone assist.
The second period of the game really picked up, especially for the Heat. Stockton came out looking to end their losing streak and played a very dominant period of hockey. The Heat started the period on the power play and Rasmus Andersson scored his third of the year to end the shutout bid of Mantas Armalis.
Minutes later Mark Jankowski scored his 16th of the season and the Barracuda were on their heels. A slashing penalty by Andrew Mangiapane gave the Barracuda some respite. Timo Meier (10) tried to stop the bleeding with a power-play marker and his second point of the game. The assists went to Joakim Ryan (22) and Tim Heed (29). Unfortunately, a Joakim Ryan tripping call led to another Stockton Heat goal from Matt Frattin, his 12th of the season pulling. Hunter Shinkaruk scored his 8th of the year to tie it up at 10:44 of the second.
The teams exchanged chances for the rest of the period including two power-play opportunities for the Barracuda but both goalies were up to the task before Joakim Ryan scored the game winner with fewer than 30 seconds left in the period to restore the Barracuda lead. The Heat outshot the Barracuda in the third but it wasn’t enough.
The Barracuda were outshot by the Heat 30-26. Mantas Armalis made 22 saves for the win while Jon Gillies made 21 saves. The Barracuda were 2 for 4 on the power play and 3 for 4 on the penalty kill. Nikita Jevpalovs picked up the game's first star.
Barracuda 2 - Ontario Reign 0
The Reign and Barracuda met coming off wins the night prior, the Reign with a 4-1 victory over the Tucson Roadrunners. Troy Grosenick returned to the Barracuda net while the experiment to see if Jack Campbell can play every game in an AHL season continued for the Reign.
The Barracuda dominated the Reign. They opened the scoring at 9:14 of the first period on Adam Helewka’s 12th of the year with assists going to Buddy Robinson (8) and Rourke Chartier (13) in a period where the Barracuda outshot the Reign by a 10-5 margin.
The second period was the Reign’s best as they peppered the Barracuda net with shots including an excellent look for former San Jose Shark Devin Setoguchi. Despite being outshot 13-4, the Barracuda added to their lead in the middle stanza. Noted Barracuda sniper John McCarthy scored his 12th of the season with assists from Joakim Ryan (23) and Tim Heed (30). The Barracuda went on to dominate the rest of the game as Grosenick capped off his league-leading 7th shutout of the year.
1st. Troy Grosenick (20 saves)
2nd. John McCarthy (1 Goal)
3rd. Adam Helewka (1 Goal)
- Troy Grosenick made 20 saves while Jack Campbell made 29 saves.
- The Barracuda were 0-4 on the power play and 3-3 on the penalty kill.
- The Barracuda extended their franchise-record winning streak total to 11 games.
- Troy Grosenick now leads the AHL with a 1.93 goals-against average and a .935 save percentage, he is fourth in the league in wins with 18 in 31 games played.
- Jack Campbell has now played 38 games this season for the Reign, most in the Pacific division.
- Tim Heed is now tied for points among AHL defenseman (41) despite playing 9 fewer games than Matt Taormina of the Syracuse Crunch.
- Aside from a minor penalty Timo Meier was held off the scoresheet.