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Barracuda continue to set records on streak

NHL: San Jose Sharks at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

San Jose Barracuda Beat the Texas Stars 5-3

The San Jose Barracuda entered Monday afternoon's action looking to set an organizational record for wins against the struggling Texas Stars. The Stars were hoping to gain ground on the idle Tucson Roadrunners for the final Pacific playoff spot.

The Barracuda got some reinforcements as the San Jose Sharks demoted Mirco Mueller, Marcus Sorensen, Kevin Labanc and Nikolay Goldobin back to the AHL.

Everyone but Labanc suited up for the team for this game, including Goldobin, who played three games in three nights. The Barracuda scored 5:38 into the period when Goldobin notched his 14th goal of the year with assists coming from Joakim Ryan (24) and Daniel O’Regan (29) on the power play.

I think this was a huge goal for Goldobin who was just sent back to the AHL after a rough showing in two games in the NHL that saw him benched for the third period of the Sharks’ loss to the Bruins. It was important for Goldobin to be a factor in this game and prove once again he became a better professional by not sulking like we have seen in years past and in my opinion, he passed with flying colors.

The strong early Barracuda game continued in the first when they were rewarded with another power play on a Dustin Stevenson cross-check. John McCarthy got the second power play unit on the board with his 13th of the season with assists going to Barclay Goodrow (13) and Ryan Carpenter (16).

At this point, it looked like the Barracuda were ready to run away with the game as everything had gone their way. Texas made a game of it though starting with a questionable hit from Austin Fyten on Jacob Middleton. Nikita Jevpalovs tried to stick up for his teammate by dropping the gloves and going after Fyten.

Thankfully he was put on the ice before any real damage could be done. The result of this dust-up was Jevpalovs earning an extra two-minute roughing penalty. Ludwig Bystrom scored his first AHL goal in a long time to pull the Texas Stars within one. Only minutes later Remi Elie added another Texas goal to tie the game. McCarthy (14) scored a goal with just 12 seconds left in the period with assists going to Ryan Carpenter (17) and Joakim Ryan (25) to end the period.

The Barracuda did their best to crush the momentum the Stars gained when Daniel O’Regan scored with just under two minutes into the second period. This was his 15th goal of the season with assists going to Marcus Sorensen (16) and Patrick McNally (10). At this point Stars goaltender, Justin Peters was replaced in goal by Maxim Legacy.

Even though I felt the Barracuda carried the play, Texas struck again on the power play with Ludwig Bystrom picking up his second of the game and the season while Jevpalovs served another penalty. That was as close as the Stars came. O’Regan scored his second of the game and 16th of the season at 10:28. The goal came on the power play after a Nick Ebert interference penalty. The Barracuda spent the rest of the period facing a barrage of Texas shots, 15-4 in favor of the Stars. Troy Grosenick stood tall and the Barracuda won their record-extending 12th-straight game.

Three Stars

  1. Daniel O’Regan (2 goals, 1 assist
  2. John McCarthy (2 goals)
  3. Ludwig Bystrom

NOTES

  • The final shots on goal were 31-28 in favor of the Stars
  • Troy Grosenick made 28 saves in the win while Stars goalie Justin Peters was pulled after giving up 4 goals on 14 shots.
  • Maxime Lagace would make an additional 13 in relief surrendering one goal.
  • This was a record-extending ten wins in a row for Troy Grosenick
  • This is the longest winning streak of any team in the Sharks organization
  • Barracuda power play went 3/4 while the penalty kill went 2/4.
  • The Barracuda are now the first overall team in the AHL standings.
  • Troy Grosenick was named the CCM/AHL Player of the Week
  • The Barracuda celebrated the one year anniversary of their mascot Frenzy.
  • SJ Sharkie, Sourdough Sam, Q, and Lou Seal were in attendance to help him celebrate.