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Barracuda defeat Moose in first ever meeting

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Final score was 4-1 in favor of the Barracuda

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Barracuda Defeat The Moose 4-1

The San Jose Barracuda played a really tight game that the score does not do justice to against the Manitoba Moose. While at even strength the Moose did a good job of containing the Barracuda offense with a tight checking game that gave the Barracuda very little to work with. When the Barracuda did get a chance though they made it count as Nikolay Goldobin using some filthy stick handling to score this nice backhand goal at 12:09 of the first period for his 11th with the assist going to Marcus Sorensen (13).

The lead would not last very long however as Quinton Howden would notch his 10th of the year at 12:52 of the first period. That would be the only marker of the game for the Moose as the Barracuda Power play took over the game starting with a goal by Barclay Goodrow scoring his 15th of the year with assists coming from Patrick McNally (7) and Mirco Mueller (10) at 17:21 of the second.

Entering the third period the game started to open up more and the Moose trying to get back in the game took a costly penalty leading to a John McCarthy goal, his eighth of the season with assists going to Patrick McNally (8) and Nikita Jevpalovs (4) at 13:11 of the third. A few minutes later the Barracuda would find themselves on the power play again and John McCarthy would score his second of the game and ninth of the season. The assists on the final goal would go to Barclay Goodrow (8) and Nikita Jevpalovs (5). The game would end with Barracuda newcomer Zach Stortini looking for a fight with Darren Kramer setting the stage for Saturdays second and final matchup between the two teams this season.

The Barracuda were perfect on both of the special teams going three-for-three on the power play as well as killing off the two penalties they took over the course of the game. The Manitoba Moose were wearing their polar bear sweaters that they will auction off to raise money for the Assiniboine Park Zoo's Polar Bear Rescue Team. This was the first ever game between the Barracuda and the Moose in their franchise histories. The Barracuda out-shot the Moose 40-26.

3 Stars:

1st. Jimmy Lodge, Moose (Just cause I guess)
2nd. Troy Grosenick, (25 Saves)
3rd. Nikita Jevpalovs (2 Assists