The San Jose Barracuda looked primed to cruise to another victory after the second period of this game but the Moose were having none of it as a combination of Barracuda complacency and a late game push by the Moose (score effects) saw the Barracuda escape with a 5-4 win.
The game started much like the last game did a tight checking affair that didn’t see either team get much room to do much of anything. The Moose would open the scoring at 3:24 with a goal from Peter Stoykewych (4) with assists from Branden Kichton (11) and Brendan Lemieux (5). The Barracuda due to a lack of discipline would face an additional six penalty kills throughout the game but they would be successful.
The Barracuda would respond quickly though as Adam Helewka (10) would get a lucky bounce off a defenceman on a wrap around and would tie the game with assists from Patrick McNally (9) and Joakim Ryan (19) at 5:05. The Barracuda would add to their lead at 17:37 of the first as John McCarthy (10) would deflect a Barclay Goodrow (9) shot into the net with the secondary assist going to Nikita Jevpalovs (6).
For most of the second period, the Barracuda remained in control of the game at even strength and Troy Grosenick continued to look unbeatable stopping many prime opportunities by Dan DeSalvo specifically. The Barracuda would strike on one of their three power plays on a nice tic-tac-toe play that would see O’Regan (14) score on the power play with some nice passing from Goldobin and Sorensen. Buddy Robinson (8) would score his first goal as a member of the Barracuda with an assist from Julius Bergman (16) and Adam Helewka (7) to add to the Moose deficit. As the period reached a close the Moose would start to come on and set the tone for a very interesting third period.
The third period would see the game get turned on his head as Kyle Connor (7) would score on a rocket of a shot that went through Troy Grosenick. Connor (8) would score another goal 5 minutes later to cut the Barracuda lead to one with assists to Patrice Cormier (5) and Nelson Nogier (8).
From that point on it felt like Troy Grosenick was under siege being forced to make high difficulty save after save. The Moose would pull their goalie and Marcus Sorensen (13) would take a nice feed from Goldobin (22) with Ryan (20) getting the other assist. This two goal lead would be short lived as 11 seconds later Quinton Howden (11) would take a feed from Scott Glennie (13) to bring the game back within one. However, that would be as close as the Moose would get as the Barracuda would hold on for the 5-4 victory.
1st Troy Grosenick (36 Saves)
2nd Kyle Connor (2 goals)
3rd Adam Helewka (1 goal, 1 assist)
The shots on goal in the game where 40-39 in favor of the Moose. The Barracuda were 1-7 on the Penalty Kill and 1-3 on the Power Play. Manitoba Moose Goalie Jamie Phillips made 34 saves in his AHL debut. Eric Comrie missed the game due to a lower-body injury suffered against the Barracuda the night prior. Troy Grosenick made 36 saves. The Barracuda are now on a five-game winning streak and have taken over first place in the Pacific Division overtaking the Ontario Reign.