BARRACUDA BLANK GRIFFS 4-0Jan 25, 2019
Grand Rapids, MI - The San Jose Barracuda (24-8-2-3) kicked off their three-game road trip with a 4-0 win on Friday night at the Van Andel Arena over the Grand Rapids Griffins(24-143-4) (Detroit Red Wings). The win extended San Jose's point streak to four games (3-0-1-0) and snapped Grand Rapids' seven-game home point streak and three-game winning streak overall.
In the victory, Josef Korenar (15-3-1) steered away all 29 Griffs shots to earn his third shutout of the season and hand GR their first shutout since October 6 at San Antonio and their first shutout loss at home since November 3, 2017, vs. Chicago.
After a scoreless first period that saw Grand Rapids outshoot San Jose 12-to-five, the Barracuda opened up the scoring in the second as Max Letunov (9) poked in a loose puck from close range after San Jose won an offensive-zone draw at 3:38. Jayden Halbgewachs assisted on Letunov's tally and then set up Manny Wiederer (9) on a tape-to-tape stretch pass that sprung the German native on a breakaway and Wiederer beat Patrik Rybar through the five-hole at 7:50. Jon Martin (7) completed the unanswered three-goal second as he snapped a short-side shot in at 16:05.
In the third, Nick DeSimone added onto San Jose's lead by walking the blue line and sniping a wrister short side from the point on the power play at 10:58.
Rybar (10-7-5) suffered the loss after allowing four goals on 26 San Jose shots.
The Barracuda and Griffins square off again on Saturday before both clubs hit the AHL All-Star break. Listen live to Saturday's game beginning at 3:30 p.m. PT on AM 1220 KDOW, the Sharks + SAP Center app and watch on #AHLTV.