SAN JOSE, CALIF - The San Jose Barracuda (37-13-2-4) netted a season-high four power-play goals on Friday night, but the Stockton Heat (27-24-4-1) proved too much, topping the Barracuda 7-4 at SAP Center.
Barclay Goodrow (20) opened up the scoring for San Jose as he powered to the net and chipped a shot over David Rittich from the right wing on the power play at 5:35. Less than two minutes, later Mark Jankowski (23) whistled a wrister from the high slot past Mantas Armalis on the power play to even the score at 7:02. Garnett Hathaway (6) gave the Heat their first lead at 17:36 and Brandon Bollig (10) added some insurance at 18:18. Under a minute left in the period, Danny O'Regan (20) cut the lead back down to one with a blast from the right circle on the man advantage.
In the second, Matt Frattin (18) pushed the Heat back up to two at 2:36 on the power play and Linden Vey (13) made it a three-goal advantage at 4:20, also on the PP. John McCarthy's (16) redirect on a Julius Bergman point shot at 8:55 cut the lead to 5-3, but at 12:06, Mike Kostka snuck a puck short side to make it 6-3.
Joakim Ryan (8) fired San Jose's fourth power-play goal of the game past Rittich at 3:49, but Vey (14) sealed the win at 19:41 with an empty netter.
Armalis (12-5-3) took the loss after allowing six goals on 22 shots, while Rittich (12-10-1) earned the victory after making 26 saves on 30 shots.
On Saturday, March 18, the Barracuda wrap up a home-and-home with the Stockton Heat at Stockton Arena. Catch all the action on AM 1220 KDOW, www.kdow.biz and www.ahllive.com. Tickets are available at the SAP Center Box Office, at 408-999-5757, or online at SJBarracuda.com/tickets.
SJ: B. Goodrow (20), D. O'Regan (20), J. McCarthy (16), J. Ryan (8)
STK: M. Jankowski (23), G. Hathaway (6), B. Bollig (10), M. Frattin (18), L. Vey (13), M. Kostka (3), L. Vey (14)
SJ: M. Armalis - L (16/22)
STK: D. Rittich - L (26/30)
BARRACUDA Power Play: (4/7)
BARRACUDA Penalty Kill: (2/5)
1. STK - M. Kostka
2. STK - M. Frattin
3. STK - L. Vey