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San Jose, CA - The San Jose Barracuda (9-1-0-1) scored twice on the power-play and used stingy defense to knock off the Stockton Heat (Calgary Flames) (4-6-1-0), 5-2, on Monday night at SAP Center at San Jose. The win was San Jose's fourth straight and improved the Barracuda to 3-1 against the Heat this season.
Despite out-shooting and out-chancing Stockton in the first, Kerby Rychel (6) cleaned up a point shot to give the Heat a 1-0 lead on the power play at 5:01.
In the second, San Jose's hard work would pay off as Jeremy Roy (2) snuck a shot under Jon Gillies five-hole from the center-point at 9:23 on the PP. 17 seconds later, John McCarthy powered to the net from along the goal line and Jeffrey Viel (2) jammed in the loose puck to give San Jose a 2-1 lead. At 12:31, the Barracuda completed the three-goal second when Nick DeSimone looked off a Stockton defender as he brought the puck up the right side and threaded a pass to Matt Fonteyne (2) who buried it from close range.
In the third, on San Jose's seventh power-play of the night, Francis Perron (6) wired a shot low short-side as he brought the puck up ice along the right wing and inside the right circle at 9:07. Andrew Mangiapane (5) would cut San Jose's lead down to two at 14:24, but DeSimone (3) put it away with an empty-netter at 19:03.
Antoine Bibeau (4-1-1) earned the win and avenged his only regulation loss on October 21 as he allowed two goals on 19 shots, while Gillies (3-4-1) took the hard-luck loss after giving up four goals on 37 shots.
The Barracuda hit the road for a pair of games this upcoming weekend in Tucson on Friday and Saturday before returning to SAP Center at San Jose on November 18 when they take on the Colorado Eagles for Cleveland Barons night. The Barracuda will completely rebrand as the Barons for the evening, Sharks affiliate from 2001-to-2006, and will wear specialty Barons jersey. In addition, the first 4,000 fans in attendance will receive a Barons replica jersey.