SAN JOSE, CA - The San Jose Barracuda (1-1) didn't score until the final period on Saturday but forced the extra session and an eventual overtime victory over the Stockton Heat, 2-1, at SAP Center.
The Barracuda and Heat combined for only seven total shots in the first 20 minutes of play, ending the first period in a scoreless tie, despite each team going on the power play.
In the second period, the Heat put the game's first goal on the board as Joel Lowry (1) was able to finish a shot from Spencer Foo near the right point that trickled through the legs of Barracuda netminder Antoine Bibeau at 9:00. Heat goalie Tyler Parsons held the Barracuda to another scoreless period, making 16 total saves in the second frame, including a couple from close range.
Just over a minute into the final period of play, the Barracuda tied the game on a goal by Manuel Wiederer (1), after Heat goalie Mason McDonald replaced Parsons in the net. Neither team was able to pull ahead through the end of the third period despite 19 total shots on goal.
San Jose's Adam Helewka (1) gave his team the victory less than a minute into the overtime period with a beautiful goal, sneaking past McDonald using some pretty puck-handling.
McDonald (0-1) took the loss after allowing two goals on 13 shots in 20 minutes and 46 seconds of action. Bibeau (1-1) earned the win by making 24-of-25 saves.
The Barracuda open the 2017-18 regular season on the road at Stockton on Oct. 7 (6 p.m.), before welcoming the defending Calder Cup Champion Grand Rapids Griffins to SAP Center for the home opener on Oct.13, which will feature $1 hot dogs, and $2 beers, along with a banner-raising ceremony prior to puck drop.