SAN JOSE, CA - The San Jose Barracuda (2-2) took on the Stockton Heat (2-2) at SAP Center on Wednesday Night, hoping to get back in the win column following consecutive homes losses over the weekend. Tied 2-2 through the first 40 minutes, the Barracuda pulled away with three goals in the final frame and secured the 5-2 victory.
The Heat spent the majority of the first period in the offensive zone, finishing with 10 shots to San Jose's five. Neither team could find the back of the net until Stockon's Andrew Mangiapane (3) put away the first goal of the game with 2:02 remaining in the period, giving the Heat a 1-0 lead. Moments later, San Jose forward Brandon Mashinter (2) answered for the Barracuda, tying the game on the power play at 22.6.
San Jose took its first lead in the second period when Adam Helewka delivered a perfectly-placed feed to O'Regan (3), who buried the shot at the 10:24 mark. The Heat then evened the score once again at 2-2 with 3:40 remaining in the period with a goal from Garnet Hathaway (3) who was set up in the low slot from Mark Jankowski.
In the third period, the Barracuda regained the lead with a put-back goal by O'Regan (4) at the 2:29 mark, giving him four goals in two games against Stockton this season and nine total goals in his career against the Heat. San Jose's Alexander True (2) took advantage of a moment of confusion that left Stockon netminder David Rittich without his stick, giving the Barracuda a 4-2 lead with a point-blank shot on the near post for his second professional goal. The game's final goal would be set up by a forecheck behind the Stockton net from Mashinter that allowed him to pull the puck away from the defender and deliver a quick feed to Filip Sandberg (2), who came uncovered and buried a shot that secured a 5-2 victory for the Barracuda with 3:48 remaining in the final period.
San Jose netminder Troy Grosenick (2-1) earned the victory by making 28 saves on 30 shots, while Rittich (1-1) took the loss after allowing five goals on 22 shots.