SAN JOSE, CALIF. - The San Jose Barracuda (43-15-2-5) allowed two opening-period goals, failed on all seven power plays and fell, 2-1, to Tucson (27-31-8-0) on Tuesday night at SAP Center despite outshooting the Roadrunners 33-to-19.
Tucson jumped out of the gates and took an early lead at 4:03 of the first. Christian Fischer (20) opened up the scoring as he beat Troy Grosenick under the right arm on a two-on-one. On the power play, All-Rookie defenseman Kyle Wood (14) gave the 'Runners a 2-0 lead when Chris Mueller found the blueliner with a cross-ice pass as he pinched from the left point.
In the second, San Jose cut the lead in half after Adam Helewka's breakaway move hit the post, Ryan Carpenter (14) crashed the net and backhanded the loose puck past Adin Hill at 14:09.
In the final frame, San Jose outshot Tucson 12-to-3 but came up empty on five power plays including a 5-on-3 for a minute and eight seconds. The loss was San Jose's first of the season against Tucson in regulation, snapping a four-game home winning streak.
Grosenick (30-10-3) was stellar after allowing two early goals but took the loss giving up two goals on 19 shots. Hill (15-14-6) turned in one of his best performances of the season, earning the win after making 32 saves on 33 shots.
The Barracuda are back in action on Thursday, April 13 (7:00 PM) as they wrap up their eight game season series with the Roadrunners at SAP Center. All the action can be heard on AM 1220 KDOW, www.kdow.biz and watched on www.ahllive.com. Tickets are available at the SAP Center Box Office, at 408-999-5757, or online at SJBarracuda.com/tickets.
SJ: R. Carpenter (14)
TUC: C. Fischer (20), K. Wood (14)
SJ: T. Grosenick - L (17/19)
TUC: A. Hill - L (32/33)
BARRACUDA Power Play: (0/7)
BARRACUDA Penalty Kill: (1/2)
1. TUC - K. Wood
2. TUC - C. Mueller
3. SJ - R. Carpenter