STOCKTON, CA - The San Jose Barracuda (22-19-3-3) held a three-goal lead heading into the final period on Friday at Stockton Arena, but the Stockton Heat (23-17-2-3) forced overtime with three third-period goals before completing the comeback in the extra session, 5-4.
The Barracuda opened up the scoring at 2:20 of the first as Jake Middleton raced down the ice and feathered a pass to Adam Helewka (7) on a two-on-one and Helewka directed the puck into an open net. Tanner Glass (2) tied the game at 8:49 on a rebound below the far dot, but Sam Warning (1) recaptured San Jose's lead at 17:02 as he swiped home his first AHL goal from between the circles with two defenders draped all over him.
In the second, the Barracuda added to its lead on their fifth power play of the night when Danny O'Regan's point-shot was jammed home by Alex True (7) at 12:55. Shorthanded, O'Regan would again help add offense, this time finding a trailing Radim Simek (4) on a three-on-one, extending San Jose's lead to 4-1.
Down by three, Stockton awoke after Brett Pollock, and True dropped the mitts at the 42-second mark of the third. Austin Carroll (4) began the comeback as he lifted a below the goal line pass from Andrew Mangiapane over Troy Grosenick left pad from point-blank range. Rasmus Andersson (5) who got a secondary assist on Carroll's goal inched his team within one when Mangiapane found him uncovered on the backdoor at 7:50 and then Oliver Kylington connected with Andersson (6) at 17:09 to tie the game and force overtime.
In the extra session, after a miscue in the neutral zone, Hunter Shinkaruk (13) would beat a sprawled out Grosenick after a feed from Kylington on a two-on-one.
Grosenick made 41 saves but suffered the hard-luck loss. Mason McDonald (1-0-0-0) earned his first AHL win after stopping 25-of-29 shots.
The Barracuda continue their four-game road trip on Saturday night in Stockton in the second of a weekend series against the Heat. Puck drop is scheduled for 6 p.m. Listen live on AM 1220 KDOW or on the all-new Sharks + SAP Center App.