SAN JOSE, CA - The San Jose Barracuda (21-18-1-3) fell to the division-leading Tucson Roadrunners (25-14-2-1) Monday night at SAP Center, coming back from a 3-0 deficit to force overtime, but eventually falling 4-3 in a shootout.
After a scoreless first, the Roadrunners exploded offensively in the second. Tucson forward Michael Bunting (13) scored the game's first off an assist from teammate Tyler Gaudet at the 3:14 mark after San Jose failed to clear it out of their own end. Bunting (13) would score again at the 5:55 mark, and Lawson Crouse (8) converted a power-play goal at 8:29 to give Tucson a commanding 3-0 lead.
San Jose then brought the score to 3-1 with a power play goal of their own, scoring on an unassisted one-timer from Nick DeSimone (5) from the right point at 10:55. San Jose captain and 2018 Olympian John McCarthy (7) redirected a Julius Bergman shot past Tucson netminder Adin Hill with just 37 seconds remaining in the period to give the 'Cuda their second power play goal of the night and bring the score to 3-2 heading into the third.
After nearly ten minutes of scoreless play to start the third period, San Jose's Jon Martin (4) snapshot over the shoulder of Hill and off the left post at 9:48, evening the game at 3-3 where it would remain locked.
Neither team could pull away in the overtime session, forcing the shootout. Tucson would finish with two scores in the shootout to San Jose's one, securing the 4-3 victory for the Roadrunners.
Bibeau (14-8-2) suffered the loss after allowing three goals on 27 shots. Hill (10-10-1) claimed the the win by making 35 saves on 38 shots.
The Barracuda continue their home swing with a pair of matchups this weekend against the San Diego Gulls, starting on Saturday at 1:15 p.m. Listen live on AM 1220 KDOW or on the all-new Sharks + SAP Center App. Tickets start at just $10 and are available for purchase at SJBarracuda.com/tickets.