San Jose, CA - The San Jose Barracuda (2-0-0-1) never trailed in 65 minutes of play on Wednesday but suffered their first loss of the season in a 3-2 shootout defeat to the Bakersfield Condors (2-1-0-0) at SAP Center at San Jose.
Alex True (1) drew first blood at 4:21 of the first as he tipped a Keaton Middleton point shot through the five-hole of veteran netminder Al Montoya. From that point, Bakersfield tilted the ice in their favor, outshooting the Barracuda 16-to-five in the period and tying the game at 12:36 when Evan Polei (1) redirected a Josh Currie pass past Antoine Bibeau from the right corner.
In the second, San Jose potted the periods only goal as Jayden Halbgewachs (1) scooped up a rebound from a Jeremy Roy point shot and backhanded the loose puck in after working his way around Montoya at 7:51 on the power play.
In the third, Joe Gambardella (1) was sprung on a breakaway and tied the game by snapping a shot top-shelf over the blocker of Bibeau at 7:28. After regulation ended tied at 2-2 through 60 minutes, the Condors would go onto to win 3-2 in a shootout despite San Jose outshooting Bakersfield 3-0 in the overtime session that saw both teams have power-play opportunities from two-many men penalties.
Antoine Bibeau (1-0-0-1) suffered his first loss of the season after giving up two goals on 36 shots while Montoya moved to 2-0 after making 23 saves on 25 shots.
The Barracuda are back in action on Saturday as they travel to Stockton to take on the Heat for the first meeting of 2018-19 before returning back to SAP Center at San Jose on Monday to take on the Tucson Roadrunners. All weekday games offer a special $5 walk-up rate ticket and parking is free when you have four or more in your car. If you can't make the game, watch live on AHLTV and listen on 1220 AM KDOW.