SAN JOSE, CALIF. - The San Jose Barracuda (1-1) scored three times on the power play and rolled to a 4-2 win over the Grand Rapids Griffins (1-1) on Sunday night at SAP Center in front of 5,719 fans, evening the best-of-7 Western Conference Finals series at 1-1.
After Evgeny Svechnikov had taken a penalty just a minute and 54 seconds into the first, Julius Bergman (1) blasted a right-point shot past Jared Coreau to give the Barracuda an early 1-0 lead. At 10:44, Ryan Carpenter (8) made it two-for-two on the man advantage and netted his AHL-leading eighth goal of the postseason as the third-year pro steered a slot-pass from Tim Heed passed Coreau from between the hashes. Grand Rapids cut San Jose's lead in half at 17:10 after Troy Grosenick stopped down an initial point shot, Tomas Nosek (5) jammed home the loose rebound.
In the second, Matt Ford (6) drew a roughing call and then blasted a one-timer past Grosenick from the left dot on the power play to tie the score at 14:38. But 50 seconds later, Joakim Ryan (5) ringed a slap shot from the high slot off the left post and in on the man advantage to give San Jose its lead back.
In the third, Grosenick stood tall, and Barclay Goodrow (5) sealed the victory with an empty-netter at 18:54.
The San Jose Barracuda continue their quest for the Calder Cup on Wednesday, May 24 (4 PM PST) as they take on the Grand Rapids Griffins in game three of their best-of-7 Western Conference Finals matchup at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan. All the action can be heard on AM 1220 KDOW, www.kdow.biz and watched on www.ahllive.com. If a game six is needed, tickets are available at the SAP Center Box Office, at 408-999-5757, or online at SJBarracuda.com/tickets.
SJ: J. Bergman (1), R. Carpenter (8), J. Ryan (5), B. Goodrow (5)
GR: T. Nosek (5), M. Ford (6)
SJ: T. Grosenick - W (33/35)
GR: J. Coreau - L (36/39)
BARRACUDA Power Play: (3/5)
BARRACUDA Penalty Kill: (3/4)
1. SJ - J. Ryan
2. SJ - R. Carpenter
3. SJ - J. Bergman