SAN JOSE, CALIF. - The San Jose Barracuda (0-1) allowed two first period goals and never recovered, falling to the Grand Rapids Griffins (1-0), 3-1, in game one of the Western Conference Finals at SAP Center on Saturday night.
The Griffins opened up the scoring at 6:45 of the first as Eric Tangradi found Mitch Callahan (4) uncovered on the back door. Ben Street (3) made it 2-0 Griffs by lifting a shot up Troy Grosenick's left shoulder and under the bar from along the goal line at 9:53. Less than a minute later at 10:34, Kevin Labanc cut Grand Rapids lead in half by sneaking a backhand short side on Jared Coreau who cheated off the left post.
After a scoreless second, Matt Ford (5) tipped a point shot through Grosenick's five-hole at 10:58, and despite outshooting the Griffins 16-to-10 in the third, San Jose couldn't come back, falling 3-1.
The Barracuda ended the game 0-for-6 on the power play after going 7-for-17 in round two against San Diego. Grosenick (7-4) took the loss after allowing three goals on 28 shots, while Coreau (8-1) earned the win by making 26 saves on 27 shots.
The San Jose Barracuda continue their quest for the Calder Cup on Sunday, May 21 (5 PM) as they take on the Grand Rapids Griffins in game two of their best-of-seven Western Conference Finals matchup at SAP Center. Concession stands will be offering $1 hot dogs and $2 beers. 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: K. Labanc (3)
GR: M. Callahan (4), B. Street (3), K Criscuolo
SJ: T. Grosenick - L (25/28)
GR: J. Coreau - W (26/27)
BARRACUDA Power Play: (0/6)
BARRACUDA Penalty Kill: (3/4)
1. GR - B. Street
2. GR - E. Tangradi
3. GR - K. Criscuolo