Barracuda Get Doubled Up In Home Opening With 4-2 Loss To IceHogsOct 9, 2015
SAN JOSE, CA –The San Jose Barracuda (0-1-0-0, 0pts) presented by Barracuda Networks opened up their AHL regular season schedule with a 4-2 loss to the visiting Rockford IceHogs (1-0-0-0, 2pts) in front of 6,977 fans at the SAP Center on Friday evening.
Micheal Haley (1-1-2) and Bryan Lerg (1-0-1) scored for the Barracuda while Troy Grosenick made 37 saves in net for San Jose in the loss. Rookie Tanner Kero (2-1-3) led the way offensively for Rockford and goaltender Micheal Leighton made 30 saves in net for the victory.
Rockford barreled out to a 2-0 lead in the first period with a quick strike by rookie Tanner Kero (1st) at 1:01 and a shorthanded tally by Dennis Rasmussen (1st) at 14:43. The Barracuda scored their first ever goal on the power play as Micheal Haley (1st) snapped a shot from the slot that slid through the pads of Michael Leighton. San Jose trailed 2-1 after 20 minutes as shots stood 14-13 in favor of the IceHogs.
San Jose tied the game with another power play goal as captain Bryan Lerg (1st) was set up by Mirco Mueller and Micheal Haley at 6:34. Frazer McLaren (1st FM) dropped the mitts with Mike Liambas (1st FM) in a one sided fight won by Frazer at 8:54. Troy Grosenick made 14 second period saves as the two teams headed into the second intermission tied at two.
Rockford scored twice more in the third period to grab the 4-2 road victory. Tanner Karo (2nd) scored the game winner at 4:45 of the third period with a nice deflection in front of Troy Grosenick. Jeremy Morin (1st) added some insurance with Rockford’s 4th goal at 8:47. Rockford outshot San Jose 13-9 in the third period.
Notes: Three Stars: 3rd star: Jeremy Morin – RCK (1-2-3) 2nd star: Micheal Haley – SJ (1-1-2) 1st star: Tanner Kero - RCK (2-1-3)…. Final shots were 41-32 in favor of Rockford… Michael Leighton made 30 saves on 32 shots for Rockford ….Troy Grosenick 37 saves on 41 shots for San Jose… San Jose went 2-for-4 on the power play while Rockford went 0-for-5… Julius Bergman, Melker Karlsson (inj), and Petter Emanuelsson (inj) did not dress for the Barracuda…John McCarthy and Patrick McNally led the Barracuda with four shots on goal…Nikita Jevpalovs, Scott Timmins, and Mirco Mueller added assists for San Jose.
The San Jose Barracuda hit the road on Thursday, October 15 for a 7pm start at the Stockton Heat. The game can be heard live on AM 1220 KDOW and streamed online at www.KDOW.biz. Coverage begins at 6:30pm with the SJ Barracuda pregame show.