SAN JOSE, CA - The San Jose Barracuda (21-19-2-3) jumped out to an early 1-0 lead over the San Diego Gulls (26-17-1-0) on Saturday at SAP Center, but it was all San Diego thereafter, finishing 4-1 for the Gulls.
Just 24 seconds into the first, Jacob Middleton (2) collected the puck near the crease, spun and tucked a point-blank shot inside the left post, giving the Barracuda an early 1-0 lead and setting the franchise record for fastest goal. San Diego's Nic Kerdiles (9) evened the score 1-1 at the 16:15 mark, tipping in a shot from long range by teammate Andy Welinksi. The Gulls would score again with less than 10 seconds remaining in the period when Kalle Kossila (13) raced past the Barracuda defense and got around netminder Antoine Bibeau with a forehand-to-backhand move to give San Diego the 2-1 lead heading into the first intermission.
The Gulls would add to their lead in the second, first with Dennis Rasmussen (4) scoring his second of the weekend series on a beautiful give-and-go play set up by Steven Oleksy at 6:41. Then Eric Fehr (15) found himself wide open near the right post after some pretty San Diego passing stretched the Barracuda defense across the zone, and tucked in the Gulls’ fourth unanswered score with two and a half remaining, making it 4-1 through the first 40 minutes.
Both defenses held strong in the final period, holding the opposition scoreless. The Gulls secured their sixth straight win with the 4-1 comeback victory and swept the weekend series in San Jose. The loss is the fourth straight for the Barracuda.
Bibeau (14-9-2) suffered the loss after allowing four goals on 28 shots. San Diego’s Reto Berra (11-6-0) claimed the win by making 33 saves on 34 shots.
The Barracuda finish off their five-game homestand Wednesday night with a tilt against the Tucson Roadrunners at 7 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.