San Diego, CA - The San Jose Barracuda (19-10-1-3) allowed a pair of opening period goals on Friday, and the San Diego Gulls (18-12-2-1) rode the early momentum to a 5-1 win in front of 12,920 fans at a sold out Valley View Casino Center.
Jordan Samuels-Thomas (5) waited just one minute and 52 seconds to give San Diego the opening period lead as he collected a loose puck below the left circle and turned and fired a shot over Troy Grosenick's left shoulder. After San Jose had killed off the only power play of the period, the Gulls extended their lead to 2-0 as Scott Sabourin (3) received a no look tape-to-tape pass from Tyler Morley and chipped the shot just under the crossbar at 19:39 of the first.
In the second, San Diego held the Barracuda to just three shots and pushed their lead to 3-0 on the power play as Nick Sorensen (5) beat Grosenick with a shot from the low slot at 14:17.
Kalle Kossila (8) made it 4-0 Gulls in the third with a lacrosse-style goal from below the goal line at 12:15. Patrick McNally (2) broke up Jhonas Enroth's shutout bid with a slap shot that went through the net. Play continued, but the goal was rewarded following a review at 13:37. Kossila (9) was credited with an empty-net goal at 17:09 after John McCarthy hooked the Gull' forward on a breakaway.
Enroth (2-0-0) earned his second win as a Gull' after stopping 30 of 31 shots, while Grosenick (9-8-2) suffered the loss after allowing four goals on 34 shots.
1. Kalle Kossila (SD: 2+0=2)
2. Jhonas Enroth (SD: 30 Saves)
3. Nick Sorensen (SD: 1+0=1)
The Barracuda continue their seven game road trip on Saturday in Ontario and don't return to SAP Center until Feb. 8 against the San Diego Gulls. On Feb. 12, the Barracuda will wear specialty California Republic Jerseys when they take on the Tucson Roadrunners. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at SJBarracuda.com/tickets or by calling 408.999.5757.