BARRACUDA RACE PAST ROADRUNNERS, 5-2Jan 7, 2017
San Jose, CA - The San Jose Barracuda (17-8-1-3) netted three first period goals and rode their early lead to a 5-2 win over the Tucson Roadrunners (15-9-4-0) at SAP Center on Saturday afternoon.
Colin Blackwell (2) got San Jose on the board in the first as he stole the puck at his line and raced down the ice before going forehand to backhand and through the five-hole of Justin Peters at 2:14. Marcus Sorensen (9) made it 2-0 San Jose as he picked up a loose puck in the paint and backhanded a shot over the left pad of Peters at 7:59. The Barracuda capped off the three-goal first when Ryan Carpenter (7) ripped the puck from the right wing and into the back of the net at the nine-minute mark, ending Peters afternoon after allowing three goals on five shots.
In the second, San Jose killed off three Roadrunner' power plays and cashed in on their second man advantage as Joakim Ryan sniped (5) a shot short-side on Adin Hill at 16:30.
The Roadrunners made it a game in the third when Stefan Fournier (1) deked Mantas Armalis from close range and then Lindsay Sparks (1) powered his way to the net at 10:59 and snuck the puck just inside the right post to make it 4-2, but any Tucson comeback was wiped out when Patrick McNally (1) potted an empty-netter at 18:41.
Armalis (8-2-2) earned the win by making 31 saves on 33 shots, and Peters (3-4-0) suffered the loss after working just nine minutes. Adin Hill was impressive in relief and held the game to a manageable score by making 28 saves on 29 shots.
1. Joakim Ryan (1+1=2)
2. Mantas Armalis (31 saves)
3. Marcus Sorensen (1+1=2)
The Barracuda continue their seven-game home stand as they welcome the Ontario Reign to SAP for the second time this season on Friday, Jan. 13. Tickets are still available and can purchased at SJBarracuda.com/tickets or by calling 408.999.5757.