SAN JOSE, CA - The San Jose Barracuda (17-16-0-2) put 32 shots on net on Wednesday but still fell to the Stockton Heat (19-12-2-3), 2-0. The loss came in the last game of a four-game home-stand for San Jose.
Both teams created opportunities to score in the first but failed to convert. San Jose out shot Stockton 15-8 in the period thanks in large part to a pair of power plays but the game remained scoreless through the opening 20 minutes.
Stockton opened up the scoring a minute into the second period when Andrew Mangiapane (15) buried a rebound after Barracuda netminder Troy Grosenick failed to secure a nifty initial shot from Mike McMurty, giving the Heat a 1-0 lead at the 1:08 mark. With both defenses stiffening through the remaining 19 minutes, the Heat would carry their one-goal lead into the third.
The final twenty minutes of action saw both teams continue their stout defensive play, holding each other scoreless up until Mangiapane (16) added an empty-netter at the 19:21 mark to seal the 2-0 victory for the Heat.
Stockton netminder Jon Gillies (12-8-4) earned the victory, making 32 saves on 32 shots, while San Jose’s Grosenick (5-7-2) took the loss, making 20 saves on 21 shots.
The Barracuda will start a six-game road trip extending into early February, their longest of the season when they take on the San Diego Gulls Friday night at 7 p.m. at Valley View Casino Center. 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.