SAN DIEGO - The San Jose Barracuda (15-12-0-2) tied a franchise-high with 46 shots on net but allowed a franchise-high four power play goals and fell, 5-0, to the San Diego Gulls(17-13-1-0) on Friday night at a packed Valley View Casino Center.
San Diego opened up the scoring at 5:17 as Dennis Rasmussen found Jared Boll (1) open from below the end line and Boll snapped a shot through Parker Gahagen's five-hole. The Gulls added to its lead at the end of the first after Cavan Fitzgerald was called for holding at 18:48 and Kalle Kossila (9) steered a point-pass from Andy Welinski into a open net on the near side with one second remaining in the period.
The Gulls added to its lead in the second after Jacob Middleton's clearing attempt on the PK pin balled off Joe Blandisi (4) skate and past Gahagen at 5:31. Tempers flared in the second half of the second period as Emerson Clark dropped the mitts with Boll and Brandon Bollig and Corey Tropp danced at center ice.
In the third, San Diego would continue its power-play dominance scoring two more times on the man-advantage. First, Eric Fehr (10) jammed a puck under the five-hole of Gahagen at 7:48, and Sam Carrick (6) put the game well out of reach at 12:03.
Gahagen (2-2) suffered the loss after allowing five goals on 26 shots, while Reto Berra (7-4) made a Gulls franchise-high 46 saves to earn his fourth AHL shutout of his career.
The Barracuda wrap up their road trip on Saturday in San Diego against the Gulls before returning back to SAP Center on January 9 to take on the San Antonio Rampage. For tickets visit SJBarracuda.com/tickets.