SAN JOSE, CALIF. - The San Jose Barracuda (3-1) went 3-for-4 on the power play and held on for a 4-3 win over the San Diego Gulls (1-3) at Valley View Casino Center on Friday night.
After killing off a pair of San Diego power plays, Barclay Goodrow (3) beat Jhonas Enroth through the five-hole from the left wing on San Jose's first man advantage. Ryan Carpenter (7) then netted his AHL-leading seventh goal of the postseason on San Jose's second power play at 18:47 to give the Barracuda a 2-0 lead through 20 minutes.
In the second, Colin Blackwell (2) lifted a loose puck over Enroth's right shoulder at 11:30 to make it 3-0, but San Diego countered as Mitch Hultz (1) tipped a pass through Troy Grosenick's five-hole at 13:29. San Jose pushed its lead back up to three when Tim Heed (3) blasted a slap shot from the right point on the power play at 15:58.
In the third, Nic Kerdiles (4) cut San Jose's lead in half on San Diego's fifth power play, and Sam Carrick (4) fired a backdoor feed passed Grosenick at 19:43, but San Jose held on for the 4-3 win.
The San Jose Barracuda continue their quest for the Calder Cup on Saturday, May 13 (7 PM) as they take on the San Diego Gulls in game four of a best-of-seven Division Final matchup at Valley View Casino Center in San Diego. All the action can be heard on AM 1220 KDOW, www.kdow.biz and watched on www.ahllive.com. Tickets are available at the SAP Center Box Office, at 408-999-5757, or online at SJBarracuda.com/tickets.
SJ: B. Goodrow (3), R. Carpenter (7), C. Blackwell (2), T. Heed (3)
SD: M. Hultz (1), N. Kerdiles (4), S. Carrick (4)
SJ: T. Grosenick - W (29/32)
SD: J. Enroth - L (15/19)/D. Tokarski (7/7)
BARRACUDA Power Play: (3/4)
BARRACUDA Penalty Kill: (4/5)
1. SJ - B. Goodrow
2. SJ - R. Carpenter
3. SJ - J. Ryan