'CUDA RACE PAST ROADRUNNERS, EXTEND WIN STREAK TO 9Feb 14, 2017
San Jose, CA - The San Jose Barracuda (28-11-1-3) scored three power-play goals on Tuesday night and rolled passed the Tucson Roadrunners (21-17-5-0), 4-1, to earn their ninth-straight win and sixth straight at SAP Center. The nine victories in a row surpassed the 2014-15 Worcester Sharks eight-game winning streak, which was the longest in San Jose Sharks affiliate history dating back to the 2004-05 season.
After returning to the Barracuda from the Sharks on Tuesday morning, Tim Heed placed a perfect backdoor feed to Rourke Chartier who tapped in his 10th of the year at 11:14. The Barracuda jumped out to a 2-0 advantage on the power play as Nikolay Goldobin (13) fired a Marcus Sorensen dish passed Marek Langhamer at 17:29, but the Roadrunners cut San Jose's lead in half on a Michael Bunting (10) redirect at 18:55.
In the second, Mirco Mueller sniped his first of the season short side past Langhamer at 5:32 on the power play to give San Jose its two-goal lead back. The Barracuda outshot the Roadrunners 19-to-12 in the period and killed off both Tucson power plays, and the score stayed 3-1 through 40 minutes.
In the final frame, San Jose sealed the victory when Sorensen (14) poked home a loose puck in the crease at 9:38 on the man advantage.
Troy Grosenick earned the victory with his eighth straight win after making 28 saves on 29 shots, while Langhamer suffered the loss after giving up four goals on 29 shots. Grosenick's eight wins in a row is a new career high.
1. Nikolay Goldobin (SJ: 1+2=3)
2. Troy Grosenick (SJ: 28 saves)
3. Marcus Sorensen (SJ: 1+1=2)
The Barracuda jump back onto the road this Friday in Stockton against the Heat and don't return to SAP Center until Feb. 20 against the Texas Stars. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at SJBarracuda.com/tickets.