SAN JOSE, CALIF. - Clarke Saunders made 32 saves in his AHL debut, and the San Jose Barracuda (41-14-2-5) found the back of the net six times to top the Manitoba Moose (25-35-4-5), 6-3, at SAP Center on Saturday night.
San Jose failed to score on back-to-back power plays in the first but did its damage at full strength late in the period. Buddy Robinson (14) opened up the scoring at 17:58 as he jammed a loose puck through the five-hole of a sprawled out Jamie Phillips and Ryan Carpenter added to the Barracuda advantage on San Jose's 21st shot of the frame at 19:54. After Phillips had failed to seal off the right post, Carpenter lifted the puck over the netminder's right pad.
In the second period, Kevin Czuczman (8) fired a shot from the left point on the power that whistled over the right shoulder of Saunders to get the Moose within one at 3:19. The Barracuda countered on their man advantage at 6:29 after Barclay Goodrow found Joakim Ryan (10) open in the high slot, Ryan wristed a shot top shelf. The Moose cut the lead back down to one on its third power play after Ryan blocked a shot in the slot the rebound redirected right to Dan DeSalvo who fired the puck into an open net at the 14-minute mark.
In the third, Tim Heed's wrister from the right point bounced of Zack Stortini (3) before trickling into the open net at 3:27. 50 seconds later, Kyle Connor (23) fired a rebound past Saunders from the right wing to get the Moose back within one on the power play. Rourke Chartier (17) regained San Jose's two-goal lead at 16:47 and John McCarthy (18) sealed the win with an empty-netter at 19:08.
Saunders earned the win (1-0-0) after making 32 saves on 35 shots, while Phillips (1-4-1) was charged with the loss after allowing five goals on 41 shots.
The Barracuda are back in action on Wednesday, April 5 (7:00 PM) as they take on the Ontario Reign at SAP Center for the tenth and final time this season. Catch all the action on AM 1220 KDOW, www.kdow.biz and www.ahllive.com. Tickets are available at the SAP Center Box Office, at 408-999-5757, or online at SJBarracuda.com/tickets.
SJ: B. Robinson (14), R. Carpenter (13), J. Ryan (10), Z. Stortini (3), R. Chartier (17), J. McCarthy (18)
MB: K. Czuczman (8), D. DeSalvo (16), K. Connor (23)
SJ: C. Saunders - W (32/35)
MB: J. Phillips - L (36/41)
BARRACUDA Power Play: (1/4)
BARRACUDA Penalty Kill: (1/4)
1. SJ - Z. Stortini
2. SJ - J. Ryan
3. SJ - T. Heed