SAN JOSE, CA - The San Jose Barracuda (5-6-0-1) took on the Manitoba Moose (8-5-1-1) Sunday afternoon at SAP Center for the second time in as many days, and came away with a 4-1 victory to tie the season series at 1-1 thanks to a three-goal third period.
After giving up three goals in the first period of yesterday’s matchup, San Jose was able to hold the Moose scoreless in the first 20 minutes on Sunday. The Barracuda continued to struggle offensively in the period; however, failing to find the back of the net on nine shots with two power play opportunities, both coming off infractions against Manitoba’s JC Lipon.
The Barracuda’s Daniel O’Regan (6) gave his team a 1-0 lead 4:10 into the second period, scoring off assists from Jacob Middleton and John McCarthy. The lead wouldn’t last though, as Manitoba’s Patrice Cormier (5) found a way to score during a San Jose power play opportunity at the 16:33 mark off an assist from Lipon to tie the game at 1-1 entering the third period.
San Jose exploded on the offensive end in the final frame, starting with a no-goal decision following a shot attempt from O’Regan just over a minute into the period, and a wrist-shot goal for Marcus Sorenson (5) off the first of three assists from Rudolfs Balcers on the night only a minute later. Rourke Chartier (1) scored his first goal of the season off assists from Brandon Mashinter and Balcers at the 5:12 mark and Radim Simek (2) added an empty net goal at 17:22 to bring the score to a 4-1 final.
San Jose’s netminder Antoine Bibeau (2-3) earned the victory with 17 saves on 18 shots, while Manitoba’s Eric Comrie (5-4-1) took the loss with 21 saves on 24 shots.
The Barracuda host the first of two matchups against the Ontario Reign at SAP Center next weekend on Saturday, Nov. 18, with puck-drop scheduled for 1:15 p.m. Tickets start at just $10 and can be purchased at SJBarracuda.com/tickets.