SAN DIEGO - The San Jose Barracuda (15-14-0-2) put a franchise high 48 shots on Kevin Boyle, but the San Diego Gulls (18-13-1-0) found a way to eke out a 3-2 win on Saturday night at Valley View Casino Center.
Boyle (10-6-1) earned the win by making 46 saves, while Troy Grosenick (5-5-2) suffered the hard-luck loss after allowing three goals on 33 shots.
After a scoreless first, Eric Fehr (11) continued San Diego's dominance on the power play by backhanding a loose puck past Grosenick at 5:12. San Jose looked like it had tied the game off the stick of Filip Sandberg, but it was deemed to be touched with a high stick just moments before it crossed the goal line. San Jose would tie the game with five minutes left in the second as Adam Helewka (6) won a race to a loose puck and circled the SD net before snapping a shot short-side top-shelf past Boyle.
In the third, the Gulls again cashed in on the man-advantage when Joe Blandisi (5) redirected a Marcus Pettersson point-shot past Grosenick at 2:14. San Jose countered at 3:45 when Emerson Clark (2) slid the puck from close range under Boyle's right pad, but less than two minutes later Sam Carrick (7) got around San Jose's defense before sneaking the puck under a sprawled out Grosenick as he moved from left to right. The Barracuda would go on a late power play but couldn't even the score, falling 3-2.
The Barracuda return to SAP Center on January 9 to take on the San Antonio Rampage. For tickets visit SJBarracuda.com/tickets.