Barracuda Battle Back But Fall in OT

Barracuda Battle Back But Fall 6-5 In Overtime at Stockton

Feb 20, 2016

Stockton, CA -  The San Jose Barracuda (21-17-6-3, 51pts) presented by Barracuda Networks began a four game road trip with a wild 6-5 overtime loss to the host Stockton Heat (21-20-1-2, 45pts) in front of 5,534 fans at Stockton Arena on Saturday evening. 

Trailing 5-2 midway through the third period, San Jose scored three times in the final ten minutes to force overtime but Mason Raymond gave Stockton their 10th straight win on home ice with the game winner at 3:00 of the overtime period.  Trevor Parkes (1-2-3) scored with just 33 seconds remaining to force overtime as Barclay Goodrow, Bryan Lerg, Ryan Carpenter, and John McCarthy also score for the Barracuda while Troy Grosenick made 33 saves in net in the loss.

Barclay Goodrow (16th) gave the Barracuda an early 1-0 lead as he scored on San Jose’s first shot on goal at 2:13 after his quick snap shot from the right circle beat goaltender Kent Simpson on the blocker side.  Stockton would score the next two to take a 2-1 advantage.  Kenny Agostino (16th) struck at 4:00 followed by a point power play score by Kenney Morrison (1st) at 9:24.  Raffi Torres (1st FM) dropped the mitts with Mitchell Heard (3rd FM) at 12:52 with Heard receiving an instigator penalty and a misconduct. Shots were 12-8 in favor on Stockton through 20 minutes of play.

Michael Haley (2nd FM) fought Gabriel Verpaelst (1st FM) at 6:50 as the physical play continued in the middle frame.  Stockton grabbed a 3-1 lead as former Sharks draft pick Freddie Hamilton (13th) fired a shot through a screen and past Troy Grosenick at 10:19.  Captain Bryan Lerg (13th) got the Barracuda within a goal at 13:01 after his shot from the right side went off a body in front and past Kent Simpson.  San Jose trailed 3-2 after 40 minutes of play as Stockton held a 27-18 shot advantage headed into the third period.

A wild third period saw the Heat charge out to a 5-2 lead after quick strikes by Kenny Agostino (17th) at 2:20 and Mason Raymond (3rd) at 4:21.  San Jose started their charge back at 10:18 as Ryan Carpenter (11th) fired home a rebound to cut the deficit to 5-3.  With the goaltender pulled, John McCarthy (6th) got the Barracuda within a goal with an easy empty net tap in after a great feed from behind the net by Nikolay Goldobin at 18:49.  Trevor Parkes (10th) tied the score on a similar play at 19:27 to stun the Heat and force overtime with the score tied 5-5.  Shots were 18-9 Barracuda in the third period.

In the overtime period, NHL veteran Mason Raymond (4th) tracked down a puck in the Barracuda zone and fired it into an empty net after Grosenick went diving out of the crease and tried to poke check it away from Raymond at 3:00 of the overtime frame.

Notes: Three Stars: 3rd star Trevor Parkes (1-2-3) 2nd star: Freddie Hamilton (1-2-3) 1st star: Mason Raymond (2-0-2)….Final shots were 39-37 in favor of Stockton… Kent Simpson (2-4-0) made 32 saves on 37 shots for Stockton….Troy Grosenick (10-7-4) made 33 saves on 39 shots for San Jose…. San Jose went 0-for-1 on the power play while Stockton went 1-for-3…. Frazer McLaren (inj), Alex Gallant (inj), Mark Cundari, Daniel Doremus, Petter Emanuelsson, Mirco Mueller (travel) did not dress for the Barracuda… Raffi Torres returned to the lineup after missing the last two games and picked up a fighting major…Bryan Lerg (3-3-6) and Nikolay Goldobin (0-6-6) both have a five game point streaks….John McCarthy (1-3-4) has a four game point streak…Nikolay Goldobin finished with two assists and was +3… The Heat had won 10 straight home games dating back to a 2-1 loss to Ontario on Dec 29…the Barracuda bare now in 4th place in the Pacific Division which and is .005% behind the Charlotte Checkers for a playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Coming up….  
On Sunday, the Barracuda play game two of their four game road trip with at 4pm battle in Stockton vs. the Heat. Coverage will begin at 3:30pm on AM 1220 KDOW.

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