SAN JOSE, CALIF. - The San Jose Barracuda (1-1) potted five goals and rolled to a 5-1 win over the San Diego Gulls (1-1) at SAP Center on Saturday night, tying the second round series at 1-1.
After Timo Meier had gone coast-to-coast only to have his shot blocked in the high slot, Nick DeSimone (1) entered the attacking zone and blasted a slap shot past Jhonas Enroth to give San Jose the opening period lead at 4:31. After San Diego's Scott Sabourin had upended Troy Grosenick, resulting in a goaltender inference penalty, Ryan Carpenter (6) continued his red-hot postseason by lighting the lamp on the power play at 7:13 for his AHL-leading sixth goal of the playoffs.
In the second, Buddy Robinson (4) extended San Jose's lead just a minute and ten seconds into the period. The 6-foot-5 forward lifted a loose puck in the low slot over Enroth's left pad as he was falling to the ice. At 3:43 of the second frame, Sam Carrick (2) cut the lead back down to two with a swiping forehand shot from atop the crease, but Adam Helewka (1) made it two-for-two on the power play as he poked a loose puck passed Enroth after Tim Heed's point shot was stopped down in front.
San Jose sealed the victory just 40 seconds into the third as Carpenter feathered a cross-ice pass to Barclay Goodrow (2) on a two-on-one and Goodrow ripped a shot past Enroth to make it 5-1.
Grosenick earned the win (4-3) by making 27 saves on 28 shots, while Enroth (4-3) took the loss after allowing five goals on 35 shots in 46 minutes and 46 seconds before being replaced by Dustin Tokarski (0-0) who finished the final 13 minutes and 14 seconds, stopping all seven shots.
The San Jose Barracuda continue their quest for the Calder Cup on Wednesday, May 10 (7 PM) as they take on the San Diego Gulls in game three of a best-of-seven Division Final matchup at Valley View Casino Center in San Diego. All the action can be heard on AM 1220 KDOW, www.kdow.biz and watched on www.ahllive.com. Tickets are available at the SAP Center Box Office, at 408-999-5757, or online at SJBarracuda.com/tickets.
SJ: J. Ryan (3), R. Carpenter (5)Goal Scorers: SJ: N. DeSimone (1), R. Carpenter (6), B. Robinson (4), A. Helewka (1), B. Goodrow (2) SD: S. Carrick (2)
SJ: T. Grosenick - W (31/32)
SD: J. Enroth - L (30/35)/D. Tokarski (7/7)
BARRACUDA Power Play: (2/3)
BARRACUDA Penalty Kill: (3/3)
1. SJ - R. Carpenter
2. SJ - T. Grosenick
3. SJ - T. Meier