Barracuda Season Ends

Barracuda Season Comes To An End In Ontario

Apr 29, 2016

Ontario, CA – The San Jose Barracuda (#4 seed in  Pacific) presented by Barracuda Networks season came to an end after a 4-1 loss  to the host Ontario Reign (#1 seed in Pacific) in front 7,622 fans at Citizens  Business Bank Arena on Friday evening in Game 4 of the Best of 5 Pacific  Division Semifinals.  Ontario won the series 3-1 and will now battle the  San Diego Gulls in the second round of the Calder Cup playoffs.

Jeremy Langlois scored the only goal for the Barracuda  and Aaron Dell made 31 saves in net for San Jose in the loss.  Nic Dowd,  Justin Auger, Jordan Samuels-Thomas, and Andrew Crescenzi scored for the Reign  while Peter Budaj made 18 saves in net for the series clinching win.

A terrific marathon fight at center ice in the first two  minutes between tough guys Alex Gallant (1st FM) and Paul  Bissonnette (1st FM) set the tone for a high flying physical first  period of play.  Nic Dowd (2nd) found a loose rebound at the  side of the Barracuda net and fired it past the outreached glove of Aaron Dell  at 9:12 to give the Reign a 1-0 lead.  The newly formed line of Kevin  Labanc, John McCarthy, and Nikolay Goldobin had several great chances but could  not find the back of the net on Peter Budaj.  Shots were 11-7 Reign  through 20 minutes of play.

San Jose tied the score at 1-1 as Jeremy Langlois (1st)  deflected a Barclay Goodrow shot that originated from the left wing wall at  9:58.  But the Reign would regain the lead just over two minutes later as  Justin Auger (1st) from 15 feet through a screen past Aaron Dell at  13:12.   Shots were 21-13 Ontario through 40 minutes of play as the  Barracuda trailed 2-1 headed into the third period.

The Reign scored twice more in the third period to pull  away for the 4-1 series clinching win.  Jordan Samuels-Thomas (1st)  zapped a wicked shot from the left wing on the rush at 15:33 and Andrew  Crescenzi (1st) scored into an empty net at 18:33 to finish the  scoring. Shots were 14-6 Ontario in the third period.

Notes: Three Stars: 3rd star Nic Dowd (Goal)  2nd star: Jordan Samuels-Thomas (Goal) 1st star: Justin Auger (1-1-2)….Final  shots were 35-19 in favor of Ontario… Peter Budaj (3-1-0) made 18 saves on 19  shots for Ontario….Aaron Dell (1-3-0) made 31 saves on 34 shots for San  Jose…Troy Grosenick was the backup goaltender….San Jose went 0-for-2 on the  power play while Ontario went 0-for-2…. Raffi Torres (IR), Danny Doremus (inj),  Petter Emanuelsson (inj), Patrick McNally, Frazer McLaren, Nikita Jevpalovs,  and Jon Martin did not dress for the Barracuda… Rourke Chartier (Kelowna - WHL)  and Kevin Labanc (Barrie – OHL) each made their professional debuts for the  Barracuda…..Alex Gallant and Michael Brodzinski each made their playoff debuts…  San Jose dressed five players under the age of 21 and had eight players in  lineup drafted by the Sharks….San Jose did not score a first period goal in the  series.

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