Stockton, CA - The San Jose Barracuda (29-14-2-4) allowed four third-period goals on Sunday at the Stockton Arena and fell 4-1 to the Stockton Heat (22-25-4-1). The loss was just San Jose's second in 11 games against the Flames affiliate this season and snapped an eight-game winning streak over Stockton and seven-game winning streak at the Stockton Arena.
The Barracuda would open up the scoring in the first at 7:45 when Alex True (18) collected a loose puck in the neutral zone after Stockton had failed to hold the offensive zone, raced up ice on a breakaway down the right wing, and fired a shot inside the far post on the penalty-kill. The tally was just the third shorthanded goal for the Barracuda this season and the 15th given up by the Heat (Most in the AHL).
Despite going on a four-minute power-play in the second, the Barracuda failed to extend their lead and the score remained 1-0 through 40 minutes.
In the third, Ryan Lomberg (7) matched True's early shorthanded tally and evened the score at 13:57 after a series of passes wound up on the veteran's tape in the low slot. Kerby Rychel (21) would then give his club their first lead as he deflected a point-shot in on the power-play at 13:57. The Heat sealed the win with a pair of empty-net goals. First, Lomberg (8) at 18:16 and then Spencer Foo (14) at 19:28.
Antoine Bibeau (11-9-5) took the loss after allowing two goals on 32 shots while Jon Gillies (10-14-4) earned his first win over San Jose in five games this season by making 36 saves on 37 shots.
The Barracuda return back to SAP Center on Tuesday night for the final of four meetings with the Iowa Wild (Minnesota Wild). Listen to all the broadcast action on the Sharks + SAP Center App, sjbarracuda.com/listen and watch at watchtheahl.com.