March 5, 2017
The Gulls (32-14-3-2, 69 pts.) fell to the San Jose Barracuda (34-12-1-4; 73 pts.) 4-3 in overtime on Friday night at SAP Center. San Jose trailed 3-1 entering the third period and scored twice in the final 2:51 of regulation to force overtime. Barracuda rookie Daniel O’Regan (2-0=2) scored the game-tying goal and game-winning overtime goals as San Jose improved to (4-0-0) against the Gulls this season on home-ice.
Despite the overtime loss, the Gulls have won 14 of their last 17 contests (14-3-0) and 21 of the last 26 overall (21-3-0-1). San Diego has also earned standings points in 21 of the last 23 games overall (20-2-0-1). In addition, San Diego has posted an 8-1-1 record in its last 10 road games and has earned standings points in 14 of the last 15 road contests (12-1-1-1) dating back to Dec. 29.
With San Jose’s Ryan Carpenter in the box for tripping only 19 seconds into the game, the Gulls opened the scoring as Corey Tropp took a feed from Shea Theodore and tucked in his 16th goal of the season past Barracuda netminder Troy Grosenick (22-8-3) who stopped 26-of-29 shots en route to his fourth win over San Diego this season.
The goal marked San Diego’s earliest goal to start a game this season (58 seconds), topping Kalle Kossila’s goal 1: 28 into the first period on Dec. 6, 2016 vs. BAK. The goal also extended Tropp’s point streak to five-games (4-3=7) and gives him 8-10=18 points over the last 15 games.
The Barracuda struck back at 6:50 of the first frame when Barclay Goodrow deflected Michael Brodzinski’s wrist shot to beat San Diego goaltender Kevin Boyle (7-3-4) and tie the game 1-1. Boyle made 25 saves, and despite the loss has posted a 7-1-3 record his past 11 appearances.
With only 1:09 remaining in the opening period, Theodore took a feed from Spencer Abbott, skated into the San Jose zone on a breakaway and roofed a wrist shot over Grosenick’s glove to give the Gulls a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes of play. The goal gives Theodore (1-1=2) his fourth multi-point game of the season and 3-6=9 points over his last 10 games. Abbott recorded his first point as a Gull on the play and has 3-3=6 points in his last six games overall.
The second period belonged to the Gulls as they outshot San Jose 12-5 and generated multiple high-quality chances against Grosenick. Halfway through the middle frame the Barracuda almost tied the game when Ryan Carpenter’s shot trickled through Boyle but was swept off the goal line and cleared by Gulls defenseman Nate Guenin.
San Diego took a 3-1 lead with 50 seconds remaining in the second period when Nic Kerdiles took a drop pass from Max Gortz, faked a shot and found Sam Carrick with a back-door feed that the newly-acquired forward blasted home for his first goal as a Gull and 12th of the season. Carrick’s first multi-point game as a Gull extended his point streak to a season-high five-games (1-5=6) and he now has three points (1-2=3) in two games with San Diego.
A majority of the third period was spent in San Diego’s own end as the Barracuda made a final push to get back into the game. San Diego’s defense and Boyle stood tall until San Jose pulled Grosenick for an extra attacker with just over three minutes remaining. At 17:09 of the third period, Rourke Chartier cut the Gulls’ lead to 3-2 as he jammed in a loose puck under Boyle’s pad in a net-front scramble.
With only 16 seconds remaining in regulation and Grosenick pulled for an extra-attacker once again, Daniel O’Regan tied the game, 3-3, as his slap shot found a way past a screened Boyle.
The teams headed to a five-minute, 3-on-3 overtime period for the second time this season. San Diego had a few good looks in the extra session, but O’Regan struck late again as he beat Boyle with a wrist shot on a 2-on-1 rush to win the game for San Jose with 55 seconds remaining in overtime.
San Diego returns home to conclude this home-and-home against the Barracuda on Wednesday, Mar. 8 at Valley View Casino Center (7 p.m.). Fans can purchase tickets by visiting AXS.com/Gulls or by phone at (619) 359-4730.
NOTES: Kevin Roy tallied his 25th assist of the season and has 1-10=11 points in his last 12 games…Max Gortz contributed an assist and has 0-8=8 assists in the past 10 games…Nic Kerdiles also added an assist and has 3-5=8 points over his last seven contests.
1. Daniel O’Regan (SJ)
2. Barclay Goodrow (SJ)
3. Shea Theodore (SD)