LIVE: Gulls Defeat Barracuda 5-1Apr 20, 2021
By AJ Manderichio/SanDiegoGulls.com
The San Diego Gulls defeated the San Jose Barracuda 5-1 tonight at SAP Center.
Axel Andersson recorded his first career American Hockey League goal, a power-play tally with 6:18 left in the final frame.
Alex Limoges picked up his second goal of the night - and his first career power-play goal - to restore San Diego's three-goal advantage with 9:15 left in regulation.
Lean Bergmann put San Jose on the board just 36 seconds into the final frame, collecting a bouncing puck and sending a backhand shot fluttering over the pads of Lukas Dostal for his second goal of the season.
Sam Carrick added to San Diego's advantage in the second period, collecting his 13th goal of the season at 1:40 of the middle frame.
Rookie defenseman Axel Andersson intercepted a centering pass in his own end, quickly moving the puck to Carrick as he exited the zone. The captain moved the puck to Alex Limoges, and the two players moved into San Jose's zone on an odd-man rush. Limoges fed the puck back to Carrick, who fought through a stick check to snap a shot through the legs of Alexei Melnichuk.
Carrick, who returned from the Anaheim Ducks earlier today, stretched his AHL point streak to three games (4-2=6). San Diego's captain is fifth in the American Hockey League in goals.
Both Carrick (1-1=2) and Limoges (1-1=2) recorded multi-point performances. Additionally, Carrick (3-2=5) and Poturalski (1-4=5) lead the Gulls in scoring against the Barracuda.
San Diego struck twice to grab the lead after the first period.
Andrew Poturalski opened the scoring just 18 seconds into the opening frame.
Jacob Perreault caused a turnover on the forecheck, forcing a Barracuda defenseman to play the fling the puck up the side boards. Carrick jumped on the puck, skating below the goal line before finding a streaking Poturalski in the middle of the ice. The right wing wasted no time, firing a one-time shot past Alexei Melnichuk for his eighth goal of the season.
Poturalski continues to lead the American Hockey League in points (8-24=32).
Limoges extended San Diego's lead at 4:50 of the period.
Bryce Kindopp sent his fellow rookie forward into the San Jose zone with a chip pass in the neutral zone. Agozzino joined Limoges on the rush, and the forward took advantage of the odd-man rush, wristing a shot past the outstretched blocker of Melnichuk for his second goal of the season.