By: Joe Lami
SAN JOSE, Calif.—
The San Jose Barracuda (3-3-1) hosted their first ever teddy bear toss game on Saturday afternoon in a home tilt against the San Diego Gulls (8-2). The Gulls came out victorious 3-2 thanks to former San Jose Sharks’ prospect Michael Sgarbosa, who scored his first two goals of the season in the win.
Sgarbosa opened the scoring at 8:15 of the first period on an easy rebound that found its way past Troy Grosenick. Brandon Montour picked up the primary assist for his team-leading seventh of the season. Recently recalled Harry Zolnierczyk picked up the other helper.
The Gulls lead doubled just before the end of the period, as Sgarbosa netted his second of the day with 32 seconds remaining. Nick Ritchie assisted the tally for his tenth point of the season.
The Barracuda finally got on the board with 1:23 remaining in the second period. Barclay Goodrow, playing in his first game for the Barracuda after being sent down by the Sharks earlier in the week was able to get the rebound past John Gibson. “I was trying to find the puck and able to poke it in,” said Goodrow.
The teddy bear goal sent bears flying from the stands in a minor hockey league ritual. All of the bears will be donated and shared between eight different charities.
San Jose tied the game with 8:41 remaining in the game. Nikita Jevpalovs scored his second goal of the season on yet another rebound goal out in front. John McCarthy and Joakim Ryan earned the helpers on the tying goal.
The game wouldn’t be tied for long, however, as the Gulls retook the lead just two and a half minutes later. Joseph Cramarossa fired a wicked wrister on the rush from the top of the right circle to beat Grosenick over the blocker. The game winner was Cramarossa’s first point of the season.
San Jose surged late, but to no avail, coming close to tying the game with 32 seconds remaining. Melker Karlsson had the puck on the door step but wasn’t able to tap the puck in. “It was on the goal line, just lying there and I missed it two times. It’s frustrating,” added Karlsson.
Grosenick picked up 25 saves in the loss, as he remains winless on the year with a record of 0-3-1 in four starts.
The Barracuda return to action on Sunday as they host the Bakersfield Condors for the first time this season for a 3 p.m. puck drop.