Barracuda Win In Footrace With Texas

By: Joe Lami

SAN JOSE, Calif.–The San Jose Barracuda were able to battle back against the AHL scoring leader Texas Stars on Saturday afternoon in a 5-4 victory at SAP Center at San Jose. In their first home game since November 8th, a four-goal second period was key in the victory.

Texas opened up the scoring in the first period, as Matej Stransky scored his fifth tally of the season on a beautiful 2-on-1. He received a pass from Justin Dowling down low and was able to beat Troy Grosenick low short side for the only goal of the first period.

The Stars took the 2-0 lead on Devin Shore’s league leading 14th goal of the season five minutes into the second period. Shore added his second goal of the game on the power play at the 12-minute mark of the period.

San Jose started their barrage of four goals in the second period. Joakim Ryan got the party started on his first professional goal. Ryan Carpenter and Bryan Lerg picked up the helpers to make it 2-1.

The Barracuda then scored three unanswered goals after Shore gave the Stars a 3-1 lead. Nikolay Goldobin earned two of them on his way to earning the first star of the game. His first came off the rush with 5:50 remaining in the frame. He shot from the right circle to beat Maxime Lagace. Goldobin got his second of the day just minutes later on the power play on a beautiful wraparound goal after getting the puck behind the net from John McCarthy.

Goldobin had a chance for the hat trick a couple of times, but was unable to get it done. “I wanted the hat trick and was going for it, but we won and I’m happy for the team,” he said. “He could had four or five tonight,” added Barracuda coach Roy Sommer.

Barclay Goodrow gave the Barracuda a one-goal lead going into the final frame, scoring with just ten seconds left on a rush with Petter Emauelson picking up the assist.

Texas didn’t go down without a fight though, as they tied the game with 1:48 remaining. Esa Lindell scored his fifth of the season to tie things up. But the Barracuda didn’t give up. Julius Bergman scored the game-winner just one minute later for his first professional goal. The right point shot was tipped in front by a Star defenseman in the process. “We need to learn how to close a game out and not put ourselves in a situation like that. But again you have to like the way the guys clawed back,” Sommer added.

San Jose ups their record to 7-7-0-3 (17 pts) and are tied for fifth in the Pacific Division with Bakersfield. They return to action on Sunday with the second game of the two-game set with Texas.