Poor Start the Demise for Barracuda as They Fall to Condors 5-3

By: Joe Lami

SAN JOSE, Calif.–The ten game point streak was snapped at home on Monday afternoon to the hands of the Bakersfield Condors, as the Edmonton Oilers affiliate defeated the Barracuda 5-3. An ugly start is to blame, as the Condors netted three goals in the first seven minutes of the game, ending Troy Grosenick’s night in net. He let in three of the first six shots of the contest.

Captain, Bryan Lerg, commented, “We totally outplayed that team after that [poor] start. We dug ourselves too much of a hole.”

Aaron Dell came in for relief and settled the game down for the Barracuda. San Jose got on the board in the second period as Ryan Carpenter scored his seventh goal of the campaign on a quick wrist shot on the rush, beating Eetu Laurikainen short side. Barclay Goodrow and Petter Emmualesson picked up the helpers.

The Condors added the next two thanks to special teams, as they scored on a 4-on-3 powerplay with 3:35 to go in the second from. Joshua Winquist earned his second point of the night with Jordan Oesterle and Andrew Miller getting the assists. Bakersfield made it 5-1 in the third period off of a shorthanded goal, as Ryan Klinkhammer scored his second of the night on the rush.

San Jose started their comeback in the third period with goals from Karl Stollery and Lerg. Stollery’s goal came on the power play as he powered home a rebound from the right circle. Lerg followed up eight minutes later, making it 5-3 on a highlight reel effort.  On a 2-on-1 Trevor Parkes slid a backhander towards the slot, where Lerg finished the play going forehand, backhand for the score. 

The Barracuda did their best to try and get the equalizer, as they outshot Bakersfield 45-27. Barclay Goodrow and Jeremy Langlois led the team in shots with eight a piece. The defeat will hold off head coach Roy Sommer from tying the all-time wins record in the AHL, as he is still seeking his 636 career win behind the bench. He looks to tie the record on Friday, as the ‘Cuda travels to Ontario to take on the Reign.