The San Jose Barracuda defeated the Stockton Heat by a score of 5-3 to take game three in Stockton.
First Period: 3:49 into the first, Barclay Goodrow scored to put the Barracuda up early. Stockton played a very sloppy opening frame as the score very well could have been higher. Both goalies played a very good period and made many big saves. Those cursed goals in the first minute and last minute burned the Heat get burned as Daniel O’Regan scored for San Jose with just 16 seconds left in the first. The Barracuda went up 2-0 after 20 minutes of play. Shots on goal were 10-8 in favor of the Barracuda.
Second Period: 11:48 into the second period, the captain Mike Angelidis buried a rebound to pull the Heat to within a goal. Around a minute and a half later, Brandon Bollig put in another rebound to tie things up at 2-2. Shortly after, Matt Frattin rang one off the cross bar from right in front, getting so close to taking the lead. The play would be reviewed, but the no goal call would stand leaving the score tied at two after 40 minutes of play. Shots on goal were 13-12, advantage Barracuda
Third Period: The final frame was a very tight checking period, not much going either way and both goalies looking very sharp. 15:17 into the third, Ryan Carpenter gave the Barracuda a lead that they would never relinquish. A little over a minute later, Timo Meier scored on a two on one putting San Jose up by two goals. With 28 seconds left Mike Kostka fires a simple shot at the net but it finds its way through traffic and goes in, pulling Stockton to within a goal at 4-3, but that is as close as they would come. San Jose would cap it off with an empty netter from Buddy Robinson, winning game three by a final score of 5-3.
1- Ryan Carpenter (1 goal, 1 assist)
2- Mike Angelidis (1 goal)
3- Troy Grosenick (33 shots, 30 saves)
Final Shots: STK – 33 | SJ – 33
Power Plays: STK – 2/7 | SJ – 0/3
Jamie Devane (1 assist) earns his first career AHL playoff point.
Players to Watch in Game Four:
Andrew Mangiapane: Mangiapane is coming off probably one of his best games of the year. He only got a lone assist be he was the only reason the first goal happened. He was fore-checking hard, creating zone time, and chances almost every time he was on the ice. Mangiapane will be a factor in game four.
Troy Grosenick: Two of the three games in this series Grosenick has been lights out. In this series he hasn’t given up a soft goal. On the Mike Kostka goal, he couldn’t see the puck through all of the layers of bodies in front of him. He will be the biggest part of game four when the Barracuda attempt to eliminate the Heat.
“I think trying to find a way to get the puck through. If we have to drive it to the net, we have to drive it into the net. Use simple shots and just going to the net. It’s playoff hockey, everyone’s playing their best, everyone’s playing good defense. you have to get pucks to the net and traffic in front. You have to have guys around to pay the price.” – Angelidis on trying to get the offense going.
“I thought we were a little too fancy in the first period where we were overpassing at times instead of shooting. I liked good portions of our game here tonight. I thought it was a good hockey game until [San Jose] scored their third goal. I felt that we were coming when the game was tied at 2-2 but they found a way to get the important goal.” – Coach Huska on the loss
Game four will be on Sunday, April 30th at Stockton Arena. Puck Drop 4:00 PM PT