Well this isn’t exactly how the Stockton Heat would have liked to start off the series. It was exactly how the San Jose Barracuda wanted to start off though. The Heat dropped Game One by a score of 4-0 to the San Jose Barracuda.
First Period: 6:38 into the game, Tim Heed gets the Barracuda on the board first, scoring an unassisted goal. The Heat had two powerplays but could not convert on any of them. The score was 1-0 after 20 minutes of play.
Second Period: 3:34 into the second, Ryan Carpenter scored, putting the Barracuda up 2-0. Both teams would the get a powerplay, neither were able to convert on any chances, so the score stayed 2-0 after 40 minutes of play.
Third Period: 11:37 into the final frame, Carpenter scored his second of the night, putting the Barracuda up 3-0. The Heat would make a attempt to make things interesting, but the post and crossbar had other ideas. Tyler Wotherspoon clanked one of the iron and the shortly after Hunter Shinkaruk rings one off the cross bar. With 39 seconds left, the Barracuda hit the empty net goal to go up 4-0.
1 – Troy Grosenick (28 shots, 28 saves)
2 – Ryan Carpenter (2 goals)
3 – Tim Heed (1 goal)
Pretty much the only positive for the Stockton Heat was their penalty kill. They killed all four penalties taken. Jon Gillies, despite allowing three goals played very well, he stopped 32 out 35 Barracuda.
The Barracuda on the other hand had many positives to take out of tonight’s game. They had fantastic goaltending from Grosenick, they shut down the Heat’s power play, and outshot the Heat 36-28.
“We definitely had our chances. At the end of the day we lost, but I didn’t think it was a 4-0 game. I thought there were a few chances that we needed to capitalize on, but San Jose took advantage of their chances and that’s why the result was what it was.” – Morgan Klimchuk on the loss
“Playoffs are a different animal for sure. You have to do all the little things right. I think we got a little aggressive a few times and that caused a few 2-on-1 chances, but we’ll learn from it and come out hard Sunday.” – Tyler Wotherspoon on the loss
Game Two is Sunday, April 23 at 3:00 PM PT in San Jose