STOCKTON, CA – Joy on one side, heartbroken on the other.
The San Jose Barracuda defeated the Stockton Heat by a score of 2-1 in overtime of game five in their division semifinal series.
1st Period: A very uneventful first period, very tight defensive period. Both goalies made a few nice saves to keep it tied after 20 minutes. Shots on goal were 15-9 San Jose.
2nd Period: David Rittich suffered an injury sometime during the first period, and was replaced by Jon Gillies to start the middle frame. Gillies was terrific in the second period, making a total of 23 saves. 10:38 into the second period Jamie Devane scores his first ever AHL Playoff goal to give the Heat the lead. Despite getting the only goal in the period, the Heat were BADLY outplayed, getting outshot 23-4 in the period.
3rd Period: 9:47 into the third, a turnover from Oliver Kylington ended up with a 2-1 and Timo Meier buried a shot past Gillies, to tie the game at one. Solid goaltending on both ends kept this game tied through the end of regulation. Stockton almost pulled ahead but an incredible glove save by Troy Grosenick robs the Heat of the potential game winner. Shots on goal were 10 a piece.
Overtime: Stockton dominated play in the overtime period, getting many high-quality scoring chances on Troy Grosenick. Hunter Shinkaruk got a breakaway pass and was completely robbed by the post. During a Stockton power play in overtime, Barclay Goodrow capitalized on a turnover and fed the puck over to an uncovered Ryan Carpenter, who pumped it by Gillies for the series winner. San Jose will move on to play the San Diego Gulls in the Pacific Division Finals.
Players of the Series:
Ryan Carpenter: Carpenter was very good every game in the series, constantly scoring and creating chances, a total of nine shots in game five, and he capped it off as being the hero in overtime. Certainly, if Carpenter hadn’t taken his game to the next level in this series, the Heat could very well be on to round 2.
Andrew Mangiapane: This series really brought out what Andrew Mangiapane will be like in the future. He is someone who does a lot of work down low, getting puck possession and creating scoring chances. After scoring the game-tying goal in game four, he had many chances to get on the scoresheet in Tuesday’s game five. This series was just a glimpse of what is to come for this kid.
Shots on goal: San Jose – 54 Stockton – 28
Power Plays: San Jose – 0/5 Stockton – 0/2