Manitoba Moose (25-35-4-5) at San Jose Barracuda (40-14-2-5)
Friday, March 31, 2017 – SAP Center, San Jose, CA
|San Jose Barracuda||0||3||0||3|
|Shots By Period||1||2||3||F|
|San Jose Barracuda||6||17||7||30|
|San Jose Barracuda||1/4||3/3||8|
|Manitoba Moose||Eric Comrie||60:00||30||27|
|San Jose Barracuda||Troy Grosenick||60:00||26||26|
|2||1:48||SJ||Nikita Jevpalovs (13)||Julius Bergman (26)||Mirco Mueller (18)||ES||1-0 SJ|
|2||6:00||SJ||Ryan Carpenter (12)||ES||2-0 SJ|
|2||18:01||SJ||Daniel O’Regan (21)||Barclay Goodrow (17)||Joakim Ryan (33)||PP||3-0 SJ|
The Manitoba Moose (25-35-4-5) started off a back-to-back against the San Jose Barracuda (40-14-2-5) at SAP Center on Friday night. The opening frame belonged to the defence. The teams combined for just 12 shots on goal in the opening 20 minutes, splitting the shots 6-6. Both goaltenders took care of all the attempts to send the game to the first intermission in a scoreless draw. The Moose had a pair of powerplay opportunities in the frame, but couldn’t convert on the chances.
The middle period saw the Pacific Division leaders flex their offensive muscle. The Barracuda opened the scoring 1:48 into the frame when Nikita Jevpalovs tipped a Julius Bergman point shot past Eric Comrie in the Moose net. Six minutes through the period a Moose breakout pass hit a skate at the Manitoba blue-line and bounced right to Ryan Carpenter who put on some great moves, finishing with a backhander to make it 2-0 San Jose. The hosts’ third goal came on the powerplay as Daniel O’Regan pounced on a rebound following an excellent stop by Comrie. O’Regan’s goal gave him an AHL rookie-leading 54 points with 1:59 left in the period to send San Jose to the break with a 3-0 lead.
The third period saw the Moose get the Barracuda back under wraps, allowing just seven shots to head in Comrie’s direction. Going the other way, Manitoba mustered 10 shots in the final frame. One puck did manage to get behind Troy Grosenick in the San Jose net, but contact on the goaltender from the scramble resulted in the possible goal being immediately waved off. The Moose weren’t able to solve Grosenick on 26 shots as the Barracuda skated to their 40th win of the season by a 3-0 score.
- Tonight’s game was Manitoba’s first ever contest in San Jose.
- Eric Comrie made his career high 47th appearance of the season.
- Game attendance was announced at 4,994.
The Moose and Barracuda do it all over again Saturday night when the teams clash in a 9 p.m. CT rematch. Tune in to the action at moosehockey.com/listenlive starting 15 minutes before puck drop.