SAN JOSE, CA - The San Jose Barracuda (7-7-0-1) took down the San Antonio Rampage (11-6-0-1) at SAP Center on Wednesday night, scoring on three of seven power play opportunities to snap their previous 12-attempt streak without a score on the man advantage to win 5-3.
The Barracuda opened the scoring in the first on man advantage with the goal coming on the first of three power play opportunities for San Jose through the first twenty off the stick of Rourke Chartier (2), who snapped a shot past San Antonio netminder Sam Brittain at 6:20 from the left point. San Jose would hold the 1-0 lead going into the second period.
Both teams found offensive success in the second frame. San Antonio tied the game at 1-1 just 45 seconds into the second period when Brendan Ranford (2) sunk a short-side, top-shelf shot off an assist from Sam Blais. The Barracuda then scored twice during a five-minute power play, the first coming at the 3:16 mark with a shot on the near post from Jeremy Roy (2) for his second professional goal, coming uncovered to collect assists from Marcus Sorenson and Radim Simek, and the second coming on a John McCarthy (2) tip-in off a slap shot from Fitzgerald a little more than three minutes later. The Rampage would finish the second-period scoring barrage with a goal from A.J. Greer (4) to bring the score to 3-2 entering the final period.
The incessant scoring pace of the game continued throughout the third period with three additional goals coming in the final twenty minutes of play. San Antonio’s Nicolas Meloche (1) scored his first professional goal at the 6:54 mark, then a little over four minutes later San Jose’s Julius Bergman (1) added his first score of the year as well. The Barracuda put the nail in the coffin with an empty-net wrist shot from Filip Sandberg (5) with under a minute left to play to bring the final score to 5-3.
San Jose netminder Antoine Bibeau (4-3) earned the victory on the night with 27 saves on 30 shots, his first win against the Rampage on the year, while San Antonio’s Sam Brittain (0-1) took the loss in his first start of the season making 25 saves on 29 shots.
The Barracuda make their way down to Ontario for a one-game road trip to take on the Reign Friday night at 7 p.m. and will return home on Sunday to face the San Diego Gulls at SAP Center in an afternoon showdown at 3 p.m. Tickets start at just $10 and are available for purchase at SJBarracuda.com/tickets.