San Jose Barracuda
Friday, October 13 | Tech CU Arena, San Jose, CA
San Jose, Calif. – The Rockford IceHogs lost 7-2 against the San Jose Barracuda on Saturday evening at Tech CU Arena. The IceHogs claimed a 2-1 lead in the second period after goals from Joey Anderson and Brett Seney, but the Barracuda ripped off six straight scores to run away with the contest.
Rockford converted on the power play for the second straight game and was successful in four shorthanded attempts in the loss. The Hogs were outshot 49-28 in the game, and goaltender Jaxson Stauber finished with 42 saves in his season debut.
The opening frame was fairly quiet for both the IceHogs and Barracuda. Stauber saved 10 of 11 shots in the opening frame before San Jose's Ethan Cardwell scored the opening goal. A faceoff win led to Cardwell taking an initial shot that bounced off Zach Jordan and back to Cardwell, where he took the second opportunity to backhand a shot at the net past Stauber to take a 1-0 lead (17:42).
Rockford responded early in the second period with an equalizing goal. The Barracuda’s goaltender, Georgi Romanov, stopped the puck behind his own net intended for Nathan Burke, but Anderson stole the puck before Burke could make a play and scored a wrap-around goal (1:48).
A few moments later, a high-sticking penalty (2:20) called against San Jose resulted in a power-play goal for Rockford. Anderson started the play at the blue line by sending a cross-ice pass to David Gust along the left side boards. Gust then centered a pass towards the front of the net to Seney where he deposited his first goal of the season (3:00).
San Jose tied the game after a scrummage of players on the side board kicked out a loose puck that sailed over the head of an IceHogs defenseman for a breakaway goal by Justin Bailey (4:14).
Another San Jose goal came after a bouncing puck found Tanner Kaspick’s stick, and the Barracuda forward sent the puck into the back of the net to give the hosts a 3-2 lead (8:20).
With two seconds left in the second period, San Jose’s Ryan Carpenter sent a loose puck in front of the net past Stauber to double the Barracuda lead at 4-2 just before the end of the second period (19:58).
Sabourin collected his third penalty of the night on a tripping call giving Rockford a power-play opportunity. During the power play, a misfired pass along the boards gave San Jose a breakaway opportunity on a lead pass from Leon Gawanke to Cole Cassels at center ice leading to a shorthanded goal for San Jose (2:33).
Halfway through the third, Justin Bailey sent a pass to Nathan Todd at center ice with Oskar Lindblom close behind in an odd-man rush for San Jose. Todd passed the puck to Lindblom who scored the sixth goal of the night for San Jose (10:03).
With less than two minutes to go, Carpenter tipped a centering pass from Bailey for his second goal of the night to mirror the final score of last night’s game, 7-2 (18:12).
The IceHogs return to the BMO Center on October 21st for their home opener against the Chicago Wolves. The IceHogs block party starts at 4 p.m. with the puck drop scheduled for 7 p.m. CT.
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