San Diego Gulls their first road game against the San Jose Barracuda. Photo courtesy of the Gulls

Nick Ritchie and Stefan Noesen scored in the shootout as the San Diego Gulls won their first American Hockey League road game, defeating the San Jose Barracuda, 3-2, Wednesday night.

Both teams failed to score on their first shots in the shootout.

The Gulls trailed 2-0 in the first period and tied the score six minutes, 26 seconds into the second period as Harry Zolnierczyk deflected a shot by Shea Theodore past Barracuda goaltender Troy Grosenick for a power-play goal.

There was no scoring in the third period or during the five-minute overtime, which is played with three skaters on each team, two fewer than normal.

The Gulls (3-0) began their comeback on Brandon Montour’s unassisted power-play goal six seconds before the end of the first period.

Left wing Bryan Lerg put in a rebound of his own shot at 5:11 of the first period and assisted on Scott Timins shorthanded goal at 18:40 of the first period for San Jose (2-1-1).

Gulls goaltender John Gibson made 25 saves before a crowd at the SAP Center announced at 3,027. Grosenick made 29 saves for the Barracuda, the San Jose Sharks’ AHL affiliate.

The Gulls, the Anaheim Ducks AHL affiliate, scored on two of their five power-play opportunities, and killed both of San Jose’s.

The two teams will meet again Friday at the SAP Center. The Gulls next game at the Valley View Casino Center will be Oct. 30 against the Stockton Heat.

— City News Service

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