Antoine Laganiere scored the San Diego Gulls’ lone goal midway through the third period in a 2-1 overtime loss to the San Jose Barracuda Wednesday night at the Valley View Casino Center.
Defenseman Karl Stollery scored the game-winner with 28 seconds left in the five-minute overtime, played with three skaters on each team, two fewer than normal.
The Gulls were held without a shot in overtime.
The first two periods were scoreless. San Jose defenseman Mark Cundari opened the scoring eight minutes, 59 seconds into the third period, off assists by Nikita Jevpalovs and Barclay Goodrow.
The Gulls were awarded a penalty shot at 10:05 when Kyle Bonis was pulled from behind on a breakaway, but Barracuda goaltender Troy Grosenick made one of his 24 saves.
Laganiere, a center, scored at 10:47 off assists by Chris Mueller and defenseman Joe Piskula.
Jevpalovs also assisted on the overtime goal for San Jose (17-10-3-3), the San Jose Sharks’ American Hockey League affiliate.
Goaltender Anton Khudobin made 21 saves. Khudobin is 1-3-1 after winning each of his first three games after the Anaheim Ducks assigned him to the Gulls, their AHL affiliate.
The Gulls (17-14-1-1) were scoreless on two power-play opportunities. The Barracuda were also zero for two on their power-play opportunities.
Piskula and San Jose left wing Alex Gallant engaged in the game’s only fight at 6:25 of the second period.
The Gulls had been 15-0-0 when holding their opponents to two goals or less.
The Gulls scratched eight players due to injuries, a season high.
Forwards Robert Czarnik and Zac Larraza made their Gulls debuts after being signed to professional tryout contracts from the ECHL.
The Gulls will next play Friday at Ontario. Their next game at the Valley View Casino Center will be Saturday against the Texas Stars, the Dallas Stars AHL affiliate.
—City News Service