Julius Bergman’s power-play goal with two minutes, 36 seconds left in the second period proved to be the game winner as the Gulls lost for the fourth time in five games.
“I thought we played great,” Gulls coach Dallas Eakins said. “Last night we didn’t generate a lot of offense five-on-five, and tonight we had excellent looks and we just couldn’t put it in the net.
“As frustrating as that is, it’s actually encouraging at the same point. Last night there were hardly any chances to score, but tonight the chances were there and now it’s just a matter of putting it in that open net a lot of times.”
The Gulls, the Anaheim Ducks American Hockey League affiliate, were 3- 2 losers to San Jose Friday, with the Gulls second goal coming on the power play.
The Barracuda (19-16-0-2) opened the scoring 1:00 into the game when defenseman Nick DeSimone put a rebound off goaltender Kevin Boyle’s pads for his fourth goal of the season.
The Gulls (20-17-1-0) tied the score 3:03 later when Dennis Rasmussen’s wraparound attempt deflected in off a Barracuda defenseman for his second goal in his 11 games with the team.
Bergman deflected in Daniel O’Regan’s shot from the point for his fifth goal of the season before a crowd announced at 8,554.
San Jose goaltender Antoine Bibeau stopped shots by Sam Carrick and Eric Fehr on breakaways in the third period to preserve the lead.
The Gulls league-leading power-play was scoreless in three opportunities. The Gulls have scored on one of their last 11 power plays over four games.
The Barracuda, the San Jose Sharks AHL affiliate, scored on one of their five power-play opportunities.
The Gulls were outshot, 33-29. Bibeau (12-7-0-0) made 28 saves to win his fourth consecutive game. Boyle (10-8-1-0) made 31 saves in his second consecutive loss following a five-game winning streak.
There were three fights, bringing the number of brawls between the two teams in the two back-to-back games to four.
Gulls defenseman Jaycob Megna and San Jose left wing Brandon Mashinter both drew five-minute major penalties for their fight 7:27 into the first period.
Carrick drew a five-minute major and 10-minute misconduct for continuing an altercation for his fight with Barracuda right wing Jon Martin 16:58 into the first period. Martin received a five-minute major.
Gulls defenseman Keaton Thompson and San Jose defenseman Cavan Fitzgerald received five-minute majors for their fight 16:06 into the second period.
The Gulls will resume play Friday with the first of two back-to-back games at Bakersfield, the Edmonton Oilers AHL affiliate.
— City News Service