SAN JOSE - The San Jose Barracuda (3-2) put 54 shots on net but needed a Ryan Carpenter overtime winner to top the Stockton Heat (2-3) Tuesday night at SAP Center in the best-of-5 series. San Jose's 3-2 series win is its first playoff advancement in team history.
After a scoreless first 20 minutes, Jamie Devane (1) broke the deadlock as he fired a shot from the low slot past Troy Grosenick after receiving a pass from Brett Kulak from below the goal line. San Jose outshot Stockton 23-to-4 in the period, but failed to capitalize on a Kayle Doetzel double-minor for high sticking and couldn't beat Jon Gillie's who came into the game after the first because of an apparent injury to starting goaltender David Rittich.
In the third, down by a goal, Timo Meier (2) forced a turnover at Stockton's blueline and fired a shot far-side on a two-on-one to tie the score, 1-1, at 9:47. With under four minutes to go, Grosenick preserved San Jose's hopes by making a swooping glove save on a Mike Angelidis shot from the slot.
In overtime, Hunter Shinkaruk hit the post on a breakaway early, but Carpenter (4) punched San Jose's second round ticket with a shorthanded snipe on a one-on-one with Gillies at 8:52 after Barclay Goodrow fed the puck over to an uncovered Carpenter in the slot.
Rittich (2-1) stopped all 15 shots in 20 minutes of work and Gillies (0-2) took the loss in 48 minutes and 52 seconds of action after giving up two goals on 39 shots. Grosenick earned the win by making 27 saves on 28 shots.
The San Jose Barracuda continue their quest for the Calder Cup on Friday, May 5 (7 PM) as they take on the San Diego Gulls in game one of a best-of-seven Division Final matchup at SAP Center. All the action can be heard on AM 1220 KDOW, www.kdow.biz and watched on www.ahllive.com. Tickets are available at the SAP Center Box Office, at 408-999-5757, or online at SJBarracuda.com/tickets.