The Ontario Reign (28-11-3-1) fell to the San Jose Barracuda (20-16-5-3) 4-2 at SAP Center Wednesday evening, snapping a season-high nine-game unbeaten streak. Ontario fired a season-high 52 shots on goal.
With the win, Barracuda Head Coach Roy Sommer set a new AHL All-Time wins record with his 637th career victory, passing Fred “Bun” Cook who grabbed 636 wins from 1937-56.
The Barracuda jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead early in the first period as Bryan Lerg and defenseman Gus Young beat Reign netminder Michael Houser (22 saves) in the game’s opening minutes.
Jonny Brodzinski put the Reign on the scoreboard and cut the lead in half by slipping a shot between the legs of Barracuda goalie Aaron Dell (50 saves).
As the period wound down, the Barracuda reclaimed a two-goal advantage as Barclay Goodrow buried his team-leading 15th goal of the season on the power play at 14:26.
In the second period, the Barracuda made it 4-1 off a shorthanded breakaway goal by Ben Smith 1:22 into the frame.
Searching for offence, the Reign rifled 21 shots on goal with Dell providing highlight-reel saves.
Early in the third period, Justin Auger made it a two-goal contest with help from Jordan Samuels-Thomas and Kurtis MacDermid at 1:49.
The Reign finished the game 0-for-4 on the power play while the Barracuda went 2-for-3.