San Diego moved a step closer to the second round of the Calder Cup Playoffs with a 4-2 victory over San Jose in Game 3 of their Pacific Division semifinal series on Monday night.
With a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series, the Gulls can eliminate the Barracuda with another victory in Game 4 on Wednesday.
San Jose scored first for the third consecutive game as Jon Martin netted his second goal of the series just 2:48 into the contest.
Martin banged home a bouncing puck less than two minutes later to cut the deficit to 3-2 with his second goal of the night.
The Barracuda could get no closer, with San Diego hanging on to the one-goal cushion until Adam Cracknell scored an empty-net goal with 57.3 seconds left in regulation.
Pacific Division Semifinals – Series “H” (best-of-5)
P2-San Jose Barracuda vs. P3-San Diego Gulls
Game 1 – Wed., Apr. 17 – SAN DIEGO 6, San Jose 5 (OT) | Recap
Game 2 – Thu., Apr. 18 – San Jose 5, SAN DIEGO 3 | Recap
Game 3 – Mon., Apr. 22 – San Diego 4, SAN JOSE 2
Game 4 – Wed., Apr. 24 – San Diego at San Jose, 10:00
*Game 5 – Thu., Apr. 25 – San Diego at San Jose, 10:00
*if necessary… All times Eastern