Troy Grosenick glove save (via San Jose Barracuda/YouTube)
San Jose Barracuda goaltender Troy Grosenick made one of hte best saves of the season and robbed Stockton Heat center Drew Shore of a sure goal. Down and out, Grosenick dove to his right, reached back and stopped Shore’s blast on an empty net.
San Jose Barracuda goaltender Troy Grosenick is cutting is close to the deadline for the best save of 2015, but his incredible glove stop Sunday is going to earn him some consideration for the year-end top 10 list.
Grosenick, 26, made just the type of lunging, stretching, how-did-he-do-that style save that will earn him a spot on a ton of highlight reels. In the first period, with the Barracuda already down two goals to the visiting Heat, Stockton were working the puck around the San Jose zone and eventually back to defenseman Oliver Kylington.
Kylington let a shot go from the blueline, which Grosenick dove to his left to stop. But upon making the save, the puck shot out to the left of the net, right onto the tape of Drew Shore. Shore had an empty net to shoot at, settled the puck and blasted it on net only to be robbed by the outstretched glove of Grosenick:
That’s a game-changing save and Grosenick’s superhuman effort would come back to haunt Shore and the Heat. Grosenick’s stop helped keep the deficit at two heading into the first intermission and though the Heat were able to make it 3-0 in the second, the Barracuda would catch fire before the end of the second frame and go to intermission leading 4-3. San Jose would hold on for a 5-4 victory.
This is the second straight season Grosenick has had a night or moment to remember. In November 2014 Grosenick made his NHL debut with the Sharks and posted a 45-save shutout in front of his family. Now he’s making highlight reels worldwide with a save he had no business making little more than 13 months later.
The win pushed Grosenick’s 2015-16 record to 6-4-3, and he has a .897 save percentage and 3.18 goals-against average.