By Kahlil Najar and Phillip Torres
SAN JOSE – In their debut performance the San Jose Barracuda (0-1-0-0) fell to the Stockton Heat (1-0-0-0) 4-2 in front of a packed house at Sharks Ice in San Jose. The affair was peppered with some great action on both sides of the puck including a total of four fights that totaled over an hour in penalty minutes.
The Heat got on the board first when Michael Kirkpatrick blasted a top shelf shot past Barracuda goalie Troy Grosenick at 4:34 on the second period. Then later in the period the Heat added to their lead when Louik Marcotte was able to score on a quick pass from behind the net and make it a 2-0 Stockton lead.
The Barracuda scored their first goal of the preseason with 37 seconds left in the second period when Petter Emanuelsson was able to score when he sent a shot through traffic and past Heat goalie Eric Hartzell to make it a 2-1 game at the end of two periods.
The Barracuda didn’t waste any time coming out of the break as with only 12 seconds gone in the third period Julius Bergman found the back of the net and tied the game at two a piece.
At 9:52 the Heat’s Aaron Dell was able to get a quick shot past Grosenick and give the Heat a 3-2 lead. Morgan Klimchuk sealed the game when he scored a power play goal with a little over three minutes left in the third and give Stockton the 4-2 victory.
The Barracuda travel to Bakersfield to face-off against the Condors at Rabobank Arena this Saturday to close out their two-game preseason exhibition and get ready for the regular season to start on Friday, October 9th.