Photo credit: @sjbarracuda
By: Ana Kieu
The San Jose Barracuda edged the Colorado Eagles 5-3 at the Budweiser Events Center on Friday night. This was the first of two exhibition games in Colorado.
After Michael Joly broke a scoreless deadlock in the first period with a backhand wrap-around at 6:37, Jeremy Roy evened the score at 5:28 as he snapped a shot far-side past Spencer Martin as he streaked down the right wing.
In the second period, Tim Clifton crossed an Eagles failed clearing attempt to Jon Martin, who cashed in with a forehand to backhand move at 2:44. Francis Perron made it 3-1 in the second when he poked a loose puck over the goal line after Martin failed to secure the initial shot at 19:22.
In the third period, Grayson Downing inched his club back within one at 6:04, but Clifton snuck a sharp-angle wrist shot inside the right post to push the Barracuda’s lead back up to two at 17:59. Downing scored again on the power play at 19:41, but Evan Weinger had already put the game away with an empty-netter at 18:56.
Josef Korenar (1-0) earned the win by making 24 saves on 27 shots, while Spencer Martin (0-1) took the loss after giving up four goals on 40 shots.
The Barracuda conclude exhibition play on Saturday, September 29 at 6:05 pm PT against the Eagles before kicking off the 2018-19 regular season at SAP Center on Oct. 5 at 7:00 pm PT against the rival Ontario Reign. Opening night will feature $2 beers, $1 hot dogs, $10 parking, and free parking for cars with four or more passengers. Plus the first 2000 fans will receive an 11×17 schedule poster featuring Barracuda players Jeremy Roy, Alex True, John McCarthy, and Jake Middleton. In addition, there will be player signings on the concourse during the second intermission presented by Williams Party Rentals.