Photo credit: @sjbarracuda
By Marko Ukalovic
The San Jose Barracuda (5-0-0-1) continued their best start in franchise history by getting four third-period goals to take down the Stockton Heat (1-3-1-0) 5-2 at Stockton Arena on Saturday evening.
Maxim Letunov broke a 1-1 deadlock in the third period for the game-winning goal. Jayden Halbgewachs set up the Letunov, who was able to shoot the puck past Heat goalie Jon Gillies (1-1-1) for his third goal of the season at the 8:26 mark. Filip Sandberg, who made his season debut, received the secondary assist.
San Jose drew first blood late in the first period. Halbgewachs was able to shoot the puck past Gillies for his third goal of the season at the 12:48 mark. Letunov received the primary assist on the goal and Sandberg received the secondary assist.
The Cuda had an early opportunity to increase their lead early in the second period when they had a two-man advantage for a minute but weren’t able to cash in. They also weren’t able to capitalize late in the frame when Ollad Mattson went into the sin bin for interference at the 17:48 mark.
Despite out shooting the Heat 10-1 in a second period they dominated, San Jose went into the second intermission with only a one-goal lead.
Stockton would tie the score early in the third period. Andrew Mangipane scored an unassisted goal for his first goal of the season when he beat Cuda goalie Joesef Kornear (3-0-0) at the 1:42 mark.
San Jose sealed the game late in the third period with two goals in 20 seconds. Manny Weiderer scored an unassisted goal at the 14:12 mark for his second goal of the season. Letunov then scored his second goal of the game and fourth of the season at the 14:32 mark. Kyle Wood and Sandberg, who earned a three-point night, received assists on the goal.
Stockton scored a power play goal with 40 seconds left in the game to make the result look respectable. Glenn Gawdin scored his second goal of the season. Brett Pollock and Oliver Kylington received assists.
Evan Weinger made it official with his third goal of the season with seven seconds left in the game. Wood and Jacob Middleton were credited with assists.
Korenar made 19 saves on 21 shots to earn the victory. Gillies had a busy night stopping 34 saves on 39 shots in suffering the defeat.
GAME NOTES: San Jose was 0/6 on the power play. Stockton was 1/4.
The announced attendance was 3,428.
UP NEXT: The home and home series shifts back to San Jose on Sunday, October 21 as the Barracuda and Heat face off at SAP Center at 3:00 pm PT.