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SAN JOSE, Calif. — The San Jose Barracuda kicked off the 2019-20 season with a 3-0 pre-season victory over the Colorado Eagles on Friday evening at Solar4America Ice at San Jose.
Playing the first of only two pre-season games, San Jose featured many new faces and some familiar faces on the ice against Colorado.
A new power play unit of Krystof Hrabik, Sasha Chmelevski, Ivan Chekovich, Thomas Gregoire and Noah Gregor made an instant impact just five minutes into the game. Chmelevski fed a pretty pass over to Hrabik and the Czech power forward wristed a shot past Eagles goalie Adam Werner for his first goal of the preseason.
The Cuda controlled played in the first 20 minutes as they outshot the Eagles 15-10.
San Jose (1-0) started the second period much like the first period scoring early on the power play. Tristin Langan sent a pass over to Gregor, who skated into the left slot where he threw a back door pass cross-ice to a wide-open Maxim Letunov, who buried a quick one-timer into an empty net for his first goal of the preseason at the 1:25 mark. The former second round pick of the St. Louis Blues scored with one second left on the power play.
Despite being outshot 8-6 in the middle frame, San Jose’s defense as well as Cuda goalie Andrew Shortridge kept the Eagles off the scoreboard. Shortridge had a pair of nice saves during the second period, including one breakaway attempt where completely sprawled out to keep the puck out of the net.
The Cuda iced the game on the power play midway through the third period. A delay of game call gave San Jose its third power play of the period. A turnover by Colorado found the stick of Gregor and he fired a quick wrist shot going top shelf for his first goal of the preseason at the 8:25 mark.
Shortridge stopped all 24 shots he faced to earn the shutout in his exhibition debut. Werner made 32 saves on 35 shots in suffering the loss.
GAME NOTES: San Jose was 3/5 on the power play. Colorado was 0/1.
UP NEXT: San Jose closes out the short two-game preseason hosting the Colorado Eagles on Saturday, September 28 at Solar4America Ice at San Jose.