The San Jose Barracuda Jayden Halbgewachs (89) scored on a four on four in the Henderson Silver Knights zone scoring a short sided wrist shot for the Barracuda’s first goal of the game (file photo by the San Jose Barracuda)
by Marko Ukalovic
LAS VEGAS — In Sin City, the house always wins.
For the Henderson Silver Knights (20-12-2), they stayed true to that motto as they came back from a two-goal deficit to defeat the San Jose Barracuda 6-3 on Thursday evening at Orleans Arena.
San Jose heads into the All-Star break on a season worst five-game losing streak. Henderson has won four of their past five games.
San Jose (14-24-1-0) drew first blood with a four-on-four goal. Jayden Halbgewachs circled around inside the Silver Knights zone down to the left slot as he rifled home a wrist shot to the short side past Silver Knights goalie Logan Thompson at the 4:54 mark.
Santeri Hatakka and Jasper Weatherby received assists on Halbgewachs’ goal.
The Barracuda doubled its lead toward the end of the opening frame. Evan Weinger sent a shot on net that caromed off the skate of Adam Raska into the net for his third goal of the season at the 15:34 mark.
Raska played in his second game for San Jose since being reassigned by the Sharks as the parent club is off for the NHL All-Star break.
‘Cuda goalie Zachary Sawchenko made life difficult for Henderson in the opening 20 minutes as he stopped all 12 shots he faced.
Henderson (20-12-2-1) cut the Barracuda lead in half early in the second period. Jonas Rondbjerg sent a seeing eye shot from the point that snuck past Sawchenko for his 10th goal of the season at the 2:33 mark.
The Silver Knights evened the game just past the halfway point of the middle frame. Paul Cotter was a one man show. He picked up the puck inside the ‘Cuda zone. He skated in from right to left before beating Sawchenko with a wrist shot for his ninth goal of the season at the 10:41 mark.
Cotter has four goals in the past two games against San Jose.
Henderson scored its third unanswered goal on the power play late in the middle frame. Gage Quinney sent in a shot from a sharp angle along the left boards that beat Sawchenko for his second goal of the season at the 16:10 mark.
The Silver Knights gave themselves some breathing room with their second power play goal at the near the halfway mark of the third period. Gage Quinney sent a shot on net from the left slot and Jake Leschyshyn tipped in the puck past Sawchenko for his 11th goal of the season at the 8:53 mark.
Quinney iced the game for Henderson when he scored his second goal of the game (and his fourth point of the night) when he finished off an odd man rush with a wrist shot that beat Sawchenko for his third goal of the season at the 14:57 mark.
Thomspon finished the night stopping 28 of the 31 shots he faced to earn the victory. Sawchenko made 23 saves on 28 shots in the losing effort.
Ben Jones scored an empty net goal with 2:48 remaining in the third period for his 14th goal of the season. He snapped a six-game goal less draught.
Sasha Chmelevski scored a power play goal, his ninth of the season, with seven seconds left in the game to complete the scoring.
GAME NOTES: San Jose finished 1-for-6 on the power play. Henderson was 2-for-4.
The Three Stars of the Game were: 1) Quinney 2) Rondbjerg 3) Alan Quine
Goalie Sam Harvey PTO contract has ended. He was reassigned to the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL.
San Jose has never won in Las Vegas (0-8, 0-2 in the postseason) against Henderson.
UP NEXT: San Jose takes on San Diego on Friday 2/11 at 7:00pm at Pachenga Arena.