Barracuda power play is special in 4-2 win over Roadrunners

Thomas Bordeleau battles for a puck behind the net at Tech CU Arena on Saturday DEC 3, 2022. (San Jose Barracuda)

by Marko Ukalovic

SAN JOSE — It was a night made for tossing teddy bears and scoring power play goals.

The San Jose Barracuda scored three consecutive goals on the man advantage as they came back from a one-goal deficit to defeat the Tucson Roadrunners 4-2 on Saturday evening at Tech CU Arena.

San Jose snapped a two-game losing streak and are 1-2 on their current six-game homestand. Tucson has lost two in a row after ending the month of November winning four of its last five games.

It was the annual Teddy Bear Toss Night and first one at the new building. Fans had to wait till the second period to flood the ice with the hundreds of stuffed animals as Tucson (10-7-1-0) drew first blood in the first period.

Victor Soderstrom found Jan Jenik in the right slot and Jenik fired a one-timer past ‘Cuda goalie Strauss Mann for his third goal of the season at the 5:49 mark.

San Jose (11-9-0-1) scored the equalizer with its first power play goal late in the second period. A shot from the point by Ryan Merkley pinballed off of Jasper Weatherby and then Luke Johnson past Roadrunners goalie Jon Gillies into the back of the net. It was Jonhson’s fifth goal of the season at the 18:17 mark.

“I thought it might have been a high stick, so I didn’t sell it too hard. It was a big goal too, so it was nice to see it go in,” Johnson said.

A blizzard of stuffed animals flew onto the ice from the 2,478 in attendance. Due to the lengthy delay, both teams went into the locker rooms for the second intermission.

I thought our second was our best period. It’s nice to have the power play goals, nice to get the two points,” ‘Cuda head coach John McCarthy said.

Once the middle frame resumed, the Barracuda finished off the period with its second power play goal. William Eklund sent a rink wide pass over to Thomas Bordeleau who blasted a one-timer past Gillies for his team leading 10th goal of the season at the 19:08 mark.

“It’s fun to get the win. We’re right back at it tomorrow so there’s not a lot of time to feel good about yourself and stuff like that. You gotta get right back at it,” Bordeleau said.

A scary situation happened early in the third period when Bokondji Imama slammed Artemi Kniazev from behind into the boards injuring Kniazev, who was able to walk off under his own power to the locker room but did not return to the game. The play resulted in a five-minute major to Imama and a game misconduct who was ejected from the game.

San Jose made Tucson pay as they scored an insurance goal with its third unanswered power play goal just halfway through the third period near the end of their five-minute power play. Merkley, who finished with two assists, set up Eklund who snapped home a one-timer past Gillies for his sixth goal of the season at the 11:10 mark.

‘Cuda defenseman Montana Onyebuchi sealed the deal for San Jose when he cleaned up a rebound off of an Ozzy Wiseblatt shot for his second goal of the season at the 17:10 mark.

Jean-Sebastian Dea completed the scoring with his 10th goal of the season at the 18:29 mark. Adam Cracknell and Laurent Dauphin were credited with assists.

Mann finished the game stopping 22 of the 24 shots he faced to earn his third victory of the season. Gillies made 32 saves on 36 shots in the losing effort.

GAME NOES: San Jose finished 3-for-8 on the power play. Tucson went 0-for-3.

The Three Stars of the Game were: 1) Bordeleau 2) Johnson 3) Merkley

UP NEXT: San Jose and Tucson conclude their two-games series on Sunday 12/4 at 3:00pm at Tech CU Arena.

Golden State Wins Number Ten At Home Beating Rockets 120-101

Golden State Warriors guard Andre Iguodala (22) defends against the Houston Rockets guard Ty Ty Washington Jr at the Chase Center in San Francisco on Sat Dec 3, 2022 (AP News photo)

Golden State Wins Number Ten At Home Beating Rockets 120-101

By Barbara Mason

Saturday night the Golden State Warriors (13-11) took on the Houston Rockets (6-17) at Chase Center. The Rockets are struggling and Golden State is close to unbeatable at home. The Warriors still have their problems on the road and lost to the Dallas Mavericks Tuesday night. The Warriors were able to hold on Saturday with a 120-101 win against the Rockets at Chase Center.

Golden State had a miserable first quarter on Tuesday night against the Dallas Mavericks but only lost 116-113. A good start to open that game would have most certainly have won the game for them. That loss was on the road. Most recently the Warriors beat the Chicago Bulls 119-111on Friday, a home game for Golden State.

Saturday game recap: The first quarter of this game set the pace for the remainder of the game in favor of the Warriors. They won the opening quarter decisively 39-23. The Rockets made quite a run in the second quarter, a 18-3 run. The Warriors had four turnovers in 2 1/2 minutes and the tide began to change in favor of the Rockets.

Houston had erased the 25 point lead that Golden State once had in the half. With two minutes left before halftime the score was 61-50. The Warriors have the ability to change the course of the game when things start to go south. This game was no exception. The Rockets got to within ten points but the Warriors had a solid end to the half and extended their lead 68-52.

The third quarter was a back and forth affair. Andrew Wiggins had a career high in the quarter. With two minutes left, Wiggins had shot 34 points and was eight of ten from downtown. Every time the Rockets made a run the Warriors shut them down. Golden State led after three quarters 94-80.

Going into the fourth quarter the Warriors were looking for ten straight wins at home. Stephen Curry tweaked his ankle in the third quarter and sat to start the quarter. With under seven minutes left in the game a nervous tone blanketed Chase Center. Houston had pulled to within four points.

This game got a bit dicey in the final minutes of the game but Golden State managed to come out on top. Every time the Rockets challenged the Warriors answered with a barrage of three’s. The final was 120-101.

Curry finished with 30 points and Jordan Poole had 21. The star of this game was Andrew Wiggins who scored a career high 36 points and was 8 of 10 from beyond the arc. Kevon Looney had a great defensive effort with 12 rebounds.

The high for the Rockets was Kevin Porter Jr. with 20 points. Houston threatened at times but couldn’t overcome the depth of the Warriors roster.

Golden State will take on the Indiana Pacers Monday night at Chase Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM.

That’s Amaury News and Commentary: Major League Baseball Expansion is coming – But on Hold

A proposal to tear down the Rio Casino pictured above and replace it with a Chase Field Phoenix type ball park with a retractable roof on the Las Vegas strip (Las Vegas Review-Journal photo)

Major League Baseball: Expansion is coming – But on Hold

That’s Amaury News and Commentary

By Amaury Pi-González.

Expansion in baseball is coming. However, it has been now “on the on-deck circle” for a while because the office of the Commissioner and the powers to be are focused on the Oakland A’s and the Tampa Bay Rays building new stadiums. 1998 was the last time MLB added a team it was their 29th (Arizona Diamondbacks) and then the 30th was the Tampa Bay Rays. It is over 20 years and the A’s and Rays have been holding the line of a total of 30 teams in major league baseball.

There are no timetable to tell us when the expansion will take place, however these cities are on the waiting list: Nashville, Tennessee, where a group that includes ex-A’s pitcher Dave Stewart is involved, also Austin and San Antonio, Texas, Orlando, Charlotte and a decent chance that Montreal, Canada, will be back as a major league town.

I also have to mention Portland Oregon, because they have shown interest in the past and in this crazy business of baseball, we cannot count anybody out. For the record; Portland is the #21 Media Market in the US and for your information, Las Vegas is #40.

In the MLB plans for expansion, Las Vegas is not listed as an expansion city, although even if Sin City doesn’t land the A’s, they still will have a good shot because that city keeps growing and pro-sports leagues are planning and showing interest to have a team there in the future.

For now Las Vegas is ‘rolling the dice’ on the A’s. One important thing to keep in mind. Las Vegas, Nevada is mostly desert, the building regulations there and politics are not that complicated, unlike here in the Bay Area. It is easier and cheaper to build anything in Las Vegas than in the Bay Area – as simple as that.

How about the A’s? It is December 2022 and no news from the City of Oakland or the Oakland A’s. A’s Present Dave Kaval has maintained that if by December of this year there is no “green lit” plan in Oakland for the A’s project at Howard Terminal, they are gone. In a Twitter Kaval tweeted: “It is Howard Terminal or Bust”.

Winter Meetings: For the first time in three years (none last two because of Covid) they will take place from December 4 to December 7 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, California. After these meetings are over, baseball is on vacation for Hanukkah and Christmas, so it is anybody’s guess what’s is going to happen, what news we might hear on the Oakland A’s.

But the focus is on the big name free agents available and possible trades, the #1 Aaron Judge and others like Justin Verlander, Carlos Rodón, Carlos Correa, Xander Bogaerts and A’s catcher Sean Murphy are some of the high profile names in the menu.

For now I wish everybody a Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah, and see you in 2023.

Join Amaury Pi Gonzalez does News and Commentary each Tuesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NHL podcast with Matt Harrington: Colorado’s Manson is week to week with lower body injury; Bertuzzi out six weeks with upper body for Red Wings; plus more

The Colorado Avalanche’s Josh Manson is out week to week due to a lower body injury (photo from nhl.com)

On the NHL podcast with Matt Harrington:

#1 The Colorado Avalanche’s Josh Manson is out week to week due to a lower body injury. Manson was injured while playing against the Buffalo Sabers on Thursday. The Aves defeated the Sabers 6-4 and Manson has six points, two goals and four assists.

#2 The Detroit Red Wings Tyler Bertuzzi is out six weeks with an upper body injury Bertuzzi left Wednesday night’s game with a left hand injury after getting hit with a puck shot.

#3 Vancouver Canucks goaltender Thatcher Demko will miss six weeks of action as he suffered a lower body injury. Demko left in the late first period during a 5-1 loss to the Florida Panthers. Demko couldn’t put any weight on his right leg and had to be assisted off the ice after Ryan Lomberg with 47 seconds left in the first period.

#4 The Pittsburgh Penguins Kris Letang has been ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering a stroke. Letang was not suffering any post effects but will be test this upcoming week and his stroke is not considered career threatening according to Penguins general manager Ron Hextall.

#5 Matt the NHL did announce make up dates for the postponed game due to a water main break at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on back on Nov 26th when the Columbus Blue Jackets were to face the Nashville Predators which was rescheduled Tue Jan 17th.

Join Matt for the NHL podcasts Saturday nights at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Kings Handle Clippers 137-114

Sacramento Kings guard Malik Monk (0) shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward Robert Covington (23) and guard Brandon Boston Jr. (4) defend during the first half in Los Angeles at crypto.com Arena on Sat Dec 3, 2022 (AP News photo)

Kings Handle Clippers 137-114

By Barbara Mason

Saturday afternoon the Sacramento Kings (12-9) took on the Lost Angeles Clippers (13-11) at crypto.com Arena. The Kings are coming off a 137-114 win over the Pacers. Sacramento prior to the Pacer win had lost three games in a row and finally got back on track against Indiana.

The Kings got on top of the Clippers from the get go winning the opening quarter 38-24. Sacramento went on to lead at the half 60-38 after winning the second quarter 22-14.

The Clippers were able to best the Kings in the third quarter by a slim margin 31-30 but Sacramento still had the upper hand leading 91-69. The Kings finished off the Clippers winning the fourth quarter 33-27 and the game 123-96.

The Kings Domantas Sabonis had the high score with 24 points handing the Clippers their worst loss of the season. He scored 15 points in the first quarter. Keegan Murray was right behind Sabonis shooting for 23 points, in fact every starter finished with double digits.

Bench player Chimezie Metu had the rebound high with 8. It was a complete team effort from start to finish for the Kings winning their second game in a row.

The Clippers are hurting from the absence of Paul George and Kawhi Leonard. Both are expected to play on the team’s upcoming road trip.

So the Kings have become one of the surprise teams in this young season playing circles around last years team. They are thriving under the leadership of new head coach Mike Brown.

Sacramento will take on the Chicago Bulls Sunday afternoon at 3:00 PM. The Kings will be back home at Golden 1 Center.

Poole tops Warriors in scoring with 30 in 119-111 win over Bulls Friday

Golden State Warriors guard Jordan Poole (3) tries to drive around the Chicago Bulls forward Patrick Williams (44) at the Chase Center in San Francisco on Fri Dec 2, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

Golden State Warrior Draymond Green just missed out on scoring a triple-double on Friday night at the Chase Center in San Francisco against the Chicago Bulls. Green contributed in scoring three pointers as well in the Warriors 119-111 victory over the Bulls.

Jordan Poole who came off the bench to score 30 points and lead Golden State with seven three pointers which helped offensive stars Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Poole gave credit to the Warriors chemistry saying things have changed up a bit and that the team is on a roll having now won four of their last five games.

The Bulls Zack LaVine got a three point bucket with 2:27 left and put the Bulls just one point down at 110-109. Green however would deliver some crucial points to help the Warriors get back into the game. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said that Green’s late basket was the shot of the game and that the Warriors had nothing going during that last possession.

Klay Thompson 26 points and a three pointer that Thompson got a pass from Curry when the Bulls were just down by four points 105-101. Curry was a huge offensive help for the Warriors scoring with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Curry did get into foul trouble after getting six assists. Curry picked up his sixth foul at 1:19 left in the game. What saved Curry from fouling out was the Warriors contested the call and it got reversed.

Poole shot 11-18 and was 7for 13 for three pointers, he had scored in the first quarter 14 points, and got four of the Warriors seven 3 point shots. Three of Poole’s three pointers help put Golden State up 92-76 with 1:50 left in the game. The Houston Rockets tip off against the Warriors on Saturday night at Chase Center at 5:30 pm.

Sacramento Kings podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Kings battle Clippers in the Southland Saturday

Indiana Pacers guard Buddy Hield (24) tries to defend a pass between Sacramento Kings forward Domantas Sabonis (10) and guard Kevin Huerter (9) during the first quarter at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Wed Nov 30, 20222 (AP News photo)

On the Kings podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson:

#1 The Sacramento Kings (11-9) had there way with a 137-111 win over the Indiana Pacers (12-9) at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Wednesday night

#2 The Kings got key scoring from top scorers Harrison Barnes and Malik Monk both who finished with 22 points to beat the Pacers.

#3 Monk has been going good in the last five games Monk has scored 20 points.

#4 The Kings before Wednesday night’s win they were on a three game loss streak previous to that the Kings had won seven straight games and looked to be back on track after their win over the Pacers.

#5 Kings are in the Southland to face the Los Angeles Clippers (13-10) on Sat Dec 3. The Clippers have won six of their last ten and dropped their last game to the Utah Jazz (13-11) 125-112 in Utah.

Join Jeremiah for the Kings podcasts Fridays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Stanford Savagely Attacked by UCLA in Pac -12 Opener on the Farm, 80-66

Stanford guard Michael O’Connell (5) shoots next to UCLA forward Mac Etienne (12) during the first half at Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto on Thu Dec 1, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Michael Roberson

STANFORD–The Stanford Cardinal (3-5; 0-1 Pac 12) were ambushed by the visiting and unfriendly #21 University of California at Los Angeles Bruins (.6-2: 1-0 Pac 12), 80-66, to open conference play.

The onslaught began immediately, as UCLA took a 17-0 lead the initial five minutes of the contest. Stanford finally lit the scoreboard at the 14:44 mark of the first half, on a turnaround jumper by sophomore forward Harrison Ingram.

The Bruins continued to lacerate the Cardinal with an advantage as large as 23 points, before ending the half up by 21, 50-29 UCLA.

Stanford displayed Cardinal Pride to begin the second 20 minute block, with a 9-0 start, narrowing the deficit to 12. The Bruins did not scratch a point for nearly four minutes themselves, but righted the ship and momentarily pushed the lead back to a comfortable margin with five minutes left in regulation.

The Cardinal continued to battle back and narrowed it to single digits (8) with less than five minutes in regulation, but the LA brown bears slapped the Bay Area tree back with their paws and won the game by 14, 80-66.

Senior forward Spencer Jones led the way for the Cardinal, with 18 points, hitting three bombs from beyond the arc. Fellow senior and Jones, Michael, chipped in 10 points and 5 assists for the home team.

The Bruins had three players tallying double-figures in scoring: Senior guard/forward Jaime Jaquez Jr. topped them with a game-high 27 points, freshman guard Amari Bailey contributed 19 points and 6 rebounds and senior guard Tyger Campbell offered 17 points and 8 assists.

Stanford will travel to Tempe, Arizona to take on the Arizona State Sun Devils, Sunday December 4, while UCLA hosts the Oregon Ducks on the same date in Westwood, California.

Cal Bears basketball podcast with Michael Duca: Cal winless faces Arizona undefeated this Sunday

Southern California forward Harrison Hornery (30) and California forward ND Okafor (22) compete for a rebound during the first half at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley on Wed Nov 30, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Cal Bears podcast with Michael Duca:

#1 The Cal Bears are on of seven NCAA schools who are winless, the Bears are missing five guards and have two active on the roster which is burdening the defense.

#2 Cal has lost game no more 11 points in the previous eight contests they’ve played so far the way you’ve seen things this season can they get that number down a bit?

#3 Michael, before the Cal-USC game Wednesday night it was announced that the Bears would have three inactive players which is cause for concern the scratches guard Jarred Hyder, forward Sam Alajiki, and guard Jalen Celestine.

#4 Michael, in addition to Hyder, Alajiki, and Celestine out of the line up the Bears were missing Josh Ragsdale, DeJuan Clayton, and Marcellus Roberson.

#5 Michael it’s off to Arizona for a Sunday tip off at 2:00pm with the Wildcats. The Wildcats have been unstoppable their undefeated and Cal could have their hands full at McKale Arena in Tucson.

Join Michael Duca for the Cal Bears podcasts Wednesdays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Francisco Giants podcast with Michael Duca: Garylord Perry passes at 84 years old former Giant Hall of Famer

Gaylord Perry as a pitcher with Cleveland Guardians gets checked by the plate umpire for foreign substances. Perry never got caught at anytime during his career for using foreign substances. (photo from Hobart)

On the Giants podcast with Michael Duca:

Former San Francisco Giants pitcher Gaylord Perry won a career 314 games, struck out 3500 batters, but is best remembered for his spit ball as one of his strongest arsenals. Perry a baseball Hall of Famer best remembered for having batters and managers ordering umpire to check where with all to see if he’s hiding any foreign substance to make the baseball do strange things when pitched by Perry.

Perry 84 who passed away on Thursday morning as announced by his daughter Allison Perry. Perry had contracted Coronavirus last year and really never recovered from the disease.

Perry stood 6’4 and 205 pounds never suffered from arm injuries during his career had an assortment of different pitches that kept hitters off balance and guessing what is throwing to make the ball do what it did? He had a curve, slider, sinker, changeups forkball, an effective fastball, and the split-finger.

Michael Duca does the San Francisco Giants podcasts during the regular baseball season for http://www.sportsradioservice.com