San Jose Barracuda podcast with Marko Ukalovic: True and Letunov recalled by Sharks listen to how they will fit in

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On the Barracuda podcast with Marko:

#1 How important is it for the Barracuda parent club San Jose Sharks to have recalled Alex True talk about what his role was with the parent club at the Sharks means and have him back in the line up at the Shark again?

#2 True is not shy about taking shots he leads the Cuda with 96 shots this season and is third in goals so one of the factors of his being at the Sharks also was for his being ability to put it on net and often

#3 The Sharks have recalled the Barracuda’s Maxim Letunov, Letunov has ten goals and 20 assists for 30 points in 39 games Marko talks about what Letunov brings to the Sharks as well.

#4 Saturday’s game in San Diego against the Gulls saw the first period where all the action took place, the Barracuda scored two goals to the Gulls three out of the gate, the Gulls ended up winning the game by two goals 5-3

#5 Wednesday night the Gulls are in San Jose this time the Barracuda have home ice the Gulls have been a tough customer Marko talks about tonight’s match up

Marko Ukalovic is a San Jose Barracuda beat writer for http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Sherwood’s hat trick take down Barracuda in 5-3 victory

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by Marko Ukalovic

SAN DIEGO, Calif- The San Diego Gulls scored three unanswered goals led by Kiefer Sherwood’s hat trick to distanced themselves from the San Jose Barracuda in a 5-3 victory on Friday evening at Pachenga Arena.

In their first game after the All-Star break, San Jose has lost their fourth game in a row while San Diego snapped their two-game losing streak against their Pacific Division rival and are now 10 points ahead of the ‘Cuda in the standings.

San Jose (14-21-1-4) drew first blood in the first period. Evan Weinger intercepted a clearing attempt by San Diego and fed a pass out to Lukas Radil along the left slot. Radil then snapped a wrist shot past Gulls goalie Anthony Stolarz for his second goal of the season at the 1:24 mark on the ‘Cuda’s first shot of the game.

San Diego (19-16-3-2) scored the equalizer 20 seconds later when Sherwood scored on a penalty shot. He made a move to the left then dangled to the right before burying a wrist shot past ‘Cuda goalie Zachary Sawchenko for his 12th goal of the season.

The Gulls went ahead six minutes later on the power play. Isac Lunderstrom fired a shot on goal that Sawchenko initially saved but Chris Mueller crashed the net and knocked home the rebound for his 13th goal of the season at the 7:42 mark.

San Jose scored the equalizer halfway through the opening 20 minutes when Maxim Letunov scored the first of his two goals of the evening on the power play. Thomas Gregoire sent in shot from the point that Letunov was able to redirect past Stolarz for his ninth goal of the season at the 10:35 mark.

San Diego reclaimed the lead with four seconds left in the first period while killing a penalty. Sherwood intercepted a pass at the blueline and raced down the left side of the ice before depositing a wrist shot in the upper far corner of the net for a short-handed goal, his second of the evening and his 13th goal of the season.

The Gulls extended their lead to 4-2 in the second period. Justin Kloos attempted shot from the left point was blocked by a ‘Cuda defender. Kloos got his own rebound and wired home a shot past Sawchenko for his ninth goal of the season at the 12:31 mark.

San Diego put the game away with their Sherwood’s second short-handed of the game early in the third period. Chase De Leo stole the puck of Gregoire in the ‘Cuda zone. He quickly fed it to a wide open Sherwood who buried a wrist shot past Sawchenko for the hat trick at the 5:58 mark and his 14th goal of the season.

Letunov completed the scoring with his second goal of the contest with under three minutes left in the game. After a mad scramble in front of the crease, Letunov used a back-hander to net his 10th goal of the season at the 17:55 mark.

Stolarz made 41 saves on 44 shots to earn his 15th win of the season. Sawchenko stopped 24 of the 29 shots in the losing effort.

GAME NOTES: San Jose was 1-for-7 on the power play. San Diego was 1-for-4.

Letunov, snapped an eight goal goal-less draught as he recorded his first multi-goal game of his AHL career and now leads the Barracuda in points (10+20=30).

Sherwood became the first player to score two shorthanded goals against the Barracuda in a game and became the fourth opposing player this season to score three times against the Barracuda.

Radil snapped a 12-game goalless drought.

UP NEXT: The two teams faceoff with each other again on Wednesday 2/5 at 7:00pm at SAP Center.

San Jose Barracuda podcast with Marko Ukalovic: Barracuda prepare for home at home games with San Diego starting Friday

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On the Barracuda podcast with Marko:

#1 Marko Saturday’s loss to the Ontario Reign 3-1 was a tough one to take for the San Jose Barracuda after carrying a 1-0 lead for two periods

#2 In order to hold a 1-0 lead Barracuda goalie Zachary Sawchenko had to be standing on his head but when the third period arrived the Reign scored three times for the 3-1 win.

#3 For Sawchenko he stopped 30 shots and allowed two goals a tough one to take but he’s a proven goaltender whose up and coming.

#4 On the other hand Matthew Vallata of the Reign stopped 30 of 31 shots and was also standing on his head too

#5 The Barracuda are in San Diego against the Gulls for the first of two games home at home Friday night and then in San Jose Wednesday night

Marko Ukalovic is a San Jose Barracuda beat writer at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Reign take down Barracuda with late goal in the third period in 3-1 victory

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by Marko Ukalovic

SAN JOSE, Calif- The third period has been a period of woe for the San Jose Barracuda this season. It proved to be that once again as the Onatrio Reign scored three unanswered goals in the final 20 minutes for a 3-1 victory over their Pacific Division rival on Saturday evening at SAP Center.

The two teams are going in opposite directions heading into the All-Star break. Ontario is riding a three-game winning streak. While San Jose has dropped their past three games.

San Jose (14-22-1-2) drew first blood in the first ten minutes of the first period. Sasha Chmelevski scored an unassisted goal at the 7:47 mark for his eighth goal of the season.

The Reign outshot the Barracuda 12-10 in the opening frame as they had the only power play opportunity but weren’t able to cash in.

The second period was scoreless as San Jose controlled play in the middle frame as they outshot Ontario 13-9 while killing two penalties in the period.

Ontario (20-18-4-1) started their comeback early in the third period. Paul LaDue scored his fifth goal of the season at the 3:22 mark. Sheldon Rempal recorded his 12th assist on the season.

San Jose had a chance to regain the lead when Brett Sutter went into the sinbin at the 12:38 mark for slashing. However the Reign penalty kill, led by Reign goalie Matthew Villalta, was successful killing off Sutter’s penalty.

Ontario scored the game winning goal with 1:08 left in the game when Sutter set up Tobias Bjornfot who snapped a wrist shot past ‘Cuda goalie Zachary Sawchenko for his third goal of the season.

Matt Luff iced the game for Ontario with an empty net goal with 20 seconds left to seal the deal for the Reign. Mikey Anderson was credited with an assist on Luff’s fifth goal of the season.

Villata (4-3-1) made 30 saves on 31 shots to earn his fourth win of the season. Sawchenko (3-2-1) finished with 28 saves on 30 shots in suffering the defeat.

GAME NOTES: San Jose was 0-for-3 on the power play. Ontario was also 0-for-3.

The three stars of the game were 1) Bjornfot  2) Chmelevski  3) LaDue

The announced attendance was 5,718.

UP NEXT: The Barracuda return after the All-Star break on Friday 1/31 as they travel down to San Diego to take on the Gulls at 7:00pm at Pachenga Arena.

Condors take down Barracuda in 5-0 shutout win

by Marko Ukalovic

BAKERSFIELD, Calif- The Bakersfield Condors used five different goal scorers and received excellent goaltending from Stuart Skinner in a dominating 5-0 victory over the San Jose Barracuda on Wednesday evening at Mechanics Bank Arena.

Skinner stopped all 35 shots he faced to record his first career AHL shutout. The loss snapped San Jose’s three-game point streak. Bakersfield is now eight points ahead of the ‘Cuda with 38 and currently sit in sixth place in the Pacific Divison.

Bakersfield (17-18-4-1) opened up the scoring in the first half of the first period. Brad Malone sent a cross ice pass from the left boards down to Cameron Hebig, who beat two Barracuda defenders, and lifted the puck over the pad of ‘Cuda goalie Josef Korenar for his second goal of the season at the 7:23 mark.

Korenar suffered an injury at the end of the first period and never returned to the game. Zachary Sawchenko replaced Korenar to start the second period.

The Condors doubled their lead in the second period. Josh Currie received a pass along the right boards. He dropped it back to Matt Benning who snapped a shot on goal that Tyler Benson redirected past Sawchenko for his ninth goal of the season at the 11:54 mark.

Benson now has nine points in six games against San Jose this season.

San Jose (14-21-1-2) had two power play opportunities in the second period but the Condors penalty killing led by Skinner kept the ‘Cuda off the board after 40 minutes.

Bakersfield sealed the game in the third period with three third period goals.

Anthony Peluso led a 2-on-1 rush up the ice with Joe Gambardella. Peluso fed a pass over to the left to Gambardella who skated all alone on Sawchenko and snapped a wrist shot top-shelf into the left corner for his eighth goal of the season at the 8:14 mark.

Bakersfield scored an empty net goal when San Jose lifted Sawchenko for an extra attacker with over three minutes remaining. Kirill Maksimov received a pass from Luke Esposito and tapped it into the net for his fourth goal of the season at the 16:59 mark.

The Condors completed the scoring with 28 seconds left in the game when Jakob Stukel sent a pass behind the net where Peluso sent in a wrist shot from a tough angle that went past Sawchenko for his second goal of the season.

Sawchenko finished with 23 saves on 26 shots in relief duty.

GAME NOTES: San Jose was 0-for-3 on the power play. Bakersfield also went 0-for-3.

Benson snapped his eight-game goalless drought and now has four goals against the Barracuda on the season after his tally on Wednesday.

Noah Gregor led all Barracuda skaters with five shots on net.

Joachim Blichfeld returned to the Barracuda lineup after missing the last three games on recall with the Sharks and recorded two shots on net and a pair of penalty minutes.

UP NEXT: The Barracuda return home to take on the Ontario Reign on Saturday 1/25 at 7:00pm at SAP Center.

San Jose Barracuda podcast with Marko Ukalovic: Barracuda looking for another road win take on Condors tonight in Bakersfield

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On the SJ Barracuda podcast with Marko:

#1 The San Jose Barracuda (14-20-1) earned a point in their overtime loss to the Iowa Wild (24-14-3) on Jan 18th just one positive thing to come out of the trip with the Wild.

#2 Can the Barracuda hold onto leads they have, they had an early lead in the game Saturday but the Wild took the lead and the Cuda tied it and lost in overtime 4-3

#3 Barracuda goalie Zachary Sawchenko had a great game in front of the net despite giving up four goals he faced 41 shots and stopped 37

#4 Iowa goalie Matt Robson has a point in his last five games while stopping 23 out of 26 shots against the Barracuda

#5 The Barracuda continue their road trip they’ll be in Bakersfield (16-18-4) tonight for a 6:30 pm face off

Marko Ukalovic does the San Jose Barracuda podcasts each Wednesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Wild edge Barracuda in overtime 4-3

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by Marko Ukalovic

DES MOINES, Iowa- A seasaw battle between the San Jose Barracuda and the Iowa Wild ended in a thrilling 4-3 overtime win for the Wild on Saturday evening at Wells Fargo Arena.

Louie Belpedio scored the game winner with one minute left in the overtime session as the Wild split their two game weekend series with the ‘Cuda.

The loss snapped the two-game winning streak for San Jose. Iowa evened their record to 3-3 against the Pacific Divison this season.

San Jose (14-20-0-2) jumped out to a early lead just 62 seconds into the first period while killing a penalty. A backhand pass by the Wild was knocked away by Nick DeSimone. Dylan Gambrell made a touch pass over to Evan Weigner and he outraced two Wild defenders before depositing a backhand shot through the 5-hole of Wild goalie Mat Robson for a short-handed goal, his seventh goal of the season.

The ‘Cuda doubled their lead midway through the opening frame when Lukas Radil led a 3-on-2 rush into the Wild zone. He fed a pass to the right over to Noah Gregor who quickly made a touch pass back over to the left to a wide open Gambrell who tipped the puck past Robson for his third goal of the season at the 9:24 mark.

Iowa (22-14-3-2) cut the deficit in half near the end of the period. Belpedio won a faceoff draw back to the Dmitry Sokolov who made a move toward the net and fired a wrist shot past ‘Cuda goalie Zachary Sawchenko for the first of his two goals on the night at the 16:32 mark.

The Wild scored the equalizer in the first five minutes of the second period. Luke Johnson sent a cross-ice pass over to a open Will Bitten whose shot was initially saved by Sawchenko. However the rebound trickled out to Kyle Rau and he slammed it home for his ninth goal of the season at the 4:23 mark.

Iowa gained its first lead of the game with under three minutes left in the middle frame. Belpedio found Sokolov open at the top of the right faceoff circle and he blasted a one-timer past Sawchenko for his second goal of the game and 11th of the season at the 17:17 mark.

Just when it looked like Iowa had the game locked up while on the power play with under two minutes remaining in the third period San Jose striked for the equalizer. Noah Gregor led a rush up the ice along with Jonny Brodzinki. Jonny on the spot then fed it to a trailing Jacob Middleton who buried a wrist shot the far side of Robson for his first goal of the season at the 18:25 mark.

His first goal of the season could not have come at a better time for San Jose as it snapped a 34 game goalless drought for the ‘Cuda defenseman.

Robson (8-7-4) stopped 23 of the 26 shots he faced to earn his eighth win of the season. Sawchenko had a good night in goal, despite suffering the loss, as he made 37 saves on 41 shots.

GAME NOTES: San Jose was 0-for-2 on the power play. Iowa was 1-for-5

Weinger netted his team-leading second shorthanded goal of year.

Gambrell recorded his third multi-point game (one goal, one assist) over his last six games.

Saturday was the third time in franchise history in which the Barracuda scored two shorthanded goals in a game and the first since 3/26/17 at Tucson.

The announced attendance was 10,928.

UP NEXT: The Barracuda continue their roadtrip in Bakersfield to take on the Condors on Wednesday 1/22 at 6:30pm at Mechanics Bank Arena.

Barracuda third period outburst tames Wild 3-1

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by Marko Ukalovic

DES MOISES Iowa- Better late than never is the philosophy the San Jose Barracuda used in the third period as they scored three unaswered goals to defeat the Iowa Wild 3-1 on Friday evening at Wells Fargo Arena.

This was the first game San Jose has played outside the Pacific Division this season in the first of four games they will play against Iowa this season. The ‘Cuda have won two games in a row. The Wild are 2-3 against the Pacific Division this season.

The opening 20 minutes went scoreless with San Jose outshooting the Iowa 10-5. Each team had a power play opportunity with neither team not being able to cash in with the man advantage.

Iowa (22-14-3-2) drew first blood near the end of the second period. Jacob Middleton slipped and fell while trying to clear the puck out of the ‘Cuda zone. Brandon Duhaime collected the puck and made a back hand pass over to Dmitry Sokolov who buried a shot top-shelf past ‘Cuda goalie Zachary Sawchenko for his ninth goal of the season at the 15:29 mark.

Despite outshooting Iowa 13-11 in the middle frame, San Jose still trailed 1-0 at the second intermission.

San Jose (14-20-0-2) began their comeback 33 seconds into the third period. Alexander True led a rush into the Wild zone. His centering pass deflected off a Wild defender onto the stick of Nikolai Knyzhov who quickly fed over to Jeffery Viel to the right of the net. Viel than tapped the puck into the empty net for the first of his two goals of the game and seventh of the season.

The ‘Cuda gained the lead when Jonny Brodzinski intercepted a clearing attempt by the Wild. He made a pass over to Trevor Carrick at the left slot and Carrick sent a cross-ice pass over to Sasha Chmelevski who buried a wrist shot to the short side of Wild goalie Kaapo Khakonen for his seventh goal of the season at the 6:22 mark.

Iowa pulled Khakonen for an extra attacker with two minutes remaining in an effort to score the eqaulizer but Viel dashed the Wild’s hopes of scoring the equalizer when he won a race to a loose puck inside the Wild zone and desposited the puck between two Wild defenders into the empty net for his eighth goal of the season and second of the contest at the 18:29 mark.

It was the first time in Viel’s career he has had a multi-goal game.

Sawchenko (3-1-0) stopped 23 of the 24 shots he faced to earn his third win of the season. Khakonen (14-5-1) allowed two goal on 29 shots in suffering the loss.

GAME NOTES: San Jose was 0-for-3 on the power play. Iowa was 0-for-2.

Prior to Friday, the Barracuda were just 3-16-0 when trailing after two periods.

After the win, the Barracuda are now 4-2-1 all-time against the Wild.

The announced attendance was 5,596.

UP NEXT: The Barracuda conclude their two game series with the Wild on Saturday 1/18 at 4:00pm at Wells Fargo Arena.

 

Barracuda power past Eagles 7-2, snap two game skid

sjbarracuda.com photo: The score says it all as the San Jose Barracuda broke it wide open against the visiting Colorado Eagles at SAP Center on Wednesday night

by Marko Ukalovic

SAN JOSE, Calif- The San Jose Barracuda’s power play had been colder than an afternoon kickoff in December at Lambeau Field. It warmed up at the right time as San Jose scored three unaswered goals, two on the power play, in the second period and then put the game away with four unaswered in the third period to defeat the Colorado Eagles 7-2 on Wednesday evening at SAP Center.

With the win, the ‘Cuda snapped a two game losing streak and concluded their four-game homestand with a 2-2 record. Colorado is 2-3 in its last five games.

Colorado (19-12-3-1) drew first blood late in the first period. A.J. Greer centered a pass from beind the net over to the right slot where Shane Bowers skated in and snapped a wrist side to the short side past ‘Cuda goalie Josef Korenar for his seventh goal at the 13:42 mark. Sheldon Dries received the secondary assist and leads the Eagles in points with 26.

The Eagles could have been up 3-0 after the opening 20 minutes as Michael Joly hit the post after a chance off a turnover. And Martin Kraut’s short-handed breakaway chance ended with him shooting the puck to wide left of the net.

San Jose (13-20-0-2) had one good chance on the power play to even the score from Noah Gregor who skated in a mini-breakaway. His backhand shot was gloved by Eagles goalie Adam Werner. The ‘Cuda outshot Colorado 14-7.

The Barracuda scored the equalizer to open up the second period. Dylan Gambrell poked the puck over to Noah Gregor in the ‘Cuda zone. Gregor then flashed his speed as he raced down the ice and around Eagles defenseman Jacob MacDonald. The Edmonton native skated in on Werner and chipped the puck top-shelf for his sixth goal of the season at the 3:50 mark.

San Jose gained its first lead on their third power play opportunity with a pretty tic-tac-toe goal. Trevor Carrick sent a pass from the point over to the right to Maxim Letunov and he quickly sent a cross ice pass over to the left slot where Jayden Halbegwchas  sniped it past Werner for his 13th goal of the season at the 8:19 mark. The power play tally snapped an 0/13 skid with the man advantage for the ‘Cuda.

“We talked about getting to the net a little more. I thought we did that tonight in the second and third (periods). Other than that I just liked our energy. I was happy with our effort,” said co-head coach Jimmy Bonneau.

The Barracuda made the Eagles pay for their fourth trip to the sinbin. A failed clearing attempt riccocet over to a wide open Carrick at the point. The ‘Cuda defenseman blasted a rocket past Werner on the far side for his eighth goal of the season at the 10:11 mark.

“It’s weird. It’s just been coming in waves for me this season,” said Carrick regarding scoring goals in back-to-back games and three in his last five. “Haven’t really changed a whole lot. Just been throwing the puck at net and they just happen to be going in.”

Colorado cut the deficit to a one-goal game in the first five minutes of the third period. T.J Tynan skated into the ‘Cuda zone near the right boards. He fed a drop pass back to the point where Mark Alt wired a slapshot past Korenar for his third goal of the season at the 4:09 mark.

San Jose regained their two-goal lead over two minutes later. Jacob Middleton sent a long pass from inside his own zone up to Jeffery Viel that sprung Viel on a breakaway. He skated in getting hooked on a delayed penalty call and sneaked through a shot past the 5-hole of Werner for his sixth goal of the season at the 6:26 mark.

The ‘Cuda blew open the game when Evan Weinger sent Halbgewachs on a breakaway. The 5’9″ foward made a quick move before burying the puck top-shelf in the upper left corner for his team-leading 14th goal and second of the game at the 9:56 mark.

Halbgewachs surpassed his career mark in goals in just 36 games. He ended his rookie campaign with 13 last season.

“That’s kind of my job. I gotta find ways to score each and every game. The goal for me right now is to find little ways to produce and make things happen offensively on the ice as well as play sound defensively,” said Halbgewachs.

San Jose scored the touchdown when a Nick DeSimone shot went wide of the net. Nick Meloche pinched down from the point and threw the puck into the middle of the crease where a crashing Alex True tapped the puck past Werner for his 11th goal of the season at the 13:50 mark.

The Barracuda closed out the scoring 40 seconds later. A faceoff win by Gambrell back to the point led a to a Jeremy Roy shot that Gambrell tipped as the puck rattled off both goal posts and into the back of the net for his first goal of the season at the 14:30 mark. Weinger was credited with an assist for a two-point night.

Korenar (8-13-2) made 23 saves on 25 shots to earn his 8th win of the sseason. Werner (13-6-1) stopped 32 of the 39 shots he faced in suffering the loss.

GAME NOTES: San Jose was 2-for-5 on the power play. Colorado was 0-for-5.

Letunov recorded two assists giving him his team leading 20th on the season. He also leads San Jose in points with 28.

Bowers has scored a goal in three straight games.

Colorado’s five-game road point streak was snapped with the loss.

The announced attendance was 2,143.

UP NEXT: The Barracuda travel out to Iowa in their first non-conference mathup of the season to take on the Wild on Friday 5:00pm at the Wells Fargo Arena.

San Jose Barracuda podcast with Marko Ukalovic: Coming off one goal loss to Stockton, Barracuda looking forward to puck drop with Colorado tonight

stocktonheat.com photo: The San Jose Barracuda who hosted the Stockton Heat last Sunday will face off tonight against the Colorado Eagles the Colorado Avalanche AHL affiliate at SAP Center in San Jose tonight

On the Barracuda podcast with Marko:

#1 The game in Stockton was razor close a loss for the SJ Barracuda against the Stockton Heat 2-1 the Barracuda has been trying to get on track and it was frustrating to lose by a goal.

#2 Winning at home is important for co-coaches Jimmy Bonneau and Michael Chiasson for them it was a missed opportunity

#3 San Jose goaltender Josef Korenar (7-13-2) surrendered two goals and stopped 19 shots in the loss

#4 Austin Czarnik scored his seventh and eighth goals for the season which all that the Heat needed to win the game

#5 The Barracuda host the Colorado Eagles tonight at SAP Center in San Jose Marko tells us how he sees this match up

Marko Ukalovic does the Barracuda podcasts each Wednesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com