Heat upend Barracuda 2-1; Cuda drop their sixth out of last seven

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by Marko Ukalovic

SAN JOSE, Calif- Ownage is ownage. The Stockton Heat put another notch on their belt regarding the San Jose Barracuda. Austin Czarnik scored two goals in the second period to help the Calgary Flames AHL affiliate defeat their NorCal rival 2-1 on Sunday afternoon at SAP Center.

Stockton has won the first eight meetings against San Jose and currently have a three game winning streak. San Jose is still searching for an answer against Stockton and have lost six out of their last seven games.

San Jose (12-20-0-2) actually jumped out to the start they wanted a little more than halfway through the first period. Noah Gregor led an attack into the Heat zone. He made a pass over to Joachim Blichfeld at the left faceoff circle, who returned the favor to a trailing Trevor Carrick. The ‘Cuda defenseman fired a low one-timer to the left that beat Heat goalie Atryom Zagidulin for Carrick’s seventh goal of the season at the 11:57 mark.

Both teams had two power play chances in the opening 20 minutes but neither were able to capitalize thanks to strong penalty killing by both teams. San Jose outshot Stockton 8-2.

Stockton (23-7-2-3) scored the equalizer on Czarnik’s first goal of the contest at the 7:44 mark of the second period. Alan Quine made a spin move around Jeffery Viel and fired the puck at the net that found the stick on Czarnik and he tapped it home past ‘Cuda goalie Josef Korenar for his seventh goal of the season.

“We felt like we deserved a better fate. You look at the last five, six minutes I felt like we really drove the play. You give a team under 10 grade-A scoring chances and 19 shots against, you feel like have a pretty job of coming out with two points. But credit them,  they’re a good team, they’re well coached,” said co-head coach Michael Chiasson.

The Heat grabbed the lead on the power play with under four minutes left in the middle frame. Quine and Czarnik worked their magic once again for the game winning goal. Zac Leslie fed a pass from the point over to right faceoff circle over to Quine and he quickly found Czarnik with a cross ice feed and the Michigan right winger slammed home a one-timer from the left faceoff circle past Korenar for his second goal of the game and eighth of the season at the 16:12 mark.

Czarnik finished with four points (two goals, two assists) in the two-game weekend set.

San Jose had a chance to get even on the power play at the 8:04 mark of the third period when Corey Schueneman went into the sinbin for holding the stick. However the achilies heal known as the Barracuda power play weren’t able to cash in on the man advantage.

“I think overall as a whole there was a lot of positives that we should be able to take (away) from this and (be able) to build off for Wednesday’s game,” said Chiasson.

Zagidulin (13-3-2) made 27 saves on 28 shots in earning his 13th win and is now 4-0 against San Jose this season. Korenar (7-13-2) stopped 17 of the 19 shots he faced in the tough luck loss.

GAME NOTES: San Jose was 0-for-5 on the power play. Stockton was 1-for-4.

FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT! Viel and Eetu Tuulola exchanged fisticuffs at the 2:22 mark of the first period. Nicholas Meloche and Buddy Robinson danced the tango later at the 10:21 mark of the second period.

Quine tallied two assists in the win, giving him twelve points (four goals, eight assists) in 6 games against the Barracuda this season.

Carrick leads all Barracuda defensemen with seven goals after his first-period tally.

The announced attendance was 4,605.

UP NEXT: The Barracuda host the Colorado Eagles on Wendesday 1/15 at 7:00pm at SAP Center.

Heat continue dominance over Barracuda in 2-0 shutout win

sjbarracuda.com photo: The San Jose Barracuda continue to struggle as they lost to the Stockton Heat on Saturday at SAP Center in San Jose

by Marko Ukalovic

SAN JOSE, Calif- The San Jose Barracuda have been looking for an answer all season against their NorCal rival the Stockton Heat. They were left with even more questions after getting blanked in a 2-0 loss on Saturday afternoon at SAP Center.

Stockton have won two games in a row and all seven meetings this season against the ‘Cuda. San Jose have lost five of their last six games.

Stockton (22-7-2-3) scored their first goal on the power play at the tail end of the first period. Zac Leslie fed a pass from the point over to Austin Czarnik at the right slot. Czarnik then sent a cross ice pass over to Alan Quine who snapped home a wrist shot past a sprawling Zachary Sawchenko for his eighth goal of the season at the 19:50 mark.

Quine has become the latest ‘Cuda killer with 10 points (four goals, six assists) in five games against San Jose (12-19-0-2) this season.

The Heat had the ice tilted in their favor for most of the opening 20 minutes as they outshot the Barracuda 11-6.

“We had a few chances,” said co-head coach Michael Chiasson evaluating his team’s performance. “I wouldn’t say we had a lot of great chances. We gotta do a better job at getting to the net. We gotta have shot volume. There’s a lot of stuff we need to clean up in our game to get ready for tomorrow afternoon.”

Stockton doubled their lead at the 13:54 mark of the second period when Aleander Yelesin won a battle along the boards behind the goaline. He fed a pass to a wide open Byron Froese who skated out from behind the net, looked out in front before sneaking in a nifty backhand shot top-shelf on the short side past Sawchenko for his 12th goal of the season. Czarnik received the secondary assist for a two-point afternoon.

San Jose had two opportunities on the power play in the third period to get back into the game but Stockton’s penalty kill along with goalie Artyom Zagidulin kept the ‘Cuda off the scoresheet.

“Sawchenko played well tonight. Other than that I don’t think there’s a whole lot we can take from this game. I think there’s a lot of learning we need to do before tomorrow’s game,” said Chiasson.

Zagidulin stopped all 26 shots for the shutout and his 12th win of the season. He is currently 3-0 against San Jose this season. Sawchenko made 20 saves on 22 shots in the tough luck loss.

GAME NOTES: San Jose was 0-for-4 on the power play. Stockton was 1-for-3.

The shutout loss was the second-straight shutout against the Heat and third on the season for the Barracuda.

Czarnik with his two assists, now has thirteen points in eleven games with the Heat this season.

Jonny Brodzinski led both teams with five shots on net.

UP NEXT: The Barracuda conclude their four-game homestand against the Heat on Sunday 1/12 at 3:00pm.

Barracuda match franchise record for goals in 9-0 blowout victory

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by Marko Ukalovic

SAN JOSE, Calif- The San Jose Barracuda made a huge statement to start their four-game homestand. A five-goal second period was just one of the highlights in a 9-0 shutout pounding over the Ontario Reign on Wednesday evening at SAP Center. The nine goals matched a franchise record they set earlier this season in a 9-2 win against the same Ontario team back on December 6th, 2019.

San Jose has won two games in a row after dropping their previous four games and they also snapped a four-game losing streak at home. Ontario have lost two games in a row as they ended a five-game road trip.

San Jose (12-18-0-2) drew first blood early in the first period. Jayden Halbgewachs fed a pass back up to the point where a trailing Dylan Gambrell fired a shot wide right. A pinching Trevor Carrick collected the puck off the boards and banked it off Reign goalie Cal Petersen for his sixth goal of the season at the 2:42 mark.

The ‘Cuda came out with a ton of energy in the opening 20 minutes as its forecheck kept Ontario on their heels for the first 13 minutes and ended outshooting their SoCal rival by a 17-9 margin.

San Jose had a huge 5-on-3 penalty kill midway through the opening frame where Ontario had almost a full two minutes on the two-man advantage due to the double minor penalty to Danil Yurtaykin for high sticking.

“It was definitely a momentum changer for sure,” said co-head coach Michael Chiasson of his team’s penalty killing on the night. “I think it was great for our group. I think we had three, four or maybe five big time blocks on that kill. It just shows the guys were committed to the PK tonight and guys were committed to the win.”

The ‘Cuda doubled its lead near the end of the first period when Yurtaykin won a battle along the boards behind the Reign net. Sasha Chmelevski swooped in behind the net and centered a pass out to a wide open Noah Gregor who buried the puck top-shelf to the left side for his fifth goal of the season at the 16:09 mark.

San Jose then tripled its lead 18 seconds later on a play almost exactly similar to Gregor’s goal. Another battle along the boards behind the net led to Manny Weiderer retrieving the puck then skating to the left where he centered the puck to a crashing Alex True. True one-timed it past Petersen for his 10th goal of the season. Jeffery Viel was credited with the secondary assist.

Ontario’s (16-16-3-1) frustration boiled over multiple times in the last five minutes of the period as Chaz Reddekopp and Thomas Gregoire exchanged fisticuffs at the 14:54 mark. There were multiples bouts of pushing and shoving between both teams at the end of the first period. Boko Imama received an unsportsmanlike conduct peanlty after the period expired.

San Jose jumped out to a 4-0 lead on the power play just 57 seconds into the second period. Carrick sent a pass over to Joachim Blichfeld from the point. Blichfeld skated to right faceoff circle snapped a wrist shot past the five-hole of Petersen for his 12th goal of the season.

“We were hoping we were going to get some (offensive) production. It’s good for a lot of guys to get some points, but it’s good for guys to play the right way too,” said Chiasson.

Less than three minutes later after a shot attempt from Lukas Radil on a 2-on-1 rush sailed along the left boards, Carrick threw a shot at the net that was redirected by Blichfeld for his second goal of the game and team-leading 13th of the season at the 3:52 mark.

“I think I had a pretty slow start (to the season). I think when I get more comfortable, I play even better. Just being comfortable is what I think makes me a good hockey player,” said Blichfeld.

The ‘Cuda made it 6-0 with a 4-on-4 goal. Gambrell tossed a pass over to Halbgewachs and he buried a wrist shot past Petersen for his 12th goal of the goal at the 6:06 mark.

The would end the night for Petersen who gave up six goals on 23 shots. He was replaced by backup netminder Matthew Villalta.

Chemelevski joined the scoring party after he collected a turnover inside the Reign defensive zone. He skated in from the left shot and lasered in a shot just inside the post to make it 7-0 at the 15:07 mark.

San Jose scored their fifth goal of the middle frame when Jonny Brodzinski battled for the puck at the top of the right faceoff circle. The puck leaked out to Gambrell and he skated around Brodzinski and snapped home a backhand shot for his first goal as a member of the Barracuda at the 16:25 mark.

“I think it (this result) sends a bit of message that we’re coming together. We’re playing the right way. We gotta keep it going,” said Gambrell.

The ‘Cuda weren’t done with their onslaught to start the third period. Weiderer connected on an outlet pass up to center ice to Viel who skated in on a breakaway and his wrist shot beat Villalta for his fifth goal of the season at the 3:00 mark. It snapped a 13-game goal-less draught for Viel.

‘Cuda goalie Zachary Sawchenko, who made just his second career start, did not have quite the busy night his counterparts did as he stopped all 24 shots he faced for his first career shutout and second win of the season. Villalta made 19 saves on 22 shots in mop up duty.

“I think the biggest thing is when you’re called upon is doing your job,” said Sawchenko discussing his transition from the ECHL to the AHL. “You gotta do your job right? If I gotta face 45 (shots), if I gotta face 24, at the end of the day my job is to stop the puck.”

GAME NOTES: San Jose was 1-for-3 on the power play. Ontario was 0-for-6.

San Jose had nine players with multi-point games.

Gambrell recorded his first career four-point game (1G, 3A). The last ‘Cuda player to record a four-point game was True back on 12/16/18.

The announced attendance was 2,563.

UP NEXT: The Barracuda continue their four-game homestand when they host the Stockton Heat on Saturday 1/11 at 1:15pm at SAP Center.

San Jose Barracuda podcast with Marko Ukalovic: Barracuda host Ontario tonight at SAP Center; Cuda looking to win two straight

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SJ Barracuda podcast with Marko Ukalovic:

#1 The San Jose Barracuda opened up early on the Tucson Roadrunners last Saturday with three goals in the first period to set the tone early.

#2 In the third period the Roadrunners scored twice and the Barracuda once which tied up the game at 4-4 and force a shootout.

#3 The Barracuda win snapped a four game losing streak and it had to be a relief for co-coaches Jimmy Bonneau and Michael Chiasson to back in the win column

#4 Marko talks about Barracuda goalie Zachary Sawchenko (1-0-0) who made 37 saves in getting the win.

#5 The Barracuda face off tonight against the Ontario Reign the puck drops at SAP Center at 7:00pm

Join Marko Ukalovic for exclusive beat coverage of the San Jose Barracuda tonight following the game at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Halbgewachs OT winner lifts Barracuda in 5-4 victory

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by Marko Ukalovic

TUCSON, Ariz- A drama filled game that went back and forth ended with a big relief for the San Jose Barracuda as Jayden Halbgewachs scored with 28 seconds left in overtime to propell his team to a 5-4 victory over the Tucson Roadrunners on Saturday evening at Tucson Convention Center Arena.

Halbgewachs’ second goal of the game came when he was able to grab hold of the puck at the near post and lift a backhander from point blank range into the back of net for his 11th goal of the season.

Two streaks came to an end. San Jose’s four-game losing streak and Tucson’s two-game winning streak. The ‘Cuda are now 2-3 against the Roadrunners, who suffered its first overtime year of the season, this season. It was San Jose’s first win in Tucson since March 21, 2018.

Tucson (25-7-1-0) drew first blood early in the first period. A turnover by Keaton Middleton led to a centering pass from Michael Bunting over to Hudson Fasching who fired a one-timer past ‘Cuda goalie Zachary Sawchenko, who made his first career AHL start, for his 13th goal of the season at the 4:12 mark.

The Roadrunners doubled their lead when Beau Bennent made a back door feed to a wide open Jordan Gross who pounded the puck past Sawchenko for his sixth goal of the season at the 10:51 mark. The Roadrunner defenseman has scored in back-to-back games against the ‘Cuda.

San Jose (11-18-0-2) cut the deficit in half less than 30 second later. Ivan Chekhovich sent a back door feed over to Manny Weiderer and he buried a wrist shot past Roadrunners goalie Ivan Prosvetov for his first goal of the season at the 11:20 mark.

The ‘Cuda scored the equalizder on the power play less than two minutes later. After a faceoff win by Dylan Gambrell led to possession by Maxim Letunov. Letunov made a move to get Prosvetov out of position and he fed a pass over to Jonny Brodzinski who shoveled the puck into an empty net for his seventh goal of the season at the 13:13 mark.

San Jose grabbed their first lead when they scored its third unanswered goal of the period. Halbgewachs sent a wrist shot that took a weird bounce and skitted under the arm of Prosvetov for his first goal and 10th goal of the season at the 17:32 mark. Brodzinski and Nick Meloche received helpers on the goal.

Despite outshooting San Jose 14-9 in the opening frame, Tucson found themselves down by one goal at the first intermission.

The second period didn’t have any goals scored but featured both teams wasting a 5-on-3 power play opportunity. Tucson outshot San Jose 10-5 in the middle frame.

Tucson scored the equalizer when Gross scored his second of the game early in the third period. Gross sent a in a low shot from long distance that sneaked inside the left post for his seventh goal of the season at 3:12 mark.

Prosvetov was pulled before the third period began for an unknown reason. Brandon Halverson replaced Prosvetov to finish off the rest of the game.

San Jose looked to have scored the game winning goal with 1:45 left in the third period when Trevor Carrick sent a pass over to Maxim Letunov at the left faceoff circle and he fired a wrist shot top-shelf out of the reach of Halverson for his eighth goal of the season at the 18:15 mark. Letunov finished the night with a three-point game (1G, 2A).

The Roadrunners pulled Halverson for an extra attacker, a shot from Bunting was saved by Sawchenko. However the rebound was cleaned up by Bennent during a mad scramble as he tapped home the puck past a sprawling Sawchenko with 14 seconds remaining in the period. It was Bennent’s sixth goal of the season.

It was quite the first start in net for Sawchenko as he stopped 37 shots on 41 shots, including a great glove save on Lane Pederson in overtime on a 2-on-1 break, for his first professional win. Halverson made 10 saves on 12 shots in 23:36 minutes of action.

GAME NOTES: San Jose 1-for-4 on the power play. Tucson was 0-for-6.

‘Cuda forward Evan Weinger returned the lineup after being a healthy scratch the last game.

The game’s start was delayed by 28 minutes while the maintainence crew needed to make repairs to the glass along the ice.

UP NEXT: The Barracuda host the Ontario Reign on Wednesday 1/8 at 7:00pm at SAP Center.

 

Roadrunners 3rd period outburst bury Barracuda 5-1

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by Marko Ukalovic

The Tucson Roadrunners are a team where if you give them an inch they will take a mile. This was the case as the Pacific Division leader scored five unaswered goals in a 5-1 victory over the San Jose Barracuda on Friday evening at Tucson Convention Center Arena.

San Jose has lost four games in a row. Tucson has won back to back to games and have won 10 out of their last 12 games to lead the division by seven points over Stockton. They are now 3-1 against the ‘Cuda.

San Jose (10-17-0-2) drew first blood on the back end of a 5-on-3 power play midway through the first period. Lukas Radil fed a pass over to Nick DeSimone who set up Alex True. The Finnish forward blasted a one-timer past Roadrunners goalie Ivan Prosvetov on the shortside for his ninth goal of the season at the 11:30 mark.

The Barracuda had the iced tilted in their favor in the opening 20 minutes as they dominated for three-quarters of the period as they outshot the Roadrunners 18-5.

Tucson (24-7-0-0) had two power play opportunites in the first period but they weren’t able to get the puck past ‘Cuda goalie Josef Korenar.

The second period featured multiple trips to the sinbin. San Jose had two power play chances to extend their lead but Prosvetov made some key saves to keep the deficit at one goal.

Tucson, with the 11th ranked power play in the AHL, finally cashed in on their fourth power play opportunity right near the end of the middle frame. Andy Miele sent a cross ice pass over to Jordan Gross who slammed home the puck past Korenar from atop the near faceoff circle for his fifth goal of the season at the 19:05 mark.

The Roadrunners didn’t take long to get their first lead of the game to start the third period. Miele, the former Hobey Baker Award winner, set up a pass out to Aaron Ness. The defenseman fired a shot from the left point past Korenar for his first goal with the Roadrunners since being reassigned from the Arizona Coyotes at the :56 mark.

Tucson scored an insurance goal when Lane Pederson set a cross ice pass over to a wide open Hudson Fasching. The right winger skated in and snapped a wrist shot past Korenar over the left arm for his 12th goal of the season at the 10:42 mark.

The Roadunners scored two empty nets goals at the end of the game to seal the deal. Bradyen Burke netted his 16th goal of the season at the 17:33 mark. Then Michael Chaput scored his 11th goal of the season at the 18:28 mark.

Prosvetov was the number one star of the night stopping 38 out of the 39 saves he faced to earn his 11th victory over the season. Korenar 14 saves on 17 shots in suffering his seventh straight loss.

GAME NOTES: San Jose was 1-for-5 on the power play. Tucson was 1-for-4.

‘Cuda forward Manny Weiderer returned back to the lineup after he missed the past three games dealing with a lower body injury.

The announced attendance was 3,372.

UP NEXT: The same two teams battle again on Saturday 1/4 at 6:05pm at Tucson Convention Center Arena.

San Jose Barracuda podcast with Marko Ukalovic: Cuda suffers 4-0 shutout loss; Can’they capitalize

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On the Barracuda podcast with Marko:

#1 The San Jose Barracuda got shutout for the first time this season, being a last place team that is struggling.

#2 To shutout the Barracuda the Stockton Heat’s goalie John Gillies stopped all of the Cuda’s shots for the shutout.

#3 The Barracuda failed to take advantage of four straight power play penalties issued to the Heat and still lost to the Heat.

#4 Austin Czarnik extended his goal streak to five games and point streak to six with a goal on Tuesday

#5 The Barracuda open a two game set with the Tucson Roadrunners starting Friday in Arizona.

Join Marko for all the Barracuda podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

 

Heat turn out the lights on Barracuda in 4-0 shutout win; Cuda on three game losing streak

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by Marko Ukalovic

STOCKTON, Calif- It’s not the way the San Jose Barracuda wanted to end the calendar year. The Stockton Heat continued their dominance over their NorCal rival in a 4-0  shutout victory on New Year’s Eve at Stockton Arena.

The Heat have won all six meetings against the Barracuda and currently sit second in the Pacific Division with 43 points. San Jose has lost three in a row and anchor the bottom of the division with 22 points.

Stockton (19-6-2-3) drew first blood just past the halfway mark of the first period. Rob Hamilton sent a home run pass up the ice from his own blue line that sprung Glenn Gawdin for a breakway. Gawdin skated in from left to the right before depositing the puck past Barracuda goalie Josef Korenar for his 11th goal of the season at the 9:41 mark.

The Heat outshot the ‘Cuda 13-9 in the opening 20 minutes as they had the ice tilted in their favor for most of the period.

San Jose (10-17-0-2) had its chance to get back into the game with four straight power plays in the second period. Despite getting plenty of shots on net, Heat goalie Jon Gillies and the Heat penalty kill kept the ‘Cuda off the board. Despite outshooting Stockton 15-2, San Jose found itself trailing 1-0 at the second intermisson.

Stockton put the game away with three goals in the first five minutes of the third period. With San Jose on the power play, Gawdin fed a pass over to Buddy Robinson from the neutral zone. The former ‘Cuda foward skated in and buried the puck past Korenar for a short-handed goal, his 14th of the season 31 seconds into the period.

Austin Czarnik scored his fifth goal of the season at the 4:22 mark. Luke Philp and Byron Froese received assists on the goal.

The Heat completed the scoring when Eetu Tuulola received the puck at the Heat blueline and made a move around Trevor Carrick before firing a wrist shot to the far side past Korenar for his sixth goal of the season at 5:14 mark.

San Jose had three more opportunities on the power play in the final frame but ended up frustrated on the night thanks to work of Gillies.

Gillies stopped all 29 shots he faced for the shutout win, his eighth of the season, and is 4-0 against San Jose this season. Korenar made 22 saves on 26 shots in suffering the loss.

GAME NOTES: San Jose was 0-for-7 on the power play. Stockton was 0-for-3.

  • Thomas Gregoire and Dylan Gambrell each put a team-high three shots on net.
  • Czarnik extended his goal streak to five games and point streak to six with a goal on Tuesday.
  • Robinson’s shorthanded goal was the sixth shorty against for San Jose this season.
  • Gawdin picked up a goal and an assist and is now third in the AHL in points with 33.

UP NEXT: The Barracuda continue their three-game roadtrip down to Tucscon to start a two-game weekend series with the Roadrunners on Friday 1/3 at 6:05pm at Tucson Convention Center Arena.

Condors offense too much for Barracuda in 7-5 victory

sjbarracuda.com photo: The score says it all as the Barracuda lose another one on home ice on Sunday night to the Bakersfield Condors 7-5

by Marko Ukalovic

SAN JOSE, Calif- The Bakersfield Condors jumped out to a big lead and then hung on for dear life at the end in a 7-5 victory over the San Jose Barracuda on Sunday evening at SAP Center.

Bakersfield have won two games in a row and increased their cushion over San Jose to six points as they currently sit fifth in the Pacific Divison with 28 points. The ‘Cuda have lost two in a row and went 0-2 on this weekend’s homestand.

The Condors (12-13-3-1) jumped out early scoring two goals, two minutes apart in the first six minutes of the games. Colby Cave had possession of the puck near the blue line when he made two nifty moves around two Barracuda forwards and snapped a wrist from the middle of the faceoff circles shot past ‘Cuda goalie Andrew Shortridge for his sixth goal of the season at the 4:03 mark. Luke Esposito, who screened Shortridge on the shot, received the only assist.

Bakersfield doubled their lead on the power play at the 6:07 mark when Joel Persson centered a pass over to Brad Malone at the left slot. Malone turned around and fired a shot that pinballed off a two Barracuda defenders in front and into the back of the net for his sixth goal of the season. Ryan McLeod received the secondary assist.

San Jose (10-16-0-2) cut the decifit to one when Dylan Gambrell won a race to the puck behind the goal-line. He made a drop pass back to a trailing Jayden Halbgewachs, who buried home a one-timer past Condors goalie Stuart Skinner for his ninth goal of the season at the 8:34 mark.

Just when the ‘Cuda had the momentum on their side during a power play with under five minutes left, Nick DeSimone turned the puck over in his own zone to Esposito, who skated in a sent a wrist shot past the 5-hole of Shortridge for an unassisted short-handed goal. Esposito’s fourth goal of the season came at the 16:02 mark.

Bakersfield scored three goals on only six shots in the opening 20 minutes. San Jose registered only five shots on goal.

The Condors took control of the game early in the second period as they scored two goals in the first six minutes to jump out to a 5-1 lead. ‘Cuda killer Josh Currie lead a 3-on-2 rush into San Jose’s zone and he cleaned up the rebound off a Cooper Marody shot for his team leading 13th goal of the season at the 3:31 mark.

Then just over two minutes later Dmitri Samorukov sent a long pass up to center ice where Joe Gambardella quickly passed it over to Miles Koules at the ‘Cuda blue line. Koules skated in and snapped a wrist shot top-shelf into the upper left corner for his first goal of the season at the 5:39 mark.

That ended the night for Shortridge who gave up five goals on just 10 shots. Josef Korenar replaced him in between the pipes.

San Jose came back with two goals of their own in a wild middle frame that saw five goals scored in it. Sasha Chmelevski was a man possessed as he kept pressure inside the Condors zone. After a shot by Lean Bergmann went behind the net, Chmelevski skated around and threw the puck out in front where it banked off a Condors’ defender skate into the net for the Southern California native’s fifth goal of the season at the 9:00 mark.

The ‘Cuda cut the lead to 5-3 on the power play late in the second period. Chmelevski centered a pass over to Noah Gregor from the right boards. Gregor made two strides forward before launching a wrist shot top-shelf past Skinner for his third goal of the season at the 17:47 mark.

Bakersfield regained the momentum and their three-goal lead less than two minutes later when Cave led a 3-on-1 rush up the ice. A pretty give-and-go between Currie and Evan Bouchard led to Bouchard scoring his fouth goal of the season with 41 seconds left in the period.

San Jose didn’t go down quietly in the third period as they scored next two goals to make the game close. Halfway through the final frame, Jonny Brodzinski lit up the red light when he scored his sixth goal of the season at the 10:39 mark. Alex True and Jeffery Viel received assists on the goal.

The ‘Cuda once again made it a one-goal deficit on the power play. Maxim Letunov carried the puck into the Condors zone and made a nice backhand pass to the right point over to DeSimone. The ‘Cuda defenseman snapped a wrist shot toward the net where Gregor deflected it home past Skinner for his fourth goal of the season at the 18:41 mark.

That would be as close as their comeback attempt would get as Tyler Benson fed a pass up to Malone who skated in all the way to the net before tapping it home for an empty net goal, his seventh goal of the season with 36 seconds left in the game.

Skinner made 34 saves on 39 shots to earn his ninth victory of the season. Korenar suffered the tough luck loss as he stopped six of the seven shots he faced in mop-up duty.

GAME NOTES: San Jose was 2-for-4 on the power play. Bakersfield was 1-for-4.

Brodzinski’s two-point night snapped a five-game scoreless streak for the forward.

Gregor’s two goals were the first points he scored since being reassigned back down to the Barracuda.

The announced attendance was 4,227 in the fourth annual Pucks and Paws Night. Fans were able to bring their dogs to the game for $5.

UP NEXT: The Barracuda end the calendar year traveling up to Stockton on Tuesday 12/31 to take on the Heat at 5:00pm at Stockton Arena.

Heat blast Barracuda in 8-1 blowout victory

sjbarracuda.com photo: San Jose Barracuda assistant coach John McCarthy on Dec. 10, McCarthy, 33, suffered an Ischemic stroke due to a previously undetected hole in his heart. McCarthy immediately retired from the game and has been working behind the Barracuda bench. Here he is on Friday against the visiting Stockton Heat.

by Marko Ukalovic

SAN JOSE, Calif- The Stockton Heat proved why they are the top offensive team in the AHL this season. They exploded for five goals in the second period, including a hat trick from Alan Quine, en route to a 8-1 blowout victory over the San Jose Barracuda on Friday afternoon at SAP Center.

Stockton snapped their two-game losing streak and have won the first five meetings against their NorCal rival. For the ‘Cuda they have lost four of their last five games.

Stockton (18-5-2-3) drew first blood late in the first period when Quine stuffed home a puck that pinballed out in front of the crease past Cuda goalie Josef Korenar for his fourth goal of the season at the 16:02 mark. Glenn Gawdin and former ‘Cuda forward Buddy Robinson received helpers on the goal.

Despite controlling play for the most of the opening 20 minutes and outshooting Stockton 7-4, San Jose (10-15-0-2) found itself down 1-0 as they headed into the first intermission.

The Heat doubled their lead early in the second period. Corey Schueneman fired on net that Korenar made the initial save but the rebound jumped out to Quine all alone and he buried home the rebound for his second goal of the game and his fifth of the season at the 5:45 mark.

Stockton scored their third unanswered goal just under two minutes later. Zac Leslie found Matthew Phillips down low and he chipped it over the pad of Korenar for his team leading 14th goal of the season at the 7:21 mark.

Quine completed the hat trick when Robinson set him up on a 2-on-1 rush where the former sixth round pick of the Calgary Flames fired a one-time past Korenar for his sixth goal of the season at the 11:20 mark. Quines has scores in three straight games against San Jose.

The goal ended the afternoon for Kornear who gave up four goals on just 12 shots in 31:20. Andrew Shortridge replaced Korenar between the pipes.

The Heat kept their foot on the gas pedal when Leslie sent an outlet pass up the ice that led to a breakaway for Gawdin.  Gawdin skated in and beat Shortridge with a wrist shot over the glove on the short side for his 10th goal of the season at the 14:11 mark. It was the first shot Shortridge faced after replacing Korenar.

Stockton made it 6-0 right before the end of the middle frame when Phillips set up Austin Czarnick and he snapped a wrist shot past Shortridge for his third goal of the season at the 18:05 mark.

The Heat continued their dominance in the third period when Quine returned the favor when he fed Schueneman from the point and he blasted a low slapshot past Shortridge for his first goal of the season at the season at the 3:50 mark. Quine ended the afternoon with a five-point game. (3G,2A).

San Jose spoiled the shutout bid for Heat goalie Jon Gillies on the power play. Maxim Letunov fed a pass over to Sasha Chmelevski and he fired a wrist shot to the farside under the cross bar past Gillies for his fourth goal of the season at the 10:58 mark.

The Heat concluded the scoring when Gawdin led a 2-on-1 break and fed a pass over to Robinson and he joined the goal scoring party when he buried a shot past Shortridge for his 13th goal of the season at the 12:48 mark.

Gillies made 25 saves on 26 shots for his seventh win of the season. He is 3-0 versus the ‘Cuda this season. Shortridge made three saves on seven shots in mop-up duty.

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

Captain John McCarthy announced his retirement from the game of the hockey earlier in the morning due to a medical condition. He will be joining the ‘Cuda coaching staff immediately and will join co-head coaches Jimmy Bonneau and Michael Chiasson on the bench during games. McCarthy, 33, holds all major Barracuda records including games played (275), goals (62), assists (76), points (138) power play goals (17) and short-handed goals (5).

Forward Joel Kellman was called up by the San Jose Sharks. Forward Noah Gregor and defenseman Jacob Middleton were reassigned back to the Barracuda.

Quine now has five career hat tricks. He is the first player to have five points against the ‘Cuda this season.

Leslie had four assists in the game.

Joachim Blichfeld had his five-game point streak snapped.

The announced attendance was 3,036.

UP NEXT: The Barracuda host the Bakersfield Condors on Sunday 12/29 at 5:00pm at SAP Center.