San Jose Barracuda podcast with Marko Ukalovic: Cuda look for second straight win host Colorado Wednesday night

The San Jose Sharks have recalled the Barracuda’s Jayden Halbgewachs and will be joining the Sharks tonight against the Seattle Karken at SAP Center in San Jose (photo by the San Jose Barracuda)

On the SJ Barracuda podcast with Marko:

#1 The San Jose Barracuda (7-11-1-0) who were coming off a loss on Saturday turned things around on Sunday with a 5-2 three goal win over the Abbotsford Canucks (5-2)

‘#2 Barracuda goalie Alexi Melnichuk was key on Sunday against the visiting Canucks stopping 17 shots in their three goal win.

#3 Undrafted rookie Nick Cicek scored his first goal in 13 games on Sunday, Cicek leads the Barracuda defenseman in goals scored with 11 and got his second multi goal game of the season.

#4 Head coach Roy Sommer had to be excited about the Barracuda getting that first shorthanded goal of the season scored by Evan Wienger in the second period on a four on five play.

#5 Marko, talk a little about Jayden Halbgewachs who was recalled by the Sharks on Monday. He certainly earned his wing for the call up.

#6 The Barracuda conclude their three game homestand with the visiting Colorado Eagles on Wednesday night at SAP Center as the Barracuda look for their second straight win.

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San Jose Barracuda podcast with Marko Ukalovic: Cuda relieved loss streak ended; Prepare for Colorado Wed night at SAP

The San Jose Barracuda Jayden Halbgewachs (89) has been recalled by the San Jose Sharks on Mon Dec 13, 2021 (photo by the San Jose Barracuda)

On the Barracuda podcast with Marko:

#1 Marko a big comeback for the San Jose Barracuda (7-11-1-0) with a three goal 5-2 win over the visiting Abbotsford Canucks (8-8-2-0) on Sunday at SAP Center in San Jose to end their three game losing streak.

#2 San Jose goaltender Alexi Melnichuk is now 2-0 against the Canucks with 17 saves allowing two goals, Melnichuk was winless in his last two meetings against the Canucks.

#3 Scoring his second multi point game of the 2021-22 season Nick Cicek scored his first goal in 13 games he also had an assist. Cicek is an undrafted rookie for the Barracuda.

#4 Head coach Roy Sommer had to be excited that the Cuda finally got their first shorthanded goal of the season when Evan Weinger scored in the first period on a four on five.

#5 Marko, talk about Jayden Halbgewachs who was recalled by the Sharks on Monday and will join the team Tuesday night when the Sharks host the Seattle Kraken at SAP Center.

#6 The Barracuda conclude their three game homestand with the Colorado Eagles on Wed Dec 15 at 7:00 PM PST at SAP Center.

Marko does the Barracuda podcasts on Tuesdays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Barracuda power past Canucks 5-2, snap losing streak

San Jose Barracuda get a three goal win over the visiting Abbotsford Canucks at SAP Center in San Jose on Sun Dec 12, 2021 (image by San Jose Barracuda)

by Marko Ukalovic

SAN JOSE —Special teams hadn’t been so special for the San Jose Barracuda lately.

The ‘Cuda scored three power play goals and one short-handed en route to a 5-2 victory over the Abbotsford Canucks on Sunday afternoon at SAP Center.

San Jose snapped its three-game losing streak in a much-needed win. Abbotsford had its three-game winning streak snapped.

“It’s been stressful back there to be honest with you,” said ‘Cuda head coach Roy Sommer on his team ending their losing streak. “Because we had been giving up so many goals (in the past six games). Tonight, I thought we played really well. I thought we came out of our own end really good.”

The Barracuda (7-11-1-0) drew first blood early in the first period. Joel Kellman sent a pass back up to the right point over to Nick Cicek. The ‘Cuda defenseman blasted a shot past Canucks goalie Michael DiPierto for his second goal of the season at the 3:37 mark. Joachim Blichfeld picked up the secondary assist.

Abbotsford (8-8-2-1) responded with an even strength goal halfway through the opening frame. Phil Di Giuseppe found Vincent Arseneau all alone in front of the crease and his backhander beat ‘Cuda goalie Alexei Melnichuk for his third goal of the season at the 10:05 mark.

All of Arseneau’s goals have been against San Jose.

San Jose answered back with its first power play goal of the game almost two minutes later. Ryan Merkley found Scott Reedy down low at the left faceoff circle. Reedy sent a knuckleball of a shot that trickled underneath DiPierto for his team leading 10th goal of the season at the 11:55 mark. fifth power play goal at 11:55 mark.

Reedy leads the AHL in power play goals with five on the season.

Abbotsford opened up the second period scoring on the power play that was continued from the first period. Cameron Schilling’s shot from the left point was tipped past Melnichuk by Justin Bailey for his fifth goal of the season 45 seconds into the period.

San Jose scored its second power play goal of the game six minutes later. Blichfeld fired a shot from the left slot and the rebound was cleaned up by Sasha Cmelevski for his third goal of the season at the 6:54 mark.

Chmelevski has scored two goals in three games.

The Barracuda turned the tied on the penalty kill 61 seconds later. Kellman sprung Evan Weinger with a pass in the neutral zone. Weinger skated in on net chipped in a shot past DiPierto while being tripped down to the ice set for his fourth goal of the season at the 7:55 mark.

It was the ‘Cuda’s first short-handed goal of the season.

“Special teams was a big part of the win. We did give up a penalty kill goal, but overall, special teams won us the game,” Sommer said.

That ended the night for DiPierto as Canucks head coach Trent Cull yanked his starting goalie and replaced him with Arturs Silovs. DiPierto finished with 14 saves on 18 shots.

San Jose iced the game with its third power play goal late in the third period. Evander Kane, who played in his second game with the Barracuda, sent a shot off Scott Reedy outside of the crease. Reedy made a touch pass over to Jayden Halbgewachs who one-timed a wrist shot past Silovs for his seventh goal of the season at the 15:05 mark.

Kane, with the secondary assist, picked up his first point as a member of the Barracuda.

Melnichuk stopped 17 of the 19 shots he faced to earn the victory. Silovs made six saves on seven shots in mop-up duty.

GAME NOTES: San Jose finished 3-for-6 on the power play. Abbotsford was 1-for-5.

San Jose is now 5-1-1 when they score the first goal of the game.

The Three Stars of the Game were: 1) Kellman 2) Blichfeld 3) Cicek

UP NEXT: The Barracuda conclude its three-game homestand when they host the Colorado Eagles on Wednesday at 7:00pm at SAP Center.

Kane makes his AHL debut in Barracuda’s 5-1 loss to Canucks

Evander Kane played his first game as a San Jose Barracuda on Sat Dec 11, 2021 against the Abbotsford Canucks at SAP Center in San Jose (Bay Area News Group photo)

by Marko Ukalovic

SAN JOSE—This wasn’t just any typical AHL debut.

Evander Kane played in his first ever AHL game as the San Jose Barracuda loss 5-1 to the Abbotsford Canucks on Saturday afternoon at SAP Center.

San Jose have lost two games in a row and seven out of their past eight. Abbotsford have won three out of its past four games.

Kane, the embattled forward trying to make his back to the NHL, was on the ‘Cuda’s third line with Joel Kellman and Joachim Blichfeld.

“It was nice to get back out there and get the juices flowing,” said Kane after the game. “There’s some adjustments you need to make and how you read the play a little bit. But yeah, it was a good first game.”

Barracuda head coach Roy Sommer appreciated the effort by Kane in his first game in 213 days.

“For a guy who hasn’t been in a game in seven months, I thought he was pretty good. I thought his effort was there, he didn’t cheat us that way, (he) finished some hits. But it was his first game,” Sommer said.

Abbotsford (8-7-2-1) drew first blood on the power play early in the first period. Cameron Schilling found Sheldon Rempal along the right slot and Rempal snapped home a wrist shot past ‘Cuda goalie Zachary Sawchenko for his sixth goal of the season at the 5:38 mark.

The Canucks doubled its lead just over two minutes later. Madison Bowey sent a home run pass up the ice to Vincent Arseneau who skated in from the right wing and wired a wrist shot past Sawchenko for his second goal of the season at the 7:53 mark.

Both of Arseneau’s goals have come against San Jose this season.

Abbotsford scored its third unanswered goal of the period on an odd man rush. Nic Petan dished the puck over to Phil Di Giuseppe who slid a backhander past Sawchenko for his fifth goal of the season at the 14:48 mark.

Di Giuseppe leads the Canucks in points against the Barracuda this season with seven (4G, 3A).

The Canucks made it 4-0 just 23 seconds into the second period. Justin Bailey got around the ‘Cuda defense off a pass off the boards, skated in and beat Sawchenko with a point-blank shot for his fourth goal of the season. Danila Klimovich and Jet Woo were credited with the assists.

San Jose (6-11-1-0) finally answered back when Adam Raska was able to skate around the Canucks defense from the left wing and his shot deflected off a Canucks skate into the back of the net for his career AHL goal at the 7:32 mark. Jeffery Viel received the primary assist on Raska’s goal.

The goal set off a fleury of stuffed animals thrown onto the ice as it was the annual Teddy Bear Toss Night by the Barracuda.

The Barracuda outshot the Canucks 9-5 in the middle frame.

Abbotsford regained their four-goal lead early in the third period. A shot from the point by Bowey pinballed around the crease and a crashing Tristen Nielsen cleaned up the rebound for his second goal of the season at the 2:58 mark.

That ended the afternoon for Sawchenko as Sommer replaced him with Alexei Melnichuk. Sawchenko finished with 12 saves on 17 shots in 41:21 of ice time.

San Jose has given up four goals or more in six straight games and defensively the team’s confidence has been shaken during the past eight games.

“Right now, we’re kind of fragile. You can see it on the bench. When we get scored on everyone on the bench is like ‘oh man’,” said Sommer.

Canucks goalie Spencer Martin finished the game stopping 27 of the 28 shots he faced to earn the victory. Melnichuk was a perfect six for six coming in relief for Sawchenko in the third period.

GAME NOTES: San Jose finished 0-for-4 on the power play. Abbotsford was 1-for-2.

San Jose dropped to 2-5-1 at home and are 0-3 in playing afternoon games.

The Three Stars of the Game were: 1) Rempal 2) Petan 3) Raska

UP NEXT: San Jose continues their three game homestand on Sunday 12/5 as they host the Abbotsford Canucks at 4:00pm at SAP Center.

Canucks shoot down Barracuda 5-2

Scoreboard is a real read em and weep as the San Jose Barracuda are defeated by the Abbotsford Canucks at Abbotsford Centre on Sun Dec 5, 2021 (image by San Jose Barracuda)

by Marko Ukalovic

The Abbotsford Canucks used a three-goal third period to defeat the San Jose Barracuda 5-2 on Sunday evening at Abbotsford Centre.

San Jose have lost five of its past six games as they anchor the basement in the Pacific Division with 13 points. Abbotsford have won three of its last four games.

Abbotsford (7-7-2-1) drew first blood on the power play halfway through the first period. Sheldon Rempal fed a cross rink pass over to Nick Petan who lasered in a wrist shot past ‘Cuda goalie Zachary Sawchenko for his fifth goal of the season at the 10:05 mark of first period.

San Jose (6-9-1-0) had an immediate answer 30 seconds later. Sasha Chmelevski sent a shot in from the left slot that deflected off the stick of Austin Shautner past Canucks goalie Spencer Martin for his second goal of the season at the 10:35 mark.

The Canucks gained its first lead of the game late in the opening frame. Tristen Nielsen rushed up the ice and centered a pass over to Jarid Lukosevicius who buried a wrist shot from close range past Sawchenko for his fourth goal of the season at the 17:32 mark.

The second period featured a scoreless frame. San Jose two power play chances in the middle frame but weren’t able to cash in on both opportunities. The Barracuda’s league worst penalty kill did kill off the only chance Abbotsford had in the period.

The Barracuda evened the scored early in the third period. Scott Reedy dangled through two Canucks defenders along the left board. Reed found Ryan Merkley along the right point and the second-year defenseman sent a wrist shot that sneaked past Martin for his first goal of the season at the 1:23 mark.

Reedy extended his points streak to six games.

Abbotsford answered back 36 seconds later to regain the lead. Madison Bowey fluttered a puck on net that Sawchenko wasn’t able to handle cleanly as the rebound trickled past him to the left and Sheldon Dries cleaned up the rebound for his 11th goal of the season at the 1:59 mark.

The Canuks received an insurance goal late in the final frame. John Stevens sent a pass back up to the point and Noah Juulsen who floated a wrist shot that hit off the leg of a Barracuda defender and past Sawchenko for Juulsen’s first goal in a Canucks uniform at the 14:52 mark. It was Juulsen’s first goal since 2017.

Dries completed the scoring with his second goal of the game with an empty netter at the 19:13 mark.

Martin (2-0-1) finished the game with 23 on 25 shots to earn his second victory on just his third appearance. Sawchenko (3-3-0) made 29 saves on 33 shots in the losing effort.

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

The Three Stars of the Game were: 1) Lukosevicius 2) Martin 3) Juulsen

UP NEXT: San Jose closes out its three-game road trip in Stockton as they take on the Heat on Tuesday 12/7 at 7:00pm at Stockton Arena.

Blichfeld’s third period heroics lead Barracuda to 6-4 win over Canucks

San Jose Barracuda chalk up their first win of this brief two game series against the Abbotsford Canucks at Abbotsford Centre on Sat Dec 4, 2021 (photo by San Jose Barracuda)

by Marko Ukalovic

ABBOTSFORD, B.C.—Joachim Blichfeld is catching fire at the right time.

The Danish forward scored two goals, including the game winner, in the third period to propel the San Jose Barracuda to a come from behind 6-4 victory over the Abbotsford Canucks on Saturday evening at Abbotsford Centre.

Cole Moberg sent a shot off the boards and Blichfeld collected the puck and performed a spinning wrist shot that beat Canucks goalie Michael DiPierto up high for his seventh goal of the season with exactly four minutes left in the third period which proved to be the game winner.

Blichfeld has six goals in his last six games, including back-to-back games with multi goals.

San Jose snapped its season long four-game losing streak. Abbotsford had its two-game winning streak end.

San Jose (6-8-1-0) received a shot in the arm with forward Scott Reedy back in its lineup as the Sharks sent him back down to the Barracuda after playing two games in the NHL.

The ‘Cuda drew first blood 30 seconds into the game on an odd-man rush. Nick Merkley led a two-on-one with Jayden Halbgewachs. Merkley made a cross ice pass over to Halbgewachs who buried a wrist shot on the short side past DiPierto for his sixth goal of the season. Captain Jaycob Megna received the secondary assist.

That was just the sixth time San Jose has scored the first goal of the game this season.

Abbotsford (6-7-2-1) answered back on the power play. A shot from the point by Phil Di Guiseppe bounced around the crease with traffic in front of ‘Cuda goalie Alexei Melnichuk. Will Lockwood cleaned up the rebound for his fourth goal of the season at the 2:59 mark.

Reedy helped San Jose regain the lead on the power play. Nick Merkley sent in a shot from the left wing on net. After a mad scramble in front of the crease, Reedy, who was down on the ice, poked the puck underneath DiPierto for his team leading ninth goal of the season.

Reedy extended his goals and points streak to five-games.

The Barracuda went up 3-1 lead just past the halfway mark of the opening frame. Ryan Merkley danced around inside the Canucks zone before finding Jacke McGrew along the right wing. McGrew skated in and wired a wrist shot to the far side for his third goal of the season at the 10:44 mark.

Once again, the Canucks answered back on the power play. Cameron Schilling found Di Guiseppe along the left slot and the Canucks defenseman blasted a slap shot past Melnichuk for his fourth goal of the season at the 12:22 mark.

It was the first time this season San Jose held a lead after the first period.

Abbotsford even the score with their third power play goal early in the second period. Sheldon Rempal sent a pass behind his back from down low near the crease over to Nic Petan. The Canucks center made a move inside before firing a wrist shot top shelf past Melnichuk for his fourth goal of the season at the 1:54 mark.

The Barracuda came into the game with the worst penalty kill in the AHL. It is the seventh game this season they have given up multiple power play goals in a game.

San Jose thought they had their third lead of the game. Montana Onyebuchi sent a slap shot from the right point that hit off the post. Blichfeld’s second attempt had him banked the puck off the back off into the back of the net. After video review it was determined no goal.

Abbotsford took advantage of the break as they scored their third unanswered goal. Jack Rathbone received a cross ice pass at the left point, he skated in and sent a seeing-eyed wrist shot through the five-hole of Melnichuk for his first goal of the season at the 5:56 mark.

That ended the night for Melnichuk as ‘Cuda head coach Roy Sommer replaced Melnichuk with Zachary Sawchenko. Melnichuk gave up four goals on just 15 shots in 25:56 of action.

San Jose evened the score with an even strength goal halfway through the third period. Sasha Chmelevski centered a backhand pass from behind the net over to Blichfeld whose one-timer to the far post beat DiPierto for his first goal of the game and sixth goal of the season at the 10:48 mark.

Evan Weinger scored an empty netter to seal the game with 30 seconds left in the game. His third goal of the season snapped a five-game goal less draught.

Sawchenko stopped all 10 shots he faced in relief to earn the victory. DiPierto made 26 saves on 31 shots in the losing effort.

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

The Three Stars of the Game were: 1) Blichfeld 2) Lockwood 3) Di Guiseppe.

Reedy, despite his time up for the parent club, leads the AHL with five power play goal and is first in the league in shooting percentage.

San Jose had its fourth come from behind victory of the season.

The Canucks are now (5-2-1-1) on home ice.

Onyebuchi and Vincent Arseneau had long, spirited fight in the first period.

The Canucks had its first annual Teddy Bear Toss night.

UP NEXT: Both teams conclude their two-game series on Sunday 12/5 at 4:00pm at Abbotsford Centre.

San Jose Barracuda podcast with Marko Ukalovic: Kane joins Cuda will showcase to increase his trade value

Evander Kane returns to the ice with the San Jose Sharks AHL affiliate the San Jose Barracuda after serving a suspension he’s seen in this May 12, 2021 file photo skating for the Sharks (AP file photo)

On the Barracuda podcast with Marko:

#1 After clearing waivers on Monday forward Evander Kane will be skating with the San Jose Barracuda in their next game in Abbotsford on Friday night. Kane cleared waivers and is of the understanding his being in the AHL is to increase his chances of joining a future NHL team question is after what he’s been through and accused of will teams be on the take or just stay away?

#2 There is no doubt Kane could help the Barracuda for the balance of the season if he does not get picked up no matter how well he does with the Cuda could you see him coming back to the Sharks?

#3 Marko the San Jose Barracuda (5-8-1-0) had a scheduled game in Ontario against the Ontario Reign (11-2-0-1) on Saturday only to have the game postponed due to a malfunction in the ice making equipment at Toyota Arena.

#4 The Reign are on such a hot streak that having a ice melt down at the Toyota Center might have given the Barracuda a break in more ways than one.

#5 Marko for the Barracuda who are in last place in the AHL Pacific Division they lost all four of their home at home series with the San Diego Gulls most recently last Fri Nov 26 in San Diego 4-2.

#6 Marko, the Barracuda were only able to score twice on Friday night getting goal in each of the second and third periods and fell short 4-2 to the Gulls. How dire is their offense in terms of just keeping up with the opponents right now.

#5 It’s back up to Abbottsford as the Barracuda split a two game series with the Canucks (4-6-2-1) the last visit on Fri Nov 12 losing 7-1 and getting a win Sun Nov 14 in a shootout 3-2.

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San Jose Barracuda podcast with Marko Ukalovic: Both Barracuda and Canucks battled to the very end Sunday night

The San Jose Sharks Sasha Chemelvski who scored the game winning goal in the shootout against the Abbotsford Canucks on Sun Nov 14, 2021 (file photo by nhl.com)

On the Barracuda podcast with Marko:

#1 The San Jose Barracuda (4-4-1-0) just edged the Abbotsford Canucks (4-4-2-0) 3-2 in a shootout win when the Barracuda’s Sasha Chemelvski scored on Canucks goaltender Michael DiPietro.

#2 Chmelevski scored the game winning goal in the shootout stanza it had to be something special to get the game winner.

#3 Marko to give you an idea how close this contest was the Barracuda and Canucks didn’t score a goal in the overtime stanza and no one was giving in in this tight contest.

#4 The Barracuda were coming off a 7-1 blow out the previous night Friday as the Barracuda goalie Alexi Melnichuk started and gave up four goals and Zachary Emond later came in and gave up three goals on five shots he faced in six minutes. Last night in game 2 of the series the Barracuda had Alexi Melnichuk in net who faced 22 shots and allowed two goals.

#5 Marko, the Barracuda return back to SAP Center on Wed Nov 17th to host the Bakersfield Condors (6-4-1-1) who are in third in the Pacific Division. The Cuda would like to continue with a second straight win tell us how you see this match up on Wednesday night.

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Barracuda split series with Canucks in 3-2 shootout win

The Abbotsford Canucks right winger Damila Klimovich (46) puts one on net against the San Jose Barracuda goaltender Alexi Melnichuk (1) who makes a save on Sun Nov 14, 2021 in Abbotsford BC (photo by the Abbotsford Canucks)

by Marko Ukalovic

ABBOTSFORD, British Colombia—Sasha Chemlevski scored the lone goal in the shootout as the San Jose Barracuda beat the Abbotsford Canucks 3-2 on Sunday afternoon at Abbotsford Centre.

San Jose split the two-game series with their newest Pacific Division rival in the first ever series between the two squads. The Vancouver Canucks moved its AHL team from Utica, New York to the border town 45 miles south of Vancouver.

A scoreless first period saw the Barracuda out shoot the Canucks 10-5 in the opening frame. Both goalies were on their game early on as both Alexei Melnichuk and Michael Dipierto were perfect.

Abbotsford (4-4-2-1) drew first blood early in the second period. Will Lockwood knocked Artemi Kniazev off the puck off from behind the net. Lockwood centered the puck out in front to Chase Wouters who buried the puck past Melnichuk for his first career AHL goal at the 3:35 mark.

San Jose (4-4-1-0) answered back just over a minute later. Zachary Gallant skated out to the point from behind the net and he sent a shot on net that pinballed off of DiPierto over to Evan Weinger who punched home the puck in the crease for his second goal of the season at the 4:52 mark.

Weinger has two goals in his past three games.

Abbotsford regained the lead late in the middle frame. Cameron Shilling sent a shot in on net from the left point that Melnichuk wasn’t able to handle and a crashing Jaris Lukosevicius cleaned up the rebound for his second goal of the season at the 15:38 mark.

The Barracuda scored the equalizer in early in the third period. Ryan Merkley found Noah Gregor with a pass at center ice. Gregor skated into the Canucks zone and fired a rolling puck top-shelf past DiPierto for his co-team lead fourth goal of the season at the 7:47 mark.

With the goal, Gregor has a career high six-game point streak for the ‘Cuda.

San Jose had the ice tilted in their favor in the third period as they out shot Abbotsford 12-1.

Not many scoring chances were generated in the overtime period as there were only a combined four shots on goal.

Melnichuk finished the game 20 saves on 22 shots to earn his third victory of the season. DiPierto made 37 saves on 39 shots in the losing effort.

Each goaltender was brilliant in the shootout as nine straight shooters failed to score until Chmelevski’s heroics ended the game.

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

The Stars of the Game were: 1) Gregor 2) DiPierto 3) Wouters.

UP NEXT: The Barracuda return home to start a three-game homestand on Wednesday 11/17 as they host the Bakersfield Condors at 7:00pm at SAP Center.

Canucks route Barracuda 7-1

It was quite an introduction for the San Jose Barracuda meeting the Abbotsford Canucks for the first time on Fri Nov 12, 2021 at Abbotsford Centre as goaltender Alexi Melnichuk was later pulled for Zachary Emond (35) (photo by sjbarracuda.com)

by Marko Ukalovic

ABBOTSFORD, British Colombia—The Abbotsford Canucks had their way with the San Jose Barracuda in a 7-1 victory on Friday evening at Abbotsford Centre in the first ever meeting between the two clubs.

The Vancouver Canucks moved their AHL team from Utica, New York to Abbotsford, British Colombia for the 2021-22 season. Abbotsford is right on the Canadian-US border, south of Vancouver.

Abbotsford took control of the game with three unanswered goals in the first period.

Sheldon Rampal opened the scoring with a power play goal just under two minutes into the first period. Nic Petan and Phil Di Giuseppe set up Rampal’s second goal of the season at the 1:57 mark.

It didn’t take long for the Canucks to double its lead. 64 seconds later Jet Woo scored his first goal of the season at the 3:01 mark. Di Giuseppe earned his second point in three minutes with his primary assist on Woo’s goal.

Abbotsford (4-4-2-0) scored their third unanswered goal of the period exactly three minutes later when Woo set up Will Lockwood who beat ‘Cuda goalie Alexei Melnichuk with a shot for his first goal of the season at the 6:01 mark.

San Jose (3-4-1-0) scored its only goal of the game on the power play late in the opening frame on the power play. Jayden Halbgewachs set up Scott Reedy who beat Canuck’s goalie Michael DiPierto with a shot for his fourth goal of the season at the 18:13 mark.

Abottsford scored the lone goal of the second period with its second power play goal late in the second period. Woo set up Vincent Arseneau who put the puck past Melnichuk for his first goal of the season at the 18:23 mark.

Despite outshooting the Canucks 10-6 in the middle frame, the Barracuda were down three goals entering the third period.

The Canucks made the game a laugher in the third period with three more goals to seal the game.

Zachary Emond replaced Melnichuk to start the third period. Melnichuk finished 17 saves on 21 shots as ‘Cuda head coach Roy Sommer looked to change things up in the final frame.

Sheldon Dries, who finished with four points in the game, scored an unassisted goal at the 1:08 mark for his sixth goal of the season.

Just over four minutes later, Rampal scored his second goal of the contest and third of the season at the 5:13 mark.

Adam Brubacher closed out the scoring for Abbotsford with his first goal of the season at the 14:40 mark.

Di Giuseppe finished with four assists on the night and Woo had a three-point night with one goal and two assists.

Di Pierto finished the evening stopping 28 of the 29 shots he faced to earn his fourth victory of the season. Emond made two saves on five shots in mop up duty for the ‘Cuda.

GAME NOTES: San Jose finished 1-for-9 on the power play. Abbotsford was 2-for-4.

UP NEXT: San Jose concludes its two-game series with Abbotsford on Sunday 11/14 at 4:00pm at Abbotsford Centre.