San Jose Barracuda podcast with Marko Ukalovic: Barracuda took early lead; Knights just too good catch up and win

The San Jose Barracuda forward Alex True (70) and the Henerson Silver Knights forward Jonas Rondbjerg (46) face off on Sat Mar 20, 2021at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas (@sjbarracuda photo)

On the Barracuda podcast with Marko:

#1 The Barracuda (6-4-4-0) win on Wednesday to the Bakersfield Condors (9-6-0-0) 4-3 was a close contest it might have been a different outcome if not for the fine goaltending of Josef Korenar who stopped 37 shots.

#2 The Barracuda led in the first period but it got away in Saturday afternoon’s game against the Henderson Silver Knights (12-2-0-0).

#3 The Barracuda’s Alex True extended his point streak to five games after scoring with just one second left in the first period.

#4 Marko, talk about Maxim Letunov who hadn’t score in five games but found the back end of the net in the first period

#5 The Barracuda lost today by three points 5-2 have another shot at the Knights on Sunday at noon another matinee what will the Barracuda need to work on most their offense or defense against a very talented Knights team.

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San Jose Barracuda podcast with Marko Ukalovic: Barracuda look to improve their game against the Reign; Ontario beats SJ twice already

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On the SJ Barracuda podcast with Marko:

#1 The Ontario Reign scored three first period goals in their win over the San Jose Barracuda at SAP Center on Saturday.

#2 Josef Korenar, the Barracuda goalie, recorded his second loss of the season facing three goals on 17 shots.

#3 The Cuda’s Carl Grunstrom and Tobias Bjorn each scored goals in their AHL debuts.

#4 Nick DeSimone collected his first goal of the season and the Barracuda goal of the first period.

#5 The Barracuda open up the first of two games on Friday against the Colorado Eagles to be played in Colorado.

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Barracuda douse the Heat with 6-4 victory

@sjbarracuda: The San Jose Barracuda Maxim Letunov (84) puts one on net against Stockton Heat goalie Nick Schneider (30) Saturday night at Stockton Arena 

by Marko Ukalovic

The San Jose Barracuda started off a quick and never looked back as they scored three first period goals en route to a 6-4 victory over their Nor Cal rival the Stockton Heat on Saturday evening at the Stockton Arena. The win snapped the Cuda’s four-game losing streak on the road.

Alex True and San Jose (12-3-1-2) drew first blood before the game was even two minutes old. True scored his fourth goal of the season at the 1:25 mark of the first period, putting the puck past Heat goalie Nick Schneider’s five-hole (6-2-0). Cavan Fitzgerald and Francis Perron received assists.

The Cuda would double their lead 50 seconds later when Maxim Letunov
threaded a pass from the right wing to Manny Weiderer, who stood atop the crease on the near swiped it in to give San Jose a 2-0 lead. Weiderer’s fifth goal of the season came at the 2:15 mark. Jeremy Roy also received the secondary assist. 

Captain John McCarthy concluded the three unanswered goals by San Jose in the first period as he scored his scored fourth goal of the season tipping in a shot by Fitzgerald at the 16:46 mark. It marked Fitzgerald’s second assist on the night. Rourke Chartier also received the secondary assist.

In the second period, Stockton (11-11-1-0) would break through early on when Glenn Gawdin’s initial shot was stopped by Cuda’s goalie Antoine Bibeau (5-2-2) but Matthew Phillips jammed in the loose rebound for his fifth goal of the season at the 2:21 mark. Dillon Dube received the secondary assist.

In what would be the turning point in the game, San Jose regained their three-goal lead when Jeffery Truchon-Viel spun in a puck in from close range at the 4:01 mark.

San Jose extended their lead to 5-1 after Jayden Halbgewachs received a pass wide open in the slot from True and buried it past Schneider for his sixth goal of the season at the 6:24 mark. The goal snapped a seven-game goaless drought for Halbgewachs.

Schneider’s was sent to the showers right after allowing five goals on only 14 shots. Jon Gillies came in mop-up duty for the rest of the game.

Spencer Foo scored the first of his two goals on the night when Alan Quine fed a pass to over to a wide-open Foo on the back door, who swept it past Bibeau for his seventh goal of the season at the 8:56 mark.

In the third period, Stockton made it 5-3 early into the final frame. Scott Sabourin snapped a shot past Bibeau into the short side of the goal for his second goal on the season at the 3:06 mark.

Chartier then finished off the scoring for the Cuda with an empty-netter at the 17:32 mark. Dylan Gambrell and Bibeau were credited with assists.

Foo completed the scoring with his eight goal and second of the evening to make the score look respectable with 49 seconds left in the contest but it was too little, too late for Stockton, who are 1-5 against the Cuda on the season.

Bibeau earned the victory after stopping 26 of 30 Stockton shots, while Schneider suffered the loss and Gillies (4-7-1) took a no-decision after stopping all 12 shots he faced in 32 minutes and 35 seconds of work.

GAME NOTES: San Jose was 0/3 on the power play. Stockton was 0/1.

With the victory, it was San Jose’s third straight against the Heat and improved their record at Stockton Arena to 3-0 on the season. The win also placed San Jose atop the AHL with a .750 winning percentage

The announced attendance was 3,080.

UP NEXT: The Barracuda return home on Monday, Dec. 3 to host the San Diego Gulls at 7:00 pm at SAP Center.

Bigger than AHL hockey: Barracuda fight for the City of San Jose

Photo credit: @sjbarracuda

By: Ana Kieu

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The San Jose Barracuda didn’t just skate onto the ice at SAP Center on Friday night. Sure, the Barracuda were ready to wrap up their two-game season series versus the San Antonio Rampage after San Jose topped San Antonio 2-1 at AT&T Center last Friday, but this team was more than high-caliber goaltending and red-hot rookies who took the ice by storm. The Barracuda were ready to honor not only the cancer fighters and survivors in their lives, but also anyone else who has been coping with the disheartening disease in the City of San Jose.

The Barracuda wore custom decals that said “Hockey Fights Cancer.” The decals were easy on the eyes, as they were in a shade of lavender, and they definitely served a purpose. And, while the Barracuda players may not hail from California or even the West Coast, they all had one thing on their mind–Barracuda can bite cancer.

As usual, the Barracuda players prepared for the game versus the Rampage with their exercise bikes and soccer drills on the first floor of the SAP Center. The Barracuda were all smiles as they did those two things, which was a good thing as it’s important to stretch before a game to avoid potentially painful injuries.

Barracuda fans in attendance enjoyed the team’s happy hour featuring $2 beers and $1 hot dogs, which were unusual prices to see in today’s hockey games at arenas across the country. But they enjoyed those very low prices and that’s all that matters.

The Barracuda prepared to beat the Rampage again. San Jose is 11-5-2-1 all-time against San Antonio and 6-2-1-0 at SAP Center. Hopefully, San Jose’s hard work will pay off.

The San Jose Barracuda Demolish the Stockton Heat, win 7-1.

by Jerry Feitelberg

photo credit: San Jose Barracuda

SAN JOSE–The San Jose Barracuda routed the Stockton Heat Tuesday night at the SAP Center. The Barracuda dominated play all night long and continued their mastery over the Heat. The final score was 7-1.The Barracuda own a 7-0-1-1 record against Stockton and have three more games with them before the end of the season. The Barracuda’s record improves to 24-18-6-3 while Stockton drops to 23-22-1-2.

The San Jose Barracuda played a  strong first period against the Stockton Heat. The Barracuda took a 1-0 lead with less than three minutes played in the first period. Captain Bryan Lerg scored his fourteenth goal of the year. The puck went behind the net, and a Lerg received a great pass from Barclay Goodrow. Lerg was in the slot, and he blasted it by Heat goalie Kevin Poulin for the score. Goodrow and John McCarthy assisted. The Barracuda added a second goal at the 7:03 mark of the first period. The Barracuda was on a power play, and left-winger John McCarthy scored on a rebound. Assists went to Lerg and Joakim Ryan. The Barracuda had two more power plays in the period, but they could not score. They attacked the net, but the Heat goalie kept them off the board. The Barracuda had an 11-5 advantage in the shots on goal department. San Jose in the lead 2-0 after one period.

The Barracuda continued to play well in the second period. They scored two goals in the period to take a 4-0 lead until late in the period when the Heat scored to make it a 4-1 game. The Barracuda’s Jeremy Langlois scored a shorthanded goal with 5:49 played to give the ‘Cuda a 3-0 advantage. Langlois streaked down the right side of the rink then cut in front of Poulin and beat him with a wicked backhanded shot. The assist went to Michael Healy.Nikolai Goldobin made it 4-0 when he scored on a five on three man advantage. Defenseman Karl Stollery made a great pass from behind the net to set up the goal for Goldobin. It was the twelfth tally of the year for the twenty-year-old rookie, who was the first draft choice of the San Jose Sharks. Assists went to Stollery and Lerg. Lerg has a goal and two assists so far. The Heat’s Hunter Shinkaruk scored on a power play with just 3:14 left in the period. It was his first goal of the year as a member of the Heat and his twenty-second of the season.

The Barracuda’s Nikolai Goldobin scored his second goal of the night with 9:05 played in the third period. The Barracuda were on a power play and were forcing play in front of the Heat’s net. Poulin blocked a couple of shots but the rebound found its way to Goldobin’s stick, and he put it in for the score.The Barracuda scored their sixth goal of the night when Michael Haley beat Poulin for the score. Karl Stollery made a great pass to Haley, who was in perfect position in front of the net. The blowout continued when Ryan Carpenter scored the Barracuda’s seventh goal of the game.The goal came with a little over three minutes left to play.

Attendance wasn’t announced but it was a very sparse crowd.