San Jose Barracuda podcast with Marko Ukalovic: Barracuda go after second straight win tonight against Reign at SAP Center

San Jose Barracuda podcast with Marko Ukalovic:

#1 The San Jose Barracuda were behind early against the Ontario Reign 1-0 on Feb 23rd their last game before coming back and scoring three unanswered goals to take a 3-1 lead and the eventual win

#2 The Barracuda’s Jayden Halbgewachs leads the team in goals with 16th which came in the first period of Sunday’s game

#3 The Barracuda’s Jeff Viel extended his scoring streak to three games with a empty net goal against the Reign

#4 Marko talk about Lean Bergman who scored his eighth goal in the third period his third goal in his last five games

#5 The Barracuda face Ontario again this time at SAP Center the Reign will go after the Barracuda but the Cuda are looking to put two in a row together against the Reign later tonight.

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

Barracuda rule over Reign 5-2

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by Marko Ukalovic

ONTARIO, Calif- The San Jose Barracuda did a complete 180 less than 24 hours after a disappointing outing in San Diego. They used an offensive attack in where they scored three unanswered goals en route to a 5-2 victory over the Ontario Reign on Sunday afternoon at Budwiser Events Center.

San Jose split its SoCal roadtrip with a 1-1 record. They now have won three out of their last four games. Ontario have lost two in a row after wining three games in a row.

Ontario (26-20-5-1) drew first blood with under five minutes remaining in the first period. Tobias Bjornfot sent a long outlet pass to Blaine Byron who waited for a trailing Matt Luff. The Reign right-winger then blasted a shot from the beyond the faceoff circles past ‘Cuda goalie Zachary Sawchenko for his ninth goal of the season at the 15:46 mark.

San Jose (17-26-3-2) responded with the equalizer on the power play under three minutes later. Jeremy Roy picked up a rebound off a Sasha Chmelevski shot. Roy skated around the net and found an open Jayden Halbgewachs who despoisted the puck into an empty net for his team leading 16th goal of the season at the 18:24 mark.

The Barracuda dominated the second period with two goals to take a commanding 3-1 lead as they out shot the Reign 11-6.

Lukas Radil led a rush up the ice where he fed a cross ice pass over to Maxim Letunov. The Russian winger skated in a wired a wrist shot top-shelf to the right corner past Reign goalie Matt Villalta for his 12th goal of the season at the 1:16 mark of the middle frame.

Then Nikolai Knyzhov scored his first career professional goal in what turned out to be the game winning goal. Danil Yurtaykin out battled Lance Bouma along the boards before finding a trailing Knyzhov. The rookie defenseman skated in and sniped in a wrist shot from the point past Villalta at the 15:47 mark.

Ontario cut the ‘Cuda lead to one goal on the power play early in the third period. Byron fed a pass out Bjornfot at the point. Bjornfot fired a slap shot past Sawchenko, with the help of a Jaret Anderson-Dolan screen, for his fifth goal of the season at the 3:51 mark.

That would be as close as Ontario would get as San Jose scored two goals at the end of the period to seal the deal.

Chmelevski poked checked the puck away from Bouma out to Lean Bergmann from behind the net. Bergmann skated out to the right faceoff circle and snapped home a wrist shot past Villalta for his eighth goal of the season at the 17:25 mark.

Ontario pulled Villalta for an extra attacker and Halbgewachs fed an outlet pass to Jeffery Viel who scored an empty net goal from the Reign blue line for his 12th goal of the year 19 seconds later to complete the scoring.

Sawchenko (5-4-1) made 31 saves on 33 shots to earn his second-consecutive victory and fifth of the season. Villalta (8-5-2) took the loss after allowing four goals on 29 shots.

GAME NOTES: San Jose was 1/3 on the power play. Ontario was 1/5.

Viel extended his goal streak to three games and has four in that span.

Bergmann has scored three goals in his last five games.

Chmelevski with his pair of assists, recorded his sixth multi-point effort of the season.

The announced attendance was 7,961.

UP NEXT: The Barracuda return home to begin a six-game homestand as they host the Ontario Reign on Wednesday 2/26 at 7:00pm at SAP Center.

Comtois paves the way with 2 goals in Gulls 6-3 win over Barracuda

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by Marko Ukalovic

SAN DIEGO, Calif- Rookie Maxime Comtois scored two goals and added an assist as the San Diego Gulls scored four unanswered goals en route to a 6-3 victory over the San Jose Barracudaon Saturday evening at Pachenga Arena.

San Jose had its two-game winning streak snapped. They are now 3-5 against the Gulls this season. San Diego have won three games in a row and jumped ahead of Ontario for fourth place in the Pacific Divison with 59 points.

San Diego (26-17-5-2) drew first blood early in the first period. Chase De Leo fed a pass up to the point where Chris Wideman’s shot was initially saved by ‘Cuda goalie Josef Korenar. Comtois was in front of the crease when he cleaned up the rebound for his first goal of the evening and sixth of the season at the 4:32 mark.

The former second round pick of the Anaheim Ducks has scored in five straight games, setting a Gull rookie record.

The Gulls doubled their lead when Josh Mahura led 2-on-1 break with Isac Lundestrom. Mahura fed Lundestrom who made a move forehand to backhand before he slid the puck past Korenar for his fifth goal of the season at the 11:29 mark

San Diego scored their third unanswered goal of the period when Scott Moldenhauer sent a wrist shot from the point that Chris Mueller tipped past Korenar on the right side for his sixth goal of the season at the 12:46 mark.

San Jose (16-26-3-2) had three good scoring chances go awry. Maxim Letunov had two point blank chances stopped by and Jonny Brodzinski had a shot hit a post.

San Diego out shot San Jose 16-12 in the opening frame.

The Gulls picked up where the left off in the second period going up 4-0 in the first five minutes. Alex Broadhurst fed a pass over to Comtois who buried a wrist shot past Korenar top-shelf on the right side for his second goal of the game and his seventh of the season at the 5:18 mark. De Leo received the secondary assist for a multi-point game.

San Jose finally stopped the bleeding halfway through the middle frame. Danil Yurtaykin fed a pass over to Thomas Gregoire who skated in and chipped the puck over the pad of Boyle, underneath his arm, for his fifth goal of the season at the 9:50 mark. The ‘Cuda defenseman has scored two goals in his last three games. Jeremy Roy received the secondary assist.

The Barracuda cut the lead in half when a turnover by Keifer Sherwood, who failed to clear the puck out of the defensisve zone, led to Jeffery Viel who snapped a wrist shot off the body of Jani Hankapaa in front of the net that went past Boyle for Viel’s 11th goal of the season at the 11:59 mark. Viel has scored three goals in his past two games.

San Diego regained a three-goal lead on the power play with under five seconds left in the middle frame. Broadhurst fed a pass over to Sam Carrick who sniped a shot past Korenar for his team leading 20th goal of the season. Comtois received the secondary assist.

San Jose scored a power play goal with 1:44 left in the third period to cut the deficit to two goals. Lukas Radil feathered a chip pass over to Lean Bergmann who wired a shot past Boyle for his eighth goal of the season. Joachim Blichfeld received the secondary assist.

Blake Pietila iced the game with an empty net goal 22 seconds later to complete the scoring.

Boyle finished the game stopping 34 shots of the 37 shots he faced to earn his sixth victory of the season for the Gulls backup goaltender. Korenar made 29 saves on 34 shots in suffering the loss.

GAME NOTES: San Jose was 1-for-3 on the power play. San Diego was 1-for-1.

Fisticuffs! Keaton Middleton and Keegan Kanzig danced the tango in a long, spirited fight at the 7:45 mark of the second period.

San Diego had killed off 16 straight penalties before Bergmann’s power play tally. Their penalty kill is ranked sixth in the AHL.

Bergmann has scored in back-to-back games.

The announced attendance was 11,749.

UP NEXT: The Barracuda conclude their two-game roadtrip in Ontario as they take on the Reign on Sunday 2/23 at 3:00pm.

 

San Jose Barracuda podcast with Marko Ukalovic: Can Barracuda make it three in a row in San Diego?

On the San Jose Barracuda podcast with Marko:

#1 The Barracuda (16-25-3-2) jumped to an early lead in the first period which is crucial and maybe something that was lacking during their eight game losing streak.

#2 The 6-3 win on Monday over the Tucson Roadrunners (30-16-1-2) was San Jose’s second in a row after losing eight games in a row

#3 Barracuda goaltender Josef Korenar stopped 25 of 28 shots enough to stop Tucson’s offense and enough to win the game

#4 In the loss for the Roadrunners it is their fifth loss in seven games and their struggling goalie Ivan Prosvetov who stopped 28 shots but allowed five goals

#5 The Barracuda are off to San Diego next Saturday seeing the momentum the Barracuda are on can they make it three in a row?

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

Barrracuda slow down Roadrunners in 6-3 victory

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by Marko Ukalovic

SAN JOSE, Calif- The San Jose Barracuda had a nice President’s Day weekend. They jumped out to an early lead and then took control of the game in the third period to defeat the Pacific Division leading Tuscon Roadrunners 6-3 on Monday evening at SAP Center.

San Jose have won two in a row after losing eight in a row. Tucson have lost five out of their last seven games are only one point ahead of Stockton for the top spot in the Pacific Division. They finished 2-4-0-1 on their road trip.

San Jose (16-25-3-2) drew first blood 27 seconds into the game. Jonny Brodzinski started a rush out of the ‘Cuda zone. Joachim Blichfled sent a pass from center ice that sprung Jeffery Viel on a breakaway. Viel made a deke to get Roadrunners goalie Ivan Prosvetov down before depositing a backhander into the back of the net for his ninth goal of the season goal.  It was the quickest goal of the season for the Barracuda.

“I had a lot of speed and it was a nice saucer pass from Blichey (Blichfeld). (I) just faked a shot and went back in. That was a pretty nice goal and it got us going at the start of the game,” said Viel.

The Barracuda doubled their 38 seconds later. Lukas Radil centered puck out in front from behind the net into the middle of a mad scramble. Lean Bergmann and Thomas Gregoire were in the middle of the scramble trying knock in the puck when Radil recovered it just to the left of the crease and poked it past Prosvetov for his fourth goal of the season at the 1:05 mark.

“I think quick getting on the forecheck and (getting) some offensive zone time, that allows everybody to get involved in the game early. Playing with a leads helps everybody. (It) helps the D, the goaltending a little bit. It was two good games for us this weekend,” co-head coach Jimmy Bonneau said.

Tucson (30-16-1-2) cut the lead in half with under six minutes left in the opening frame. Hudson Fasching knocked down Nick DeSimone, stealing the puck from him. He skated in and wired a wrist shot past ‘Cuda goalie Josef Korenar for his 17th goal of the season at the 14:08 mark.

San Jose outshot Tucson 13-11 in the opening 20 minutes.

Tucson scored the equalizer on the power play over five minutes into the second period. Andy Miele sent a cross ice pass over to Kyle Capobianco who fed it back up to the point over to Jordan Gross. The Roadrunners defenseman fired a slapshot over the pad of Korenar for his ninth goal of the season at the 5:43 mark.

San Jose regained the lead late in the middle frame. DeSimone found Maxim Letunov, who was playing in his first game back since being reassasigned by the Sharks, and he skated into the left slot before firing a wrist shot top-shelf into the right corner for his 11th goal of the season at the 16:28 mark.

Despite spending time with the Sharks recently, Letunov, (1G, 1A tonight), leads San Jose in points with 42 on the season.

“It’s been a great experience out there, the dream come true,” said the Moscow native about his time with the Sharks. “Not just playing in the first game but then scoring in the second (game) as well. Coming (back) down here there’s a lot of opportunities to play, (so I’m) just trying to work hard to deserve to go back up there.”

Tucson once again evened the score thanks to Fasching’s second goal of the night. Beau Bennett led a an odd man rush while on the penalty kill. Bennett sent a cross ice pass over to Fasching who tapped home the puck past Korenar for a short-handed goal, his 18th goal of the season, at the 17:40 mark.

Fasching now has six goals in six games against the ‘Cuda this season.

The tie wouldn’t last long as San Jose reagained their third lead of the game on a 5-on-3 power play. Halbgewachs had posession of the puck when he sent a pass out to Trevor Carrick at the right slot. The ‘Cuda defenseman rifled a bomb of a one-timer past Prosvetov for his ninth goal of the season 18:42 mark. Brodzinski received the secondary assist.

The three goals in a span of 1:46 ended a wild middle frame that saw Tucson out shot San Jose 9-7 in the period.

San Jose received an insurance goal late in the third period. Letunov found Carrick just above the left faceoff circle where Carrick blasted a shot that trickled past the 5-hole of Prosvetov for his 10th goal of the season and second of the night at the 13:36 mark.

“It’s weird. They kinda just been coming in waves for me. Not really changing much (to my game), just throwing it on net and sometimes they just happen to go in, get that lucky bounce. That was the case tonight,” Carrick said.

The ‘Cuda sealed the deal with an empty net goal from Viel, his second of the game and 10th goal of the season at the 14:32 mark.

Korenar finished the night 25 saves on 28 shots to earn his ninth win of the season. Prosvetov stopped 23 of the 28 shots he faced in the losing effort.

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

San Jose is now 3-3 against Tucson this season and they snapped a three-game home losing streak.

Carrick’s goal snapped a 10-game goal-less draught. It also was his 200th AHL point. He is now second in the AHL among defenseman with his 10 goals.

San Jose has given up 10 short-handed goals this season.

Defenseman Jacob Middleton was reassigned back to down to the ‘Cuda by the Sharks and played in the game as he finished with a +1.

The announced attendance was 3,714.

UP NEXT: The Barracuda travel down to San Diego to take on the Gulls on Saturday 2/22 at 7:00pm at Pachenga Arena San Diego.

Barracuda shoot down Condors 5-2 snap 8-game losing streak

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by Marko Ukalovic

BAKERSFIELD, Calif- The San Jose Barracuda scored five unanswered goals to snap a season high eight-game losing steak in a 5-2 victory over the Bakersfield Condors on Sunday evening at Mechanics Bank Arena.

San Jose hadn’t won since January 17th when they beat Iowa 3-1 on the road. They have points in three consecutive games and now have 35 points. Bakersfield have lost five games in a row as they have fallen to sixth place in the Pacific Division during their slide.

Bakersfield (20-24-4-2) drew first blood in the first period. Jakob Stukel scored his fifth goal of the season at the 8:12 mark. Luke Esposito and and Keegan Lowe assisted on the goal.

San Jose (15-25-3-2) scored the equalizer just under three minutes later in what started a streak of five unanswered goals. Danil Yurtaykin led a 2-on-2 rush up the ice. He made a move around a Condors defender before firing a wrist shot that Condors goalie Shane Starrett kicked out to the middle where Manny Weiderer deposited the rebound into the back of the net for his second goal of the season at the 10:59 mark.

The Barracuda gained the lead at the end of the opening frame when Ivan Chekhovich won a battle along the boards and fed the puck over to Sasha Chmelevski. Chmelevski quickly threw it down to a wide open Jayden Halbgewachs along the right side of the net. Halbgewachs got Starrett to go down before skating around him and tapping home the puck past Starrett for his co-team leading 15th goal of the season at the 17:04 mark.

San Jose scored the only goal in the second period when Yutaykin centered a pass from behind the net out to Weiderer. His shot deflected off Dmitri Samorukov’s skate out to the left of the net where Jeremy Roy, who played up at forward for the first time in his pro career, cleaned up the rebound for his first goal of the season at the 12:57 mark. Roy’s first goal in 26 games this season was his first since March 2, 2019 at Bakersfield, totaling a 37 game goal-less draught.

The ‘Cuda out shot the Condors 22-15 through the first 40 minutes as they controlled the majority of the zone time.

San Jose put the game away with two goals within the first five minutes of the third period to squash any hopes of a Bakersfield comeback attempt.

Chmelevski used his speed to up the left wing and gave a drop pass to a pinching Thomas Gregoire in between the faceoff circles. The ‘Cuda defenseman hopped the puck over the stick of Brandon Manning and wired a wrist shot past Starrett on the shortside for his fourth goal of the season 53 seconds into the third period.

San Jose scored their fifth unanswered goal on the power play when Gregoire sent in a slap shot from the point that Lean Bergmann redirected past Starrett for his seventh goal of the season at the 5:02 mark. Halbgewachs received the secondary assist.

Nolan Vesey completed the scoring 43 seconds later when he scored his first goal of the season. Beau Starrett and Evan Bouchard received assists.

Zachary Sawchenko snapped a three-game losing streak by making 22 saves on 24 shots to earn his fourth win of the season. Starrett suffered his fourth-straight loss after allowing five goals on 36 shots.

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

Wiederer earned first-star honors with his goal and an assist, his third multi-point game of his career.

Bergmann has scored a goal in a back-to-back games.

Yurtaykin recorded his first multi-point effort of his AHL career with his two assists.

The announced attendance was 3,384.

UP NEXT: The Barracuda return home to host the Tucson Roadrunners on Monday 2/17 at 6:00pm at SAP Center.

 

Heat come from behind take down Barracuda in overtime 4-3

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by Marko Ukalovic

SAN JOSE, Calif- When you are rutted in a long losing streak, the breaks usually go against you. The Stockton Heat came back from a two-goal deficit in the third period and received the game winning goal from Luke Philp for a 4-3 overtime victory over the San Jose Barrauda on Wednesday evening at SAP Center.

Austin Czarnik won a battle along the boards behind the net and fished out a pass to a wide open Philp who tucked in a shot through the 5-hole of ‘Cuda goalie Josef Korenar for his 17th goal of the season at the 1:19 mark of overtime. It was Philp’s fourth game winning goal of the season for the Heat.

San Jose has lost a season worst eight games in a row and remain in the cellar in the Pacific Division. Stockton snapped a two game losing streak and are now tied for second with Colorado in the division with 58 points.

The Barracuda dominted the game for the first 40 minutes as they had held Stockton’s high octane offense to just 11 shots through two periods.

“That was our game. They didn’t win that game, we lost it that’s for sure,” said Jonny Brodzinski.

Stockton (25-12-3-3) drew first blood in the first period seconds after their power play opportunity had expired. Rob Hamilton intercepted a clearing attempt at the left blue line and and fired in a wrist shot that Byron Froese redirected past Korenar for his team leading 17th goal of the season at the 9:08 mark. Adam Ruzicka was creditied with the secondary assist.

San Jose (14-25-2-2) scored the equalizer late in the opening 20 minutes. Manny Weiderer sent Lukas Radil on a brekaway breakaway from center ice. Radil skated in and snapped a wrist shot top-shelf into the right corner for his third goal of the season at the 15:38 mark. Noah Gregor received the secondary assist.

“It was really a good job from all the guys on the line. I got a good pass and I go (and score) on the breakaway,” said Radil.

The Barracuda had the ice tilted in their favor in the first period as they peppered Heat goalie Jon Gillies with 17 shots on goal, including three point blank chances with 10 seconds left in the opening frame while San Jose was on the power play. The Heat had only four shots to their credit.

Good fortune came the ‘Cuda’s way in the second period after some misfortune from Stockton while they were on the power play. Justin Kirkland hit the post on a shot attempt into an empty net.

Moments after killing off the penalty to Trevor Carrick for high sticking, Noah Gregor led a 3-on-1 rush into the Heat zone. Gregor sent a cross ice pass over to Brodzinski, who played in his first home game since the birth of his daughter Lucy, at the right slot and he buried a wrist shot top-shelf past Gillies for his eight goal of the season at the 4:58 mark.

San Jose increased their lead just over two minues later. Seconds after their own power play opportunity had just ended. Jacob Middleton fed a pass over to Sasha Chemelevski who fired a shot initially saved by Gillies. Lean Bergmann, who was camped out to the right of the net, cleaned up the rebound as it sneaked underneath the pad of Gillies for Bergmann’s sixth goal of the season at the 7:10 mark.

“It felt pretty good,” said Bergmann about scoring his goal. “(To) come back from the injuries especially. It was a good feeling to get back in the flow again.”

Stockton cut the lead to one goal on the power play nearly halfway through the third period. Austin Czarnik sent a pass from the right boards over to Froese camped out in the slot. Froese made one move before drilling a shot past Korenar for his second goal of the game and 18th of the season at the 8:42 mark.

It’s a tough pill to swallow. I thought we dictated a lot of the play at different points in the first two periods. They (Stockton) didn’t really seem into the game either. I don’t think we really jammed it down their throats but they weren’t really going,” said co-head coach Michael Chaisson.

The Heat scored the eqaulizer with 1:25 remaining in the third period. Corey Schueneman’s shot from the right point was caromed off of Korenar out to Alan Quine, who was waiting on the doorstep, and he stuffed home the rebound with a backhander into an  empty net for his 12th goal of the season.

Gillies made 38 saves on 41 shots to earn his 12th win on the season. .Korenar finsished with 14 shots on 18 shots in yet another tough luck for the netminder.

“We had a lapse there in the third (period). Right now that’s not a great look for this organization, this group and these individual players,” said Chiasson.

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

Bergmann’s second period goal snapped a 13-game goal-less draught for the Swedish forward. His last goal before that came back on November 23, 2019 in a game against the Colorado Eagles.

Brodzinki snapped an 11-game goal-less draught with his second period goal.

Froese now has nine points (4G, 5A) in nine games against the ‘Cuda this season.

The announced attendance was 2,214.

UP NEXT: The Barracuda travel down to Bakersfield to take on the Condors on Sunday 2/16 at 5:00pm at Mechanics Bank Arena.

San Jose Barracuda podcast with Marko Ukalovic: After close loss in Colorado Barracuda look to get on track against Stockton tonight

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On the Barracuda podcast with Marko:

#1 Marko talk about the Barracuda’s (14-25-2-2) most recent loss 4-3 in Colorado last Saturday, the Barracuda allowed three goals in the second period as the Eagles forced overtime and won

#2 Barracuda goalie Josef Korenar (8-14-4) allowed four goals and faced 35 shots on Saturday it was Korenar’s first game back since suffering an injury on January 22nd

#3 Joachim Blichfeld scored his 15th goal of the season to lead the team in goals Blichfeld scored the goal in the first period

#4 Antti Suomela scored a goal and assist for the Barracuda it was Suomela’s second game back from the San Jose Sharks after two and half months with the big club

#5 The Barracuda try it all over again with a contest set for tonight against the Stockton Heat at SAP Center in downtown San Jose

Catch Marko for all the latest on the Barracuda podcast at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Eagles edge Barracuda 4-3 in overtime

by Marko Ukalovic

LOVELAND, Colo- Lately the Colorado Eagles have had a different hero win during their winning streak. It was Sheldon Dries’ turn as his second goal of the game was the game winning goal with 1:06 left in overtime to beat the San Jose Barracuda 4-3 on Saturday evening at Budwiser Events Center.

With Anti Suomela in the penalty box for holding, Jacob MacDonald sent a hard shot into traffic that ‘Cuda goalie Josef Korenar stopped but the rebound trickled out to the left where Dries tapped home the puck for a power play goal, his 18th of the season.

Despite earning a point, San Jose has lost a season high seven games in a row. Colorado has won four games in a row and moved into tie with Stockton for second place in the Pacific Divison with 56 points.

San Jose (14-25-2-2) got off to the start it wanted in the first period. Jayden Halbgewachs led a 2-on-2 rush at center ice. He fed a pass over to Joachim Blichfeld and from the right slot he fired a wrist shot past Eagles goalie Hunter Miska to the shortside for his team leading 15th goal of the season at the 7:00 mark.

The ‘Cuda doubled their lead toward the end of the opening frame. Suomela showed off his speed skating into the Eagles zone before sending a wrist shot on net initially stopped by Miska. Keaton Middleton pinched in fom the point and cleaned up the rebound for his third goal of the season at the 16:03 mark.

San Jose dominated play in the first period and their penalty kill stopped two Colorado power play opportunities.

Colorado cut the deficit in half early in the second period on the power play. Connor Timmons made a drop pass back up to the point where Martin Kaut lasered in a slap shot through a sea of traffic beating Korenar for his fifth goal of the season at the 1:35 mark.

The Barracuda regained its two-goal lead on the power play under six minutes later. Suomela intercepted a pass behind the net and flipped it behind them where he skated around the Miska before despositing the puck into the back of the net for his fifth goal of the season at the 7:17 mark. Ivan Chekhovich received the only assist on the power play tally.

Colorado scored the next two goals in a 1:42 span near the end of the middle frame. Erik Condra skated in along the right boards and fed a pass over to Mark alt in the high slot. Alt snapped home a wrist shot past Korenar for his fourth goal of the season at the 15:05 mark.

Before San Jose could gather themselves, Conor Timmins shot from the left point was redirected by Dries into the back of the net for his first of two goals, his 17th of the season at the 16:47 mark.

The sequence shell-shocked the ‘Cuda as they headed into the second intermission tied at 3-3.

Tempers flared once again in a scoreless third period. Jeffery Viel got into a battle with Dries as the two exchanged fisticuffs at the 13:25 mark. Viel has fights in back to back games.

Miska finished the night making 29 saves on 32 shots to earn his 11th win of the season. Korenar, playing in his first game since suffering an injury back on January 22, made 31 saves on 35 shots in suffering the defeat.

GAME NOTES: San Jose was 1-for-4 on the power play. Colorado was 3-for-8.

Suomela collected a pair of points (one goal, one assist) in just his second game back from the Sharks after a two and a half month stint in the NHL.

Dries is now fourth in the AHL in power play goals with 10.

Trevor Carrick collected a pair of assists, his third multi-assist effort of the season.

UP NEXT: The Barracuda return home to host the Stockton Heat on Wednesday 2/12 at 7:00pm at SAP Center.

 

 

Eagles rock Barracuda 5-1 sending them to sixth straight loss

by Marko Ukalovic

LOVELAND, Colo- In a heated battle where both team combined for 40 penalty minutes, the Colorado Eagles proved their dominanace over the San Jose Barracuda in a 5-1 victory on Friday evening at Budwiser Events Center.

San Jose has lost a season-high six games in a row while Colorado have won three games in a row and sit in third place in the Pacific Division with 54 points.

Colorado (25-14-3-1) drew first blood in the first period. Kevin Connauton fed a home run pass from his own zone all the way into the ‘Cuda zone where AJ Greer pounced on the puck and chipped it over ‘Cuda goalie Zachary Sawchenko into the upper right corner for the first of his two goals on the night at the 12:09 mark.

San Jose (14-25-1-2) evened the score over four minutes later. Manny Weiderer fed a pass from center ice that sprung Noah Gregor on a breakaway. Gregor skated in and beat Eagles goalie Hunter Miska with a shot top-shelf for his seventh goal of the season at the 16:20 mark.

Things got chippy in the second half of the opening 20 minutes between the two Pacific Division rivals when two separate fights broke out. Lean Bergmann and Logan O’Connor tangoed with each other at the 12:19 mark. Then Jeffery Viel and Dan Renouf exchanged fisticuffs with 56 seconds left.

Colorado took control of the game in the second period en route to four unanswered goals. Shane Bowers fed a pass up the ice to Greer, who had just came out of the penalty box after his penalty had expired, that led to a breakaway. Greer skated in before depositing a backhander past Sawchenko for his second goal of the night and his 11th of the season at the 6:36 mark.

The ‘Cuda had a chance on the power play on to try to score the equalizer late in the middle frame. Instead Jayson Megna blocked a shot attempt by Nick DeSimone at the point and he in turn created his own breakaway opportunity. Megna buried a backhander past Sawchenko for a short-handed goal, his 16th goal of the season and co-team leader, at the 16:21 mark.

Colorado put the game away with two goals in the third. Eric Condra intercepted a cross ice pass inside the ‘Cuda zone. He skated in on net before he finding a wide open Bowers who tapped in the puck into an empty net for his ninth goal of the season at the 1:12 mark.

The Eagles completed the scoring when Greer sent a shot in from the left point that Condra redirected the puck past Sawchenko for his 12th goal of the season at the 12:46 mark.

Miska finished the night with 31 saves on 32 shots to earn his 10th win of the season. Sawchenko made 29 shots on 34 saves in suffering the loss.

GAME NOTES: San Jose went 0-for-4 on the power play. Colorado was 0-for-2.

Gregor snapped a six-game goalless drought.

The three stars of the night were 1) Greer 2) Miska 3) Bowers.

The announced attendance was 5,289.

UP NEXT: The same two teams battle it again on Saturday 2/8 at 6:00pm at the Budwiser Events Center.