The San Jose Barracuda rebound from loss on Monday to beat the Charlotte Checkers

by Jerry Feitelberg

photo credit: SJ Barracuda logo

The San Jose Barracuda defeated the Charlotte Checkers 3-2 in a shootout Wednesday afternoon at the SAP center.  Head coach Roy Sommer’s team evened the season series with the Checkers at two apiece. The Barracuda fell to the Checkers Monday as the played a lackluster game. San Jose played a much better game.

The Barracuda and the Checkers played a lively first period. The Barracuda held their own as they killed off two penalties early in the period. Goalie Aaron Dell made a terrific stop on a two on one rush by the Checkers while the “Cuda was on a power play. The contest remained scoreless until the 16:18 mark when the Checkers’ Sergei Tolchinsky beat Dell for the first score of the game. Danny Biega and Brock McGinn assisted. The Barracuda tied the game with just twelve seconds left when Michael Haley put the puck past Daniel Altshuller for the tally. Julius Bergman assisted on the play.  The Barracuda outshot the Checkers 13-12. Score tied at one after one period.

There was no scoring in the second period. Bith teams continued the levely play as they skated up and down the ice. The Checkers continued to lead in the shots on goal category 23-22. The Barracuda’s Michael Haley and the Checkers’ Mike Cornell sat out five minutes of the period as they were flagged for fighting. Both the Barracuda and the Checkers had one power play opportunity but neither team could convert.

San Jose scored their second goal of the game with 15:01 left to play in the game. Forward Ryan Carpenter poked the puck into the nets during a huge scrum in front of Checkers’  goalie Daniel Altshuller. Ther Checkers tied the ame with just 5:25 left as Jake Chelios beat Dell for the score. Neither team could score and the game ended in a tie and headed for Overtime.

The  Barracuda had their chances in the five-minute overtime period. The Checkers were called for three penalties but San Jose did not score. The game will be settled by a shootout. Bryan Lerg beat Altshuiller to secure the win for  San Jose by a final score of 3-2.

Game Notes- With the win,  San Jose’s record improves to 12-10-2-3 and they have won three of the last four games. Charlotte drops to 17-12-1-0.

San Jose’s Ryan Carpenter and goalie Aaron Dell were awarded first and third stars respectively after the game. Charlotte’s Sergei Tolchinsky won the second star. Aaron Dell stopped 31 shots for the Barracuda. Charlotte’s Altshuller recoireded 32 saves in a losing effort.


San Francisco Bulls add 6’8″ Riley Emerson to lineup

Guess which one Riley is..
Guess which one Riley is..

By Kahlil Najar

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Bulls announced today the signing of forward Riley Emmerson. At 6-foot, 8-inches, he becomes the tallest player in Bulls history. The Vancouver, British Columbia native spent last season with the Missouri Mavericks of the Central Hockey League. There, he ranked second on the team with 95 penalty minutes in 55 games, adding five goals and an assist.

“Riley adds a whole new dimension to this team” said SF Bulls President and Head Coach Pat Curcio. “At 6-8, he can use his size in front of the net effectively and will be a physical force on the ice.”

Emmerson was drafted in 2005 by the Minnesota Wild and since then he has been a bit of journeyman playing in the ECHL three times, the AHL twice and the WHL and CHL each for one season.

Check out some highlights from his 2012 season with Toledo Walleyes.

(Bonus points for the fan in the stands with the Dino Cicarelli Minnesota North Stars jersey!)

Defenseman Steven Tarasuk Assigned by Worcester To SF Bulls


By Kahlil Najar

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Bulls announced today that their AHL affiliate, the Worcester Sharks, assigned defenseman Steven Tarasuk to the Bulls. He’s the first Sharks prospect to be assigned to San Francisco this season.

Tarasuk, 23, enters his fourth season as a professional having spent last year with the Lausitzer Foxes in Germany, totaling 32 points in 43 games. Tarasuk has skated in 135 games in the ECHL with the Kalamazoo Wings, Ontario Reign, and Idaho Steelheads, recording 63 points and has also played three games in the American Hockey League with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

The Bulls seem to be on a roll of stacking up on big bodied Defensemen this off-season as they just added Andrew Eastman a few weeks ago. With this addition, the Bulls appear to be almost ready for the season to begin as they have already addressed their need for some solid forwards with some new signings and getting some veterans back in the mix.

SF Bulls Pick Up A Pair of Power Forwards in Perdicaro and Paquette


By Kahlil Najar

The San Francisco Bulls announced today they have agreed to terms with center Anthony Perdicaro and right wing Danick Paquette.

Perdicaro comes from the Quad City Mallards of the CHL where he tallied 43 points in 44 games. He’s a big guy standing 6-foot, 2-inches tall and weighing in at 190-pounds. “I’m excited to get out there and play for Pat and the Bulls fans,” said Perdicaro. “After talking to Pat this summer, the Bulls seemed like the right fit. I’m ready to go and win some games. I’ve never played in a big city, mostly small towns. But coming from New York and Florida, it won’t be too big of an adjustment.”

Paquette, 23, was a third-round draft pick, 64th overall, of the Atlanta Thrashers in 2008. last season he split the season between the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League and the ECHL-champion Reading Royals. The 6-foot, 210-pound Montreal, Quebec native has played in six AHL games between the Chicago Wolves and Hershey. Paquette had 55 points (28 goals, 27 assists) and 466 penalty minutes in 131 career ECHL games with the Gwinnett Gladiators, South Carolina Stingrays, Utah Grizzlies, Chicago Express and Reading.

“Anthony brings skill and a physical style to our lineup,” said SF Bulls President and Head Coach Pat Curcio. “Last year he was a top player in the CHL and we are confident he’ll be a top player in the ECHL. We are excited to have Danick, who has the potential to get to the next level and the NHL. He’s a skillful power forward, who will fit well on our team this season.”