Barracuda end horrible season with 15-game losing streak in 5-2 loss to Silver Knights

San Jose Barracuda forward Danil Gushchin (75) like the rest of the Barracuda were caught in the headlights of the Henderson Silver Knights at Dollar Loan Center in Henderson in the final game of the season for the Barracuda (photo from the San Jose Barracuda)

by Marko Ukalovic

The season is finally, mercifully over for the San Jose Barracuda.

In a season where the team was handcuffed by its roster, the ‘Cuda lost their regular season finale 5-2 to the Henderson Silver Knights on Saturday evening at Dollar Loan Center.

San Jose finished the season on a franchise worst 15-game losing streak (0-13-2) in where head coach Roy Sommer and his coaching staff had trouble many nights being able to have a full lineup out on the ice. Henderson has won five games in a row and will face off against the Ontario Reign in the Pacific Division Playoffs.

Henderson (34-28-4-1) drew first blood early in the first period scoring the only goal in the opening 20 minutes. Colt Conrad set up Connor Corcoran who snapped home a wrist shot past ‘Cuda goalie Alex Stalock for his fourth goal of the season at the 1:59 mark.

The Silver Knights doubled its lead early in the second period with an even strength goal. Jermaine Loewen finished off a two-on-one odd man rush with a wrist shot from point blank range for his sixth goal of the season at the 1:13 mark.

San Jose (20-42-4-2) cut the lead in half with a power play goal at the 7:04 mark. Kyle Topping’s wrist shot hit off a Silver Knights defender and past Silver Knight’s goalie Isaiah Saville for his first goal of the game and third of the year.

Henderson regained its two-goal lead just over two minutes later on the power play. Jonas Rondbjerg cleaned a rebound near the crease for his 14th goal of the season and second in two games against San Jose at the 9:08 mark.

The Barracuda once again made it a one-goal game with Topping’s second power play goal of the game late in the middle frame. A fortuitous bounce found its way onto Topping’s stick and he wired a wrist shot past Saville for his fourth goal of the season at the 17:55 mark.

Henderson put the game away with two goals late in the third period. Jack Dugan scored an empty net goal with Stalock pulled for an extra attacker, his sixth goal of the season at the 18:14 mark. Then Connor Ford scored his first goal of the season on the Silver Knight’s second power play goal at the 18:59 mark.

Saville (6-1) finished the game stopping 19 of the 21 shots he faced to earn his sixth straight victory. Stalock (4-10-2) made 16 saves on 20 shots and ended his season with 10 straight losses.

GAME NOTES: San Jose finished 2-for-5 on the power play. Henderson finished 2-for-8.

San Jose is still winless against Henderson in Las Vegas/Henderson.

The Three Stars of the Game were: 1) Ben Jones 2) Corcoran 3) Ford.

Silver Knights take down Barracuda 6-4, losing streak reaches 14 in a row

San Jose Barracuda defenseman Anthony Bitetto (2) looks for the puck Henderson Silver Knights defenseman #94 Brayden Pachal (right) at the Dollar Loan Center in Henderson on Fri Apr 22, 2022 (photo from the San Jose Barracuda)

by Marko Ukalovic

Gage Quinney scored two goals to help the Henderson Silver Knights defeat the San Jose Barracuda 6-4 on Friday evening at Dollar Loan Center.

San Jose continued its franchise worst 14-game losing streak. Henderson has won four games in a row and have 71 points.

Henderson (33-28-4-1) drew first blood late in the first period. Alan Quine received the puck along the right wing. Quine faked a centering pass and beat ‘Cuda goalie Zachary Emond with a wrist shot to the short side for his sixth goal of the season at the 17:50 mark.

San Jose (20-41-4-2) evened the score 39 seconds later. Dillon Hamaliuk sprung Zachary Gallant up the middle for a breakaway. Gallant sneaked a backhander through the five hole of Silver Knight’s goalie Isiah Seville for the first of his two goals at the 18:29 mark.

The Silver Knights regained the lead over a minute later when Gage Quinney poked home a loose puck in the crease for his 10th goal of the season with 19 seconds left in the opening frame.

The Barracuda once again tied up the game thanks to Gallant’s second goal of the game. Nick Cicek fed a pass up the ice to Gallant. The second year forward for the ‘Cuda skated down the left wing and wired a wrist shot from a tough angle that beat Seville for his third goal of the season.

Gannon Laroque earned his first point in a ‘Cuda uniform as he picked up the secondary assist on Gallant’s goal.

Henderson scored three unanswered goals in the middle frame to take control of the game.

Ben Jones redirected a shot from the point by Quine for his 25th goal of the season at the 12:33 mark. Jones has 11 points in seven games against San Jose this season.

The Silver Knights doubled its lead with a short-handed goal less than three minutes later. A turnover at the red line led to a breakaway for Jonas Rondbjerg. The Danish forward beat Emond with a backhand to forehand move for his 13th goal of the season at the 15:45 mark.

Quinney scored his second goal of the game 59 seconds later to put the game away when he cleaned up a rebound off of a Bradyen Pachal shot, his 11th of the season at the 16:44 mark.

Quinney has four games in his five games against San Jose.

Anthony Bitteto gave the ‘Cuda a brief sign of hope when he scored his sixth goal of the season and second with the Barracuda at the 11:11 mark of the third period.

Henderson regained its three-goal lead two and a half minutes later on the power play. Jake Leschyshyn redirected a shot from Brendan Brisson at the 13:50 mark.

Adam Raska made the score look respectable with a power play goal with four seconds left in the game. Raska cleaned up a loose puck to the right of the crease for his fifth goal of the season.

Seville (5-1-0) finished the game stopping 27 of the 31 shots he faced to earn the victory. Emond (3-4-2) made 25 shots on 31 saves in the losing effort.

GAME NOTES: San Jose finished 1-for-7 on the power play. Henderson was 1-for-4.

The Three Stars of the Game were: 1) Quine 2) Quinney 3) Brisson

UP NEXT: San Jose concludes its regular season schedule on Saturday 4/23 at 4:00pm at Dollar Loan Center.

San Jose Barracuda podcast with Marko Ukalovic: Knights Dorofeyev and Quine scores twice in 7-3 win over Barracuda on fan appreciation day

Through all their tough efforts for defenseman Artemi Kniazev (25) and the San Jose Barracuda the Henderson Silver Knights dominated on offense scoring four times in the first period, twice in the second and third periods at SAP Center in San Jose on Sun Apr 10, 2022 (photo from the San Jose Barracuda)

On the SJ Barracuda podcast with Marko:

#1 Marko, first period the Henderson Silver Knights (28-28-5) didn’t waste anytime getting on the scoreboard with a rip roaring 4-1 lead over the San Jose Barracuda (20-37-3). The Knights got goals from Colt Conrad, Ben Jones, Alan Quine, and Pavel Dorofeyev.

#2 Marko, taking a look at the Knights Ben Jones he’s been owning the red light with his first period goal he picks up his 22nd goal of the season truly a high mark in the AHL.

#3 The Knights scored three goals in the second period, Dorofeyev picked up his second goal of the contest and his 25th goal of the season scoring at 8:24. Dorofeyev is another guy who has found the back end of the net all season.

#4 The Knights in the third period didn’t waste anytime throwing two more goals at Emond and the Barracuda when Reid Duke scored an unassisted goal at 2:01 and Alan Quine at 2:57 who also scored twice for a four goal 7-3 Henderson win. This was the Barracuda’s tenth straight loss.

#5 The Cuda host the Bakersfield Condors (32-19-5) Wed Apr 13 at SAP Center in San Jose at 7:00 pm the last time the two teams met back on Mar 2 the Barracuda won it 5-3 at SAP Center. This will be the Barracuda’s last game at SAP Center before moving to their new home at Solar4 America Arena next season.

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

Silver Knights beat Barracuda 7-3 sweep weekend series

The Henderson Silver Knights kept San Jose Barracuda goaltender Zachary Emond (35) busy all day long with 26 saves on 33 shots on fan appreciation day at SAP Center in San Jose on Sun Apr 10, 2022 (photo from the San Jose Barracuda)

by Marko Ukalovic

SAN JOSE — It was Deja vu at the Shark Tank.

The Henderson Silver scored four goals in the first period for a second consecutive game to defeat the San Jose Barracuda 7-3 on Sunday afternoon at SAP Center.

San Jose has lost a franchise worst 10 games in a row with five games remaining in the season. Henderson have won three out of its past four games.

Henderson (29-28-3-1) drew first blood early in the first period. Pavel Dorofeyev sent in Colt Conrad on a mini breakaway. Conrad skated in and beat ‘Cuda goalie Zachary Emond with a backhander for his seventh goal of the season.

San Jose (20-38-3-2) answered back at the 8:04 mark. Joachim Blichfeld found Anthony Bitetto in the slot. Bitetto sniped home a wrist shot past Silver Knight’s goalie Isiah Saville for his first goal in a Barracuda uniform and fifth of the season.

Bitetto, who was acquired at the trade deadline for Nick Merkley by the San Jose Sharks, snapped a 34-game goal less draught.

Henderson regained the lead 40 seconds later when Ben Jones cleaned up a rebound off of a Danil Miromanov shot from the point for his 22nd goal of the season.

The Silver Knights went up 3-1 with a power play goal. Alan Quine beat Emond with a wrist shot in the right slot for his fourth goal of the season at the 10:24 mark.

Henderson scored its third unanswered goal on a three-on-one odd man rush. Dorofeyev scored the first of his two goals as he made a move around Emond and slipped a backhander into an empty net for his 24th goal of the season at the 16:42 mark.

San Jose cut the lead in half with a short-handed early in the second period. Lane Pederson’s shot was initially saved by Saville, but a trailing Santeri Hatakka cleaned up the rebound for his third goal of the season and second in back-to-back games at the 2:12 mark.

Dorofeyev scored his second goal of the content when he was able to get behind the net and beat Emond with a wraparound goal, his 25th of the season at the 8:24 mark.

Blichfeld kept the Barracuda in the game when he scored an even strength goal late in the middle frame. Pederson found Blichfeld inside the face off circles and Danish native blasted a one-timer past Saville for his team leading 24th goal of the season at the 15:51 mark.

Henderson scored two goals in the first three minutes of the third period to put the game away.

Reid Duke took advantage of a giveaway from Bitetto. Reid intercepted Bitetto’s pass right in front of the crease and buried a shot past Emond for his sixth goal of the season at the 2:01 mark.

Quine scored his second goal of the game 56 seconds later when he got in front of a Barracuda defender and his wrist shot beat Emond for his fifth of the season.

Saville finished the game stopping 29 of the 32 shots he faced to earn his second AHL victory. Emond made 26 saves on 33 shots in the hard luck loss and has lost three straight games.

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

The Three Stars of the Game were: 1) Dorofeyev 2) Conrad 3) Blichfeld

UP NEXT: San Jose plays its final game at the Shark Tank when they host the Bakersfield Condors on Wednesday at 7:00pm at the SAP Center.

Silver Knights take down Barracuda 6-3 keep playoff hopes alive

The San Jose Barracuda Jayden Halbgewachs (89) battles for the puck behind the net against the Henderson Silver Knights at the SAP Center in San Jose on Sat Apr 9, 2022 (photo from the San Jose Barracuda)

by Marko Ukalovic

SAN JOSE — The Henderson Silver Knights scored four goals in the first period en route to a 6-3 victory over the San Jose Barracuda on Sunday evening at SAP Center.

San Jose has lost a franchise worst nine games in a row. Henderson has won two out of its past three games and currently sit in sixth place in the Pacific Division with 60 points.

Henderson (28-28-3-1) scored twice in a 49 second span early in the first period. First a turnover inside the ‘Cuda zone led to Ben Jones tipping home a shot from Jermaine Loewen past ‘Cuda goalie Alex Stalock for his 21st goal of the season at the 7:39 mark.

Then at the 8:28 mark Paul Cotter skated right down the middle of the nice and snapped a wrist shot through the five-hole of Stalock for his 18th goal of the season.

San Jose (20-37-3-2) temporarily cut the lead in half with a power play goal just past the halfway mark of the opening frame. Lane Pederson sent a pass back up to the point where Artemi Kniazev blasted a slap shot through the five hole of Silver Night’s goalie Jiri Patera for his seventh goal of the season at the 11:09 mark.

Henderson closed out the first period with two late goals. Kaeden Korczak’s shot was whacked out of midair by Ben Thomson, who was camped out in front of the crease, for his first goal in an Silver Knights uniform at the 14:56 mark.

Loewen capped of the combined five-goal first period when he finished off a one-timer past Stalock for his fifth goal of the season at the 18:06 mark.

San Jose once again cut the lead in half early in the second period. A shot from the point by Kniazev was redirected past Patera by Dillon Hamaliuk for his third goal of the season at the 3:34 mark.

The Silver Knights regained their three-goal lead with a power play goal. Colt Conrad sent a rink wide pass to Jack Dugan whose one-timer beat Stalock to the far side for his fifth goal of the season at the 13:11 mark.

San Jose was awarded a penalty shot when Alan Quine was called for hooking at the 11:03 mark of the third penalty. However, Mason Jobst’s attempt was stoned away by Patera.

The Barracuda scored with 47 seconds left in the game when Santeri Hatakka beat Pantera with a fluttering wrist shot to the far side for his second goal of the season.

Brayden Pachal closed out the scoring with an empty net, his second of the season, with 14 seconds left to seal the deal for the Silver Knights.

Patera finished the evening stopping 25 of the 28 shots he faced in earning the victory. Stalock made 32 saves on 37 saves in the losing effort.

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

The Three Stars of the Game were: 1) Jones 2) Loewen 3) Kniazev

UP NEXT: San Jose and Henderson complete their two-game series on Sunday 4/10 at 1:15pm at SAP Center.

Silver Knights comeback from two-goal deficit beat Barracuda 6-3

The San Jose Barracuda Jayden Halbgewachs (89) scored on a four on four in the Henderson Silver Knights zone scoring a short sided wrist shot for the Barracuda’s first goal of the game (file photo by the San Jose Barracuda)

by Marko Ukalovic

LAS VEGAS — In Sin City, the house always wins.

For the Henderson Silver Knights (20-12-2), they stayed true to that motto as they came back from a two-goal deficit to defeat the San Jose Barracuda 6-3 on Thursday evening at Orleans Arena.

San Jose heads into the All-Star break on a season worst five-game losing streak. Henderson has won four of their past five games.

San Jose (14-24-1-0) drew first blood with a four-on-four goal. Jayden Halbgewachs circled around inside the Silver Knights zone down to the left slot as he rifled home a wrist shot to the short side past Silver Knights goalie Logan Thompson at the 4:54 mark.

Santeri Hatakka and Jasper Weatherby received assists on Halbgewachs’ goal.

The Barracuda doubled its lead toward the end of the opening frame. Evan Weinger sent a shot on net that caromed off the skate of Adam Raska into the net for his third goal of the season at the 15:34 mark.

Raska played in his second game for San Jose since being reassigned by the Sharks as the parent club is off for the NHL All-Star break.

‘Cuda goalie Zachary Sawchenko made life difficult for Henderson in the opening 20 minutes as he stopped all 12 shots he faced.

Henderson (20-12-2-1) cut the Barracuda lead in half early in the second period. Jonas Rondbjerg sent a seeing eye shot from the point that snuck past Sawchenko for his 10th goal of the season at the 2:33 mark.

The Silver Knights evened the game just past the halfway point of the middle frame. Paul Cotter was a one man show. He picked up the puck inside the ‘Cuda zone. He skated in from right to left before beating Sawchenko with a wrist shot for his ninth goal of the season at the 10:41 mark.

Cotter has four goals in the past two games against San Jose.

Henderson scored its third unanswered goal on the power play late in the middle frame. Gage Quinney sent in a shot from a sharp angle along the left boards that beat Sawchenko for his second goal of the season at the 16:10 mark.

The Silver Knights gave themselves some breathing room with their second power play goal at the near the halfway mark of the third period. Gage Quinney sent a shot on net from the left slot and Jake Leschyshyn tipped in the puck past Sawchenko for his 11th goal of the season at the 8:53 mark.

Quinney iced the game for Henderson when he scored his second goal of the game (and his fourth point of the night) when he finished off an odd man rush with a wrist shot that beat Sawchenko for his third goal of the season at the 14:57 mark.

Thomspon finished the night stopping 28 of the 31 shots he faced to earn the victory. Sawchenko made 23 saves on 28 shots in the losing effort.

Ben Jones scored an empty net goal with 2:48 remaining in the third period for his 14th goal of the season. He snapped a six-game goal less draught.

Sasha Chmelevski scored a power play goal, his ninth of the season, with seven seconds left in the game to complete the scoring.

GAME NOTES: San Jose finished 1-for-6 on the power play. Henderson was 2-for-4.

The Three Stars of the Game were: 1) Quinney 2) Rondbjerg 3) Alan Quine

Goalie Sam Harvey PTO contract has ended. He was reassigned to the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL.

San Jose has never won in Las Vegas (0-8, 0-2 in the postseason) against Henderson.

UP NEXT: San Jose takes on San Diego on Friday 2/11 at 7:00pm at Pachenga Arena.

Silver Knights defeat Barracuda 5-3

San Jose Barracuda Jake McGrew (left) scored an unassisted goal in the first period against the Henderson Silver Knights at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on Thu Feb 2, 2022 (file photo by San Jose Barracuda)

by Marko Ukalovic

LAS VEGAS—The Henderson Silver Knights scored three goals in the third period to defeat the San Jose Barracuda 5-3 on Wednesday evening at Orleans Arena.

San Jose has lost four games in a row. Henderson has won four games in a row as both teams head in opposite directions.

San Jose would draw first blood in every period.

Jake McGrew scored an unassisted goal, his eight of the season, at the 4:10 mark of the first period.

Henderson answered back when Peter Liberatore scored his second of the season at the 17:10 mark.

Evan Weinger gave the Cuda a 2-1 lead early in the second period when he scored his seventh goal of the season at the 4:14 mark.

The Silver Knights responded when Paul Cotter scored his sixth of the season with one second left in the middle frame.

Once again San Jose scored an early goal to start the third period. John Leonard recorded his 10th goal of the season 54 seconds in.

Henderson took control of the game by scoring the final three goals of the period. Pavel Dorofeyev evened the game with his 15th goal of the season at the 5:20 mark.

Cotter scored the game winner, his second of the game at the 7:57 mark. He completed his hat trick with an empty net goal with eight seconds left to seal the deal.

Silver Knights goalie Logan Thompson made 29 saves on 32 shots for the win. Cuda goalie Alexei Melnichuk has 27 saves on 31 shots as he suffered the loss.

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

UP NEXT: Both teams conclude their two game series on Thursday 2/3 at 7:00pm at Orleans Arena.

Blichfeld’s heroics propel Barracuda over Silver Knights 6-3

by Marko Ukalovic

SAN JOSE — Joachim Blichfeld helped the San Jose Barracuda save face and his head coach reach a new milestone

Blichfeld scored the eventual game winning goal late in the third period as the ‘Cuda responded after giving up a three-goal lead in the third period in a 6-3 victory over the Henderson Silver Knights on Saturday evening at SAP Center.

For San Jose head coach Roy Sommer, it was his 800th win of his AHL career. He already holds the record for most wins by a coach in the history of the league.

“I’m glad it’s over with,” Sommer said with relief after the game. “A lot of wins, a lot of years it took to get it. (Doing it) with the same organization, I guess it makes it that much sweeter.”

San Jose snapped its two-game losing streak. Henderson had its four-game winning streak end with the loss.

Cole Moberg found Blichfeld in the left slot and the Danish native sniped home a wrist shot past Silver Knights goalie Dylan Ferguson for his 11th goal of the season with 5:40 remaining in the third period to give San Jose a 4-3 lead.

“We talked before the faceoff and I said I was pulling back and he (Molberg) found me. I was really wide open, and I just went for it and luckily it went in,” Blichfeld said.

San Jose (12-15-1-0) drew first blood in the first period. Joachim Blichfeld put a backhander wide of the net. The puck caromed off the back boards back in front the crease where Sasha Chmelevski cashed in a point-blank shot past Ferguson for his sixth goal of the season at the 12:13 mark.

A scary moment happened earlier in the opening frame. Henderson forward Colt Conrad slammed headfirst into the end boards while chasing after a loose puck. Conrad hobbled off the ice with blood rushing from his leg into the Zamboni area before being attended to medically. He left the area on a stretcher and did not return to the game.

Henderson (15-8-2-1) outshot San Jose 8-7 in the first period but headed into the first intermission trailing by a goal as ‘Cuda goalie Alexei Melnichuk played a perfect period.

San Jose doubled its lead on the power play early in the second period. John Leonard fired a shot on net that Krystof Hrabik wasn’t able to put in the rebound. Chmelevski crashed in while Ferguson was down on his back and slipped the puck into the net for his second goal of the game and seventh of the season at the 4:03 mark.

Silver Knights center Pavel Dorofeyev was unlucky when he rang a wrist shot off the cross bar late in the middle frame off a two-on-one short-handed opportunity.

The Barracuda scored its third unanswered goal a minute into the third period. Leonard led an odd man attack and from along the left boards found Jake McGrew in between the face off circles. McGrew wired a wrist shot past Ferguson to the short side for his fourth goal of the season at the 1:05 mark.

Henderson did not go down quietly as they scored two goals in a 54 second span. Jonas Rondbjerg wired a wrist shot from the left slot that beat Melnichuk for his seventh goal of the season at the 4:42 mark.

Then Adam Brooks centered a pass from behind the net out to an open Sven Bartschi who buried a one-timer past Melnichuk for his fifth goal of the season at the 5:36 mark.

The Silver Knights scored the equalizer when Ben Jones made a backhand centering pass from behind the net and Reid Duke slammed home a one-timer past Melnichuk for his first goal of the season at the 11:56 mark.

Overlooked at the end was Chmelevski completing his first career AHL hattrick when he scored an empty net goal, his eighth of the season, at the 17:45 mark after Henderson pulled Ferguson for an extra attacker.

“Obviously I think we’ll (Sommer and I) both remember it,” Chmelevski said. “It feels good. I’m most proud of how the team responded after they tied it up. That’s not easy to give up a three-goal lead like that. But we responded the right way. That’s what counts.”

Mark Alt completed the game’s scoring with his own empty netter, his second of the season, from deep inside the ‘Cuda zone with 1:35 remaining in the game to seal the victory.

Melnichuk finished the game stopping 28 of the 31 shots he faced to earn the victory. Ferguson made 26 saves on 30 shots in the losing effort.

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

The Three Stars of the Game were: 1) Chmelevski 2) Leonard 3) Blichfeld

The San Jose Sharks have informed Evander Kane that he has been placed on unconditional waivers with intent to terminate his contract for breach of his NHL Standard Player Contract and for violation of the AHL COVID-19 protocols. The Club will have no further comment on this matter.

The Barracuda are now 3-6-1-0 lifetime against the Golden Knights’ top affiliate, with all three wins coming in San Jose.

UP NEXT: San Jose continue their four-game homestand on Wednesday 1/12 as they host the Tucson Roadrunners at 7:00pm at SAP Center.

Silver Knights take advantage of Barracuda giveaways in 5-1 victory

The Henderson Silver Knights handled the San Jose Barracuda at SAP in San Jose on Fri Jan 7, 2022 (San Jose Barracuda image)

by Marko Ukalovic

SAN JOSE — The Christmas holiday has been over for the past two weeks but the San Jose Barracuda continued to gift wrap goals to the opposition.

Turnovers and infertility on the power play doomed the ‘Cuda in a 5-1 loss to the Henderson Silver Knights on Friday evening at SAP Center.

San Jose has lost their past two games. Henderson have won four games in a row. They have points in seven straight (6-0-1-0) and are 8-2-1-0 over their last 11 games.

San Jose (11-15-1-0) played shorthanded with only dressing 11 forwards and six defensemen as there have been changes to the roster with the San Jose Sharks bringing up seven players from the ‘Cuda.

Henderson (15-7-2-1) drew first blood late in the first period on the power play. Pavel Dorofeyev and Ben Jones combined to find Connor Cocoran along the left slot and Cocoran’s one-timer beat ‘Cuda goalie Sam Harvey for a tic-tac-toe of a goal, Cocoran’s second of the season at the 13:22 mark.

The Barracuda had 10 shots in the opening frame, but Silver Knights goalie Jiri Patera was perfect through the first 20 minutes.

Henderson doubled its lead nine seconds into the second period. A turnover by the ‘Cuda inside their own zone led to Dorofeyev roofing a wrist shot from the right wing past Harvey for his 11th goal of the season.

San Jose cut the lead in half under three minutes later with a short-handed goal. John Leonard stripped the puck off of Peter DiLiberatore in the neutral zone. Leonard skated in and from the left slot snapped home a wrist shot top shelf past Patera for his fourth goal of the season at the 2:39 mark.

It was the seventh short-handed goal the Barracuda have scored this season.

The Silver Knights regained its two-goal lead thanks to another Barracuda turnover. Ben Jones pick-pocketed the puck away from Santeri Hatakka. Jones skated backwards toward the crease where his initial shot was stopped by Harvey. However, the native of Waterloo, Ontario poked home his own rebound for his 11th goal of the season at the 7:00 mark.

Henderson scored its second power play of the game halfway through the middle frame. Lucas Elvenes found Cocoran along the left wing and the Silver Knight defenseman scorched a one-timer past Harvey for his second goal of the game and third of the season at the 9:15 mark.

The Silver Knights scored its fourth goal of the middle frame when Dorofeyev sent a puck toward the net from the end line and Jake Leschyshyn redirected past Harvey for his seventh goal of the season 15:21 mark.

‘Cuda head coach Roy Sommer replaced Harvey in goal with Alexei Melnichuk to start the third period. Harvey finished with 17 saves on 22 shots in 40 minutes of action.

San Jose had a five-on-three power play opportunity in the beginning of the third period but weren’t able to generate any quality scoring chances as Henderson was able to kill it off without much difficulty.

Patera finished the evening stopping 27 of the 28 he faced to earn the victory. Melnichuk handled all six shots he had to deal with in mop-up duty.

GAME NOTES: San Jose finished 0-for-6 on the power play. Henderson was 2-for-3.

The Three Stars of the Game were: 1) Dorofeyev 2) Corcoran 3) Patera

Sommer sits just one victory shy of 800 in his career. The Oakland, Calif., native has been behind the bench for 1,700 games in the AHL, going 799-694-48-160 (W-L-T-OTL/SOL) over that span. During the 2015-16 season, the Barracuda’s first in San Jose, Sommer surpassed Fred “Bun” Cook (636 wins) for the most wins in AHL history, notching a 4-2 victory on Feb. 10, 2016, over Ontario. Sommer collected his 700th win on Dec. 3, 2017, at Bakersfield (2-1 W).

Forward Evander Kane did not play as he still on the Covid-19 protocol.

The Sharks recalled goaltender Adin Hill, defensemen Ryan Merkley and Jaycob Megna, and forwards Nick Merkley, Adam Raska, Scott Reedy, Jayden Halbgewachs, and Jasper Weatherby. In a corresponding move, the Barracuda recalled forward Kyle Topping of the Orlando Solar Bears on Thursday.

Artemi Kniazev and Timur Ibragimov have been added to Covid-19 protocol.

UP NEXT: San Jose and Henderson conclude their two-game series on Saturday 1/8 at 7:00pm at SAP Center.

San Jose Barracuda podcast with Marko Ukalovic: Cuda looking to make up for Sunday’s loss; Host Knights Friday at SAP

The San Jose Barracuda Scott Reedy is second in the AHL in scoring and contributed to his goal total with 14 and 23 points against the Stockton Heat Sun Jan 1, 2022 (file photo Santa Cruz Sentinel)

On the Barracuda podcast with Marko:

#1 Marko, that first period for the San Jose Barracuda (11-14-1-0) did the Barracuda in when the Stockton Heat (19-3-2-1) out shot San Jose 19-7 scoring twice and putting the Barracuda behind the eight ball in the first period which would prove to be San Jose’s demise in the three goal 4-1 loss at the SAP Center on Sunday night.

#2 The Heat’s Dustin Wolf is making a name for himself one of the top AHL goalies picking up his tenth consecutive win saving 33 shots. The win streak in the AHL best amongst goaltenders.

#3 Despite the Barracuda struggling against the Heat on Sunday the Barracuda’s Scott Reedy continues to lead in goal scoring with 14 goals and 23 points and is second in goals in the AHL.

#4 The win by the Heat is their seventh consecutive win at SAP Center the last time the Heat lost in San Jose was March 19, 2019, 5-4.

#5 The Barracuda next up face the Henderson Silver Knights on Fri Jan 7th a 7:00 pm PST puck drop in Henderson. The Knights seem to give the Barracuda fits each time they meet.

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