Brodzinski’s two goals power Barracuda past Wild 5-1 photo

by Marko Ukalovic

SAN JOSE, Calif- Jonny Brodzinki is riding high on a huge wave of goals. He powered the San Jose Barracuda with two goals in a 5-1 convincing victory over the Iowa Wild on Wednesday evening at SAP Center

San Jose swept the two-game series with Iowa and went 3-1 in the season series. The Wild have lost two in a row for the first time since January 10th and 11th to San Diego and Bakersfield.

The ‘Cuda held one of the league’s highest scoring offenses to one goal in 123:20 minutes of action in the past 48 hours.

“One of our problems was we struggled to hold on to games,” said co-head coach Jimmy Bonneau regarding his team’s poor third period play this season. “I don’t know if it’s…I wouldn’t say less on the line. Cause in this league, especially more than anything, you play for a lot of everything. I think we’re learning how to win, learning how to manage games.”

San Jose (18-27-4-2) drew first blood less than three minutes into the first period on the power play. Just as the first penalty of their 5-on-3 opportunity had expired, Trevor Carrick sent a pass down low to Maxim Letunov. The sophomore forward then sent a backhand spin-o-rama pass to Joachim Blichfeld at the backdoor who buried the puck into an open net for his 16th goal of the season at the 2:42 mark.

“I always know Blichie (Blichfeld) is (stationed) backdoor ready to shoot. Before I got the puck I saw he was ready to shoot. So gladly it got through (to) him and he put it in the net,” said Letunov.

Iowa (36-17-4-3) had two power plays of their own in the opening frame but the ‘Cuda penalty kill led by goalie Josef Korenar kept the Wild scoreless. Iowa outshot San Jose 11-10 after 20 minutes.

The ‘Cuda doubled their lead early in the second period. Ivan Chekhovich picked up a loose puck near the crease. He skated behind the net and centered a pass out to the slot where Evan Weinger blasted a one-timer past Wild goalie Mat Robson for his eighth goal of the season at the 3:57 mark.

San Jose scored an insurance goal early in the third period. Letunov led a rush into the Wild zone. He fed a pass into the slot for Jeffery Viel who fired a wrist shot that was saved by Robson. However, the Wild backup netminder couldn’t control the rebound and Brodzinski slid the puck past Robson’s five-hole for his first goal and 11th of the season at the 1:41 mark.

Iowa spoiled Korenar’s shutout bid with a power play goal under four minutes later. A give and go between Bennan Menell and Sam Anas led to Anas finding JT Brown open in the slot and Brown lasered a one-timer past Korenar for his ninth goal of the season at the 5:28 mark.

The Barracuda regained their three-goal lead when Nick DeSimone skated in from the point down the right wing and roofed a shot top-shelf past Robson for his fourth goal of the season at the 12:16 mark. Chekhovich received the lone assist on the goal for a two-point night.

Brodzinski iced the game for San Jose 25 seconds later with his second goal of the contest. He intercepted a clearing attempt by the Wild. From the right slot he wired a wrist shot past Robson to the short side for this 12th goal of the season at the 12:41 mark.

Brodzinski has four goals in his last two games against the Wild.

“Sometimes you get the puck luck and that’s kind of how it’s been going (for me). Last probably 10 games before this there was one that kicked off the D-man’s foot, came right to me. It seemed like I was catching that one clean and it fell right in the glove. This one I don’t catch (it) right and I kinda fan on it and it goes five-hole. That’s just how the puck is going (in) for me right now,” Brodzinski said.

Korenar, fresh off his career high 42 save performance on Monday, stopped 33 of the 34 shots he faced to earn his 11th win of the season. Robson made 26 saves on 31 shots in the losing effort.

It was a nice change of scenery for the second year netminder to have some goal support which had been lacking for him earlier in the season.

“I felt so much better after we won the game in overtime (on Monday). It gives you such confidence. Hopefully that continues,” said Korenar.

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

Weinger’s goal snapped an 11-game goal-less draught for the forward.

With his two helpers, Letunov now leads the ‘Cuda with 38 points and 26 assists.

Jayden Halbgewachs had his three-game point streak snapped.

Anas’s assist gave him 65 points on the season, which leads the AHL.

The announced attendance was 2,571.

UP NEXT The Barracuda continue their six-game homestand on Friday 3/6 as they host the San Diego Gulls at 7:00pm at SAP Center.

San Jose Barracuda podcast with Marko Ukalovic: Barracuda looking for second win against Wild tonight

sjbarracuda photo: The San Jose Barracuda host the Iowa Wild tonight at SAP Center as the Barracuda attempt to win their second game against the Wild

On the Barracuda podcast with Marko:

#1 The San Jose Barracuda (18-27-4-2) edged out a close contest with the Iowa Wild (36-16-4-3) on Monday morning 2-1.

#2 The Barracuda were playing a pretty decent team in the Wild on Monday and they went all out on defense to prevent Iowa from piling on goals.

#3 Jonny Brodzinski provided all the offense San Jose would need scoring two goals opening the game at 0:29 with a goal and an overtime goal

#4 The Barracuda’s Josef Korenar (10-16-2) stopped 42 shots and played much of the game standing on his head but his prevent defense kept the Wild out of the game.

#5 It’s Iowa again tonight as the Barracuda hope to sweep the Wild in the second of two games

Marko Ukalovic does Barracuda podcasts each Wednesday at

Brodzinki’s OT winner spark Barracuda with 2-1 win over Wild

sjbarracuda photo: San Jose Barracuda get a one goal victory thanks to a Jonny Brodzinki goal against the visiting Iowa Wild at SAP Center on Monday

by Marko Ukalovic

SAN JOSE, Calif- Jonny Brodzinki had been in a mini-slump of late. His two goals provided all the offense the San Jose Barracuda needed to defeat the Iowa Wild in 2-1 overtime victory on Monday afternoon at SAP Center.

Nick DeSimone fed a pass to Brodzinki down the left wing then cut back into the middle in between two Wild defenders and sniped home a wrist shot from the right wing to the far side past Wild goalie Kaapo Khakonen for the game winning goal, his second of the game and 10th of the season at the 3:20 mark of overtime.

San Jose snapped their two game losing streak and four game overtime losing streak. Iowa had their three game winning streak snapped as they sit in second place in the Central Division with 79 points.

San Jose (18-27-4-2) drew first blood just 29 seconds into the first period. Maxim Letunov fired a shot on net stopped by Khakonen but Brodzinki was Jonny on the spot as he cleaned up the rebound from just outside the crease for his first goal of the contest and ninth goal of the season. It was the second quickest goal scored to start a game by the ‘Cuda.

The Wild out shot the Barracuda 15-12 in the opening frame.

Iowa (36-16-4-3) scored the equalizer on the power play half way throug the second period. ‘Cuda defenseman Mike Downing fumbled behind the ‘Cuda net. Connor Dewar pressured Downing and was able to intercept the puck. He centered a pass out to Sam Anas who fired a one-timer past Cuda goalie Josef Korenar for his 19th of the season at the 9:19 mark. It was Anas’ seventh play power goal as well.

There was no scoring in the third period as Iowa dominated the play outshooting San Jose 15-3. However Korenar stood stall in the net forcing the game into overtime.

Korenar finished with a career high 42 saves on 43 shots to earn his 10th victory of the season. Khakonen made 25 saves on 27 shots in the losing effort.

GAME NOTES: San Jose was 0-for-3 on the power play. Iowa went 1-for-5.

San Jose hosted their second “Cuda Classroom Day” of the season.

Brodzinski snapped a six-game goal-less draught.

Kahkonen was named the CCM/AHL Goaltender of the Month for February after he posted an 8-1-0 record and led the league in nearly every goaltending category.

Anas leads the AHL in points with 64.

Cody McLeod and Jeffery Viel exchanged fisticuffs at the 6:12 mark of the third period.

Thomas Gregoire picked up an assist and continues to pace Barracuda defensemen in assists (19) and points (24)

Letunov collected two assists to add to his team-leading 36 points

The announced attendance was 3,953.

UP NEXT: The Barracuda continue their six game homestand on Wednesday 3/4 as the finish their season series with the Iowa Wild at 7:00pm at SAP Center.


Wild edge Barracuda in overtime 4-3 photo

by Marko Ukalovic

DES MOINES, Iowa- A seasaw battle between the San Jose Barracuda and the Iowa Wild ended in a thrilling 4-3 overtime win for the Wild on Saturday evening at Wells Fargo Arena.

Louie Belpedio scored the game winner with one minute left in the overtime session as the Wild split their two game weekend series with the ‘Cuda.

The loss snapped the two-game winning streak for San Jose. Iowa evened their record to 3-3 against the Pacific Divison this season.

San Jose (14-20-0-2) jumped out to a early lead just 62 seconds into the first period while killing a penalty. A backhand pass by the Wild was knocked away by Nick DeSimone. Dylan Gambrell made a touch pass over to Evan Weigner and he outraced two Wild defenders before depositing a backhand shot through the 5-hole of Wild goalie Mat Robson for a short-handed goal, his seventh goal of the season.

The ‘Cuda doubled their lead midway through the opening frame when Lukas Radil led a 3-on-2 rush into the Wild zone. He fed a pass to the right over to Noah Gregor who quickly made a touch pass back over to the left to a wide open Gambrell who tipped the puck past Robson for his third goal of the season at the 9:24 mark.

Iowa (22-14-3-2) cut the deficit in half near the end of the period. Belpedio won a faceoff draw back to the Dmitry Sokolov who made a move toward the net and fired a wrist shot past ‘Cuda goalie Zachary Sawchenko for the first of his two goals on the night at the 16:32 mark.

The Wild scored the equalizer in the first five minutes of the second period. Luke Johnson sent a cross-ice pass over to a open Will Bitten whose shot was initially saved by Sawchenko. However the rebound trickled out to Kyle Rau and he slammed it home for his ninth goal of the season at the 4:23 mark.

Iowa gained its first lead of the game with under three minutes left in the middle frame. Belpedio found Sokolov open at the top of the right faceoff circle and he blasted a one-timer past Sawchenko for his second goal of the game and 11th of the season at the 17:17 mark.

Just when it looked like Iowa had the game locked up while on the power play with under two minutes remaining in the third period San Jose striked for the equalizer. Noah Gregor led a rush up the ice along with Jonny Brodzinki. Jonny on the spot then fed it to a trailing Jacob Middleton who buried a wrist shot the far side of Robson for his first goal of the season at the 18:25 mark.

His first goal of the season could not have come at a better time for San Jose as it snapped a 34 game goalless drought for the ‘Cuda defenseman.

Robson (8-7-4) stopped 23 of the 26 shots he faced to earn his eighth win of the season. Sawchenko had a good night in goal, despite suffering the loss, as he made 37 saves on 41 shots.

GAME NOTES: San Jose was 0-for-2 on the power play. Iowa was 1-for-5

Weinger netted his team-leading second shorthanded goal of year.

Gambrell recorded his third multi-point game (one goal, one assist) over his last six games.

Saturday was the third time in franchise history in which the Barracuda scored two shorthanded goals in a game and the first since 3/26/17 at Tucson.

The announced attendance was 10,928.

UP NEXT: The Barracuda continue their roadtrip in Bakersfield to take on the Condors on Wednesday 1/22 at 6:30pm at Mechanics Bank Arena.

Barracuda third period outburst tames Wild 3-1


by Marko Ukalovic

DES MOISES Iowa- Better late than never is the philosophy the San Jose Barracuda used in the third period as they scored three unaswered goals to defeat the Iowa Wild 3-1 on Friday evening at Wells Fargo Arena.

This was the first game San Jose has played outside the Pacific Division this season in the first of four games they will play against Iowa this season. The ‘Cuda have won two games in a row. The Wild are 2-3 against the Pacific Division this season.

The opening 20 minutes went scoreless with San Jose outshooting the Iowa 10-5. Each team had a power play opportunity with neither team not being able to cash in with the man advantage.

Iowa (22-14-3-2) drew first blood near the end of the second period. Jacob Middleton slipped and fell while trying to clear the puck out of the ‘Cuda zone. Brandon Duhaime collected the puck and made a back hand pass over to Dmitry Sokolov who buried a shot top-shelf past ‘Cuda goalie Zachary Sawchenko for his ninth goal of the season at the 15:29 mark.

Despite outshooting Iowa 13-11 in the middle frame, San Jose still trailed 1-0 at the second intermission.

San Jose (14-20-0-2) began their comeback 33 seconds into the third period. Alexander True led a rush into the Wild zone. His centering pass deflected off a Wild defender onto the stick of Nikolai Knyzhov who quickly fed over to Jeffery Viel to the right of the net. Viel than tapped the puck into the empty net for the first of his two goals of the game and seventh of the season.

The ‘Cuda gained the lead when Jonny Brodzinski intercepted a clearing attempt by the Wild. He made a pass over to Trevor Carrick at the left slot and Carrick sent a cross-ice pass over to Sasha Chmelevski who buried a wrist shot to the short side of Wild goalie Kaapo Khakonen for his seventh goal of the season at the 6:22 mark.

Iowa pulled Khakonen for an extra attacker with two minutes remaining in an effort to score the eqaulizer but Viel dashed the Wild’s hopes of scoring the equalizer when he won a race to a loose puck inside the Wild zone and desposited the puck between two Wild defenders into the empty net for his eighth goal of the season and second of the contest at the 18:29 mark.

It was the first time in Viel’s career he has had a multi-goal game.

Sawchenko (3-1-0) stopped 23 of the 24 shots he faced to earn his third win of the season. Khakonen (14-5-1) allowed two goal on 29 shots in suffering the loss.

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

Prior to Friday, the Barracuda were just 3-16-0 when trailing after two periods.

After the win, the Barracuda are now 4-2-1 all-time against the Wild.

The announced attendance was 5,596.

UP NEXT: The Barracuda conclude their two game series with the Wild on Saturday 1/18 at 4:00pm at Wells Fargo Arena.