Wild score early then hang on to edge Barracuda 4-3

The Iowa Wild celebrate a goal along the bench against the San Jose Barracuda at Tech CU Arena on Tuesday NOV 29, 2022. (San Jose Barracuda)

by Marko Ukalovic

SAN JOSE — The Iowa Wild scored three unanswered goals in the first period and then hung on at the end for a 4-3 victory over the San Jose Barracuda on Tuesday evening at Tech CU Arena.

San Jose had its two-game winning streak snapped. Iowa snapped its two-game losing streak with its sixth win in the month of November.

San Jose (10-8-0-1) drew first blood early in the first period. Andrew Agozzino intercepted a pass at the red line from a pass that exited the Wild zone. The ‘Cuda captain skated down the left wing and on a delayed penalty beat Wild goalie Jesper Wallstedt with a wrist shot from a tough angle for his fifth goal of the season at the 2:50 mark.

Agozzino has been streaking with points in his last seven of eight games.

Iowa (7-6-2-2) answered back three minutes later. Daemon Hunt fed a pass down to Joseph Cramarossa who slid a backhander past ‘Cuda goalie Strauss Mann for his third goal of the season at the 5:52 mark.

The Wild went ahead with a power play goal late in the opening frame. Joe Hicketts found Marco Rossi along the left slot and Rossi rifled home a wrist shot top shelf past Mann for his first goal of his AHL career at the 13:40 mark.

Iowa scored its third unanswered goal in the first period on its second consecutive goal with the man advantage. Sammy Walker blasted a shot from the point past Mann for his eighth goal of the season at the 15:27 mark. Rossi and Adma Beckman were credited with assists.

San Jose cut Iowa’s lead down to one early in the second period. Luke Johnson beat Wallstedt with a show between the five-hole for his fourth goal of the season at the 4:38 mark. Ryan Merkley and Scott Reedy recorded assists on the team’s second goal.

It didn’t take long for Iowa to regain its two-goal lead. Damien Giroux set up Hunt at the left slot and the Wild defenseman roofed a wrist shot top shelf for his first goal of the season 38 seconds later.

San Jose closed the gap to a one-goal deficit with 58 seconds left in the third period with the man advantage. A shot from right slot by Tristan Robbins deflected off Reedy and was batted out of the air by C.J. Suess for his third goal of the season.

Wallstedt finished with 30 saves on 33 shots to earn the victory. Mann made 29 saves on 33 shots in the losing effort that snapped his two-game winning streak.

GAME NOTES: San Jose finished 1-for-5 on the power play. Iowa went 2-for-6.

The Three Stars of the Game were: 1) Rossi 2) Hunt 3) Hicketts.

UP NEXT: San Jose and Iowa conclude their two-games series on Wednesday 11/30 at 7:00pm at Tech CU Arena.

Strong first period for Barracuda is enough for win over Iowa Wild by score of 3-1.

Photo courtesy of San Jose Barracuda. Andrew Agozzino skates up the ice against the Iowa Wild on Saturday night.

By Titus Wilkinson (@TitusWisme)

Another night in Iowa another win as the Barracuda found a way to win against the Wild by a final score of 3-1.

The game would start with a quick penalty call against the Wild for holding that would be killed off. It would end up being a pattern for the rest of the game as the Barracuda finished the night 0-3 on the power play.

Despite the power play being killed Luke Johnson found the back of the net for the Barracuda. The assists coming from C.J. Suess and Ryan Merkley on a nice shot from far out that went bar down past Iowa goalie Zane McIntyre.

Not less than a minute later William Eklund followed it up with a tap in to a wide open net off a nice feed from Derrick Pouliot. Ryan Merkley got the other assist as the Barracuda quickly found themselves up 2-0.

That would be all the scoring in the first period with the shots ending at a tie of 9-9 between the two teams.

Momentum seemed to swing in the other direction in the second period with the shots moving more in favor of the Wild. With the shots by the end of the period in favor of the Wild by 19-13.

To cap off this momentum swing Nick Swaney scored for Wild with assists from Steven Fogarty and Turner Ottenbriet.

Newly anointed Barracuda captain Andrew Agozzino would respond on a breakaway goal shooting it through the five-hole of McIntyre. Max Veronneau got the assist feeding it up to Agozzino to propel him on the breakaway.

That would do it for scoring as the Barracuda would hold on to that lead of 3-1. Due in large part to goalie Eetu Makiniemi making 28 saves on the night.

The Barracuda’s next game will be against the Henderson Silver Knights on Saturday Oct. 22nd at 6:00 p.m. at Tech Cu arena.

Dramatic finish sees Barracuda squeak out win in shootout over Wild by a final of 4-3

Picture courtesy of San Jose Barracuda. Barracuda player Danil Guschin keeps his head up against the Iowa Wild on Friday night.

By Titus Wilkinson (@TitusWisme)

In the season opener at Iowa against the Wild the Barracuda found a way to pull off the win in the shootout by a score of 4-3.

It would open up with a threatening power play from the Barracuda that saw a multitude of opportunities. Jesper Wallstedt would stand strong though for the Wild and stave off the attack.

Not to long after the power play Tristen Robins would find the back of the net with a beautiful wrist shot to make it 1-0. It would end up being an unassisted goal at the 16:54 mark of the 1st and Robins first professional goal.

The quick start would continue for the Barracuda as Thomas Bordeleau found twine with an assist from Patrick Sieloff. It was a sort of fluky one as a shot from the point by Sieloff would just trickle through Wallstedt and be poked in by Bordeleau.

As the young guns found a way to get on the board the Wild would slowly begin to climb back into the game and actually evened the shots by the end of the period at ten.

To kick of the second period Scott Reedy continued the offense with a goal of his own to make 3-0. The assists would go to Derrick Pouliot and Andrew Agozzino on the power play goal.

Finally after some time in the second period would pass the Wild got a goal from Mason Shaw with an assist from Nic Petan.

After more continued pressure the Wild slowly took control of the shot count ending the second period up in shots at 20-16.

The Wild continued this momentum into the third period were they would open the scoring this time with a goal from Joseph Cramarossa. The lone assist ended up going to Sammy Walker.

With the drama at a fever pitch the Wild would find another opportune goal to tie it at the 20:00 minute mark of the third from Sammy Walker. The assists credited to both Joe Hicketts and Daemon Hunt who helped this game go to overtime.

At the end of three periods the shots finished in favor of the Wild at 34-23.

In overtime the pressure continued from the Wild as they had four shots on goal in overtime but it was not enough as a shootout would be necessary to decide this one.

The shootout would end up being a long one as both goalies made saves back and forth.

Finishing the night off on a high note brand new captain of the Barracuda Agozzino scored in the shootout to give the Barracuda a win in Iowa.

The Barracuda’s next game will be tomorrow in Iowa again against the Wild at 4:00 p.m.

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

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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 http://www.sportsradioservice.com

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

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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

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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.