San Jose Barracuda podcast with Marko Ukalovic: Barracuda need to find a way to stop unanswered goals, face Bakersfield tonight at SAP Center

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On the SJ Barracuda podcast with Marko Ukalovic:

#1 The San Jose Barracuda (8-11-0-2) couldn’t hold the lead in their last game against the Ontario Reign (11-11-2-0), scoring four unanswered goals

#2 This is not the typical way that Barracuda head coach Roy Sommer wants to lose a game. The loss marks the fourth time in seven games the Cuda have lost.

#3 Cuda goaltender Josef Korenar stopped 42 shots, but lost the game. It was his highest total of saves this season.

#4 The Barracuda’s Jonny Brodzenski has been a bright spot. He has a five-game point streak going along with two goals and five assists.

#5 The Cuda host the Bakersfield Condors (9-10-2-1) tonight at SAP Center. It’s going to be a barnburner. The Condors have won three straight and the Cuda have won one game in their last three games.

Marko is a Barracuda beat writer and joins Sports Talk every Wednesday for the Cuda podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Reign storm back to upend Barracuda in 5-4 shootout win

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By Marko Ukalovic

The San Jose Barracuda took the foot of the gas pedal after the first period and it came back to bite them as the Ontario Reign scored four unanswered goals en route to a 5-4 shootout victory Saturday evening at Toyota Arena.

San Jose ended up taking three out of the four points in the weekend series against their SoCal rival. However after posting a three-goal first period, the ‘Cuda will look back on a game that were in control of and let slip away.

The Barracuda (8-11-0-2) drew first blood on the power play early in the first period.  Joel Kellman won a face off over to Jonny Brodzinski, who sent the puck back up to the point where Thomas Gregoire collected it. The ‘Cuda defenseman skated back toward the middle, where his wrist shot went through a sea of traffic in front of Reign goalie Cal Petersen into the back of the net for Gregoire’s third goal of the season at the 6:20 mark.

San Jose doubled its lead six minutes later when Brodzinski led a rush into the Reign zone, where he sent a cross-ice pass over to a streaking Kellman and he buried a one-timer past Petersen for his third goal of the season at the 12:10 mark.

Just under two minutes later Gregoire fed a pass over to Alex True in the right slot and he in turn sent a cross ice pass over to Jayden Halbgewachs, who fired a one-timer past Petersen, in a similar goal to Kellman’s, for his sixth goal of the season at the 14:13 mark. Halbgewachs has scored in back-to-back games for the ‘Cuda.

Ontario (11-11-2-0) scored the last goal of the period on the power play when Gabe Vilardi had a nice give-and go with Kale Clague inside the ‘Cuda zone. From the point, Clague snapped a wrist shot past ‘Cuda goalie Josef Korenar for his fifth goal of the season at the 16:35 mark.

San Jose dominated the opening 20 minutes outshooting Ontario 12-8 and had the ice tilted in their favor for most of the period.

The second period didn’t see a goal being scored, but it saw a foreshadow of what would become a third period collapse for San Jose with them going continually going into the sin bin.

Ryan Stanton scored his second goal in as many games after taking a pass from Austin Strand and beat Korenar with a wrist shot at the 6:56 mark.

Ontario scored the equalizer with the man advantage when Clague collected the puck at the left point fed a cross-ice pass over to Martin Frk right above the right faceoff circle and Frk blasted a slap shot past Korenar for his 12th goal of the season at the 8:59 mark. Lance Bouma received the secondary assist.

Then with under four minutes left in the third period, Ontario struck again on the power play for their first lead of the game. Once again, Clauge was the set-up man, this time he sent a cross-ice pass over to Vilardi fired a shot from just above the right slot past Korenar for his second goal of the season at the 15:23 mark.

San Jose didn’t go quietly as Joachim Blichfeld fed a pass over to True, who buried a wrist shot past Petersen for his seventh goal of the season with 1:35 left in the third period to send the game into overtime and eventually the shootout.

In the shootout, both Frk and Vilardi scored for the Reign, while Petersen blanked all three of the Barracuda chances for the win.

Petersen finished the night making 30 saves on 34 shots for his 11th win, and third over San Jose, on the season. For Korenar, he made a career-high 41 saves out of the 45 saves he faced in the losing effort.

GAME NOTES: San Jose was 1/3 on the power play. Ontario was 3/7.

Brodzinski extended his point streak to five games (two goals, five assists) as he collected a goal and an assist.

Blichfeld recorded a pair of assists for his fifth multi-point game of the year and second in as many games and now co-leads the Barracuda in scoring (17).

Gregoire scored and added two assist as he recorded his second three-point night of his career and now co-leads the Barracuda in points (17).

The three power-play goals against matched a season-high for San Jose.

San Jose is now 0-2 in shootouts this year.

UP NEXT: San Jose hosts the Bakersfield Condors on Wednesday, December 11 at 7:00 pm at SAP Center.

Barracuda match franchise record in 9-2 onslaught over Reign

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By Marko Ukalovic

The San Jose Barracuda missed their captain. John McCarthy, who had missed the past three games due to injury, made the most of his return scoring two goals part of seven unanswered goals en route to a 9-2 victory over the Ontario Reign on Friday evening at Toyota Arena. He was one of three ‘Cuda forwards to score two goals in the game.

San Jose matched a franchise-high with the nine-goal outburst, and with their third road win, have 17 points and have tied San Diego for sixth place in the Pacific Division. Ontario is 2-8 in their last 10 games.

San Jose (8-11-0-1) drew first blood early in the first period. Maxim Letunov fed a pass over to Jayden Halbgewachs and he snapped a wrist shot past Reign goalie Cal Petersen for his fifth goal of the season at the 5:40 mark. Thomas Gregoire received the secondary assist.

McCarthy scored the first of his two goals after San Jose gained momentum killing a penalty. Seconds after Keaton Middleton’s trip to the sin bin expired, Jeffery Viel led a rush into the Reign zone where centered a pass over the ‘Cuda captain where he buried a wrist shot top-shelf past Petersen for his third goal of the season at the 15:32 mark.

The ‘Cuda scored their third goal of the period with just 36 seconds left. Sasha Chmelevski sent a shot behind the Reign net, where Letunov collected the puck and quickly wrapped around a shot into the far corner of the net for his sixth goal of the season.

San Jose shifted into fifth gear in the middle frame. Just 59 seconds into the second period, McCarthy scored a goal when he was able to out-wait Petersen with a sweet backhand shot for his fourth goal of the season. Evan Weinger and Viel received assists on the play.

After a scrap between Trevor Carrick and Lance Bouma, San Jose scored three goals in a 1:16 span. First, Joachim Blichfeld cleaned up his own rebound after an initial save by Petersen for his team-leading eighth goal of the season at 7:43.

That goal would chase Petersen, who had dominated the Barracuda in the first two games between the team earlier this season, as he gave up five goals on just 18 shots in 27:43 of playing time.

Backup goalie Matthew Villalta didn’t even get a chance to finish stretching when Jonny Brodzinski fired a slap shot into the twine for his fourth goal of the season at the 8:04 mark. Brodzinski has scored two goals against his former team in three games.

Alex True joined the scoring party when snapped a wrist shot past Villalta, for his fifth goal of the season at the 8:59 mark. Chmelevski recorded the primary assist for a multi-point game.

Ontario (10-11-2-0) finally erased the zero off the scoreboard when Martin Frk shot the puck past ‘Cuda goalie Andrew Shortridge from close range just underneath the crossbar for his 11th goal of the season at the 10:46 mark.

San Jose outshot Ontario 13-5 and completely tilted the ice in their favor after 40 minutes in a dominating period.

Ontario scored their second goal in the third period. Mikey Eyssimont centered a pass over to Ryan Stanton and snapped home the puck into the back of the net for his first goal with the Reign and his first goal in his last 30 games at the 7:08 mark.

San Jose regained their six-goal lead when Brodzinski led a 2-on-1 odd man rush with Blichfeld after a turnover. Blichfeld cut back into the slot before burying the puck Villalta for second goal of the night and ninth goal of the season at the 14:35 mark.

True scored his second goal of the contest 61 seconds later at the 15:36 mark. Danil Yurataykin and Jeremy Roy registered assists on True’s sixth goal of the season.

Shortridge, finally getting a smorgasbord of goal support, finished the game with 22 saves on 24 shots to earn his second win of the season. Villalta made 13 saves on 17 shots in mop-up duty.

GAME NOTES: San Jose was 0/1 on the power play. Ontario was also 0/1.

Letunov with his two-point game, extended his point streak to seven games.

San Jose had ten players with multi-point games. The 26 combined points on the nine goals set a franchise record. The nine goals also set a franchise record

UP NEXT: The Barracuda and Reign go at it again on Saturday, December 7 at 6:00 pm at Toyota Arena.

San Jose Barracuda podcast with Marko Ukalovic: Barracuda look to bounce back from loss with game on Friday in Ontario

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On the Cuda podcast with Marko:

#1 The Barracuda held the lead in last Friday’s game for much of the way until the Bakersfield Condors came back with two goals in the third period.

#2 In the 4-3 loss, the Barracuda snapped their two-game win streak.

#3 Condors forward Cooper Marody scored what proved to be the game-winning goal at the 7:33 mark of the third period when William Lagesson centered a pass over to Marody, who was camped out in front of the crease.

#4 Barracuda head coach Roy Sommer said the game went south when the Condors were able to score twice after the Cuda had a 2-0 lead they saw evaporate.

#5 The Barracuda try to get back in the win column on Friday, Dec. 6th in Ontario.

Marko is a San Jose Barracuda beat writer and does the Barracuda podcasts each Wednesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Jose Barracuda podcast with Marko Ukalovic: Barracuda look to improve their game against the Reign; Ontario beats SJ twice already

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On the SJ Barracuda podcast with Marko:

#1 The Ontario Reign scored three first period goals in their win over the San Jose Barracuda at SAP Center on Saturday.

#2 Josef Korenar, the Barracuda goalie, recorded his second loss of the season facing three goals on 17 shots.

#3 The Cuda’s Carl Grunstrom and Tobias Bjorn each scored goals in their AHL debuts.

#4 Nick DeSimone collected his first goal of the season and the Barracuda goal of the first period.

#5 The Barracuda open up the first of two games on Friday against the Colorado Eagles to be played in Colorado.

Marko does the SJ Barracuda podcasts each Wednesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Reign take down Barracuda in 5-2 victory in SJ

sjbarracuda.com photo: After the Ontario Reign defeated the San Jose Barracuda back on opening day 5-0 the Reign came calling on Saturday at SAP Center in San Jose and beat the Barracuda again 5-2.

by Marko Ukalovic

SAN JOSE, Calif- The Ontario Reign lived by the quality over quantity moto as they scored three-first period goals en route to a 5-2 victory over the San Jose Barracuda on Saturday afternoon at SAP Center.

The game featured the first AHL action for forwards Lean Bergmann and Danil Yurtaykin, who both recently were reassigned to the Barracuda after spending the first two weeks of the season with the parent club Sharks.

Ontario (3-2-0-0) drew first blood halfway through the first period. Carl Grundstrom was cherry-picking at center ice when he received a long feed from Martin Frk. Grundstrom skated in all alone and wired a wrist shot from the left slot that beat Cuda goalie Josef Korenar for first goal of the season at the 9:18 mark.

San Jose (2-2-0-0) tied it up less than 90 seconds later when Alex True won a face inside the Reign zone. Joachim Blichfeld tapped it back to the point over to Nick DeSimone, who sent a rocket top-shelf over the left shoulder of Reign goalie Cal Petersen for his first goal of the season at the 10:46 mark.

Ontario regained the lead on the power play. Rasmus Kupari entered into the Cuda zone and fed a drop pass to the left point over to Tobias Bjornfot. The Swedish defenseman sent a innocent looking wrist shot, that fooled Korenar, into the back of the net for his first goal of the season at the 13:19 mark.

The Reign went into the first intermission with a two-goal lead when Brett Sutter centered a pass from behind the goal line that kicked off the skate of Lance Bouma into the back of the net for his second goal of the season with 24 seconds remaining in the opening 20 minutes. San Jose head coach Roy Sommer challenged the call believing that Bouma used a kicking motion, but after a replay review, the call was upheld.

Tonight (we got) kind of behind the 8-ball”, said Sommer. “Down 3-1, especially the first 10 minutes we were all over them. (Then) they’d come down and score, come down and score. The one that killed us was the one with 24 seconds left in the first (period).”

The Cuda made it a one-goal game late in the second period. Joel Kellman sent a pass up to Lean Bergman that ended up on a two-on-two with Jonny Brodzinski. Bergman stopped on a dime, spun around with a back hand pass over to Brodzinski who was able to chip the puck over the stick of Petersen for his second goal of the season at the 13:15 mark.

“You know I played a lot today”, said Bergmann after being a healthy scratch the past few games with the Sharks. “Playing a lot is always good. Just get more comfortable with the (Sommer’s) system. Just learning everything (I can).”

San Jose controlled the play in the third period. However, despite out shooting Ontario 14-5 and creating all kinds of havoc in front of Petersen, the Reign goaltender made many key stops throughout the final 20 minutes, frustrating the Cuda for a second straight time this season.

Ontario wrapped up the game with two empty net goals with under a minute remaining when San Jose pulled Korenar for an extra attacker. First Frk scored his fourth goal of the season with 1:10 left to seal the deal for Ontario. Then Grundstrom finished off his two-goal afternoon with his own empty netter with 15 second left in the game.

“I was actually happen with our game”, said Cuda captain John McCarthy. “We carried the pace of play. They were opportunistic on their chances and it came back to bite us (in the end).”

Petersen finished his busy afternoon stopping 32 shots of the 34 he faced to earn his third win of the season. Korenar made 14 saves on 17 shots in the losing effort.

GAME NOTES: San Jose was 0/3 on the power play. Ontario was 1/3.

Fisticuffs! Cuda’s Keaton Middleton danced the tango with Ontario’s Boko Imama at 11:36 of the second period.

Sasha Chmelevski, Manny Wiederer and Evan Weinger were healthy scratches.

UP NEXT: San Jose travels out to Colorado to take on the Eagles on Friday 10/25 at 6:05pm.

San Jose Barracuda podcast with Marko Ukalovic: Comeback game last Sunday may prove to Barracuda to be ready for Ontario Saturday

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On the Barracuda podcast with Marko:

#1 Down 2-0 in the second period to the Bakersfield Condors, the San Jose Barracuda made a comeback scoring three unanswered goals at SAP Center last Sunday to end up beating the Condors 4-3.

#2 This was the second straight win for the Barracuda who handled the San Diego Gulls on Friday with authority in a 5-1 and exhibited the ability to attack the net and shoot without hesitating.

#3 After the Cuda’s first loss of the season to the Ontario Reign 5-0 it looked like coach Roy Sommer changed the offense up a bit what was those changes?

#4 In that second period the Condors led the Barracuda 3-2 but in the third period the Barracuda got goals from Noah Gregor and Ivan Chekovich to tie and go ahead

#5 The Barracuda host the Ontario Reign next Saturday Oct 19th at SAP Center for a 1:15pm matinee, Ontario took the Barracuda to the woodshed last time they met after the way they won their last two games do you see a different outlook for Saturday’s game?

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

San Jose Barracuda podcast with Marko Ukalovic: Barracuda and Gulls in home opener tonight at SAP Center

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On SJ Barracuda podcast with Marko:

#1 With the Barracuda parent club going 1-4 to start the season, will the San Jose Sharks dip into the Cuda well to farm out some players to help out in some SOS situations?

#2 Another concern is the Ontario Reign got what is known in hockey, a 5-0 shutout laugher, on the Barracuda last Friday night in the Southland in the season opener?

#3 Cuda goalie Josef Kornear was made of target practice Friday stopping 27 shots out of 32. Is this something that he can shake off coming into tonight’s opener or should head coach Roy Sommer be concerned?

#4 The power play was weak for San Jose they went 0-4. Those are some critical opportunities where they could have got on the scoreboard, but ended up getting shutout.

#5 The Barracuda open up against the San Diego Gulls, who also lost the Bakersfield Condors last Friday night 2-1. The Gulls gave the Barracuda fits last season to knock them out of the playoffs. Marko set this one up as the Barracuda host the Gulls for the home opener tonight.

Marko Ukalovic is a Barracuda beat writer for http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Reign dominates Barracuda 5-0 in season opener

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By Marko Ukalovic

After have two successful pre-season games, the San Jose Barracuda received a rude awakening in the season opener. It was not the start the team wanted or expected as they were dominated by the Ontario Reign 5-0 on Friday evening at Toyota Arena.

Ontario (1-0) received goals from five different goal scorers in routing San Jose as they scored two goals in both the first and second period to take control of the game.

San Jose (0-1) did not come out flat as they peppered Reign goalie Cal Petersen with 41 shots, including 21 in the second period.

The Reign opened up the scoring midway through the first period when Brett Sutter was able to put a shot past Cuda goalie Josef Kornear at the 10:34 mark. Mario Kempe and Matt Luff received assists.

Sheldon Rempal fed a pass over to Martin Frk, who wasted no time putting the puck in the back of the net for a power play goal late in the first period for a 2-0 lead at the 18:37 mark. Jaret Anderson-Dolan received the secondary assist.

Ontario didn’t waste any time increasing their lead just 22 seconds into the middle period. Kempe picked up his second asssit on the evening when he fed Rasmus Kapuri and he fired a shot past Korenar for his first goal of the season.

Once again the Reign scored a late goal to close out the second period. Lance Bouma scored his first goal of the season at the 17:40 mark. Bokondji Imama received the only asssist.

Anderson-Dolan completed the scoring with a power play goal of his own at the 18:48 mark of the third period. Nikolai Prokhorkin and Mikey Anderson received assists.

Petersen (1-0) stopped all 41 shots he faced for his first shutout of the season. Korenar (0-1) made 27 saves on 32 shots in sufferjng the loss.

GAME NOTES: San Jose went 0/4 on the power play. Ontario was 2/4.

UP NEXT: San Jose plays their home opener on Friday, October 11 as they host the San Diego Gulls at 7:00 pm at SAP Center.

San Jose Barracuda podcast with Marko Ukalovic: Cuda to open season Friday in Ontario

sjbarracuda.com file photo: Alexander True (70) one of the few members of the San Jose Barracuda is on the bubble to go to the big club, the San Jose Sharks. The Barracuda open this Friday at Ontario for the 2019-20 season.

On the Barracuda podcast with Marko:

#1 The SJ Barracuda didn’t waste anytime getting a two-game sweep over the Colorado Eagles at Solar4America Ice on Friday and Saturday nights.

#2 What’s it like for Antoine Bibeau playing for the Eagles and coming back to face his old teammates in San Jose?

#3 Were the two games with the Barracuda and Eagles more of snapshot to see the prospects and up-and-coming players as head coach Roy Sommer prepares for the regular season?

#4 Do you get an indication from the Barracuda that their offensive prowess hasn’t lost a step and they should be offensive ready for opening night on Friday?

#5 In winning the two games over the Eagles and knowing and playing with Bibeau, was that an advantage for the Barracuda in keying on taking shots on him?

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