Canucks get late goal in third period for 3-2 comeback win over Barracuda

San Jose’s Kyle Criscuolo fires a shot on Abbotsford’s Jake Kupsky at Tech CU Arena on Friday FEB 3, 2022. (San Jose Barracuda)

by Marko Ukalovic

The Abbotsford Canucks scored two goals in the third period for a 3-2 comeback victory over the San Jose Barracuda on Friday evening at Tech CU Arena.

San Jose has won two out of its past three games/have lost three out of its last four games. Abbotsford has lost four out of its last five games/have won two in a row after losing three games a in a row.

San Jose (18-22-0-3) drew first blood early in the first period with an even strength goal. Martin Kaut sent a rink wide pass from along the left boards over to an unmarked Andrew Agozzino who one-timed the puck past Canuck’s goalie Jake Kupsky for his 15th goal of the season at the 6:24 mark.

Kaut, who was acquired by the San Jose Sharks back on January 25th from the Colorado Avalanche, has three points in his three games with the ‘Cuda.

The former 2018 first round draft pick said he is glad to have a fresh start with a clean slate in San Jose after five tumultuous years in the Rocky Mountains.

“Honestly it’s been my dream to play for the Sharks. “I have to play every game good, play hard. Hopefully the chance will come soon, if not..I believe it will come if I play the way I am able to,” Kaut said.

Abbotsford (24-15-2-2) answered back with an even strength goal just under three minutes later. Nils Hoglander found a trailing Christian Wolanin who deposited the puck into an open net for his fifth goal of the season at the 9:18 mark.

Wolanin has scored in back-to-back games after not scoring in 24 consecutive games.

It didn’t take long for the Barracuda to regain the lead thanks to its fourth line. Jeffery Viel led a rush up the ice and found Adam Raska on the left wing. Raska beat Kupsky with a wrist shot to the far side for his third goal of the season at the 11:03 mark. ‘Cuda goalie Aaron Dell received the secondary assist, his first point of the season.

Raska has three goals in his last two games. However, Raska did not finish the game as he left due to an illness.

Kupsky suffered an apparent lower body injury at the 6:07 mark of the second period when he awkwardly fell inside his crease and injured himself. He was replaced by Arturs Silovs. Kupsky finished with 17 saves on 19 shots.

Abbotsford dominated the rest of the game from the halfway point of the middle frame till the end as they capitalized on San Jose’s mistakes.


“We gave it away, we gave it away,” said ‘Cuda head coach John McCarthy on how disappointed he was with his team’s performance. “Turnovers. I didn’t like our start. They (Abbotsford) took it to us probably the first six or seven minutes (of the game). In the second, I think we generated some momentum, played pretty well. Then it in the third, (it was the) same old story. Penalties, not hard enough on loose pucks. We gave two points away.”

Abbotsford scored the equalizer early in the third period. Nils Aman received a pass up in the neutral zone from Noah Juulsen. Aman skated in a roofed a backhander over the shoulder of Dell and off the crossbar for his fourth goal of the season at the 5:15 mark.

The Canucks earned its first lead with a power play goal late in the third period. With Luke Johnson in the sinbin for tripping, Hoglander redirected a shot from the point by Wolanin past Dell for his sixth goal of the season at the 14:24 mark.

Silovs was a perfect 12-for-12 coming in relief to earn the victory. Dell made 22 saves on 25 shots in the losing effort.

GAME NOTES: San Jose finished 0-for-3 on the power play. Abbotsford went 1-for-3.

The Canucks are 4-1 vs Cuda this season. They scored a power play goal in every game against San Jose this season.

The Three Stars of the Game were: 1) Wolanin 2) Hoglander 3) Agozzino

UP NEXT: San Jose and Abbotsford conclude their two-game series on Saturday 2/4 at 2:00pm at Tech CU Arena.

Barracuda’s January 31st game delayed due to Harry Styles Concert

Photo courtesy of San Jose Barracuda. Patrick Sieloff gets ready for a game.

By Titus Wilkinson (@TitusWisme)

For fans who were looking to watch the Barracuda tonight they may have been in for a rude surprise as the game against the Firebirds at Arcisure Arena in Palm Desert was unfortunately postponed.

It turns out the reason for this game being postponed is because of a Harry Styles concert happening in the arena the same day.

So the game that was supposed to be played today against the Firebirds won’t be played till February 27th.

Thankfully though for Barracuda fans the wait for their next game won’t be too long as they play this Friday at home against the Abbotsford Canucks at 7 p.m.

Heading into their next game San Jose’s leading scorer is Andrew Agozzino with 32 points. While their leader in goals is Thomas Bordeleau with 18 goals.

San Jose Barracuda podcast with Marko Ukalovic: Barracuda hope to rebound from loss host Canucks Friday

The San Jose Barracuda defenceman Patrick Holway (left), the Bakersfield Condors left winger Tyler Benson center, and Barracuda goaltender Aaron Dell right anticipate the puck at Mechanics Bank Arena in Bakersfield on Sat Jan 28, 2023 (photo by San Jose Barracuda)

On the San Jose Barracuda podcast with Marko Ukalovic:

#1 The San Jose Barracuda (18-22-0-3) tough loss against the Bakersfield Condors  (16-21-2-1) after tying up Saturday’s game twice the Cuda just couldn’t hold on and lost by a goal 5-4 at Mechanics Bank in Bakersfield.

#2 The game kicked off with the Condors leading in shots by 4-0 putting the pressure on San Jose. At the 7:51 mark Patrick Sieloff took a holding penalty putting Bakersfield on the power play. On said power play Seth Griffith was given a pass across the slot that he tapped in scoring his 11th goal of the season.

#3 In the second period Luke Johnson kicked things early for San Jose as he received a pass from Jeffrey Viel that he finessed into the net tying the game up. 6:22 into the second period Barracuda was given a chance to take a lead as their power play unit hit the ice.

#4 Adam Raska was not done though as seconds after the last goal Raska got in on the forecheck, stole the puck, and took it to the net were he scored once again to make it 5-4. San Jose later in the period did pull Aaron Dell but could not get the equalizer and thus fell 5-4.The shots finished in favor of the Barracuda at 36-28.

#5 The Barracuda are back at CU Tech Arena in San Jose on Fri Feb 3th as they the host Abbottsford Canucks (23-14-2-2) fourth place in the Pacific Division

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Close games ends with Barracuda on the losing side against the Condors 5-4

Photo courtesy of San Jose Barracuda. Danil Gushchin battles with a Condors player for the puck on December 27th 2022.

By Titus Wilkinson (@TitusWisme)

San Jose and Bakersfield battled it out and had a back-and-forth game that ended in favor of the Condors by a 5-4 final.

The game kicked off with the Condors leading in shots by 4-0 putting the pressure on San Jose.

At the 7:51 mark Patrick Sieloff took a holding penalty putting Bakersfield on the power play.

On said power play Seth Griffith was given a pass across the slot that he tapped in scoring his 11th goal of the season.

The Condors held on to that lead as the first period ended 1-0 with the shots favoring Bakersfield 14-6.

In the second period Luke Johnson kicked things early for San Jose as he recieved a pass from Jeffrey Viel that he finessed into the net tying the game up.

6:22 into the second period Barracuda was given a chance to take a lead as their power play unit hit the ice.

Quite the opposite ended up happening as Aaron Dell misplayed the puck leading to a two-on-one that Dino Kambeitz scored on shorthanded.

With the game now 2-1 Martin Kaut came in on a rush and fired one off of Calvin Pickard that produced a big rebound. William Eklund picked up the rebound off the shot and deposited it into the cage tying the game back up.

Not long after tying it Max Gildon got a pass from Tyler Benson that Gildon ripped past Aaron Dell taking the lead right back.

At the end of the third the Condors finished up 3-2 with the shots tied at 22.

Less than five minutes into the third period Devin Shore deflected in a beautiful cross ice pass from Jason Demers now giving Bakersfield a 4-2 lead.

Not even three minutes later Raphael Lavoie scored his 10th goal of the season making it now a 5-2 before even the ten minute mark of the third period.

The scoring frenzy continued however as right off of a face-off Jeffrey Viel put a shot on net and Adam Raska corralled the rebound to score his first goal of the season.

Raska was not done though as seconds after the last goal Raska got in on the forecheck, stole the puck, and took it to the net were he scored once again to make it 5-4.

San Jose later in the period did pull Dell but could not get the equalizer and thus fell 5-4.

The shots finished in favor of the Barracuda at 36-28.

The three stars of the game were: 1st: Raphael Lavoie 2nd: Devin Shore 3rd: Max Gildon

San Jose’s next game will be back on home ice on Friday at 7 p.m. against the Abbotsford Canucks.

Strong effort throughout leads to victory for Barracuda over Silver Knights 4-1

Photo courtesy of San Jose Barracuda. The Barracuda celebrate a goal against the Silver Knights on January 27th 2023.

By Titus Wilkinson (@TitusWisme)

After a slow start San Jose came back against the Silver Knights to grab a victory on the road by a 4-1 score.

The PK unit for the Barracuda had to get going early as just 4:59 into the first William Eklund took a holding penalty.

Thankfully for San Jose they were able to kill the penalty though not long after the kill they had to go on the penalty kill again.

This time Henderson’s PP unit came through as Lukas Cormier scored his sixth goal of the season to make it 1-0.

At the 14:07 mark Luke Johnson and Jermaine Loewen dropped the gloves getting the fans riled up.

Cormier’s goal ended up being the only goal of the first with the shots finishing in favor of San Jose 9-6.

The second period got off to a slow start with both teams exchanging shots on goal.

11:40 into the second though Sheldon Rempal took a holding penalty giving San Jose their second power play of the game.

On the power play Derrick Pouliot ripped a shot from the point that Kyle Criscuolo expertly deflected past Jiri Patera to tie the game up at 1-1.

The teams fought to a tie at the end of the second with the shots still favoring San Jose 20-11.

In the third it wouldn’t take long for Barracuda’s offense to strike as they had a rush going the other way.

On the rush Martin Kaut slung a pass to a waiting Andrew Agozzino who sniped a shot past Patera to make it 2-1 in favor of San Jose.

Later on in the third Kaut found himself on a breakaway but mishandled the puck forcing him to stickhandle wide.

Instead of giving up on the play Kaut turned back towards the net and scored on Patera getting his first goal with the Barracuda.

The Silver Knights pulled their goalie to try to get back into the game but C.J. Suess scored on the empty cage to make it 4-1.

The shots at the end of the game favored San Jose 30-28.

The three stars of the game were: 1st: Andrew Agozzino 2nd: Martin Kaut 3rd: Kyle Criscuolo

San Jose plays tomorrow on the road against the Bakersfield Condors at 7 p.m.

Barracuda push game to a shootout but ultimately lose to the Silver Knights 3-2

Photo courtesy of San Jose Barracuda. C.J. Suess dekes in front of Michael Hutchinson in a game against Henderson on October 23rd 2022.

By Titus Wilkinson (@TitusWisme)

The first of back to backs against Henderson did not go San Jose’s way as they lost in a shootout 3-2.

The goaltending matchup in tonights game was between Eetu Makiniemi and Laurent Brossoit.

As far as physicality things picked up quickly as just 3:16 in Jeffrey Viel and Kyle Marino dropped the gloves.

Less than ten minutes later the offense kicked in for Henderson as Colt Conrad intercepted a pass and sniped one past Makiniemi to make it 1-0.

That goal ended up being the only one of the period as the shots finished at 13-10 in favor of the Barracuda.

Less than ten minutes into the second San Jose tied it up as a Henderson defender turned it over behind his own net and Andrew Agozzino capitalized on it.

After the goal San Jose took back-to-back high-sticking penalties though both were killed off by the PK unit.

The shots at the end of the second finished in favor of Henderson at 24-19.

Henderson’s offense got off to a quick start in the third as just 2:53 in Gage Quinney scored on a power play to get his 18th of the season.

Later on in the third Spencer Foo took a penalty for holding putting San Jose on the power play.

The PP unit stuck quickly for the Barracuda as a pretty passing play lead to Agozzino scoring his second goal of the game.

That goal ended up being enough to force it to OT with the shots finishing at the end of the third at 29-26.

In overtime San Jose ended up controlling most of the play registering three shots on goal but were not able to score.

With no goal coming in overtime the shootout ended up being required as San Jose elected to shoot first.

All of San Jose’s shooters missed and Brendan Brisson scored for Henderson to get them the win in the shootout.

The three stars of the were: 1st: Brendan Brisson 2nd: Gage Quinney 3rd: Sakari Manninen

San Jose’s next game will be against Henderson on Friday on the road at 7 p.m.

San Jose Barracuda podcast with Marko Ukalovic: Barracuda open three game road trip on Wednesday in Henderson

The San Jose Barracuda had lots to be excited about on Fri Jan 20, 2023 at Tech CU Arena matching a season high six goals against the visiting San Diego Gulls (photo by the San Jose Barracuda)

On the San Jose Barracuda podcast with Marko:

#1 The San Jose Barracuda (17-21-0-1) had a tremendous game last Friday shutting out the San Diego Gulls (11-28-0-0) 6-0 at Tech CU Arena in San Jose. The Barracuda got two goals from Kyle Criscuolo in his first game with San Jose.

#2 The Barracuda also got great goaltending Eetu Makiniemi stopping 20 San Diego shots for San Jose’s fourth shutout this season.

#3 The Barracuda’s six goals matched a season high and it was a performance that Barracuda head coach John McCarthy would hope to be a break out for the offense the rest of this season.

#4 San Diego has been a struggling team with some 17 games below .500 and allowing the six goals. Was this a matter of the Barracuda catching fire and showing that they do have a superior offense or they just met an opponent that’s having trouble with their defense.

#5 The Barracuda return to action Wednesday night to face the Henderson Silver Knights for the first of three road games. The Barracuda host the Abbottsford Canucks when they return to San Jose Feb 3.

Join Marko for the San Jose Barracuda podcasts heard Mondays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Dominant performance by Barracuda propel them over Gulls 6-0

Photo courtesy of San Jose Barracuda. Kyle Criscuolo celebrates a goal with teammate Derrick Pouliot against the Gulls on January 20th.

By Titus Wilkinson (@TitusWisme)

SAN JOSE – On bay country night at Tech CU arena the Barracuda came out and played some great hockey beating the Gulls by a impressive 6-0 score.

It was a battle between two of the weaker teams in the pacific division. With the Barracuda currently sitting at seventh and Gulls sitting last in the division.

These are also two teams that lead the division in penalty minutes something that would come in to play pretty quickly in this game.

The first period got off to an exciting start for San Jose as they controlled most of the play.

Newcomer Kyle Criscuolo decided to endear himself to the Cuda fans by taking the puck right to the net and deking out Lukas Dostal to give San Jose a 1-0 lead.

After the goal San Diego took a penalty for hooking at the 10:48 mark of the first period. However the PK unit for the Gulls killed it off and kept the game close.

Not to long after the penalty things got feisty as Travis Howe and Montana Onyebuchi dropped the gloves.

Less than two minutes later the parade to the penalty box continued as three penalties were all dished out at once. Two going to the Gulls one for unsportsmanlike conduct and cross-checking and one Barracuda player went to the box as well.

Certainly there was no love lost between the two teams as the first period ended 1-0.

The shots at the end of the period finished 13-4 in favor of San Diego.

Not skipping a beat the second period just as well for San Jose as just 1:41 into the period the Andrew Agozzino scored his 11th goal of the season making it 2-0.

The goal mainly happened because of William Eklund who made it a beautiful cut behind the net and fed a pass to Agozzino who easily tapped the pass into the net.

The extra curriculars between the two teams was not over as Will Riedell and Dmitry Osipov also duked it out.

It did take a while for the grey and teal to strike again but 16:46 into the second Darren Brady did just that scoring his second of the season.

This time Max Veronneau made a nice pass across the ice to a streaking Brady who ripped a shot past Dostal to make it 3-0.

The end of the second was an interesting one with four misconducts being handed out, two to each team.

At the end of the second the shots still favored San Jose at 19-11.

The solid starts to periods continued for the Barracuda as a little over five minutes in the newcomer struck again as Criscuolo tallied his seventh goal of the campaign.

His second goal of the game was a little weirder as Veronneau fired a shot wide the puck rebounded off the boards and Criscuolo stuffed it in past Dostal.

The offensive wave of San Jose could not be stopped as just a few minutes later All-Star Thomas Bordeleau tipped home a great feed from Tristen Robins to make it 5-0.

Artemi Kniazev a little later saw fit to add on sniping one from the wing making it 6-0 and tallying his second of the year.

Not long after the goal another three misconducts were given out two to the Gulls and one to San Jose.

That brought the total penalty minutes between the two teams up to 125 penalty minutes on the night.

Kniazev’s goal did end up being the last goal of the game as Eetu Makiniemi held on to finish with a 20 save shutout.

The shots at the end of the game finished in favor of San Jose at 29-20.

The three stars of the game were 1st: Kyle Criscuolo 2nd: C.J. Suess 3rd: Eetu Makiniemi

San Jose’s next game will be on the road against the Silver Knights on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

San Jose Barracuda podcast with Marko Ukalovic: Barracuda split two games with Abbotsford host San Diego Friday

The San Jose Barracuda William Eklund (72) scored two goals against the Abbotsford Canucks on Sun Jan 15, 2023 at CU Arena in San Jose (photo by San Jose Barracuda)

On the Barracuda podcast with Marko:

#1 The San Jose Barracuda after four straight loses picked up a 3-2 victory over the Abbotsford Canucks on Sunday in an afternoon matinee at Tech CU Arena in San Jose splitting the two game series.

#2 The Barracuda got scoring help from the jump in the first period from William Eklund who scored his tenth goal of the season at 6:09 with assists from Tristen Robbins and Thomas Bordeleau.

#3 Eklund picked up his second goal of the game in the second period and his 11th of the season at 1:05 and Phil Di Giuesppe scored for the Canucks at 14:05 as the Cuda lead held up 2-1.

#4 The Barracuda defenceman Derrick Pouilot scored his first goal at 5:20 in the third period which held up for the game winner in a one goal final 3-2.

#5 The Barracuda face off with the San Diego Gulls on Friday night for a 7:00pm start at CU Arena. The last time the two times met the Gulls defeated the Barracuda 5-2 in San Diego back on Wed Jan 11th.

Join Marko for the Barracuda podcast Mondays at http://www.sportsradioservie.com

Barracuda edge Canucks 3-2 to split series and snap losing streak

William Eklund and Thomas Bordeleau celebrate Eklund’s goal against the Canucks at Tech CU Arena on Sunday JAN 15, 2022. (San Jose Barracuda)

by Marko Ukalovic

SAN JOSE — Derrick Pouliot picked a great time to score his first goal of the season.

Pouliot’s goal early in the third period gave the San Jose Barracuda an insurance goal as they held on to beat the Abbotsford Canucks 3-2 on Sunday evening at Tech CU Arena.

San Jose split the two games series with Abbotsford and snapped its three-game losing streak. Abbotsford had its three-game winning streak end.

Pouliot knocked down a pass from Tristan Robins and skated down the left wing before he deposited a wrist shot top shelf to the short side past Canucks goalie Jake Kupsky at the 5:20 mark. Pouliot’s first goal of the season was also the Barracuda’s third power play goal of the game.

San Jose (16-21-0-2-34 points) drew first blood on the power play early in the opening frame. Robins set up William Eklund in the right slot and Eklund blasted a one-timer past Kusky for his 11th goal of the season at the 6:09 mark.

The Barracuda doubled its lead 65 seconds into the second period with its second power play goal. This time it was Thomas Bordeleau setting up Eklund’s second goal on the man advantage. Eklund once again was at the right place at the right time and beat Kupsky with another one-timer from the right slot for his 12th goal of the season.

Abbotsford (22-11-1-1-46 points) cut the ‘Cuda lead in half with a power play goal late in the middle frame. Phil Di Guiseppe beat ‘Cuda goalie Eetu Makiniemi with a one-time from the right slot for his ninth goal of the season at the 14:05 mark.

Vasily Podkolzin gathered in a loose puck and snapped home a wrist shot past Makiniemi for his fourth goal of the season two minutes after Pouliot’s goal.

Makiniemi finished the game stopping 32 of the 34 shots to earn the victory and snapped a six-game losing skid. Kupsky made 20 saves on 23 shots in the losing effort.

GAME NOTES: San Jose finished 3-for-6 on the power play. Abbotsford was 1-for-5.

Robins finished with two assists.

The Three Stars of the Game were: 1) Eklund 2) Bordeleau 3) Pouliot.

UP NEXT: San Jose hosts the San Diego Gull on Friday 1/20 at 7:00pm at Tech CU Arena.