NHL, Sharks, Suspend All Games Due to COVID-19 Concerns

The Capital One Arena, home of the Washington Capitals NHL hockey club, sits empty Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Washington. The NHL is following the NBA’s lead and suspending its season amid the coronavirus outbreak, the league announced Thursday (photo from usnews.com)

By Mary Walsh

On Thursday the NHL announced a pause in the season. They released a statement that read, in part:

In light of ongoing developments resulting from the coronavirus, and after consulting with medical experts and convening a conference call of the Board of Governors, the National Hockey League is announcing today that it will pause the 2019-20 season beginning with tonight’s games.

The move came on the heels of the NBA’s decision to suspend their season after one of their players tested positive for the new virus. Other leagues and events in the US are being suspended or cancelled daily due to concerns over the virus.

The San Jose Sharks had previously announced that March games would be played without fans and only limited media access, consistent with Santa Clara County’s March 9 ban large gatherings of people. After today’s NHL announcement, the Sharks released the following press release about the status of games and tickets:

The National Hockey League has announced today that the 2019-20 NHL regular season will be paused for the safety of its players, employees, and fans in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sharks Sports & Entertainment is fully supportive of the NHL’s decision.

With NHL games now being placed on hold as opposed to played without fans, ticket holders are asked to hang on to their tickets until additional information from the NHL becomes available.

As new developments arise, we will communicate with our fans and partners. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

The AHL has also suspended play, which puts the San Jose Barracuda and Stockton Heat and their fans in the same state of limbo as the Sharks.

The NHL expressed the hope that the season could resume at an appropriate time. There are 189 regular season games remaining, as well as the Stanley Cup playoffs. For the complete statement, go to the NHL website.

San Jose Barracuda podcast with Marko Ukalovic: How Covid 19 ordinance will keep Cuda games real quite

sjbarracuda photo: Stat graphic from Tuesday night’s game in Stockton between the San Jose Barracuda and Stockton Heat

On the Barracuda podcast with Marko:

#1 Santa Clara County announced on Monday due to Covid 19 Virus that no more crowds of over 1000 people may assemble for any type of meetings or events which would effect the San Jose Barracuda who has their games in SAP Center. Although the Barracuda play in a 17,000 seat capacity building they usually draw no more than 3500 fans but the place will further be empty by the new ordinance from the county.

#2 The Barracuda (21-27-5-2) got a huge win over the Stockton Heat (30-17-4-4) at Stockton Arena, the win was the first against the Heat this season and the Cuda picked up their six consecutive game where they have scored a point.

#3 Barracuda goaltender Josef Korenar stopped 22 out of 26 shots in goal but the Barracuda provided enough offense to get Korenar the win.

#4 The Barracuda’s Lukas Radil had himself an evening scoring his first two goals and four point game of his career.

#5 It’s onto San Diego for a Friday night face off with the Gulls Marko sets this game up for us.

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

 

Barracuda use four-goal second period to bury the Heat 7-4

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by Marko Ukalovic

STOCKTON, Calif- Better late than never has never applied more to the San Jose Barracuda when it comes to the Stockton Heat. The ‘Cuda used a four-goal second period outburst to take control of the game to defeat their NorCal rival 7-4 on Tuesday evening at Stockton Arena.

San Jose finally snapped their nine-game losing streak against Stockton this season, while extendeing their point streak to six games. San Jose is now 1-7-1-1 against Stockton. The Heat currently sit in third place in the Pacific Division with 68 points.

Stockton (30-17-4-4) drew first blood 46 seconds into the first period. Heat captain Byron Froese fired a shot on net that ‘Cuda goalie Josef Korenar saved but couldn’t control the rebound. Buddy Robinson crashed in and cleaned up the rebound for his 17th goal of the season. He is second in goals for the Heat.

San Jose (21-27-5-2) scored the eqaulizer just under five minutes later. Maxim Letunov led a rush up the ice. He fed a pass over to Danil Yurtaykin who then found Lukas Radil and the Czech forward completed a tic-tac-toe goal with a wrist shot that beat Heat goalie Jon Gillies for his fifth of the season at the 5:30 mark. It snapped an eight-game goal-less draught.

Stockton regained the lead on the power play late in the opening frame. The Heat only needed nine seconds to light the lamp when Martin Pospisil jammed home a loose puck that Korenar struggled to keep from going past the goaline. Glen Gawdin and and Adam Ruzicka were credited with assists on Pospisil’s third goal of the season at the 19:18 mark.

San Jose tied it up for a second time early in the second period in what began a span of three-unanswered goals for the ‘Cuda. Keaton Middleton received a pass from Sasha Chmelevski and skated into the Heat zone. The ‘Cuda defenseman snapped home a wrist shot past Gillies on the shortside for his fourth goal of the season at the 2:03 mark. Radil picked up the secondary assist.

The Barracuda gained their first lead of the night when Danil Yurtaykin fired a shot past Gillies just over two minutes later. The rookie forward scored his second goal of the season at the 4:35 mark. It was his first goal since November 13, 2019, ending a 29 game skid.

Before the Heat could even blink after Yutaykin’s goal, Tristan Langan set up Ivan Chekhovich who buried a wrist shot past Gillies for his fourth goal of the season at the 5:10 mark. For Langan his helper was his first point in the AHL.

That ended the evening for Gillies who was replaced by backup netminder Artyom Zagidulin. Gillies finished the night giving up four goals on 12 shots in 25:10 of action.

Stockton stopped the bleeding over two minutes later when Rob Hamilton sent in a shot on the net where Robinson, was once again at the right place at the right time, tapped home another rebound for second goal of the game and 18th of the season to cut the lead to one-goal at the 7:24 mark.

San Jose regained a two-goal lead when Jeffery Viel led a rush up the ice. He fed a pass over to Anthony Greco who found a trailing Jonny Brodzinski with a drop pass. Brodzinski fired a wrist shot past Zagiudukin, who was screened on the play by his own defenseman, for his 14th goal of the season for the red-hot foward at the 12:09 mark.

The Heat pressed back just 31 second later as they closed out the scoring in a wild middle frame. Korenar failed to clear the puck from his crease as his attempt went right on the stick of Froese and he scored into an empty net for his 19th goal of the season. Alexander Yelesin and Hamilton were credited with assists.

The Barracuda dominated the second period as they out shot the Heat by a 2-to-1 margin 14-7.

San Jose wrapped up the game with two goals in a span of 13 seconds late in the third period. First Yurtaykin fed a pass over to Radil who skated down the left wing and buried a wrist shot to the far side past Zagidulin for his second goal of the night and sixth of the season at the 16:09 mark.

Then Jayden Halbgewachs scored his team leading 19th goal at the 16:22 mark to ice the game for the Barracuda. Chmelevski and Middleton picked up the helpers on the play.

Korenar played an outstanding game making 22 saves on 26 shots to earn his 12th win of the season. Zagidulin stopped 16 of the 19 shots in suffering the loss.

GAME NOTES: San Jose went 0-for-3 on the power play. Stockton was 1-for-3. The Heat came into the game with the league number one power play at 25.5%.

Six different skaters scored goals for the ‘Cuda.

Radil’s two goals were his first multi-goal game of his career.

Yutaykin with his 1G, 2A finished with his first ever three-point game in his career.

Ruzicka now has one goal and three assists in four games against San Jose this season.

The announced attendance was 1,639.

UP NEXT: The Barracuda continue their three-game roadtrip when the travel down to San Diego to take on the Gulls on Friday 3/13 at 7:00pm at Pachenga Arena.

Heat come from behind take down Barracuda in overtime 4-3

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by Marko Ukalovic

SAN JOSE, Calif- When you are rutted in a long losing streak, the breaks usually go against you. The Stockton Heat came back from a two-goal deficit in the third period and received the game winning goal from Luke Philp for a 4-3 overtime victory over the San Jose Barrauda on Wednesday evening at SAP Center.

Austin Czarnik won a battle along the boards behind the net and fished out a pass to a wide open Philp who tucked in a shot through the 5-hole of ‘Cuda goalie Josef Korenar for his 17th goal of the season at the 1:19 mark of overtime. It was Philp’s fourth game winning goal of the season for the Heat.

San Jose has lost a season worst eight games in a row and remain in the cellar in the Pacific Division. Stockton snapped a two game losing streak and are now tied for second with Colorado in the division with 58 points.

The Barracuda dominted the game for the first 40 minutes as they had held Stockton’s high octane offense to just 11 shots through two periods.

“That was our game. They didn’t win that game, we lost it that’s for sure,” said Jonny Brodzinski.

Stockton (25-12-3-3) drew first blood in the first period seconds after their power play opportunity had expired. Rob Hamilton intercepted a clearing attempt at the left blue line and and fired in a wrist shot that Byron Froese redirected past Korenar for his team leading 17th goal of the season at the 9:08 mark. Adam Ruzicka was creditied with the secondary assist.

San Jose (14-25-2-2) scored the equalizer late in the opening 20 minutes. Manny Weiderer sent Lukas Radil on a brekaway breakaway from center ice. Radil skated in and snapped a wrist shot top-shelf into the right corner for his third goal of the season at the 15:38 mark. Noah Gregor received the secondary assist.

“It was really a good job from all the guys on the line. I got a good pass and I go (and score) on the breakaway,” said Radil.

The Barracuda had the ice tilted in their favor in the first period as they peppered Heat goalie Jon Gillies with 17 shots on goal, including three point blank chances with 10 seconds left in the opening frame while San Jose was on the power play. The Heat had only four shots to their credit.

Good fortune came the ‘Cuda’s way in the second period after some misfortune from Stockton while they were on the power play. Justin Kirkland hit the post on a shot attempt into an empty net.

Moments after killing off the penalty to Trevor Carrick for high sticking, Noah Gregor led a 3-on-1 rush into the Heat zone. Gregor sent a cross ice pass over to Brodzinski, who played in his first home game since the birth of his daughter Lucy, at the right slot and he buried a wrist shot top-shelf past Gillies for his eight goal of the season at the 4:58 mark.

San Jose increased their lead just over two minues later. Seconds after their own power play opportunity had just ended. Jacob Middleton fed a pass over to Sasha Chemelevski who fired a shot initially saved by Gillies. Lean Bergmann, who was camped out to the right of the net, cleaned up the rebound as it sneaked underneath the pad of Gillies for Bergmann’s sixth goal of the season at the 7:10 mark.

“It felt pretty good,” said Bergmann about scoring his goal. “(To) come back from the injuries especially. It was a good feeling to get back in the flow again.”

Stockton cut the lead to one goal on the power play nearly halfway through the third period. Austin Czarnik sent a pass from the right boards over to Froese camped out in the slot. Froese made one move before drilling a shot past Korenar for his second goal of the game and 18th of the season at the 8:42 mark.

It’s a tough pill to swallow. I thought we dictated a lot of the play at different points in the first two periods. They (Stockton) didn’t really seem into the game either. I don’t think we really jammed it down their throats but they weren’t really going,” said co-head coach Michael Chaisson.

The Heat scored the eqaulizer with 1:25 remaining in the third period. Corey Schueneman’s shot from the right point was caromed off of Korenar out to Alan Quine, who was waiting on the doorstep, and he stuffed home the rebound with a backhander into an  empty net for his 12th goal of the season.

Gillies made 38 saves on 41 shots to earn his 12th win on the season. .Korenar finsished with 14 shots on 18 shots in yet another tough luck for the netminder.

“We had a lapse there in the third (period). Right now that’s not a great look for this organization, this group and these individual players,” said Chiasson.

GAME NOTES: San Jose was 0-for-5 on the power play. Stockton was 1-for-4.

Bergmann’s second period goal snapped a 13-game goal-less draught for the Swedish forward. His last goal before that came back on November 23, 2019 in a game against the Colorado Eagles.

Brodzinki snapped an 11-game goal-less draught with his second period goal.

Froese now has nine points (4G, 5A) in nine games against the ‘Cuda this season.

The announced attendance was 2,214.

UP NEXT: The Barracuda travel down to Bakersfield to take on the Condors on Sunday 2/16 at 5:00pm at Mechanics Bank Arena.

San Jose Barracuda podcast with Marko Ukalovic: After close loss in Colorado Barracuda look to get on track against Stockton tonight

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On the Barracuda podcast with Marko:

#1 Marko talk about the Barracuda’s (14-25-2-2) most recent loss 4-3 in Colorado last Saturday, the Barracuda allowed three goals in the second period as the Eagles forced overtime and won

#2 Barracuda goalie Josef Korenar (8-14-4) allowed four goals and faced 35 shots on Saturday it was Korenar’s first game back since suffering an injury on January 22nd

#3 Joachim Blichfeld scored his 15th goal of the season to lead the team in goals Blichfeld scored the goal in the first period

#4 Antti Suomela scored a goal and assist for the Barracuda it was Suomela’s second game back from the San Jose Sharks after two and half months with the big club

#5 The Barracuda try it all over again with a contest set for tonight against the Stockton Heat at SAP Center in downtown San Jose

Catch Marko for all the latest on the Barracuda podcast at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Heat upend Barracuda 2-1; Cuda drop their sixth out of last seven

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by Marko Ukalovic

SAN JOSE, Calif- Ownage is ownage. The Stockton Heat put another notch on their belt regarding the San Jose Barracuda. Austin Czarnik scored two goals in the second period to help the Calgary Flames AHL affiliate defeat their NorCal rival 2-1 on Sunday afternoon at SAP Center.

Stockton has won the first eight meetings against San Jose and currently have a three game winning streak. San Jose is still searching for an answer against Stockton and have lost six out of their last seven games.

San Jose (12-20-0-2) actually jumped out to the start they wanted a little more than halfway through the first period. Noah Gregor led an attack into the Heat zone. He made a pass over to Joachim Blichfeld at the left faceoff circle, who returned the favor to a trailing Trevor Carrick. The ‘Cuda defenseman fired a low one-timer to the left that beat Heat goalie Atryom Zagidulin for Carrick’s seventh goal of the season at the 11:57 mark.

Both teams had two power play chances in the opening 20 minutes but neither were able to capitalize thanks to strong penalty killing by both teams. San Jose outshot Stockton 8-2.

Stockton (23-7-2-3) scored the equalizer on Czarnik’s first goal of the contest at the 7:44 mark of the second period. Alan Quine made a spin move around Jeffery Viel and fired the puck at the net that found the stick on Czarnik and he tapped it home past ‘Cuda goalie Josef Korenar for his seventh goal of the season.

“We felt like we deserved a better fate. You look at the last five, six minutes I felt like we really drove the play. You give a team under 10 grade-A scoring chances and 19 shots against, you feel like have a pretty job of coming out with two points. But credit them,  they’re a good team, they’re well coached,” said co-head coach Michael Chiasson.

The Heat grabbed the lead on the power play with under four minutes left in the middle frame. Quine and Czarnik worked their magic once again for the game winning goal. Zac Leslie fed a pass from the point over to right faceoff circle over to Quine and he quickly found Czarnik with a cross ice feed and the Michigan right winger slammed home a one-timer from the left faceoff circle past Korenar for his second goal of the game and eighth of the season at the 16:12 mark.

Czarnik finished with four points (two goals, two assists) in the two-game weekend set.

San Jose had a chance to get even on the power play at the 8:04 mark of the third period when Corey Schueneman went into the sinbin for holding the stick. However the achilies heal known as the Barracuda power play weren’t able to cash in on the man advantage.

“I think overall as a whole there was a lot of positives that we should be able to take (away) from this and (be able) to build off for Wednesday’s game,” said Chiasson.

Zagidulin (13-3-2) made 27 saves on 28 shots in earning his 13th win and is now 4-0 against San Jose this season. Korenar (7-13-2) stopped 17 of the 19 shots he faced in the tough luck loss.

GAME NOTES: San Jose was 0-for-5 on the power play. Stockton was 1-for-4.

FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT! Viel and Eetu Tuulola exchanged fisticuffs at the 2:22 mark of the first period. Nicholas Meloche and Buddy Robinson danced the tango later at the 10:21 mark of the second period.

Quine tallied two assists in the win, giving him twelve points (four goals, eight assists) in 6 games against the Barracuda this season.

Carrick leads all Barracuda defensemen with seven goals after his first-period tally.

The announced attendance was 4,605.

UP NEXT: The Barracuda host the Colorado Eagles on Wendesday 1/15 at 7:00pm at SAP Center.

Heat continue dominance over Barracuda in 2-0 shutout win

sjbarracuda.com photo: The San Jose Barracuda continue to struggle as they lost to the Stockton Heat on Saturday at SAP Center in San Jose

by Marko Ukalovic

SAN JOSE, Calif- The San Jose Barracuda have been looking for an answer all season against their NorCal rival the Stockton Heat. They were left with even more questions after getting blanked in a 2-0 loss on Saturday afternoon at SAP Center.

Stockton have won two games in a row and all seven meetings this season against the ‘Cuda. San Jose have lost five of their last six games.

Stockton (22-7-2-3) scored their first goal on the power play at the tail end of the first period. Zac Leslie fed a pass from the point over to Austin Czarnik at the right slot. Czarnik then sent a cross ice pass over to Alan Quine who snapped home a wrist shot past a sprawling Zachary Sawchenko for his eighth goal of the season at the 19:50 mark.

Quine has become the latest ‘Cuda killer with 10 points (four goals, six assists) in five games against San Jose (12-19-0-2) this season.

The Heat had the ice tilted in their favor for most of the opening 20 minutes as they outshot the Barracuda 11-6.

“We had a few chances,” said co-head coach Michael Chiasson evaluating his team’s performance. “I wouldn’t say we had a lot of great chances. We gotta do a better job at getting to the net. We gotta have shot volume. There’s a lot of stuff we need to clean up in our game to get ready for tomorrow afternoon.”

Stockton doubled their lead at the 13:54 mark of the second period when Aleander Yelesin won a battle along the boards behind the goaline. He fed a pass to a wide open Byron Froese who skated out from behind the net, looked out in front before sneaking in a nifty backhand shot top-shelf on the short side past Sawchenko for his 12th goal of the season. Czarnik received the secondary assist for a two-point afternoon.

San Jose had two opportunities on the power play in the third period to get back into the game but Stockton’s penalty kill along with goalie Artyom Zagidulin kept the ‘Cuda off the scoresheet.

“Sawchenko played well tonight. Other than that I don’t think there’s a whole lot we can take from this game. I think there’s a lot of learning we need to do before tomorrow’s game,” said Chiasson.

Zagidulin stopped all 26 shots for the shutout and his 12th win of the season. He is currently 3-0 against San Jose this season. Sawchenko made 20 saves on 22 shots in the tough luck loss.

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

The shutout loss was the second-straight shutout against the Heat and third on the season for the Barracuda.

Czarnik with his two assists, now has thirteen points in eleven games with the Heat this season.

Jonny Brodzinski led both teams with five shots on net.

UP NEXT: The Barracuda conclude their four-game homestand against the Heat on Sunday 1/12 at 3:00pm.

San Jose Barracuda podcast with Marko Ukalovic: Cuda suffers 4-0 shutout loss; Can’they capitalize

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On the Barracuda podcast with Marko:

#1 The San Jose Barracuda got shutout for the first time this season, being a last place team that is struggling.

#2 To shutout the Barracuda the Stockton Heat’s goalie John Gillies stopped all of the Cuda’s shots for the shutout.

#3 The Barracuda failed to take advantage of four straight power play penalties issued to the Heat and still lost to the Heat.

#4 Austin Czarnik extended his goal streak to five games and point streak to six with a goal on Tuesday

#5 The Barracuda open a two game set with the Tucson Roadrunners starting Friday in Arizona.

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

 

 

Heat turn out the lights on Barracuda in 4-0 shutout win; Cuda on three game losing streak

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by Marko Ukalovic

STOCKTON, Calif- It’s not the way the San Jose Barracuda wanted to end the calendar year. The Stockton Heat continued their dominance over their NorCal rival in a 4-0  shutout victory on New Year’s Eve at Stockton Arena.

The Heat have won all six meetings against the Barracuda and currently sit second in the Pacific Division with 43 points. San Jose has lost three in a row and anchor the bottom of the division with 22 points.

Stockton (19-6-2-3) drew first blood just past the halfway mark of the first period. Rob Hamilton sent a home run pass up the ice from his own blue line that sprung Glenn Gawdin for a breakway. Gawdin skated in from left to the right before depositing the puck past Barracuda goalie Josef Korenar for his 11th goal of the season at the 9:41 mark.

The Heat outshot the ‘Cuda 13-9 in the opening 20 minutes as they had the ice tilted in their favor for most of the period.

San Jose (10-17-0-2) had its chance to get back into the game with four straight power plays in the second period. Despite getting plenty of shots on net, Heat goalie Jon Gillies and the Heat penalty kill kept the ‘Cuda off the board. Despite outshooting Stockton 15-2, San Jose found itself trailing 1-0 at the second intermisson.

Stockton put the game away with three goals in the first five minutes of the third period. With San Jose on the power play, Gawdin fed a pass over to Buddy Robinson from the neutral zone. The former ‘Cuda foward skated in and buried the puck past Korenar for a short-handed goal, his 14th of the season 31 seconds into the period.

Austin Czarnik scored his fifth goal of the season at the 4:22 mark. Luke Philp and Byron Froese received assists on the goal.

The Heat completed the scoring when Eetu Tuulola received the puck at the Heat blueline and made a move around Trevor Carrick before firing a wrist shot to the far side past Korenar for his sixth goal of the season at 5:14 mark.

San Jose had three more opportunities on the power play in the final frame but ended up frustrated on the night thanks to work of Gillies.

Gillies stopped all 29 shots he faced for the shutout win, his eighth of the season, and is 4-0 against San Jose this season. Korenar made 22 saves on 26 shots in suffering the loss.

GAME NOTES: San Jose was 0-for-7 on the power play. Stockton was 0-for-3.

  • Thomas Gregoire and Dylan Gambrell each put a team-high three shots on net.
  • Czarnik extended his goal streak to five games and point streak to six with a goal on Tuesday.
  • Robinson’s shorthanded goal was the sixth shorty against for San Jose this season.
  • Gawdin picked up a goal and an assist and is now third in the AHL in points with 33.

UP NEXT: The Barracuda continue their three-game roadtrip down to Tucscon to start a two-game weekend series with the Roadrunners on Friday 1/3 at 6:05pm at Tucson Convention Center Arena.

Heat blast Barracuda in 8-1 blowout victory

sjbarracuda.com photo: San Jose Barracuda assistant coach John McCarthy on Dec. 10, McCarthy, 33, suffered an Ischemic stroke due to a previously undetected hole in his heart. McCarthy immediately retired from the game and has been working behind the Barracuda bench. Here he is on Friday against the visiting Stockton Heat.

by Marko Ukalovic

SAN JOSE, Calif- The Stockton Heat proved why they are the top offensive team in the AHL this season. They exploded for five goals in the second period, including a hat trick from Alan Quine, en route to a 8-1 blowout victory over the San Jose Barracuda on Friday afternoon at SAP Center.

Stockton snapped their two-game losing streak and have won the first five meetings against their NorCal rival. For the ‘Cuda they have lost four of their last five games.

Stockton (18-5-2-3) drew first blood late in the first period when Quine stuffed home a puck that pinballed out in front of the crease past Cuda goalie Josef Korenar for his fourth goal of the season at the 16:02 mark. Glenn Gawdin and former ‘Cuda forward Buddy Robinson received helpers on the goal.

Despite controlling play for the most of the opening 20 minutes and outshooting Stockton 7-4, San Jose (10-15-0-2) found itself down 1-0 as they headed into the first intermission.

The Heat doubled their lead early in the second period. Corey Schueneman fired on net that Korenar made the initial save but the rebound jumped out to Quine all alone and he buried home the rebound for his second goal of the game and his fifth of the season at the 5:45 mark.

Stockton scored their third unanswered goal just under two minutes later. Zac Leslie found Matthew Phillips down low and he chipped it over the pad of Korenar for his team leading 14th goal of the season at the 7:21 mark.

Quine completed the hat trick when Robinson set him up on a 2-on-1 rush where the former sixth round pick of the Calgary Flames fired a one-time past Korenar for his sixth goal of the season at the 11:20 mark. Quines has scores in three straight games against San Jose.

The goal ended the afternoon for Kornear who gave up four goals on just 12 shots in 31:20. Andrew Shortridge replaced Korenar between the pipes.

The Heat kept their foot on the gas pedal when Leslie sent an outlet pass up the ice that led to a breakaway for Gawdin.  Gawdin skated in and beat Shortridge with a wrist shot over the glove on the short side for his 10th goal of the season at the 14:11 mark. It was the first shot Shortridge faced after replacing Korenar.

Stockton made it 6-0 right before the end of the middle frame when Phillips set up Austin Czarnick and he snapped a wrist shot past Shortridge for his third goal of the season at the 18:05 mark.

The Heat continued their dominance in the third period when Quine returned the favor when he fed Schueneman from the point and he blasted a low slapshot past Shortridge for his first goal of the season at the season at the 3:50 mark. Quine ended the afternoon with a five-point game. (3G,2A).

San Jose spoiled the shutout bid for Heat goalie Jon Gillies on the power play. Maxim Letunov fed a pass over to Sasha Chmelevski and he fired a wrist shot to the farside under the cross bar past Gillies for his fourth goal of the season at the 10:58 mark.

The Heat concluded the scoring when Gawdin led a 2-on-1 break and fed a pass over to Robinson and he joined the goal scoring party when he buried a shot past Shortridge for his 13th goal of the season at the 12:48 mark.

Gillies made 25 saves on 26 shots for his seventh win of the season. He is 3-0 versus the ‘Cuda this season. Shortridge made three saves on seven shots in mop-up duty.

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

Captain John McCarthy announced his retirement from the game of the hockey earlier in the morning due to a medical condition. He will be joining the ‘Cuda coaching staff immediately and will join co-head coaches Jimmy Bonneau and Michael Chiasson on the bench during games. McCarthy, 33, holds all major Barracuda records including games played (275), goals (62), assists (76), points (138) power play goals (17) and short-handed goals (5).

Forward Joel Kellman was called up by the San Jose Sharks. Forward Noah Gregor and defenseman Jacob Middleton were reassigned back to the Barracuda.

Quine now has five career hat tricks. He is the first player to have five points against the ‘Cuda this season.

Leslie had four assists in the game.

Joachim Blichfeld had his five-game point streak snapped.

The announced attendance was 3,036.

UP NEXT: The Barracuda host the Bakersfield Condors on Sunday 12/29 at 5:00pm at SAP Center.