San Jose Barracuda podcast with Marko Ukalovic: Barracuda return home to face Bakersfield; SJ has won two of their last three games

The San Jose Barracuda right winger Nick Merkley scored his first goal in 13 games against the Texas Stars on Sun Feb 20, 2022 in Cedar Park Tx (file photo from nhl.com)

On the Barracuda podcast with Marko:

#1 The Texas Stars (15-18-5-4) who were down 1-0 to the San Jose Barracuda (15-27-1-0) came back and scored four unanswered goals at the H-E-B Center. How does Barracuda head coach Roy Sommer address the defense at this juncture?

#2 Barracuda goaltender Zach Emond in his fifth AHL game stopped a career high 38 shots out of 40 in Sunday’s game.

#3 The Barracuda’s Nick Merkley who went without scoring a goal in 13 games found the back end of the net with a goal in the second period his seventh of the season to start Sunday’s game.

#4 Marko, one thing you could say for the Barracuda they’re improving on the penalty kill. On Sunday they killed off four Stars power plays making that 19 straight penalty kills.

#5 The Barracuda are back at it again when they host the Bakersfield Condors at SAP Center for a 7 PM face off. The Barracuda have won two of their last three games.

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

Stars scored three goals in the third period upend Barracuda 4-1

San Jose Barracuda can’t defend against the Texas Stars barrage of goals in their three goal loss on Sun Feb 20, 2022 at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park (image by the San Jose Barracuda)

by Marko Ukalovic

CEDAR PARK, Texas — A much tighter game resulted in a different result.

The Texas Stars scored three goals in the third period en route to a 4-1 victory over the San Jose Barracuda on Sunday afternoon at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park.

San Jose have lost eight out its last nine games. Texas have won two of its past three games. San Jose finished 2-2 in the season series against Texas.

It was a much tighter game played between the two teams compared to the wild 13 combined goals the previous night.

The first period featured a scoreless 20 minutes. Both teams had 11 shots a piece as the official scorer added a shot to the Barracuda during the intermission.

San Jose (15-27-1-0) had the only power play opportunity during the opening frame but weren’t able to capitalize on their chance.

Texas (15-18-5-4) had the best scoring chance in the first period when Fredrik Karlstorm had his breakaway attempted stoned away by ‘Cuda goalie Zachary Edmond with 3:18 remaining.

The Barracuda drew first blood in the first minute of the second period. Jayden Halbgewachs set up Nick Merkley in the left slot. The former first round draft pick skated in and sniped home a wrist shot past Stars goalie Matt Jurusik for his seventh goal of the season at the :58 mark.

Merkley snapped a 13-game goal less draught.

Texas answered back late in the middle frame. A shot from the point by Jerad Rosburg was initially stopped by Emond but the rebound was put into an open net by Jeremy Gregoire for his seventh goal of the season at the 16:05 mark.

The Stars dominated the Barracuda in the middle frame as the outshot them 17-3 and controlled the majority of the play.

Texas gained their first lead of the game a second after their power play expired early in the third period. Ben Gleason sent a back pass from the left end boards out to Joel L’Esperance who wired a wrist shot past the five-hole of Emond for his 16th goal at the 3:31 mark.

The Stars iced the game with two empty net goals in the final minute. Ty Dellanrea scored his 11th goal of the season at the 19:14 mark and Rosburg scored his first of the season with nine seconds left.

Jurusik finished the game stopping 26 of the 27 shots he faced to earn the victory. Edmon, who made his first start since mid-December, made 38 saves on 40 shots in the losing effort.

GAME NOTES: San Jose finished the game 0-for-4 on the power play. Texas was 0-for-3.

The Three Stars of the Game were: 1) L’Esperance 2) Gregoire 3) Merkley

UP NEXT: San Jose returns home to host the Bakersfield Condors on Wednesday at 7:00pm at SAP Center.

Barracuda snap losing streak with wild 7-6 shootout win over Stars

San Jose Barracuda players congratulate each other after one goal win over the Texas Stars at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Sat Feb 19, 2022 (San Jose Barracuda image)

by Marko Ukalovic

CEDAR PARK, Texas —Roy Sommer can finally breathe a sigh of relief.

The San Jose Barracuda blew a two-goal lead late in the third period but finally gave their head coach a reason to smile with a 7-6 shootout victory over the Texas Stars on Saturday evening at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park.

San Jose snapped its season worst seven-game losing streak (as well as a six-game road losing streak). Texas has lost four of its past five games.

San Jose (15-26-1-0) drew first blood early in the first period. Kyle Topping sent a rink wide pass over to Cole Moberg in the left faceoff circle. Moberg snapped a wrist shot to the far side past Stars goalie Adam Scheel for his second goal of the season at the 5:45 mark.

Texas (14-18-5-4) answered back immediately on the ensuing faceoff. Joseph Cecconi sprung Jeremy Gregoire on a breakaway with a home run pass from his own zone. Gregoire skated in on ‘Cuda goalie Alexei Melnichuk and beat him with a wrist shot for his sixth goal of the season 15 seconds later at the 6:00 mark.

The Stars gained their first lead of the game seconds after the Barracuda had killed off a penalty. Fredrik Karlstrom found Ryan Shea atop at the point. Shea fired wrist shot top shelf past Melnichuk for his first goal of the season at the 17:56 mark.

San Jose evened the score in the early in the second period. Sasha Chmelevski made a back pass to Mark Alt along the left slot. Alt fired a wrist shot past Scheel for his third goal of the season at the 4:00 mark.

Texas countered over three minutes later. Karlstrom skated in a breakaway and his initial shot was saved by Melnichuk. However, Karlstrom cleaned up his own rebound as he lifted the puck over the right pad of Melnichuk for his eighth goal of the season at the 7:42 mark.

San Jose scored the equalizer on the power play late in the middle frame. Joachim Blichfeld found Artemi Kniazev up at the right point. The 21-year defenseman blasted a slapshot past a screened Scheel for his second goal of the season at the 14:45 mark.

The Barracuda scored their third goal of the period 31 seconds later to regain the lead. Chmelevski led a two-on-one with Santeri Hatakka. Chmelevski dished the puck over to Hatakka and the Finnish defenseman sniped home a wrist shot top shelf to the far side for his first career goal in North America at the 15:16 mark.

Stars head coach Neil Graham pulled Scheel after allowing four goals on 18 shots and replaced him with backup netminder Matt Jurusik.

San Jose went up 5-3 with their third unanswered goal after killing a penalty. Jasper Weatherby cleared the puck up to Topping just as he exited the penalty box and sprung him on a breakaway. Topping made a backhand to forehand move to beat Jurusik to the far side for a highlight reel goal, his first goal of the season at the 18:21 mark.

Topping snapped a 24-game goal less draught and both of his career AHL goals have come in the H-E-B Center against the Stars.

Texas cut the lead to a one-goal game near the halfway mark of the third period when Anthony Louis sent a wrist shot off the crossbar and into the back of the net for his 14th goal of the season at the 9:27 mark.

San Jose scored an insurance goal with its second power play goal of the game. Blichfeld sent a shot the caromed from behind the net out to the left side where John Leonard quickly snapped home a wrist shot past Jurusik for his 11th goal of the season at the 13:34 mark.

The Stars closed the gap to a one-goal lead for the second time in the game when Curtis McKenzie cleaned up a rebound with a backhander past Melnichuk for his 13th goal of the season at the 17:28 as Texas pulled Jurusik for an extra attacker.

Ty Dellandrea sent the game into overtime when he scored his 10th goal of the game with 21 seconds left in the third period.

The overtime session featured six combined shots but no goals.

Blichfeld scored the only goal in the three-round shootout to clinch it for San Jose.

Melnichuk finished the evening stopping 33 of the 39 shots, including going a perfect three for three in the shootout, he faced to earn the victory. He snapped a six-game winless draught. Jurusik made nine saves on 11 shots in mop up duty.

GAME NOTES: San Jose finished 2-for-4 on the power play. Texas was 0-for-4.

The Three Stars of the Game were: 1) Blichfeld 2) McKenzie 3) Shea

UP NEXT: San Jose and Texas conclude their two-game series on Sunday 2/20 at 3:00pm at H-E-B- Center at Cedar Park

San Jose Barracuda podcast with Marko Ukalovic: Happy endings for Barracuda end homestand with 7-5 win over Texas

San Jose Barracuda Jake McGrew (64) got his first AHL multi goal game scoring twice against the Texas Stars on Sun Nov 7, 2021 at SAP Center in San Jose (photo from San Jose Barracuda)

On the Barracuda podcast with Marko:

#1 Marko, after the San Jose Barracuda (3-3-1-0) had that tough contest against the visiting Texas Stars (4-6-0-0) on Saturday night getting clobbered 7-3 they did a turn about with a 7-5 win over the Stars.

#2 Marko, the seven goals by the Barracuda was their highest scoring of the season they’re making some offense and head coach Roy Sommer who said Saturday’s performance was something he wanted to move away from made it all count Sunday against the Stars.

#3 The Barracuda and Texas set a season high total with six opening period goals, Sunday’s game falls one goal short of the all time most opening period goals in Barracuda history.

#4 Marko talk about Jake McGrew who scored twice on Sunday for his first two goal game of his career.

#5 It’s off to British Columbia as the Barracuda take on the Abbottsford Canucks for a Fri Nov 12th 7:00pm face off and the same two meet again in Abbottsford on Sun Nov 14th for a 4:00 pm face off.

Marko Ukalovic does the San Jose Barracuda podcasts each Monday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Barracuda pick up fourth win out of last six in high scoring 7-5 win over Stars

San Jose Barracuda celebrate a big win against the Texas Stars at SAP Center in San Jose for a split in the two game series on Sun Nov 7, 2021 (photo from San Jose Barracuda)

By Len Shapiro

The San Jose Barracuda (3-3-1-0) got to set some franchise records after playing just two games with the Texas Stars (4-6-0-0) at SAP Center in San Jose on Sunday’s matinee. The Barracuda and Stars combined for six opening period goals which was one short of the all time record of combine opening period goals. The Barracuda’s seven goals and three power play goals were the most this season for San Jose in their 7-5 win.

The night before (Saturday) the Barracuda were involved in another seven goal affair but that decision went to the Stars 7-3. So if you like offense this was your series to watch. The Barracuda’s John McGrew scored two goals in Sunday’s game for a first multi goal game of his AHL career.

The Barracuda led four different times and exchanged leads with the Stars six different times. Barracuda goaltender Zachary Edmond played in his first AHL start getting his first career win stopping 28 shots allowing five goals and facing 33 shots total. Joachim Blichfield had three points matching his career high in a game and has five points in six games this season.

The Barracuda’s Noah Gregor picked up an assist which extended his point streak to five games and leads the Barracuda in scoring. Dillion Hamaliuk scored in the first period for his first AHL goal. Barracuda scorers for Sunday’s contest against the Stars as follows: McGrew (2), Hamaliuk (1), Chemlevski (1), Blichfeld (1), Kellman (1) and Weinger (1).

The Barracuda hit the road for two games in British Columbia against the Abbotsford Canucks this Friday night at 7:00pm and conclude the series on Sunday at 4:00 pm PST.

Stars take down the Barracuda 7-3

by Marko Ukalovic

SAN JOSE—It was not a good afternoon for the The San Jose Barracuda.

The Texas Stars scored five goals in the final two periods to route the ‘Cuda 7-3 on Saturday afternoon at SAP Center.

San Jose has lost three games in a row and fell under .500 for the first time this season. Texas snapped its three game losing streak.

Both teams used the first 10 minutes of the game as a feeling out process as there were only five combined shots on goal.

Texas (4-5-0-0) was almost gift wrapped a goal thanks to ‘Cuda goalie Alexei Melnichuk. The second year goalie misplayed the puck behind the net to Stars captain Curtis McKenzie but Melnichuk was able to slide back into the crease preventing the puck from going into the back of the net at the 7:55 mark.

San Jose (2-3-1-0) drew first blood just halfway through the first period. Joachim Blichfeld skated down the right side into the Stars zone. Blichfeld drew three Stars defenders toward him before finding Noah Gregor, who played his first game since being in Covid-19 protocol the past week, all alone in the slot. Gregor snapped home a wrist shot to the short side beating Stars goalie Jake Oettinger for his third goal of the season at the 12:30 mark.

Gregor led the ‘Cuda was involved in all three of the Barracuda’s goal on the afternoon.

“It was three points good,” said ‘Cuda head coach Roy Sommer when asked how good it was to Gregor back in the lineup. “But you can’t rely on one line to get all the points for us right now.”

The Stars answered back on the power play late in the opening frame. With San Jose in the sinbin for too many men on the ice, Anthony Louis fed a pass back up to the point where Andres Borgman fired a one-timer through a sea of traffic into the back of the net for his third goal of the season at the 14:50 mark.

Texas earned its first lead of the game with 63 seconds left in the period. Gregor turned the puck over inside his own defensive zone. Fredrick Karlstrom found Nicholas Caamano in the left slot. Caamano centered the puck over to Oskar Back whose shot deflected off Caamano for his second goal of the season.

The Stars struck early in the second period early after the ‘Cuda were guilty of another turnover trying to clear their own zone. Josh Melnick finished off a two-on-one when he buried a one-timer past Melnichuk after receiving a cross ice pass from Karlstrom. The Stars third unanswered goal was Melnick’s second goal of the season at the 3:28 mark.

San Jose cut the lead to a one a goal deficit with a power play goal of their own. Gregor found Scott Reedy below the net on the right side. Reedy fed a backhanded pass to Jayden Halbgewachs in the slot and the ‘Cuda left winger buried a one-timer to the far side past Oettinger for his third goal of the season at the 6:15 mark.

Texas regained a two-goal lead late in the middle frame. San Jose failed to clear the puck out its own zone when a shot from the point by Ben Gleason pinballed off a couple of ‘Cuda defenders out to the front of the crease. Karlstrom came in a lifted a backhander top shelf past Melnichuk for his second goal of the game at the 15:52 mark.

The Barracuda once again cut the lead down to one goal with just over a minute remaining in the period. Gregor slid a pass over to Mark Alt at the left point. Alt sent in a wrist shot that deflected off a Stars defender and pass Oettinger for his first goal of the season at the 18:51 mark.

Texas capped off a wild middle frame with its third goal of the period 27 seconds later. Joel L’Esperance threaded a nifty backhanded pass between two ‘Cuda defenders over to Riley Tufte whose quick wrist shot beat Melnichuk for his fourth goal of the season at the 19:18 mark.

‘Cuda goalie Zachary Emond, who was recently called up from the Orlando Solar Bears, made his AHL debut when he replaced Melnichuk to start the third period. Melnichuk made 13 saves on 18 shots in 40:00 of action.

The Stars scored a controversial goal just over three minutes into the third period. Caamano crashed into Emond as he came in on an coast-to-coast rush in what appeared to have been goalie interference. With Emond down and out of the net, Alex Petrovic fired the puck into an empty net. After deliberation from the officials on the ice, Petrovic was awarded the unassisted goal, his first of the season at the 3:09 mark.

“That was a bullsh*t goal. He (the referee) should’ve blew the whistle. He (Emond) was down for five seconds. He was ran over, that’s goalie interference and it’s a sh*t call,” Sommer said.

McKenzie capped off the scoring with a breakaway goal with 30 seconds left remaining for his second goal of the season. McKenzie’s leads the Stars in scoring with seven points on the season (2G,5A).

Oettinger finished the game with 16 saves on 19 shots to earn the victory. Emond stopped 10 of the 12 shots he faced in his first appearance of the season for the ‘Cuda.

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

San Jose is 13-7-1-2 all time against Texas. They went 4-2-0-0 against the Stars last season.

The Three Stars of the Game were: 1) Karlstrom 2) Caamano 3) Gregor

UP NEXT: San Jose conclude their four-game homestand with another battle with Texas on Sunday 11/7 at 3:00pm at SAP Center.

Barracuda come back from 2 goal deficit, beat Stars 4-2

by Marko Ukalovic

SAN JOSE, Calif—The San Jose Barracuda came back from two goals down in the second period to score three unanswered in the middle frame en route to a 4-2 victory over the Texas Stars on Saturday evening at SAP Center.

The Barracuda have won three games in a row and are three games over .500 for the first time all season. Texas coincidentally have lost three games in a row and are three games under the .500 mark. San Jose went 3-1 against Texas in the four-game series.

There was no scoring in the opening 20 minutes as Texas held a slim margin on the shot clock with a 7-6 edge over San Jose.

Texas (12-15-2-0) scored the icebreaker in the second period with the game’s first goal on the power play. Ben Gleason skated down the left wing and fired a shot on net that Cole Schneider redirected past ‘Cuda goalie Alexei Melnichuk for his eighth goal of the season at the 2:06 mark.

The Stars captain leads the team with five power play goals.

The Stars doubled its lead less than three minutes later. Thomas Harley’s shot from the point was initially saved by Melnichuk but the rebound went out to the left where a crashing Joseph Cecconi slammed home the puck into an empty net for his second goal of the season at the 5:14 mark.

San Jose (12-9-4-2) cut the lead in half on the power play. Ryan Merkley sent in a wrist shot from the right point and Scott Reedy tipped home the puck past Stars goalie Colton Point for his third goal of the season at the 12:56 mark.

The Barracuda rode a wave of momentum as they scored the equalizer 56 seconds later when Steenn Pasichnuk scored his second career AHL goal at the 13:52 mark. Zachary Gallant and Lean Bergmann were credited with the assists.

Bergmann now has a three-game point streak.

Just 22 seconds later, San Jose gained its first lead of the game when Ivan Chekhovich scored an unassisted goal, his second goal of the season, at the 14:14 mark.

Evan Weinger sealed the deal for the Barracuda with an empty net goal from his own defensive zone, his third of the season and second in as many games at the 18:38 mark.

Melnichuk (4-5-3) finished the evening stopping 24 of the 26 shots he faced to earn his fourth victory of the season. Point made 19 saves on 22 shots in the losing effort.

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

Alex True played in his 200th AHL game.

The Three Stars of the Game were: 1) Chekhovich 2) Schneider 3) S Pasichnuk

UP NEXT: The Barracuda continues its homestand with a two-game series with the San Diego Gulls on Tuesday 4/20 at 6:00pm at SAP Center.

San Jose Barracuda podcast with Marko Ukalovic: Cuda score three unanswered goals in third period for win

The San Jose Barracuda celebrate their win over the Texas Stars on Fri Apr 16, 2021 at SAP Center in the first of a two game series (@ sjbarracuda photo)

#1 The San Jose Barracuda scored three unanswered goals that helped the Barracuda get a jump on the Texas Stars on Friday night at SAP Center in San Jose.

#2 San Jose has won two games in a row and are 2-1 in the four game series against Texas.

#3 The Barracuda (11-9-4-2) drew first blood early in the first period. A shot from Ryan Merkley led to a rebound loose in front of the cease where after a mad scrum, Lean Bergmann jammed home the puck underneath starting Stars goalie Colton Point for his first goal of the season at the 3:57 mark.

#4 The Barracuda scored three times in the third period which turned out to be a crucial period and something that head coach Roy Sommer would like to see in games when coming back is necessary.

#5 Marko it’s the Barracuda and the Stars once more Saturday night at SAP Center as the Barracuda have been playing .500 hockey and would like to get a sweep out of this series tonight.

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

Barracuda take down Stars 5-3

by Marko Ukalovic

SAN JOSE, Calif—The San Jose Barracuda scored three unanswered goals in the third period to take control of the game and defeat the Texas Stars 5-3 on Friday evening at SAP Center.

San Jose has won two games in a row and are 2-1 in the four game series against Texas. The Barracuda have 28 points on the season and still sit in fifth place in the Pacific Division as they trail the Colorado Eagles by five-one hundreds of a percentage point (.548-.543) for the fourth and final playoff spot. Texas have lost two games in a row.

The Barracuda (11-9-4-2) drew first blood early in the first period. A shot from Ryan Merkley led to a rebound loose in front of the cease where after a mad scrum, Lean Bergmann jammed home the puck underneath starting Stars goalie Colton Point for his first goal of the season at the 3:57 mark.

Texas (12-14-2-0) responded when Riley Tufte skated down from the left wing to below the endline. Tufte reversed course on Jakob Megna and backhanded a centering pass to an open Josh Melnick who beat ‘Cuda goalie Alexei Melnichuk to the far side for his seventh goal of the season at the 13:13 mark.

San Jose outshot Texas 11-10 in the opening 20 minutes.

The two teams traded goals in the first five minutes of the second period.

A shot by Cole Schneider deflected off the glass and bounced back out in front of the crease where Riley Damiani was able to deflect the puck off Melnichuk into the back of the net for his seventh goal of the season at the 3:12 mark. Damiani snapped a 13-game goal-less draught.

San Jose answered back just over two minutes later with its fourth line once again. Zachary Gallant skated into Stars zone and the puck pinballed over to Steen Pasichnuk and he quickly fired a wrist shot past an unsuspecting Point to the far side of the net for his first career AHL goal at the 5:20 mark to even the game at 2-2.

That ended the night for Point as Stars head coach Neal Graham pulled him out of the game and replaced him with Adam Scheel for the rest of the contest after Point gave up two goals on 14 shots.

Texas out shot San Jose 12-11 in the middle frame.

The Stars opened the third period regaining the lead when a shot by Thomas Harley caromed off the back boards over to Melnick and he fired the puck past a sprawling Melnichuk for his second goal of the game and eighth of the season at the 3:32 mark.

San Jose scored the equalizer when Evan Weinger led a two-on-one odd man rush at the red line. Weinger skated in and fired a shot wrist shot through the five-hole of Scheel for his second goal of the season at the 6:28 mark. He snapped a 12-game goal-less draught.

The Barracuda regained its second lead of the game when Bergmann stripped Harley of the puck down below the endline and centered the puck out to a wide open Scott Reedy who wired a wrist shot top-shelf into the right corner past Scheel for his second goal and the eventual game winner at the 15:25 mark.

San Jose iced the game with an empty net goal from Alex True with 28 seconds left to seal the deal. Joachim Blichfeld received the primary assist on True’s eighth goal of the season, snapping a six-game goal-less draught.

Melnichuk (3-5-3) finished the game stopping 25 of the 28 shots he faced to earn his third victory. Scheel made 13 saves on 15 shots in the losing effort.

GAME NOTES: San Jose went 0-for-4 on the power play. Texas went 0-for-2.

The Three Stars of the Game were: 1) Bergmann 2) Reedy 3) Gallant.

UP NEXT: Both team close out their four-game series on Saturday 4/17 at 6:00pm at SAP Center.

Barracuda even up series with 4-2 win over Stars

The San Jose Barracuda left winger Joachim Blichfeld (86) winds up for a shot against the Texas Stars goaltender Adam Scheel (31) at Solar4America Ice in San Jose on Wed Apr 14, 2021 (@ sjbarracuda photo)

by Marko Ukalovic

SAN JOSE, Calif-Maxim Letunov scored two goals, including the eventual game winner halfway through the third period as the San Jose Barracuda beat the Texas Stars 4-2 on Wednesday evening at Solar4America Ice.

Despite the game being in Silicon Valley, the Barracuda were the away team as this was the makeup game from 2/16/21 that was postponed due to the huge snow storm the region suffered through. San Jose now has 26 points but currently sit in fifth place in the Pacific Division with a winning percentage of .520. Colorado is just three-hundredth of percentage points ahead in fourth place at .523.

Texas (12-13-2-0) drew first blood under a minute left in the first period. Seconds after the penalty to Alex True for cross-checking ended, Adam Mashcherin sent a cross ice pass over to Jerad Rosburg who fired a wrist shot into the top corner short-side beating ‘Cuda goalie Sam Harvey for his first goal of the season at the 19:38 mark.

It was Rosburg’s second career AHL Goal as the Stars outshot the ‘Cuda 14-9 after the opening 20 minutes.

San Jose (10-9-4-2) scored the equalizer near the halfway mark of the second period seconds after their power play had just ended. Brandon Coe found an open Ivan Chekhovich in the left slot and the Russian sniper buried a wrist shot past Stars goalie Adam Scheel for his first goal of the season since coming back from the KHL to play for the ‘Cuda at the 9:05 mark.

It was Chekhovich’s first goal since March 10, 2020 against the Stockton Heat. That game was the last game played before the Covid-19 pandemic cancelled the rest of the AHL season.

The Barracuda gained its first lead of the game just over two minutes later. Sasha Chmelevski sent a backhand pass out of his own zone that got behind Stars defenseman Dawson Barteaux and sprung Joachim Blichfeld on a breakaway. Blichfeld skated in and beat Scheel with a wrist shot to the far side for his 11th goal of the season at the 11:25 mark.

Blichfeld snapped a seven-game goalless draught.

Texas tied up the game on a 5-on-3 power play opportunity late in the middle frame. Anthony Louis found Ben Gleason down in the right slot. Gleason paused and then lasered a wrist shot top-shelf into the right corner for his second goal of the season at the 16:27 mark.

Despite San Jose having a huge shot advantage over Texas in the middle frame (21-9), they headed into the second intermission deadlocked at 2-2.

Letunov scored his eighth goal of the season, which proved to be the game winner when Chekhovich found Letunov open in between the faceoff circles. Letunov one-timed a wrist shot past Scheel at the 10:48 mark.

Letunov iced the game for the ‘Cuda with 20 seconds left in the game with an empty netter. He intercepted a pass by Gleason and fired it down the ice from his own zone for his second goal of the game and ninth of the season. He has three goals in his last two games.

Harvey finished the game stopping 29 of the 31 shots he faced to earn the victory. Scheel made 36 saves on 40 shots in the losing effort.

GAME NOTES: San Jose went 0-for-4 on the power play. Texas was 1-for-6.

Texas is now 6-1-1 after leading after the first period.

The Three Stars of the Game were: 1) Blichfeld 2) Chekhovich 3) Scheel

UP NEXT: Both teams continue its four-game series on Friday 4/16 at 6:00pm at Solar4America Ice.