Barracuda Beat Roadrunners 5-2; San Jose takes two out three from Roadrunners

The San Jose Barracuda take the rubber game match against the Tucson Roadrunners at Tucson Arena on Sat Mar 19, 2022 to conclude the three game series (image by the San Jose Barracuda)

By Mary Walsh

TUCSON– The San Jose Barracuda beat the Tucson Roadrunners 5-2 Saturday. Sasha Cmelevski, Lane Pedersen, Nick Cicek, Joachim Blichfeld and Nick Merkley scored for San Jose. Alexei Melnichuk made 32 saves for the win. Cole Hults and Travis Barron scored for Tucson. Ivan Prosvetov made 28 saves in the loss.

Sasha Chmelevski scored the opening goal for San Jose at 6:18 of the first period. He carried the puck into the zone and then cut across to the slot, evading defenders. As he passed through the slot he took the shot and beat Prosvetov on the glove side. Assists went to Evan Weinger and Patrick Holway.

Lane Pedersen made it 2-0 at 14:45 with a shot from a bad angle along the boards that snuck by Prosvetov. An assist went to Jayden Halbgewachs.

The Roadrunners got on the board during a five-on-three power play at 10:17 of the second period. The Barracuda’s Ryan Merkley and Sasha Chmelevski were in the box. Cole Hults took the shot from above the circle on a pass from Jan Jenik who was down by the goal line. The puck went over Melnichuk’s shoulder and in. Assists went to Jenik and Michael Carcone.

Nick Cicek restored San Jose’s two-goal lead at 16:24 with a shot from above the circle. Assists went to Weinger and Adam Raska.

At 7:15 of the third, Travis Barron tipped Matt Foley’s shot from the point and made it 3-2. Assists went to Foley and Mitchell Lewandowski. Right before Barron’s goal, Prosvetov made three impressive saves at the other end, fending off a shooting frenzy from the Barracuda.

Joachim Blichfeld scored on the power play at 8:38. After scrambling to keep the puck in, he carried it down to the face-off dot and took a shot that went through some traffic and over Prosvetov’s shoulder. Jake McGrew got an assist.

Sasha Chmelevski won a race to the puck behind the net and made a quick pass to Nick Merkley who had just arrived in front of the net. Merkley wasted no time and whipped the puck into the net at 13:25.

The shots were very close through the game, with the final count being 34-33 Roadrunners. Artemi Kniazev led San Jose in shots with seven. The Barracuda had five power plays and scored on one. Their penalty kill allowed one goal in five penalties.

The Barracuda next play on Tuesday back in San Jose against the Stockton Heat at 7:00 PM PT.

Barracuda give it their best effort but can’t hang on lose to Tucson 4-3 in OT

The San Jose Barracuda’s left winger Jayden Halbgewachs (89) and goaltender Zachary Edmond (35) prepare to defend the net against the Tucson Roadrunners offense at Tucson Arena on Fri Mar 18, 2022 (photo from the San Jose Barracuda)

By Len Shapiro

The San Jose Barracuda (19-30-2) gave it all they had but just couldn’t hold onto the lead at Tucson Arena. The Barracuda down two goals came back in the third period to knot it up 3-3 to force overtime. The Barracuda were outshot in the shootout and dropped their second of this three game series 4-3 to the Tucson Roadrunners (18-28-4).

The Barracuda did have one positive outcome from Friday night’s thriller they continue to put the puck in the net on the power play they did it twice to later tie the Roadrunners. In the first period San Jose got help from Joachim Blichfeld. It was the ninth power play goal this season scoring in the first 27 seconds on the game.

San Jose’s Lane Pederson continues to be consistent scoring in his third straight game and notching his fifth goal of the season scoring in five of his last six games. In facing the Roadrunners Pederson’s former team he has got revenge on his old teammates scoring a goal in each of the three games he’s faced them.

Jayden Halbgewachs who hadn’t scored a goal in five games picked up one on Friday night for his 15th of the season. Halbgewachs third period goal was the tying goal and it couldn’t have come at a better time marking his sixth power play goal for the 2021-22 campaign.

The Barracuda goaltender Zach Edmond playing in his seventh game for San Jose (3-2-2) had his hands full trying to stop the Roadrunners who kept him standing on his head all night. Edmond stopped 33 shots allowing four goals.

Barracuda head coach Roy Sommer has one big take away from Friday night’s game and that the Barracuda have now scored multiple power play goals over their last seven games. While the power play has improved the Barracuda have now lost three of their four games.

The Barracuda are 1-1 in this series with the Roadrunners and play the rubber game of this match tonight at Tucson Arena for a 7:00pm PDT face off. The Barracuda return back to SAP Center in San Jose on Tue Mar 22 to host the Stockton Heat the last time these two teams met the Heat beat the Barracuda by three goals 6-3 on Sat Mar 12th at Stockton Arena.

Stalock gets in front of 40 shots for 4-0 shutout over Roadrunners

San Jose Barracuda gets the 4-0 shutout as Barracuda players celebrate against the Tucson Roadrunners at Tucson Arena in Tucson on Wed Mar 16, 2022 (photo from the San Jose Barracuda)

By Len Shapiro

The San Jose Barracuda (19-29-2) get a 4-0 shutout behind the mastery work of Barracuda goaltender Alex Stalock who saved 40 shots over the Tucson Roadrunners (17-28-4) at Tucson Arena. San Jose has dominated the Roadrunners this season beating them in three straight games and now are 13-2 in goals scored for the season against them.

The Barracuda have now shutout the Roadrunners twice for the season. Stalock who played with the Barracuda parent club the NHL San Jose Sharks and got roughed up by the Nashville Predators on Sat Mar 5th 8-0 looked and looks like he turned over a new leaf with the 4-0 shutout on Wednesday night.

Stalock last played with the Barracuda six years ago on Feb 6, 2016 and what a way to make a comeback with a shutout to start his return with the team. This is the 12th career shutout in the AHL for Stalock. The Barracuda got scoring help from Jake McGrew who scored twice for his 10th and 11th goals of the year.

McGrew is finding the back end of the net scoring three times in his last two games. The Barracuda’s Montana Onyebuchi got down with the Roadrunners this was his ninth fight of the season and Onyebuchi leads rookies in the AHL in fighting majors and penalty minutes with 99.

Evan Weinger’s goal on Wednesday was his tenth and needs one more goal to tie his career best for a season at ten. Weinger scored tenth goal just 57 seconds into the game. Lane Pederson scored his second goal in two games. Pederson scoring against his former team the Roadrunners making this his fourth goal in eight games.

The Barracuda and Roadrunners play game two of this three game series on Friday Mar 18th at 7:00 pm PDT at Tucson Arena.

Barracuda lose to Heat in three goal loss 6-3; San Jose opens three game series starting Wed in Tucson

Emilio Petterson (46) of the Stockton Heat gets a penalty shot goal in the third period against the San Jose Barracuda goaltender Alexi Melnichuk (1) at the Stockton Arena on Sat Mar 12, 2022 (photo from the San Jose Barracuda)

By Len Shapiro

The Stockton Heat (34-9-4) turned things up on the San Jose Barracuda (18-29-2) on Saturday night with a 6-3 win. With the loss the Barracuda are now 1-4-1 against the Heat. The Barracuda’s Jasper Weatherby scored his third goal of the season in the first period.

For Weatherby he has scored all three of his goals over his last three games. For Barracuda head coach Roy Sommer that says alot about going with the hot hand. To show you how effective Weatherby has been he has executed his goals on the power play each time.

Jake McGrew who went without a goal in 11 games found the back end of the net scoring his ninth goal of the season in the second period. The Barracuda’s Lane Pederson scored on a power play goal as well and has scored seven points in seven games.

The power play despite the loss on Saturday has been working for the Barracuda they have gone 2-4 against the Heat and have scored on multiple power play goals in five of their last seven games.

Look out for the Heat’s Emilio Petterson who scored twice including on a penalty shot in the third period against the Barracuda. This was the second time the Barracuda had been penalized and had to face the penalty shot this season. The first one didn’t score but Petterson got the red light on the second penalty shot of the season against the Barracuda.

The Barracuda will get a break from the Heat and open up a three game series against the Tucson Roadrunners on Wed Mar 16th in Tucson all three games run on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

San Jose Barracuda podcast with Marko Ukalovic: Leonard might be what the doctor ordered with hat trick and player of the week award

The San Jose Barracuda forward John Leonard (47) who scored a hat trick and was named the AHL Player of the week did it against the Tucson Roadrunners on Sun Mar 6, 2022 (photo by Kavin Mistry)

On the SJ Barracuda podcast with Marko:

#1 Marko, talk about the San Jose Barracuda (17-28-2) forward John Leonard being named the AHL player of the week. Leonard scored his second hat trick of the season against the Tucson Roadrunners (17-26-3) on Sunday night helping the Cuda to a three goal 6-2 win.

#2 Lane Peterson scored a goal and got an assist after playing four games and has five points.

#3 The Barracuda Nick Merkley picked up tenth goal of the season and got an assist against the Roadrunners on Sunday. The goal was his fourth in five games.

#4 The Barracuda right winger Joachim Blichfeld who has 17 goals put in his eighth power play goal Sunday against the Roadrunners and is tops in points with 32 for San Jose.

#5 Marko, the Barracuda head to Ontario to face the Reign on Wednesday night in Ontario at 7:00pm (PST) a tough place to place and the Barracuda are looking for their second straight win.

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

Leonard’s hat trick power Barracuda past Roadrunners 6-2

San Jose Barracuda John Leonard acknowledges his teammates and fans after scoring a goal one of three to make a hat trick against the Tucson Roadrunners at SAP Center in San Jose on Sun Mar 6, 2022 (image by the San Jose Barracuda)

by Marko Ukalovic

SAN JOSE–John Leonard recorded his first ever hat trick as the San Jose Barracuda routed the Tucson Roadrunners 6-2 on Sunday evening at SAP Center.

San Jose have won two out of its past three games. Tucson has lost four games in a row.

Tucson (17-26-3-1) drew first blood early in the first period. Hudson Fasching made a cross rink pass over to Michael Carcone who rifled a wrist shot past ‘Cuda goalie Zachary Emond for his team leading 23rd goal of the season at the 3:42 mark.

San Jose (17-28-2-0) answered back at the 7:40 mark when John Leonard scooped up a loose puck just outside the Roadrunners crease. Leonard lifted a backhander over the stick of Roadrunners goalie Ivan Prosvetov for his 14th goal of the season.

Leonard has a goal in three consecutive games.

San Jose gained its first lead on the power play midway through the second period. Leonard’s shot from the left wing caromed over to Lane Pederson on the right side. The former Roadrunner forward cleaned up the rebound into an open net for his first goal in a Barracuda jersey at the 9:23 mark.

Tucson scored the equalizer early to start the third period. A shot from the point Matt Foley sneaked it’s way off the post into the net for Foley’s first goal of the season at the 2:26 mark.

San Jose answered back less than three minutes later. Dillon Hamailuk found a trailing Nick Merkely in the slot and Merkely buried a wrist shot past Prosvetov for his 10th goal of the season at the 5:07 mark.

The Barracuda scored an insurance with their second power play goal of the game. Merkley found Joachim Blichfeld near the right side if the net. Blichfeld’s one timer bounced off Prosvetov and into the back of the net for his 17th goal of the season at the 12:26 mark

San Jose sealed the deal with 3:04 remaining in the final frame when Leonard scored his second goal of the night, a one timer past Prosvetov for his 15th goal of the season.

Leonard finished off his hat trick with a nice move to get Prosvetov to go down before sliding the puck underneath him for 16th goal of the season with 55 seconds left in the game.

Emond finished the evening stopping 36 of the 38 shots he faced to earn the victory. Prosvetov made 28 saves on 34 shots in the losing effort.

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

This was the first Barracuda game that has featured two women as on ice officials. Samantha Hiller served as one of the referees and Kirsten Welsh served as one of the lines persons.

The Three Stars of the Game were:

1) Leonard 2) Emond 3) Merkley

The game featured the second Paws & Pucks promotion where fans were able to bring their dogs to the game. It also was a Hockey Is For Everybody night.

UP NEXT: San Jose goes on the road to take on the Ontario Reign on Wdnesday 3/9 at 7:00pm at Toyota Arena.

Harvey makes like wall in Barracuda 3-0 shutout win over the Roadrunners

The San Jose Barracuda goaltender Sam Harvey got a shutout win over the Tucson Roadrunners at SAP Center in San Jose on Fri Jan 14, 2022 ( file image from Chasing the Puck)

by Marko Ukalovicv

SAN JOSE —Quality over quantity.

Goalie Sam Harvey has produced shutouts in 66% of his starts. His outstanding performance led the San Jose Barracuda to a 3-0 shutout victory over the Tucson Roadrunners on Friday evening at SAP Center.

Harvey (2-1-0) was perfect stopping all 28 shots he faced, which included having to help kill off a double-minor penalty to Jake McGrew with 4:25 left in the game, to earn his second shutout of the season (and second of his AHL career) in just three starts.

The 23-year-old native of Alma, Quebec played aggressive, challenging the Roadrunner shooters and did not give up many second chance rebounds in his strongest game of the season.

“I think I needed that game after what happened last game,” Harvey said. “I got pulled after (giving up) five goals. For me, I was just trying to get back to my game, play well and the boys helped me (out) in front as well.”

San Jose has won two out its last three games and split the series. Tucson has lost four out of its last five games.

San Jose (13-16-1-0) drew first blood halfway through the first period. McGrew sent a rink wide pass that caromed off the boards over to Evan Weinger who rifled home a one-timer top shelf past Roadrunner’s goalie Josef Korenar for his sixth goal of the season at the 10:49 mark.

The Barracuda doubled its lead on the power play late in the opening frame. Nick Cicek’s slapshot from the point caromed off the backboards out in front where Jayden Halbgewachs chipped it out in front of the crease. Scott Reedy buried the point-blank shot into an empty net for his team leading 16th goal of the season at the 16:02 mark.

“A lot of it’s timing,” said Reedy on his consistent scoring. “Boxing out offensively. I kind of just know when the puck is coming in. That’s been happening a lot lately.”

Tucson (12-12-2-1) only managed four shots on goal in the first period as San Jose had the ice tilted in its favor in the opening 20 minutes.

The middle frame was scoreless as San Jose out shot Tucson eight to six in the second period.

San Jose clamped down defensively in the third period and did repeat what happened on Wednesday night when they blew a third period lead against Tucson.

“We really should be sitting right now with three wins in a row,” said Barracuda head coach Roy Sommer. “We got that one back, which is good, but (when) you lose a game, you learn a lesson hopefully.”

San Jose received some insurance when they scored their league leading eighth short-handed goal early in the third period. John Leonard poked the puck out the ‘Cuda zone off the faceoff. On the breakaway, his shot went through the five-hole of Korenar as it trickled into the back of the net for his fifth goal of the season at the 3:59 mark.

The unassisted goal was Leonard’s second short-handed goal of the season.

Korenar (2-4-1) made 21 saves on 24 shots in the losing effort.

GAME NOTES: San Jose finished 1-for-3 on the power play. Tucson was 0-for-5.

Cicek was hit in the face with a shot from the point late in the second period.

The Three Stars of the Game were: 1) Harvey 2) Reedy 3) Weinger.

UP NEXT: San Jose take on the Bakersfield Condors on Saturday 1/15 at 7:00pm at Mechanics Bank Arena.

Roadrunners third period blitz take down Barracuda 4-3

The San Jose Barracuda drop the first of two games on Wed Jan 11, 2022 against the Tucson Roadrunners at the SAP Center in San Jose on Wed Jan 11, 2022 (image by the San Jose Barracuda)

by Marko Ukalovic

SAN JOSE — When you don’t play for a full 60 minutes, it usually comes back to bite you.

The Tucson Roadrunners scored three unanswered goals in the third period for a 4-3 comeback victory on Wednesday evening at SAP Center.

San Jose have lost two of its past three games. Tucson snapped its three-game losing streak.

The game marked the return for former Barracuda goalie Josef Korenar who played in his first game at The Tank in a visiting uniform with the Roadrunners.

It also marked the first game back for Scott Reedy and Jayden Halbgewachs for San Jose. They had been up with the Sharks the past week. They were on a line with John Leonard put together by ‘Cuda head coach Roy Sommer.

San Jose (12-16-1-0) drew first blood early in the first period. Jake McGrew sent a puck on net that bounced out in front of the crease. Kyle Topping’s chance was stopped by Korenar but Zachary Gallant sneaked in and chipped the puck just underneath the crossbar for his first goal of the season at the 4:12 mark.

It was Gallant’s second career AHL and his first in 42 games when he scored his first back on March 6th, 2021, which also happens to be his birthday.

Tucson (12-11-2-1) answered back with a power play goal late in the opening frame. Matias Maccelli sent a pass over to Jen Jenik in the right slot. Jenik snapped home a wrist shot past ‘Cuda goalie Alexei Melnichuk for his seventh goal of the season at the 16:16 mark.

The Barracuda regained the lead with 26 seconds left in the first period. After a battle along the corner boards, Kyle Topping fed a pass back to the point Artemi Kniazev. The 20-year defenseman skated in, made a move at the left faceoff circle and fired a wrist shot to the far side for his career AHL goal.

“I saw the guy dropping (down) on me (I got) some open ice and took the shot,” said Kniazev. “Obviously it’s nice to score my first pro goal but it didn’t help to win the game, so it means nothing.

Things became chippy in the second period. There were two fights in a span of less than two minutes. After the second fight between Patrick Holway and Blake Speers, both teams begin to push and shove each other in the neutral zone near the teams’ benches long after the whistle had blown.

Tucson evened the game with seven minutes left in third period. Hudson Fasching made a nice a move around a ‘Cuda defender at the left point, skated in and centered a backhand pass over to Maccelli who buried a one-time from point-blank range for his ninth goal of the season.

The Roadrunners gained its first lead 68 seconds later. Maccelli sent a back pass to Cameron Hebig who beat Melnichuk to the short side for his sixth goal of the season at the 14:08 mark.

“We can’t keep shooting ourselves in the foot,” Sommer said. “You’re not going to keep coming back from these all the time. We had played up to that point, pretty good. Again, we gave up too much trying to protect the lead.”

Tucson sealed the game with their second power play goal with 1:23 left in the third period. Hudsom Elyniuk fed a pass over to Speers who buried a wrist shot to the short side past Melnichuk for his second goal of the season.

San Jose made it a one-goal game with 22 seconds left when Reedy scored his team-leading 15th goal of the season. Reedy cleaned up the rebound off a shot from the point by Nick Cicek.

Korenar finished the game stopping 20 of the 23 shots he faced to come back to haunt his old team in earning the victory. Melnichuk (7-7-0) made 18 saves on 22 shots in the losing effort.

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

The Three Stars of the Game were: 1) Maccello 2) Kniazev 3) Jenik

San Jose is 16-12-3-2 all time against Tucson, including 9-6-1-1 on home ice.

Tucson has four of its last five games on the road.

UP NEXT: San Jose and Tucson conclude their two-games series on Friday 1/14 at 7:00pm at SAP Center.

San Jose Barracuda podcast with Marko Ukalovic: A tribute to coach Sommer’s 800 career wins as head coach

San Jose Barracuda head coach Roy Sommer and his 800th career win image achieved on Sat Jan 8, 2022 at SAP Center vs. the Henderson Silver Knights (image by the San Jose Barracuda)

On the Barracuda podcast with Marko:

#1 San Jose Barracuda (12-15-1-0) coach Roy Sommer has reached a monumental achievement in winning his 800th game this past week on Sat Jan 8th against the visiting Henderson Silver Knight at SAP Center in San Jose. It’s a long time in the making but it had to be a proud moment for Sommer.

#2 Back on Dec 3, 2017 Sommer was one of seven coaches in pro hockey to total 700 wins combining his work in the AHL, NHL and ECHL to reach that total it was five years ago a lot has happened between now and then.

#3 The win Saturday Marko snapped a two game losing streak for the Barracuda in a come back win over the feisty Henderson Silver Knights (15-8-2-1) 6-3 a large number of goals for the Barracuda to score to overcome the Knights.

#4 A big night for Sasha Chemlevski who scored a hat trick for his sixth, seventh and eighth goals of the season. For Chemlevski he also had an assist and it was his first hat trick of his career.

#5 The Barracuda take on the host the Tucson Roadrunners on Wed night Jan 12th at SAP for a 7:00 pm puck drop at SAP Center. It will be the first of two meetings the second being Fri Jan 14th at SAP Center another 7:00 pm start.

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

Barracuda edge Roadrunners 2-1 advance to play in game finale

The San Jose Barracuda after defeating the Tucson Roadrunners on Tue May 18th advance to the next play in game against either the Ontario Reign or the Colorado Eagles in the AHL Pacific Division playoffs (image from @sjbarracuda)

by Marko Ukalovic

IRVINE, Calif–Jake McGrew scored the game winning goal for the San Jose Barracuda halfway through the third period in a 2-1 victory over the Tucson Roadrunners in a Pacific Division single elimination play-in-game on Tuesday afternoon at Five Point Arena.

San Jose came into the play-in-game as the fourth seed and Tucson was the seventh seed after the regular season concluded. The Pacific Division is the only division in the AHL to participate in a post-season tournament for the 2021 season. The winner of both play-in-games will be the fourth seed and take on the top seeded Henderson Silver Knights in a best of three series.

McGrew’s heroics came as San Jose gained its first lead of the game. Scott Reedy poked the puck away from Victor Soderstrom behind the net. Jayden Halbgewachs quickly found McGrew along the end line and the SoCal native beat Prosvetov with a quick wrist shot to the near side of the post for his first playoff goal at the 9:18 mark of the third period.

The opening 20 minutes was scoreless as both teams played a defensive minded style of play. Both teams combined for just 11 shots in the first period.

Tucson drew first blood early in the second period. A clearing attempt by San Jose was intercepted by Nate Sucese near the left corner boards. Sucese found Jan Jenik at the left slot and Jenik skated in and shot a backhander that beat ‘Cuda goalie Josef Korenar at the 3:01 mark.

San Jose answered back just past the half way mark in the middle frame. Nicolas Meloche fired a shot along the left boards that hit off the skate of a crashing Evan Weinger through the five-hole of Roadrunners goalie Ivan Prosvetov at the 11:24 mark. Brandon Coe received the secondary assist.

Both teams had 13 shots each after the first 40 minutes of the game.

Tucson pulled Prosvetov in the final 2:05 for an extra attacker to try send the game into overtime but Korenar and his defense held down the fort and sent the Roadrunners into the off season.

Korenar finished the game stopping 19 of the 20 shots he faced to earn the victory and his second playoff victory of his ALH career. Prosvetov made 18 saves on 20 n the losing effort.

GAME NOTES: San Jose went 0-for-3 on the power play. Tucson was 0-for-3.

The Three Stars of the Game were: 1) Korenar 2) McGrew 3) Jenik

UP NEXT: The Barracuda will play the winner of the Ontario Reign vs, Colorado Eagles game on Wednesday 5/19 at 7:00pm at Five Point Arena in Irvine.