The Barracuda offense came alive over the weekend, leading to back-to-back wins with wins by 4-1 and 5-2 margins. San Jose topped the Bakersfield Condors on Friday 4-1 before topping the Ontario Reign 5-2 on Saturday.
San Jose looked very good against the Reign on Saturday (I saw it in person even). The Barracuda, particularly Tim Heed and Marcus Sorensen, looked dominant against the Reign while Mantas Armalis played a strong game in net.
Ontario scored the first goal on Saturday, but the Barracuda answered quickly to tie the game at one. San Jose was the better team for much of the contest and won handily by the time the final whistle blew.
The Barracuda are off until December 3, when the squad heads to San Antonio for a pair of games. San Jose’s next home contest is against the Stockton Heat on Dec. 8. The Barracuda scored on 2/4 of their power play opportunities and killed Ontario’s only shot on the power play.
Adam Helewka and TIm Heed each finished with a pair of goals while Timo Meier picked up two assists, Helewka had three points, while Daniel O’Regan also finished with three points. Nikolay Goldobin had a pair of assists.
Mantas Armalis made 22 saves for a .917 save percentage. He looked quite good in net for the vast majority of the evening, despite a few scares early on.
The Barracuda played quite well throughout the night, out-shooting the Reign 28-24 despite leading for the majority of the evening. San Jose looked very good, particularly when in Ontario’s end, and deserved to win the contest. That’s good news for a franchise struggling in the ole depth department.