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Deep Blue Sea: Barracuda drop season opener

Plus, the American Hockey League made history, and Jamaica could be heading to the Olympics in the future and more in today’s news and notes.

SAN JOSE, CA - MAY 3: against the Bakersfield Condors at Solar 4 America Ice on May 3, 2021 in San Jose, California San Jose Barracuda/Flickr

Just one day after the San Jose Sharks opened up their season, their minor-league affiliate, the Barracuda, did as well against the Bakersfield Condors.

Barrcuda skaters Adam Raska, Nick Cicek, Montana Onyebuchi and Artemi Kniazev made their American Hockey League debuts, while Mark Alt and Nick Merkley played their first game with the franchise.

There is not much to discuss about the game, as the Barracuda lost in a low-event 1-0 match in regulation.

Condors’ goaltender Stuart Skinner saved all 34 shots that came his way, while Seth Griffith recorded the lone goal of the game.

The Barracuda will prepare to take on the Colorado Eagles on Oct. 22, where they hope to find a better result than last night.

News and Notes

  • Nikolai Knyzhov to miss an “estimated” 8-10 weeks while recovering from surgery (Fear the Fin)
  • Quick Thoughts: Karlsson, Meier Show Promising Signs (San Jose Hockey Now)
  • 3 Takeaways From Sharks Season Opener Over the Jets (The Hockey Writers)
  • Brady Tkachuk expected to make season debut Thursday against the Sharks (The Score)

Blood in the Water

  • Jamaica aiming for goal of bringing hockey team to 2026 Olympics (
  • Referee Katie Guay makes AHL debut (Scouting the Refs)
  • Prospect roundup: Early season CHL stock watch (Sports Illustrated)
  • Matthews to make season debut for Maple Leafs against Rangers (
  • Colombia wins men’s title, Puerto Rico women’s team prevails at LATAM Cup (
  • Sabres don’t want to retain salary in Jack Eichel trade (Sportsnet)

Scores & Recaps

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