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Stockton, CA - The San Jose Barracuda (5-0-0-1) used four third-period goals to beat the Stockton Heat (Calgary Flames) (1-3-1-0), 5-2, on Saturday night at Stockton Arena in the second meeting of 12 on the season series.
After both Jon Gillies and Josef Korenar made point-blank save after point-blank save in the games first few minutes, Jayden Halbgewachs (3) drew first blood as he beat Gillies top-shelf on a breakaway after receiving an outlet pass from Max Letunov at 12:48. The Barracuda would kill off a late penalty and the game would remain 1-0 San Jose through 20 minutes.
In the second, the Barracuda went on the power-play four times and outshot Stockton 10-to-1 in the frame but Gillies stood tall to hold his clubs deficit at 1-0 through two periods.
In the final 20 minutes, Andrew Mangiapane (1) tied the game at 1-1 as he cashed in on a breakaway at 1:42, but Letunov (3) would recapture his teams lead as he beat Gillies top-shelf short-side at 8:26. The Barracuda added to their lead upon a review by the officials that deemed Manny Wiederer (2) had jammed a loose puck in from the crease past Gillies at 14:32. 20 seconds later, Filip Sandberg (1) sniped a one-timer over Gillies left shoulder to give San Jose a 4-1 lead. With their net empty and on the power play, Glenn Gawdin (2) tipped a point shot past Korenar at 19:20, but Evan Weinger (3) put the game away with an empty-netter at 19:53.
Korenar (3-0-0-0) earned the win by making 19 saves on 21 shots while Gillies (1-2-0) suffered the loss after giving up four goals on 38 saves.
The Barracuda return to SAP Center on Sunday, October 21 when they take on the Stockton Heat (3 PM) for game two of the home and road matchup. Tickets start at just $10 and all concessions are $4. Fans can watch all 68 regular season games on AHLTV and listen live at SJBarracuda.com/listen.