May 19, 2021

Irvine, CA – The San Jose Barracuda (2-0) scored the first three goals of the game on Wednesday against the Colorado Eagles (1-1) at the FivePoint Arena and eventually rolled to a 5-1 win in the second single-elimination play-in game and will now advance to play the Henderson Silver Knights (Vegas Golden Knights) in a best-of-three divisional semifinal series beginning on Friday in Las Vegas.

Josef Korenar (2-0) made 32 stops to earn his second straight playoff win and third of his career

Justus Annunen (0-1) allowed three goals on 33 shots, suffering the loss in his AHL playoff debut

Nicolas Meloche finished with three points (1+2=3) as he scored an empty-netter, his first goal in Barracuda sweater, and first tally in 79 AHL games

Krystof Hrabik made his AHL playoff debut, scoring his first two AHL goals in the win

Zach Gallant’s game-winning goal snapped a 21 game goalless drought dating back to early March and his five shots on net were a team high

Max Letunov, who led the Barracuda with 12 goals in the regular season, netted his first AHL playoff goal as he opened up the scoring in the first

Sampo Ranta led Colorado with seven shots, netting the Eagles only goal in the loss which came on the power-play in the second.

Brandon Coe picked up another assist and now has assists in each of his first two playoff games

Evan Weinger, who scored on Tuesday, picked up a helper and now has six points (3+3=6) in six career AHL playoff games

Ryan Merkley collected his first AHL playoff assist in his sixth career playoff game

Brinson and Steenn Pasichnuk each assisted on Gallant’s goal, for Steenn it was his first AHL assist, and it also marked the first time in which the two have been in on the same goal

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