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Tucson, Ariz. - The San Jose Barracuda (2-1-0-1) fell into a two-goal deficit on Wednesday night against the Tucson Roadrunners (1-2-0-0) at the Tucson Convention Center, but would come back with three unanswered goals, before Nick DeSimone lit the lamp with 24 seconds left in regulation to earn San Jose it’s second win of the preseason, 4-3.
In the W, Josef Korenar (1-1-0-1) made 22 saves on 25 shots to collect his first victory of exhibition play. Ivan Prosvetov suffered the loss, allowing four goals on 36 shots.
In the first, Kevin Hancock (1) opened up the scoring at 6:17 as Ryan McGregor and former Bakersfield Condor' Cameron Hebig picked up the assists. Less than a minute later, Blake Speers (1) would make it 2-0 Tucson. The Barracuda would get outshot 13-to-12 in the first and would end the period down by a pair.
In the second, sophomore forward Joachim Blichfeld (2) would find paydirt at 11:28, cutting Tucson’s lead in half. The Barracuda outshot Tucson 15-to-seven in the second for a two-period total of 27-to-20.
In the third, rookie forward Brandon Coe (1) would even the score with his first professional goal at 3:53 as Karlis Cukste picked up the only assist. Blichfeld (3) was at it again at 15:02, netting his team-leading third goal of the preseason, giving the Barracuda a 3-2 lead. With just a minute and 24 seconds to go, Lane Pederson (2) leveled the score at 3-3 on the power-play. But exactly one minute later, DeSimone (1) would score to give the Barracuda their lead back, and eventually the win, 4-3.
The Barracuda are back in action on Friday in Las Vegas, as they square off with the newest member of the AHL, the Henderson Silver Knights. Nick Nollenberger will have the preseason radio call from Sin City starting at 6:30 at SJSharks.com/listen, SJBarracuda.com/listen, and on the Sharks+SAP Center App.