Tonight is the first preseason game for the Barracuda. A chance for the ‘Cuda brass to make a determination on the young prospects, PTOs, and older vets — who’ll be suiting up for the team, who’ll get contracts, and who’ll be heading down to ECHL or released.
A lot riding on the game that doesn’t mean anything in the standings.
On the Heat side, expect PTO Taylor Doherty (late of Worcester Sharks) to potentially be in the line up.
Potential line up for Barracuda and preview
Preview from the Heat side.
Post game thoughts
Nikita Jevpalovs didn’t even play the game as he was hit in the head with a puck during warmups. Petter Emanuelsson didn’t play the whole game after a big check; he did score the first goal in the game.
Very chippy game. Especially with lots of folks playing for an AHL contract, on both sides.
TV: CSN CA, NHL Network
Satellite radio (click for specific station — may be Vancouver feed only)
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On Sunday afternoon, nearly the entire camp (staff and players) headed to Canada. On Monday, part of the group will participate in the 2015 Canada Kraft Hockeyville game (televised locally on CSN-California; nationally on NHL Network, Rogers in Canada). The group will stay in Canada for a game Tuesday in Vancouver at Rogers Place. DeBoer indicated that some players would participate in both games. But as of Sunday night, no list of which players went to Canada, nor who will be playing, has been released.
This game is a celebration of grass roots hockey. Locals who have gone on to hockey stardom include the Benn brothers.
While the team will have an opportunity to enjoy the small (attendance-wise) rink, they can be reminded of the fun they had in their (small) home town rink as they play. But on the serious side, this is an opportunity for players to impress the coaches and scouts to position themselves for the hockey season, on the NHL roster, etc.
First of seven preseason games. First of four road/away preseason games.
Sharks reporting via Twitter lines will be Hertl-Tierney-Wingels, Nieto-Smith-Goodrow, Goldobin-Carpenter-Meier, Sadowy-Lerg-Brown. D pairs Dillon-Tennyson, Mueller-DeMello, Young-Roy. Grosenick starting, backed up by Dell.
RECAP: Grosenick played the first half of the game, replaced by Dell. Neither goalie gave up a goal in regulation. It was tied 0-0 after regulation, so we saw the first 3×3 OT. A few shifts in and the Canucks scored. Wingels and Dillon wore As; Wingels took the ceremonial faceoff.
It seemed like there was a missing gear offensively, but the Hertl-Tierney-Wingels seemed to work well. Dillon-Tennyson was a responsible pair.
The team seemed to relish the excitement of the Hockeyville celebration, including those who did not play (many watched the game from suites).
Technical notes – first period there was no game clock on the TV. Just the basic stats of total SOG I’ve been able to find. Nothing else.
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