Colorado completes epic rally to beat San Jose, 7-5
March 26, 2022
SAN JOSE, CA. –The Colorado Eagles scored a season-high five goals in the second period to erase a 4-1 deficit and beat the San Jose Barracuda 7-5 on Saturday. Forward Mikhail Maltsev scored twice as the Eagles finished the game with two power-play goals and two shorthanded goals. Hunter Miska took the win in net, making 14 saves on 15 shots.
A turnover in front of the Eagles’ bench sent San Jose into the attacking zone on a 2-0, which forward Joachim Blichfeld would finish with a shot from the slot to give the Barracuda a 1-0 advantage at just 4: 29. the competition.
San Jose would then force a turnover at center ice, powering forward Evan Weinger onto a modified breakaway, where he would beat Colorado goaltender Justus Annunen along the ice to push the Barracuda lead to 2-0 at 6. :54 of the first period. .
Later in the first 20 minutes, a net shot would dribble through Annunen’s pads, allowing forward Adam Raska to tap the puck from the crease into the back of the net to put San Jose’s advantage at 3-0 with 5:54 remaining in the period.
The Eagles finally fought back when Kiefer Sherwood centered a pass from the right corner up the crease, setting up forward Jayson Megna to sweep the puck past Barracuda goaltender Alex Stalock. The goal was Megna’s eighth of the season and cut the deficit to 3-1 at 17:40 of the first period.
The momentum was right back when forward Antoine Morand grabbed a Colorado turnover and broke a wrist from the left wing circle that would light the lamp and put San Jose in the lead, 4-1 with just 1:23 left. to play in the period.
Still trailing 4-1 early in the second period, the Eagles would stage a massive rally that would begin when forward Cal Burke capped a shorthanded breakaway with a crease-side shot that would beat Stalock and cut the lead. of the Barracuda at 4-2 just 36 seconds into the middle frame.
A Colorado power play would continue the push, as Maltsev camped atop the crease and deflected a shot into the back of the net to erode San Jose’s lead to 4-3 at 2:51 of the period.
For the second time in the period, the Eagles would find themselves shorthanded and for the second time, it would lead to a shorthanded breakaway. This time it would be forward Martin Kaut flying between the circles before slipping a shot through Stalock’s pads to tie the game at 4-4 with 15:45 left in the second stanza.
The Barracudas fought back later in the same power play when defender Nick Cicek landed a wrist shot in traffic, beating Miska who had started the second period in place of Annunen. The count put San Jose back in the driver’s seat, 5-4 at 4:54 into the period.
Colorado would tie the score again when Maltsev fired a wrist from bottom of the left wing circle that deflected off a Barracuda skater and into the back of the net, tying the game at 5-5 with 10:21 remaining. the middle frame.
A power play for the Eagles late in the period would see defenseman Jacob MacDonald land a powerful slapshot from the top of the left wing circle, light the lamp and give Colorado a 6-5 advantage at 19:49. The Eagles beat San Jose 14-3 in the period and headed into the second intermission still leading, 6-5.
The Barracuda tried to fight back in the third period, beating Colorado 12-7 in the final 20 minutes of regulation time. However, Miska would hold on and force San Jose to remove Stalock in the final minutes of the contest in favor of the extra forward. That decision would backfire when Sherwood buried an empty net from his own area to give the Eagles a 7-5 lead with 1:33 left in the game.
Colorado finished the game 2-for-4 on the power play and 4-for-5 on the penalty kill, as the Eagles outscored the Barracuda, 32-25.
The Eagles will be back in action when they take on the San Jose Barracuda on Monday, March 28and at 8:00 p.m. MT at the SAP Center in San Jose, CA. Tickets for all regular season games are on sale now and start at just $19. You can find more information about ticket packages, theme tickets and promotional nights by visiting ColoradoEagles.com or calling the Ticket Department at (970) 686-7468.