San Jose Barracuda game halted due to COVID-19 protocols

The San Jose Barracuda’s exhibition game with the Henderson Silver Knights on Saturday was cancelled due to COVID-19 protocols.

The cancellation occurred between the second and third periods of the AHL game, which took place at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. Henderson led 1-0 at the time the game was called.

The Silver Knights announced the cancellation was not because of a positive COVID test result from a Henderson player or staff member. A spokesman for the San Jose Sharks, the Barracuda’s parent club, said the team would not make any additional comment Saturday.

The Barracuda was playing the Silver Knights for the second time in two days after Henderson won Friday’s game 7-3.

In Saturday’s game, a handful of players who had been on the Sharks’ roster or taxi squad earlier this week were dressed, including forwards John Leonard, Fredrik Handemark and Jeffrey Viel, defenseman Brinson Pasichnuk and goalie Alexei Melnichuk.

Rudolfs Balcers, on a conditioning assignment after he was claimed off of waivers by the Sharks from Ottawa Senators earlier this month, was playing in his second straight game. He was on a line with Alex True and Jake McGrew.

The Barracuda, as of Saturday night, was still scheduled to play their final exhibition game Monday in Tucson against the Roadrunners. San Jose is scheduled to begin the regular season with a three-game series with Tucson on Feb. 5, 6, and 8.

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Author: Curtis Pashelka