The San Jose Barracuda presented by Barracuda Networks began their quest for the Calder Cup by splitting Games 1 and 2 at SAP Center vs. the Ontario Reign. In the first ever AHL Calder Cup playoff game played on California soil, the Ontario Reign (AHL affiliate of the LA Kings) defeated the Barracuda by the score of 2-1 in Game 1 at SAP Center on Apr 22. San Jose bounced back in Game 2 on Apr 23 with a 3-2 win over Ontario to even up the series 1-1. As the series shifted to Ontario for Games 3-5, the Barracuda dropped Game 3 by the score of 3-1 on Apr 28. San Jose’s season came to an end in Game 4 in a hard fought 4-1 loss on Apr 29 as the Reign took the series 3-1.
Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 22 – Ontario at San Jose, 7:30pm – Ontario won 2-1
Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 23 – Ontario at San Jose, 7:30pm – San Jose won 3-2
Game 3 – Thu., Apr. 28 – San Jose at Ontario, 7:00pm – Ontario won 3-1
Game 4 – Fri., Apr. 29 – San Jose at Ontario, 7:00pm – Ontario won 4-1
SJ Sharks draft picks Kevin Labanc (Barrie – OHL) and Rourke Chartier (Kelowna – WHL) each made their professional debuts for the Barracuda in Game 4. In addition, Michael Brodzinski and Alex Gallant each made their AHL playoff debuts in Game 4. After the season came to an end, the SJ Sharks recalled Aaron Dell, Nikolay Goldobin, Mirco Mueller, Barclay Goodrow, and Ryan Carpenter to serve as “Black Aces” as the Sharks continue their quest for the Stanley Cup. In addition, the Sharks reassigned Nikita Jevpalovs to Allen (ECHL) as they look to repeat as Kelly Cup Champions.
Highlights on the ice last week include Aaron Dell making 77 saves in the two games to keep the Barracuda in both games. Nikolay Goldobin and Jeremy Langlois each found the back of the net while Alex Gallant picked up a fighting major in Game 4.
The San Jose Barracuda player of the week nominee is goaltender Aaron Dell. The 26-year-old from Airdrie, Alberta stopped 77 of 83 shots on goal in Games 3-4 and ended the playoffs with a .932 save %.
A SEASON TO REMEMBER:
The first season of AHL action in the Bay Area will be a season not to forget. Bay Area native Roy Sommer broke the AHL wins record at SAP Center on Feb 10 with his 637th career win behind the bench. Forward Ryan Carpenter was named the 2015-16 AHL Yanick Dupre Man Of The Year Award (league wide award) winner for all of the work he has done in the San Jose community this season. 17 different players received at least one call-up to the Sharks this season which included the NHL debuts by Nikolay Goldobin, Dylan Demelo, and Ryan Carpenter. An average of just over 4,400 fans rooted on the Barracuda at SAP Center in their inaugural season as the club raised over $50,000 for local charities during their five specialty jersey auctions. San Jose had three 20 goal scorers (Lerg, Goodrow, and Goldobin) and made the Calder Cup playoffs on the final day of the regular season.
Season ticket packages for the 2016-17 season are already on sale through the San Jose Barracuda front office by calling 408-977-4747.
Head Coach Roy Sommer (1404 game coached) surpassed Frank Mathers (1256 games coached) for the most games coached in AHL history on March 26, 2014 in the Sharks 5-3 win in Lewiston, ME over the Portland Pirates. Coach Sommer has coached 1,412 AHL games – all with the SJ Sharks AHL affiliates. In total, Coach Sommer has been a head coach in 1,743 games in the AHL and ECHL. Coach Sommer picked up his 600th career AHL win in a 4-3 victory in Lehigh Valley on Feb 4, 2015 and surpassed Frank Mathers (610 wins) for 2nd all-time in AHL history on March 27 in Springfield with his 611th win! Roy (649 wins) surpassed Fred “Bun Cook” (636 wins) for the most wins in AHL history on Feb 10, 2016 with a 4-2 win vs. the Ontario Reign at SAP Center.
Few things to know….(from the regular season)
Top 3… Last Week!
Playoffs: (1-3-0-0) – Ontario advances 3-1
Rewind the Tape:
GAME 1 4.22.16 – Ontario 2 – San Jose 1 – L – SAP Center – San Jose, CA
The San Jose Barracuda (#4 seed in Pacific) presented by Barracuda Networks lost Game 1 of the Best of 5 Pacific Division Semifinals series by the score of 2-1 to the visiting Ontario Reign (#1 seed in Pacific) in front 4,636 fans at SAP Center on Friday evening. Nikita Jevpalovs tied the score early in the third period while Aaron Dell made 35 saves in net in the loss. Kurtis MacDermid scored midway through the second period to put Ontario up 1-0 and Jonny Brodzinski scored the game winner at 15:57 of the third period for the Reign. Peter Budaj made 28 saves in net for the win.
GAME 2 4.23.16 – Ontario 2 – San Jose 3 – W – SAP Center – San Jose, CA
The San Jose Barracuda (#4 seed in Pacific) presented by Barracuda Networks defeated the visiting Ontario Reign (#1 seed in Pacific) by the score of 3-2 in front 4,995 fans at SAP Center on Saturday evening in Game 2 of the Best of 5 Pacific Division Semifinals. With the series now tied 1-1, the series will shift to the Citizens Business Bank Arena for Games three, four, and five if necessary.
Ryan Carpenter, Bryan Lerg, and Nikolay Goldobin each found the back of the net while Aaron Dell made 34 saves in net for the victory. Joakim Ryan added three assists from the blue line for San Jose as the Barracuda won their first ever playoff game. Kurtis MacDermid and Jonny Brodzinski scored for the Reign while Peter Budaj made 12 saves in net in the loss.
GAME 3 4.28.16 – Ontario 3 – San Jose 1 – L – Citizens Business Bank Arena – Ontario, CA
The San Jose Barracuda (#4 seed in Pacific) presented by Barracuda Networks fell to the host Ontario Reign (#1 seed in Pacific) by the score of 3-1 in front 8,174 fans at Citizens Business Bank Arena on Thursday evening in Game 3 of the Best of 5 Pacific Division Semifinals. With Ontario ahead in the series 2-1, the Barracuda must win Game 4 in Ontario on Friday at 7pm for force Game 5. Adrian Kempe scored twice and Nic Dowd scored on the power play to lead the Reign to victory. San Jose was outshot 43-15 in the game as Nikolay Goldobin scored the only Barracuda tally in the loss. Aaron Dell made 36 saves before he was replaced by Troy Grosenick while Peter Budaj made just 14 saves in net for the win.
GAME 4 4.29.16 – Ontario 4 – San Jose 1 – L – Citizens Business Bank Arena – Ontario, CA
The San Jose Barracuda (#4 seed in Pacific) presented by Barracuda Networks season came to an end after a 4-1 loss to the host Ontario Reign (#1 seed in Pacific) in front 7,622 fans at Citizens Business Bank Arena on Friday evening in Game 4 of the Best of 5 Pacific Division Semifinals. Ontario won the series 3-1 and will now battle the San Diego Gulls in the second round of the Calder Cup playoffs. Jeremy Langlois scored the only goal for the Barracuda and Aaron Dell made 31 saves in net for San Jose in the loss. Nic Dowd, Justin Auger, Jordan Samuels-Thomas, and Andrew Crescenzi scored for the Reign while Peter Budaj made 18 saves in net for the series clinching win.
*NHL/AHL affiliates to do battle... the Sharks faced the LA Kings in the 1st round of the Stanley Cup playoffs and defeated the Kings 4-1…..the Barracuda faced the Ontario Reign in the 1st round of the Calder Cup playoffs. The Reign are the AHL affiliate of the LA Kings.
*PLAYOFFS….The San Jose Barracuda (31-26-8-3, 73pts, .537%) were the number 4 seed and played the number 1 seed and Pacific Division Champion Ontario Reign (44-19-4-1, 93pts, .684%). Ontario won the series 3-1 and face the San Diego Gulls in the Pacific Division Finals in a best of seven playoff series.
*Calder Cup Playoff First… Game 1 at SAP Center on Apr 22 between the Barracuda and the Reign marked the first time a Calder Cup playoff game was played on California soil. – Ontario won the game 2-1.
*Some history… The AHL affiliates for the SJ Sharks and LA Kings have met twice before in the Calder Cup playoffs in Worcester and Manchester. In 2010, the Manchester Monarchs defeated the Worcester Sharks 4-2 in the Division Final and the Monarchs also defeated the Worcester Sharks in the Division Semifinal 4-2 in 2007.
*Flashback…. John McCarthy and Frazer McLaren were each in the lineup in the Manchester Monarchs 2-1 overtime series clinching win vs. the Worcester Sharks on May 7, 2010. (Slava Voynov scored at 1:55 of OT with Alex Stalock and Jonathan Bernie in net). J-Mac and Fraz were the only two players to suit up in that game and in Game 1 in the Barracuda/Reign series.
*Ontario has experience…many of the players for the Ontario Reign won the Calder Cup last season as a member of the Manchester Monarchs. In fact, 15 players on the Ontario Reign roster were part of the 2015 Manchester Monarchs Calder Cup Champion team.
*Playoff debuts… Mirco Mueller, Joakim Ryan, Nikita Jevpalovs, Julius Bergman, and Jon Martin all played their 1st professional playoff games while Jeremy Morin played his first Calder Cup playoff game in Game 1 vs. Ontario on Apr 22…. Gabryel Boudreau played his 1st professional game in Game 2 vs. Ontario on Apr 23 and Patrick McNally played his 1st professional playoff game in Game 2…. Michael Brodzinski played his first professional playoff game in Game 4…. Alex Gallant played in his first AHL playoff Game in Game 4… Kevin Labanc and Rourke Chartier each played in their first professional games in Game 4 for the Barracuda.
*First playoff goals….
*Playoff Leaders….(as of the conclusion of the 1st round of the Calder Cup playoffs on May 2)
*First AHL win… Aaron Dell picked up his 1st Calder Cup win with 34 saves in 3-2 win in Game 2 vs. Ontario on Apr 23.
*3 point game… rookie Joakim Ryan picked up three assists in the 3-2 Game 2 win vs. Ontario on Apr 23.
*Champions… 4 National Champions… The Barracuda have three players that won the NCAA Division 1 Championships…. Gus Young was captain with Yale University in 2013….John McCarthy with Boston University in 2009…Bryan Lerg with Michigan State in 2007… *Memorial Cups… Scott Timmins won a pair of Memorial Cups in 2009 and 2010 with the Windsor Spitfires (OHL). *Swedish Elite League Championship…. Petter Emanuelsson won back-to-back championships with Skelleftea AIK in the SWEHL in 2013 and 2014.*CHL Championship… Aaron Dell won the Central Hockey League Championship with the Allen Americans in 2013.
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2015-16 REGULAR SEASON PLAYER AWARDS:
MVP – Ryan Carpenter
Rookie of Year – Nikolay Goldobin
Unsung Hero – Joakim Ryan
3 Stars Award – Aaron Dell
Man of Year (community) – Ryan Carpenter
*BIG DEAL!... The American Hockey League announced last week that Ryan Carpenter was selected as the winner of the Yanick Dupre Memorial Award as the 2015-16 IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year. This award has been presented annually since 1998 to an AHL player for his outstanding contributions to his local community and charitable organizations. The Yanick Dupre Memorial Award winner is selected by the AHL and representatives from IOA and American Specialty from among 30 individual team Man of the Year honorees. Carpenter hit the ground running in the Barracuda’s first season in San Jose, spearheading several initiatives and ensuring the organization’s positive and productive presence in the community which included teaching several Barracuda Math classes, running practices for the SJ Junior Sharks, multiple hospital visits, and serving the Bay Area Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
*Breaking down October… The Barracuda had a 2-3-0-1 (5pts in 6gp) record in October with 12 GF and 17 GA. PP went 3-24 (12.5%); opponents PP went 6-25 (15.4%), and the Barracuda had 3 fighting majors in October.
*Breaking down November…The Barracuda had a 5-5-0-2 (12pts in 12gp) record in November with 32 GF and 36 GA. PP was 6-50 (12.0%); opponents PP was 8-39 (20.5%); and the Barracuda had 5 fighting majors in November.
*Breaking down December…The Barracuda had a 5-2-2-0 (12pts in 9gp) record in December with 29 GF and 30 GA. PP went 4-34 (11.8%); opponents PP was 12-40 (30.0%); and the Barracuda had 9 fighting majors in December.
*Breaking down January… the Barracuda had a 7-4-3-0 (17pts in 14gp) record in January with 39 GF and 36 GA. PP was 10-55 (18.1%); opponent’s power play was 6-54 (11.1%); and the Barracuda had 6 fighting majors in January.
*Breaking down February…. The Barracuda had a 4-4-1-0 (9pts in 9gp) record in February with 28 GF and 24 GA. PP was 6-24 (25.0%); opponent’s power play was 3-25 (12.0%); and the Barracuda had 3 fighting majors in February.
*Breaking down March…. The Barracuda had a 6-4-1-0 (13 points in 11gp) record in March with 32 GF and 23 GA. PP went 10-58 (17.2%); opponent’s power play went 4-40 (10.0%); and the Barracuda had 7 fighting majors in March.
*Breaking down April… the Barracuda had a 2-4-1-0 (5 points in 7gp) record in April with 26 GF and 26 GA. PP went 3-27 (11.1%); opponent’s power play went 6-25 (24.0%); and the Barracuda had 3 fighting majors in April.
*Lost in the stat pile….
*2015… the Barracuda finished the 2015 calendar year with a 12-10-2-3 record.
*2016… the Barracuda went 19-16-6-0 in the calendar year 2016.
*Eight is enough…. The Barracuda allowed a season high eight goals in an 8-5 loss in Texas on Apr 9. It was the first time this season the Barracuda lost a game in regulation when scoring at least four goals in a game.
*Three amigos… Bryan Lerg (21 goals), Nikolay Goldobin (21), and Barclay Goodrow (20) all hit the 20 goal mark this season for the Barracuda. – SJ was one of nine teams that had at least three 20 goal scorers this season – Providence led the AHL with five.
*Raffi Watch… Raffi Torres played five games with the SJ Barracuda this season and did not register a point. Raffi Torres was traded On Feb 22 by the Sharks along with 2nd round draft picks in 2017 and 2018 for defenseman Roman Polak and forward Nick Spaling. Torres was reassigned by the Maple Leafs to the Barracuda on Feb 22 and is currently on the Barracuda roster. Torres announced on Feb 26 that he was not going to play the rest of the season. (heal injury)
*Streakers…. John McCarthy (2-6-8) has a six game point streak…. Trevor Parkes (3-2-5) and Jeremy Langlois (2-2-4) three games each….Petter Emanuelsson (2-0-2), Joakim Ryan (0-3-3), and Nikolay Goldobin (2-3-5) two games each.
*30 goal scorer added… the Barracuda received Jeremy Morin in the trade that saw Alex Stalock and Ben Smith go to Toronto on Feb 27. Morin had 30 goals with Rockford in 67 AHL games in 2012-13. The 24 year old from Auburn, NY has played in 82 games in the NHL with Chicago and Columbus. Morin had 14 points (5-9-14) in 18 games for the Barracuda so far since the trade.
*Cundari Loaned… defenseman Mark Cundari was reassigned to the Lake Erie Monsters on March 7. Cundari had eight points (3-5-8) in 34 games for the Barracuda.
*Good Barracuda…the Barracuda were not whistled for a single penalty in the 3-1 loss to the SD Gulls at SAP Center on March 27. The Gulls were whistled for 6 minor penalties in the game.
*Bad Barracuda…San Jose was whistled for a season high 39 penalty minutes on Apr 8 at Texas.
*PP Explosion… the Barracuda exploded for 4 power play goals in the 7-1 win over the Stockton Heat at SAP Center on March 1. San Jose went 4-7 with the man advantage and received power play goals from John McCarthy, Nikolay Goldobin X2, and Karl Stollery. In addition, Jeremy Langlois scored a shorthanded goal in the victory.
*Debut Winner…. Goaltender Joel Rumpel won his 1st AHL start with 22 saves in a 4-2 win vs. Bakersfield on March 6.
*100+ shots… nine players had at least 100 shots for the Barracuda this season (Lerg 168, Langlois 156, Goodrow 161, Morin 160, Carpenter 143, McCarthy 130, Goldobin 119, and Parkes 128, Stollery 104.)
*1814 days….Micheal Haley scored his 1st NHL goal in 1814 days on March 5, 2016 vs the Vancouver Canucks at SAP Center. His last NHL goal was with the NY Islanders on March 19 2011 in Florida.
*All even… forward Trevor Parkes had 41 points this season (a career high in AHL) – not one of those points were scored on special teams.
*Nine Gamer… the Barracuda had a season high nine game point streak (7-0-2-0) from Dec 30 – Jan 16.
*Tale of two PK’s… the Barracuda had not allowed a power play goal in a season high seven straight games from Jan 3 – Jan 16 (17-for-17 on the kill) and had a penalty kill success rate of 87.1% (121-139) since Jan 3.
*PTO to AHL…Scott Timmins and Alex Gallant each began the seasons on PTO contracts before signing a SPC for the rest of the season. In addition, Alex Gallant signed an AHL deal for the Barracuda for the 2016-17 season as well.
*Welcome Back Al… goaltender Alex Stalock was loaned to the Barracuda on a conditioning assignment on Jan 2. Stalock had a 76-53-10 record with a 2.63 GAA and a .909 save percentage with the Worcester Sharks in the AHL. Al made 21 saves in a 5-1 win over the Texas Stars on Jan 3 in his first AHL start since April 20, 2013 at Syracuse. Stalock picked up his 80th AHL win on Jan 6 and as recalled by the Sharks on Jan 7 after posting a 2-0-0 record with the Barracuda along with a 1.96 GAA and a .930 save %. Stalock was traded to Toronto at the NHL trade deadline.
*PT a game in AHL… forward Chris Tierney picked up two assists in his Barracuda debut on Jan 3. Tierney now has 32 points (9-23-32) in 31 games in the AHL with Worcester and San Jose.
*Racking up PIMS… forward Alex Gallant ha6 122 penalty minutes in just 27 games (16 minors, 14 majors, a ten minute misconduct, and a game misconduct).
*Shootout success… goaltender Aaron Dell has stopped 12 of 13 shooters he has faced in the shootout this season. (.923%)
*Shootout Success X2… forward Jeremy Langlois was 3-for-4 in the shootout this season (75%) with two game winners!
*Free Hockey… the Barracuda played in 18 overtime games this season…The Barracuda played six of nine games in OT in a stretch from Dec 30-Jan 16. San Jose is 4W-8L in OT and 3W-3L in the shootout.
*16 shots against… the Barracuda allowed a season low 16 shots in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Ontario Reign on March 16.
*23 shots against…in a period!.... San Jose allowed a season high 23 shots against in 2nd period on Apr 9 at Texas.
*Quick strikes… the Barracuda scored four goals in a 3:20 span in the second period on Dec 20 in 5-4 win vs. Stockton. San Jose scored three goals in :50 seconds to close out the goal scoring rush.
*What a weekend… the line of Goodrow/Carpenter/Emanuelsson combined for 18 (7-11-18) points in two games (Dec 4-5) for the Barracuda in back-to-back wins vs. the Heat and the Condors. The line scored 7 of the 13 goals for the Barracuda.
*1st pro hat trick… Barclay Goodrow recorded his first professional hat trick in the Barracuda’s 7-6 overtime win over the Condors on Dec 6. Goodrow scored three tiebreaking goals, the last coming 23 seconds into overtime as San Jose defeated Bakersfield, 7-6. The hat trick was the first multiple-goal game of Goodrow’s professional career, and gave him seven points in a span of less than 21 hours.
*1st pro hat trick X2…. Nikolay Goldobin scored three goals, added an assist, and was +4 in the Barracuda’s 5-1 win over the Texas Stars on Jan 3, 2016.
*1st pro point…. rookie defenseman Patrick McNally (Harvard Univ) picked up his first pro point (assist) in the 2-1 loss at San Antonio on Jan 29.
*1st AHL goal was the last AHL goal…. Forward Brett Gallant scored his 1st AHL goal at 19:30 of the third period on Apr 17 in 6-0 win vs. heat. It was the last AHL regular season goal scored in the AHL during the 2015-16 season.
*Plus Player… Ryan Carpenter registered an AHL season high +5 in San Jose’s 7-6OTW vs. Bakersfield on Dec 5. Carpenter led the Barracuda with a +20 rating this season.
*Monkey of the back…Petter Emanuelsson scored his first two goals of the season on Dec 5 in the 7-6OTW vs. the Condors. The goals broke an 18 game goalless drought to start the season and were his first since Oct 24, 2014 vs. Syracuse.
*Monkey of Back X2… Nikita Jevpalovs broke a 31 game goalless drought with his 3rd goal of the season on Feb 13 vs. San Antonio.
*Lots of saves… goaltender Troy Grosenick made 49 saves in the 4-3SOL at Stockton on Nov 21. The 49 saves was a career high for Troy and the most saves by a goaltender at that point of the season in the AHL.
*50 stops… netminder Aaron Dell made 50 saves in the 4-2 win over the Ontario Reign on Feb 10 – at the time was the most saves by an AHL goaltender this season.
*Strange but true… the Barracuda went 1-4-0-1 vs. the Gulls at the SAP Center and were outscored 8-17 in the process…meanwhile the Barracuda were 3-2-1-0 vs. the Gulls in San Diego (17 GF, 20 GA).
*Strange again…the Barracuda went 2-4-0-0 vs. the Condors at the SAP Center but are 3-2-0-1 at the Rabobank Arena vs the Condors this season.
*Cooling off the Heat… the Barracuda went 9-1-1-1 in 12 games vs. the Stockton Heat this season and held a 56-30 scoring advantage. (average 4.67 goals scored per game) – the Barracuda went 6-0-0-0 vs. the Heat at SAP Center this season.
*Hump Day… the Barracuda went 7-2-2-2 on Wednesdays this season.
*House of Horrors… the Barracuda finished with a 0-4-2-0 record at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, CA this season. The Barracuda were outscored 6-14 in six games in Ontario this season,.
*Against the Reign… the Barracuda had a 3-6-3-0 record against the Reign this season and were outscored 21-28 in the process. – San Jose went 3-2-1-0 at SAP Center vs. Ontario this season
*All 68 games… Jeremy Langlois, Trevor Parkes, and Gus Young have played in all 68 games this season for the Barracuda.
*Situations...the Barracuda are….
*Other Barracuda 1sts…
*Road Warriors… the Barracuda went 13-13-6-2 on the road this season and finished up on a seven game road trip (3-2-0-2) with a 3-1 win in Charlotte on Nov 25.
*Suspensions…San Jose Barracuda defenseman Karl Stollery was suspended for one (1) game as a consequence of an elbowing incident in a game vs. San Diego on Oct. 21. Stollery was suspended under the provisions of AHL Rule 28.1 (supplementary discipline). Karl missed San Jose’s game on Oct. 23 vs. San Diego.
*Pro Debuts: Patrick McNally and Nikita Jevpalovs each made their professional debuts for the Barracuda on Oct 9….Adam Helewka made his professional debut Oct 15 at Stockton…. Mike Brodzinski and Jon Martin made their pro debuts on March 26 vs. San Diego…. Alex Schoenborn made his pro debut on April 1 at Bakersfield.
*AHL Debut… Alex Gallant played his 1st AHL game on Nov 13 at San Diego and picked up his first AHL fighting major vs. Curt Gogol on Dec 13 at Ontario.
*Always remember your first… Nikita Jevpalovs scored his first professional goal in the Barracuda’s 4-1 win in Stockton on Oct 15… Joakim Ryan and Julius Bergman each scored their first pro goals in the Barracuda’s 5-4 win vs. Texas on Nov 28…. Patrick McNally scored his 1st pro goal Feb 13 vs. San Antonio…Alex Gallant scored his 1st AHL goal on Apr 17 vs. Stockton.
*First AHL goals…Danny Doremus scored his first AHL goal and grabbed his first AHL assist in 7-6OTW vs. Condors.
*Nikolay Goldobin became the first SJ Barracuda player to receive an NHL recall on Oct 15 and scored his 1st NHL goal in his 2nd NHL game in the Sharks 6-3 loss at the NY Islanders on Oct 17.
*OT penalty shot… goaltender Troy Grosenick stopped Gulls defenseman Brandon Montour at 1:05 of the overtime period in the Barracuda’s 4-3 shootout win at San Diego on Nov 13.
*2 Penalty Shots, 1 period…referee Garrett Rank awarded two penalty shots in the 1st period of the Barracuda’s 3-2 loss to the Stars on Nov 29. Troy Grosenick stopped Curtis MacKenzie at 10:52 while John Muse stopped Jeremy Langlois at 14:53.
*Score first… the Barracuda scored FIRST 34 times in 68 games this season (20-6-7-1). – Carpenter 3, Haley 2, Lerg 5, McCarthy 3, Langlois 3, Hanson 1, Parkes 4, Stollery 2, Goldobin 3, Cundari 1, Smith 1, Goodrow 3, Jevpalovs 1, Emanuelsson 2)
*2nd period success…the Barracuda outscored their opponents 67-55 (+12) in the second period this season.
*OK in 3rd… San Jose was +5 in the third period with a 62-57 scoring edge.
*1st period troubles… San Jose was outscored 62-70 (-8) in the first period this season.
*Breaking down the roster…. The Barracuda opening roster features nine Americans, nine Canadians, three Swedes, one Russian, one Swiss, and one Latvian.
*Oldest/Youngest… Raffi Torres is the oldest player on the Barracuda roster (born Oct 8, 1981) while Julius Bergman is the youngest (born Nov 2, 1995).
*Bros… Alex Gallant’s older brother Brett plays for the Lake Erie Monsters in the AHL…. Michael Brodzinski’s older brother Jonny plays for the Ontario Reign.
*The Barracuda added two new players to the roster in late March as Jon Martin (#71) and Mike Brodzinski (#75) each made their professional debuts for the Barracuda on March 26. Jon Martin signed an entry level contract with the San Jose Sharks on March 2. Martin, 20, led the Swift Current Broncos with 69 points (38 goals, 31 assists) and posted 74 penalty minutes (two fighting majors) in 66 games in the Western Hockey League (WHL) this season. He ranked 9th in the league in goals and was named the WHL's Player of the Week for the week ending Oct. 18. He has posted career highs in goals, assists and points this season as Swift Current's captain. Mike Brodzinski signed an ATO with the San Jose Barracuda on 3/26 after playing three seasons with the U. of Minnesota. Brodzinski, 20, finished his junior season ranking 1st among University of Minnesota defensemen in points (21), goals (8) and assists (8) in 37 games. His 11 power-play points ranked 1st on the team, and he set a career highs in goals, assists, points, penalty minutes and games played, while being named to the Big Ten Second All-Star Team this season. Other accolades in his third year with Minnesota include being named the Big Ten Second Star of the Week (Oct. 27), being named to the Mariucci Classic All-Tournament Team, becoming the first Big Ten defenseman to tally a hat trick (Jan. 23), and became just the second defenseman in league history to be named the first star of the week (Jan. 26).
*High scorer in the Q… rookie Nikita Jevpalovs recorded 100 points (49-51-100) in 64 games for Blainville-Boisbriand in the QMJHL last season. The 21-year-old from Riga, Latvia had 14 points (5-9-14) in 60 games for the Barracuda and six points (1-5-6) in five games for the Allen Americans.
*The Sherriff… Frazer McLaren re-signed in the off-season with the SJ Sharks organization after spending the last 2+ seasons in the Toronto organization. McLaren holds the Worcester Sharks franchise record with 577 penalty minutes and had 23 penalty minutes in 14 games for the Barracuda.
*J-Mac… John McCarthy led the Worcester Sharks in points (151) and goals (63) and was tied in the franchise lead in games played (277). McCarthy also served as the Worcester Sharks captain in 2012-13 and was the Worcester Sharks MVP in 2011-12. McCarthy was (16-29-45) in 67 games with the Barracuda and (0-0-0) in one game with the SJ Sharks.
*Career High… forward Trevor Parkes set a career AHL high in points this season. Parkes had 41 points (18-23-41) in 68 games for the Barracuda surpassing his previous high of 9 points in 2012-13, 2013-14, and 2014-15.
*No sophomore slump… 2nd year pro Ryan Carpenter surpassed his point totals from last season (74gp, 12-22-34pts). Carpy had 55 points (18-37-55) in 66 games this season for the Barracuda.
*Young Guns… the Barracuda dressed 17 AHL rookies already this season. (Joakim Ryan, Adam Helewka Patrick McNally, Nikita Jevpalovs, Vinny Arseneau, Nikolay Goldobin, Chris Crane, Julius Bergman, Alex Gallant, Danny Doremus, Mike Aviani, Rick Pinkston, Joel Rumpel, Mike Brodzinski, Jon Martin, Alex Schoenborn, and Jordan Simms)
*I’ll take a draft… 12 San Jose Barracuda players were drafted by the San Jose Sharks. (McCarthy, McLaren, Helewka, Crane, Goldobin, Mueller, Ryan, Bergman, Tierney, Brodzinski, Schoenborn, and Boudreau)
*1st Rounders… the Barracuda had two first round draft picks dressed on opening night. Mirco Mueller (18th in 2013 by SJ) and Nikolay Goldobin (27th in 2014 by SJ).
*1st Rounders score…both Mirco Mueller and Nikolay Goldobin scored their first AHL goals of the season in the Barracuda’s 4-2 win vs. Ontario on Nov 1.
*Checking in on the 2nd rounder… rookie defenseman Julius Bergman (London-OHL) had 11 points (3-8-11) in 60 games for the Barracuda. Bergman, the 46th pick overall by the Sharks in the 2014 Draft hails from Stockholm, Sweden.
*NHL Experience…. The Barracuda have had 18 players on their roster with NHL experience led by
Raffi Torres 635…Breaking down the rest…. Ben Smith with 181, Frazer McLaren 102, Karl Stollery 12, Bryan Lerg 8, John McCarthy 88, Micheal Haley 73, Mirco Mueller 46, Mark Cundari 8, Melker Karlsson 117, Scott Timmins 24, Nikolay Goldobin 8, Barclay Goodrow 73, Chris Tierney 122, Troy Grosenick 2, Dylan DeMelo 44, Alex Stalock 62, Matt Tennyson 58.
*Five for fighting… The Barracuda had 36 fighting majors through 68 games this season…. (McLaren 3, Young 5, Arseneau 1, Carpenter 1, Cundari 1, Goodrow 1, Lerg 1, Gallant 13, Haley 4, Hanson 1, McNally 1, Torres 1, Pinkston 1, Stollery 1, Parkes 1
Aaron Dell (G)
DEL Recalled from loan by San Jose (NHL)
Barclay Goodrow (RW)
Mirco Mueller (D)
Nikita Jevpalovs (RW)
DEL Reassigned by San Jose (NHL) to Allen (ECHL)
Nikolay Goldobin (LW)
Ryan Carpenter (RW)
Kevin Labanc (RW)
ADD Signed to ATO
Rourke Chartier (C)
ADD Reassigned by San Jose (NHL) from Kelowna (WHL)
REGULAR SEASON by the numbers...
Record: 31-26-8-3, 73 points, .537% – 4th in Pacific
Win percentage: .537% – 8th in West
Home Record: 18-13-2-1
Away Record: 13-13-6-2
Attendance: 150,679 through 34 games this season at SAP Center – 4,431 average
Goals Scored: 198, 2.91 goals per game, 11th in AHL
Goals Allowed: 193, 2.84 goals against per game, 12th n AHL
Shots per game: 29.59 – 20th in AHL
Shots allowed per game: 30.51 – 14th in AHL
Score 1st: 20-6-7-1 when scoring first (.706%) – AHL average .740%
1 goal games: 13-10-8-3 in one goal games
PP: 15.4%, 25th in AHL (42-272)
PK: 82.5%, 17th in AHL (44-250)
SHG – 7 shorthanded goals scored
SHGA – 9 shorthanded goals allowed
PIMS – 12.53 penalty minutes per game, 26th in AHL
Fighting Majors: 36
OT Games – 18 – (4-8 record in OT)
SO Games – 6 – (3-3 record in SO)
Roster Players – the Barracuda used 44 players this season
Goalies – the Barracuda used 4 goaltenders this season
Players receiving call-ups to San Jose – 17 (Goldobin, Lerg, Mueller, Haley, McCarthy, Stollery, Cundari, Karlsson, Demelo, Goodrow, Carpenter, Smith, Tennyson, Grosenick, Stalock, Tierney, Dell)
NHL debuts – 3 San Jose Barracuda alumni making their NHL debuts this season (Goldobin, Demelo, and Carpenter)
Call-ups to NHL – 54 different call-ups to the San Jose Sharks this season
Top San Jose Barracuda: REGULAR SEASON
POST SEASON by the numbers... (rankings through the 1st round of the playoffs)
Home Record: 1-1-0-0
Away Record: 0-2-0-0
Attendance: 9,631 through 2 playoff games this season at SAP Center – 4,815 average
Goals Scored: 6, 1.50 goals per game, 15th in AHL
Goals Allowed: 11, 2.75 goals against per game, 9th n AHL
Shots per game: 20.00 – 16th in AHL
Shots allowed per game: 37.75 – 14th in AHL
Score 1st: 1-0-0-0 when scoring first (1.000%)
1 goal games: 1-1-0-0 in one goal games
PP: 00.0%, 15th in AHL (0-9)
PK: 90.9%, 4th in AHL (1-11)
SHG – 0 shorthanded goals scored
SHGA – 0 shorthanded goals allowed
PIMS – 11.50 penalty minutes per game, 8th in AHL
Fighting Majors: 1
OT Games – 0 – (0-0 record in OT)
Roster Players – the Barracuda used 26 players this post season
Goalies – the Barracuda used 2 goaltenders this season
Players receiving call-ups to San Jose (during playoffs) – 1 (Tennyson)
Call-ups to NHL – 1 different call-ups to the San Jose Sharks this post season (not including black aces)
Top San Jose Barracuda: POST SEASON
*The San Jose Sharks currently have 12 players on their roster that have spent time in the Sharks AHL affiliate (Couture, Pavelski, Wingels, Braun, Haley, Vlasic, Nieto, Hertl, Tierney, Karlsson, Tennyson, and DeMelo).
*Black Aces – Aaron Dell, Nikolay Goldobin, Ryan Carpenter, Mirco Mueller, and Barclay Goodrow.
*The San Jose Sharks finished in 3rd place in the Pacific Division and 6th place in the Western Conference with 98 points and a 46-30-6 record. The Sharks clinched a playoff spot on March 28 and defeated the LA Kings 4-1 in a best of seven Western Conference first round playoff series. – The Sharks are now tied with the Nashville Predators 2-2 in the best of seven Western Conference second round playoff series.
San Jose Sharks ROUND 2: (all times are Pacific) – Sharks advance 4-1
Allen Americans: (ECHL affiliate of the San Jose Sharks and Barracuda)
The 2015 Kelly Cup Champion Allen Americans finished 41-24-3-4, 89pts this season good for 2nd place in the Central Division and 4th in the Western Conference. – The Allen Americans defeated the Idaho Steelheads 4-3 in the best of seven first round Kelly Cup playoff series. Allen now has a 2-1 series lead over the Missouri Mavericks in Round 2.
Joel Rumpel, Danny Federico, Rick Pinkston, Vincent Arseneau, Chris Crane, and Nikita Jevpalovs are all under contract by the Barracuda or the Sharks.
ROUND 2 for Allen Americans: (all times are Pacific) – Allen leads 2-1
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