BARRACUDA WEEKLY (1.17.17)Jan 17, 2017
‘CUDA WRAP UP HOME STAND WITH 7-1 WIN OVER BAKERSFIELD
San Jose is 10-3-1 in their last 14 home games, kick off seven game road trip Friday
Friday, Jan. 13 – BARRACUDA 2 vs. Ontario 3
With first place in the Pacific on the line, the Ontario Reign jumped out to a 2-0 first-period lead after Sam Herr (4) scored at 9:39 and Sean Backman (7) at 13:09. In the second, Nikita Jevpalovs (4) beat Jack Campbell at 8:54, but Ontario’s Justin Auger (8) responded at 12:49 to push the lead back up to two. After the Reign took a too many men penalty and an unsportsmanlike, San Jose’s Nikolay Goldobin (7) cut into the lead to make it 3-2 at 17:21. Campbell shut the door in the third for Ontario with six saves and the Reign held on for the 3-2 win. Troy Grosenick suffered the loss after allowing three goals on 23 shots, while Campbell collected the win after making 35 saves on 37 shots.
Saturday, Jan. 14 – BARRACUDA 2 vs. Stockton 0
The San Jose Barracuda made it three wins in a row over their Northern California foe the Stockton Heat with a 2-0 win on Saturday night. After each team only generated four shots in the first and failed to score in the opening 40 minutes, Nikita Jevpalovs (5) broke the deadlock at 5:41 and then Rourke Chartier (8) added some insurance to give San Jose a 2-0 lead at 9:59. Mantas Armalis stopped all 19 shots he faced to earn his second shutout of the season. Jon Gillies suffered the loss after allowing two goals on 27 shots. San Jose was a perfect eight-for-eight on the penalty kill in the win.
Monday, Jan. 16 – BARRACUDA 7 vs. Bakersfield 1
The Barracuda wrapped up their seven-game home stand with the most dominant victory of the season, topping the Bakersfield Condors 7-1. In the first, the Barracuda put a franchise-record 20 shots on net and potted three goals. First Nikita Jevpalovs (6) at 6:08, Adam Helewka (9) at 13:55 and then Ryan Carpenter (8) at 19:41 on the power play. The Condors showed sings of life as Jesse Puljujarvi (1) ripped a shot past Mantas Armalis at the 19:59 mark of the first to make it 3-1 after 20. In the second, Marcus Sorensen made it 4-1 at 14:59 and in the third Barclay Goodrow (12) waited just 32 seconds to make it 5-1 Barracuda. Sorensen (11) added another tally at 4:11 and John McCarthy (6) capped off the rout at 16:30. Armalis made 22 saves to earn his 10th win of the year and third in a row. Nick Ellis suffered the loss after giving up seven goals on 36 shots.
The Week Ahead
Friday, Jan. 20 – BARRACUDA at San Diego
The San Jose Barracuda begin their seven-game home stand at San Diego on Friday, Jan. 20. The Gulls are winners of four straight but sit at fifth in the Pacific Division. San Jose is 2-1-0-1 against SD after back-to-back 3-0 shutouts at home on Dec. 10 and 11. At Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, the Barracuda are 3-3-1-1 all-time and 0-1-0-1 this year. After Friday, San Jose and San Diego will play five more times this season for a total of 10 matchups.
Saturday, Jan. 21 – BARRACUDA at Ontario
A rivalry that began in last year's postseason, the Barracuda and Reign battle for the fifth time this year on Saturday as the two clubs jockey for Pacific Division supremacy. Through four games, two at each place, the road team has won every time. Each club has seven wins in their last 10 and ranks 1st/2nd in the Pacific, 2nd/3rd in the Western Conference and 4th/5th in the AHL.
- Nikita Jevpalovs’s is riding a career long three game goal/point streak
- Marcus Sorensen has nine points (6+3=9) in his last 10 games
- Danny O’Regan is second among AHL rookies in points (11+23=34), first in assists, T-ninth in goals
- Tim Heed is second among AHL defensemen in points (9+22=31), assists, and third in goals
- On Saturday, John McCarthy played his 400th AHL game of his career, and Nikolay Goldobin played his 100th
- Mantas Armalis is riding a season long three game winning streak
- The Barracuda lead the AHL in shutouts with seven
- Troy Grosenick leads the AHL in shutouts (5) and is sixth in goals-against average (2.17) and fifth in save percentage (.925)
- Nikita Jevpalovs is three games shy of 100 pro games played
- Mirco Mueller is six games shy of 150 pro games played
Tim Heed (D), Barclay Goodrow (F) and Ryan Carpenter (F) recalled to the San Jose Sharks (NHL) on 1/17