BARRACUDA WEEKLY (2.15.17)Feb 15, 2017
‘CUDA EXTEND WINNING STREAK TO AN AHL-SEASON HIGH NINE, RETURN TO THE ROAD ON FRIDAY
Saturday, Feb. 11 – BARRACUDA 4 at Bakersfield 3
The San Jose Barracuda needed extra time to extend their winning streak to seven games on Saturday night in Bakersfield. Mantas Armalis earned a win in his first start since Jan. 21 and Buddy Robinson (9, 10) scored a pair of goals in the 4-3 OT victory for San Jose. John McCarthy (11) evened the score at three in the third after San Jose had fallen behind and in extra time Joakim Ryan (6) fired a shot short-side on Jonas Gustavsson to earn the win over Bakersfield.
Feb. 12 – BARRACUDA 4 vs. Ontario 1
The San Jose Barracuda snapped a three-game skid against the Ontario Reign and extended its winning streak to eight games with a 4-1 victory over the Reign at SAP Center on Sunday night. Dan Kelly (1) netted his first as a Barracuda in the opening period, and after Ontario had evened the score in the first, Nikolay Goldobin (12) ripped a shot short-side past netminder Jack Campbell to made it 2-1 Barracuda in the second. In the final 20 minutes, Nikita Jevpalovs (8) jammed home a loose puck to make it 3-1, and Barclay Goodrow (16) potted an empty-netter to seal the victory.
Tuesday, Feb. 14 – BARRACUDA 4 vs. Tucson 1
The San Jose Barracuda used three power-play goals to roll past the Tucson Roadrunners, 4-1, at SAP Center on Tuesday night. The win was San Jose ninth straight which is the longest of the year in the AHL and sixth straight at home. Rourke Chartier (11) began the scoring in the opening frame for San Jose, and Nikolay Goldobin (13) extended the lead to 2-0 on the man advantage in the opening 20 minutes, but a late Roadrunners goal cut the lead in half heading into the first intermission. In the second, Mirco Mueller (1) fired home his first of the year on the power play, and Marcus Sorensen (14) cashed in on a loose puck in the paint to secure the win. Troy Grosenick made 28 saves on 29 shots to earn his eighth-straight win, which sets a new career best.
The Week Ahead
Friday, Feb. 17 – BARRACUDA at Stockton (Stockton Arena)
Listen: AM 1220 KDOW at 7:30 p.m.
NHL Affiliation: Calgary Flames
Two teams trending in different directions will collide on Friday night in Stockton. The Barracuda have won nine in a row including four straight against the Heat and seven in a row on the road while Stockton has just one win in their last 12 games and are 0-7-1 in their last eight. The Heat are 12-5-2-1 (.675) at Stockton Arena which ranks for the third best winning percentage at home in the Pacific Division, but San Jose has the second best road record at 12-7-0-2 (.619) in the Pacific and has won seven in a row on the road. San Jose began its nine-game winning streak with a 5-0 victory over the Heat in Stockton on January 25. San Jose’s Danny O’Regan and Stockton’s Mark Jankowski lead their respective clubs with six points (3+3=6) during the six-game season series. After Friday, the Barracuda and Heat will play five more times.
Saturday, Feb. 18 – BARRACUDA at Ontario (Citizens Business Bank Arena)
Listen: AHLLive.com at 6:00 p.m.
NHL Affiliation: Los Angeles Kings
The Barracuda and Reign will continue jockeying for Pacific Division positioning on Saturday night at Citizens Business Bank Arena. The Reign play twice this week before Saturday but have lost two in a row and now sit at third in the Pacific-Division with a record of 24-12-8-0 (.636). San Jose is 2-1-0-0 against Ontario at Citizens Business Bank Arena but did lose their last matchup in Ontario on Jan. 21, 7-2. The Barracuda are 3-2-1-0 versus the Reign this season and 6-8-4 all-time.
Monday, Feb. 20 – BARRACUDA vs. Texas (SAP Center)
Listen: AHLLive.com at 3:00 p.m.
NHL Affiliation: Dallas Stars
For the first time since November 12, the San Jose Barracuda and Texas Stars meet up. The Stars are riding a three-game winning streak and will welcome in the Chicago Wolves for a pair of games this weekend before embarking on their six-game California swing that begins in San Jose on February 20 and ends in San Jose on March 1. The Barracuda scored a season-high eight goals against Texas in an 8-5 win over the Stars on November 12 and are 1-1-0 in two games played against their Pacific Division foe.
- The Barracuda's nine consecutive wins is a new record for a San Jose Sharks AHL affiliate since the 2004-05 season.
- Troy Grosenick is now first in the AHL in shutouts (6), first in save percentage (.933), first in goals-against average (2.01) and fifth in wins (17).
- Grosenick’s eight-game winning streak is a career-long. Grosenick won seven-straight during 2013-14 season as a member of the Worcester Sharks.
- Danny O’Regan is second among AHL rookies in points (14+26=40), first in assists, T-14th in goals, T-fifth in power-play goals (5), and is T-13th in points overall in the AHL despite playing just 40 games.
- Marcus Sorensen is riding a seven-game point streak (3+7=10) and a six-game assist streak
- Troy Grosenick is riding an eight-game winning streak
- Tim Heed is on a five-game point streak (2+5=7)
- John McCarthy is one game shy of 500 for his professional career
- Ryan Carpenter is four games shy of 200 for his professional career
- Tim Heed (D), Timo Meier (F), Nikolay Goldobin (F) recalled to the San Jose Sharks (NHL) 2/15