BARRACUDA WEEKLYJan 15, 2019
Back in the Win Column: After suffering just its fourth home regulation loss of 2018-19 on Friday, 3-1, against Ontario, the Barracuda continued their five-game homestand on Sunday and earned a 2-1 win over the Stockton Heat. The victory was San Jose’s fifth consecutive against the Heat and improved their season record to 7-1 against the Flames affiliate.
500 in Teal: On October 26, Barracuda captain John McCarthy played in his 500th AHL game. On December 8, McCarthy skated in his 600th career professional game. And on Friday, the Olympian appeared in his 500th AHL game within the Sharks organization. McCarthy is the Barracuda’s all-time leader in games played (224), points (118), goals (52) and assists (66).
Hey Now, You’re an All-Star: The AHL announced earlier this month that Barracuda assistant captain Jake Middleton, winger Francis Perron, and goaltender Josef Korenar will all be heading to Springfield for the 2019 AHL All-Star Classic, which will take place on January 27-28. In addition, Barracuda head coach Roy Sommer will be the Pacific Division’s coaching representative for the AHL All-Star Classic.
Gambrell Good: On Tuesday morning the Sharks recalled forward Dylan Gambrell from the Barracuda. The rookie forward has collected points in 16 of his last 19 games (6g, 12a) and now ranks third on the Barracuda in points (24), T-third in goals (9), T-third in assists, T-second in power-play goals (2), second in points-per-game (.89), T-third in shots (70) and T-second in game-winning goals. Gambrell won a National Championship at the Denver University in 2017.
Off to Orlando: On Saturday, the Barracuda reassigned defensemen Cody Donaghey and Mike Brodzinski to the Orlando Solar Bears. Brodzinski appeared in one game during his recall to San Jose and has now skated in 61 games with the Barracuda over his three professional seasons, totaling 10 points (2g, 8a). Donaghey was acquired in a trade with the Ottawa Senators this summer and is leading all Solar Bears d-men in points (23), goals (9) and assists (14).
Home Sweet Home: After Sunday’s win, the Barracuda boast the Pacific Division’s best home winning percentage (12-4-0-1 = .735). In addition, the Barracuda are +19 in goal-differential which is the best in the Pac. Earlier this season, San Jose set a franchise watermark by winning eight consecutive games at home.
Yo Joe: Despite suffering consecutive losses for the first time in his career, 20-year-old rookie netminder Josef Korenar still ranks second in the AHL in goals-against average (2.29), 10th in save percentage (.914) and is T-fifth in wins (13). Korenar is the third consecutive Barracuda goaltender to be named to the AHL All-Star Classic (Troy Grosenick ’17, Antoine Bibeau ’18, Josef Korenar ’19).
Bibs is Back: After suffering four-straight losses, Antoine Bibeau has won his last three games games and has allowed just three goals on 89 shots during the three contests. Bibeau ranks seventh in the AHL in goals-against average (2.44) and is T-sixth in save percentage (.918).
Francis on Fire: Acquired from the Ottawa Senators in the Erik Karlsson trade, Francis Perron is T-first on the Barracuda in points (28), goals (13), T-third in assists (15), first in power-play goals (6), shooting percentage (27.7% 3rd in the AHL), T-first in game-winning goals (3) and is fourth in plus/minus (+13). Perron returned to San Jose’s lineup on Friday after missing four games due to a lower-body injury.
Hard Wood: Acquired in an offseason trade with the Arizona Coyotes, Kyle Wood leads the Barracuda in assists (19), first in plus/minus (+18) and is fourth in points (22). Wood was an AHL All-Star in 2016-17 and was named an AHL All-Rookie member after totaling 43 points (14g, 29a) with the Tucson Roadrunners.
True or False?: Sophomore forward Alex True collect an assist on Sunday and is now tied for the team lead in points (28), second in goals (11), second in assists (17), second in plus/minus (+15), T-second in power-play goals, third in points-per-game (.82), and T-first in game-winners (3). True finished second on the Barracuda in goals last season (15) as a rookie.
Overall Record: 22-8-1-3, 0.706 Winning Percentage
- 1st in the Pacific, 1st in the Western Conference, 2nd in the AHL
Last Week’s Results
- Wednesday, Jan. 9 – San Jose Barracuda 3 vs. Ontario Reign 1
- Friday, Jan. 11 – San Jose Barracuda 1 vs. Ontario Reign 3
- Sunday, Jan. 13 – San Jose Barracuda 2 at Stockton Heat 1
This Week’s Schedule
- Friday, Jan. 18 – San Jose Barracuda vs. Texas Stars – SAP Center at San Jose (7:00 p.m.)
- Dylan Gambrell recalled to the San Jose Sharks 1/15
- Rourke Chartier reassigned to the Barracuda 1/13
- Cody Donaghey and Mike Brodzinski reassigned to the Orlando 1/12
- Goals: Francis Perron - 13
- Assists: Kyle Wood - 19
- Points: Francis Perron, Alex True - 28
- PIMs: Jeffrey Viel - 61
- Wins: Josef Korenar - 13
- GAA: Josef Korenar – 2.29
- SV%: Antoine Bibeau – .918
- Total Goals Scored: 114 | Total Goals Allowed: 86
- Total Goals Scored, Week: 6 | Totals Goals Allowed, Week: 5
- Power Play: 21-134 (15.7%), 25th in the AHL
- Penalty Kill: 98-113 (85.0%), 4th in the AHL
Pacific Division - Totals vs. Pacific: (15-4-1-3)
- Colorado (Colorado Avalanche) (2-0-1-1)
- Bakersfield (Edmonton Oilers) (3-0-0-1)
- Ontario (LA Kings) (4-1-0-0)
- San Diego (Anaheim Ducks) (1-3-0-1)
- Stockton (Calgary Flames) (7-1-0-0)
- Tucson (Arizona Coyotes) (2-3-0-0)
Central Division - Totals vs. Central: (3-0-0-0)
- Grand Rapids (Detroit Red Wings) (0-0-0-0)
- Iowa (Minnesota Wild) (0-0-0-0)
- San Antonio (St. Louis Blues) (2-0-0-0)
- Texas (Dallas Stars) (1-0-0-0)
San Jose Sharks (NHL)
- Record Last Week: 4-0-0-0, 8 points
- Record Overall: 27-13-7, 2nd in the Pacific Division
This Week’s Schedule:
- Tuesday, Jan. 15 – San Jose Sharks vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
- Wednesday, Jan. 16 San Jose Sharks at Arizona Coyotes
- Saturday, Jan. 19 San Jose Sharks at Tampa Bay Lightning
- Alex True played in his 100th AHL game on Jan. 9
- John McCarthy played his 500th played within the Sharks minor-league system on Jan. 11