SAN JOSE BARRACUDA (14-25-3-2) vs BAKERSFIELD CONDORS (20-23-4-2)
SUNDAY, FEB. 16 | 5:00 P.M. | MECHANICS BANK ARENA | BAKERSFIELD, CA
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Condor Connection: On Sunday, the Barracuda hit the road for one game to take on the Bakersfield Condors (Edmonton Oilers) for the eighth time this season and the third time at the Mechanics Bank Arena. The Barracuda are 3-4 this season against the Condors but have dropped the last two meetings, including the last matchup on January 22 in Bako, 5-0. Entering Sunday, the Barracuda are winless over their last eight (0-5-3-0), but have collected points in their last two.
Last Time Out: After Bryan Froese opened up the scoring on Wednesday at the Tank in the first period, Lukas Radil drew the Barracuda even with a breakaway-strike at 15:39 before Jonny Brodzinski and Lean Bergmann snapped lengthy goalless droughts with second-period goals to give the Barracuda a two-goal lead heading into the third. In the third, Froese would score again before Alan Quine tied the game up at 3-3 with just a minute and 25 seconds remaining in regulation. In OT, Luke Philp became the here completing the comeback win for the heat at 1:19 of the extra session. Josef Korenar took the loss after allowing four goals on 18 shots while Jon Gillies earned the win after stopping 38 of 41 shots he faced.
Major Movement: Since Wednesday’s game, the Sharks recalled forwards Antti Suomela, Noah Gregor, and defenseman Jake Middleton. In addition, the team reassigned forward Maxim Letunov back to the Barracuda. The Barracuda also announced the assignment of forwards Tristin Langan and Artem Ivanyuzhenkov to the ECHL. The Barracuda roster now stands at two goalies, seven defensemen and 12 forwards.
Home-Sweet-Home: The San Jose City Council unanimously approved a 200,000 square-foot expansion of Solar4America Ice at San Jose on January 28th, which will add two additional recreational ice sheets to the facility, increasing the building’s total ice sheets to six. The expansion will make S4A Ice at San Jose the largest ice facility under one roof west of the Mississippi River. One of the additional ice sheets will be located inside a 4,200-seat, two-story spectator arena which will serve as the new home for the San Jose Barracuda. Construction for the facility is expected to begin in April 2020, with a targeted completion date of April 2022.
Youth Movement: The Barracuda enter Friday as the AHL’s youngest roster with an average age of 22.62-years-old. Of the team’s 21 players, 14 players have less than two years of AHL experience.