GAMEDAY: BARRACUDA AT CONDORS (12-28-16)Dec 28, 2016
Game #24 – San Jose (13-6-1-3) vs. Bakersfield (10-10-4-1)
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
7:00 PM PST, Rabobank Arena, Bakersfield, Calif.
Tonight’s Matchup: The San Jose Barracuda and Bakersfield Condors kick-off a stretch in which the two clubs play one another three times in four nights. The Barracuda beat Bakersfield, 5-0, the last time they played on December 17 in San Jose. The Barracuda are 3-1-0-1 against the Condors on the season and 0-1 in Bakersfield. San Jose's previous trip to Condors Town was on Nov. 22, Bakersfield picked up a 3-1 win, and Troy Grosenick suffered a lower-body injury that held him out of the lineup for just over two weeks.
Home Cooking: The San Jose Barracuda wrapped up their seven-game home stand with a 5-1-1 record and now have points in six straight games and 10 of their last 11. The Barracuda are 8-2-1-1 on home ice and 5-4-0-2 away from home.
Top Of The Class: The San Jose Barracuda were held in check in their 4-3 overtime win against the Stockton Heat on Monday, going 0-for-5 on the power play, but the penalty went 5-for-5, and the Barracuda still rank in the top five in both categories. The Barracuda are fourth in the AHL on the PP (25%) and second on the penalty kill (87.5%).
Dynamic D-Man: Barracuda defenseman Joakim Ryan is riding four-game point (1+4=5) streak which is the second longest of his career. The second-year pro out of Cornell is second among all Barracuda blueliners in goals (3), assist (9), points (12) and is T-second on the team in plus/minus (+8).
Feed Heed: Tim Heed had his career best five-game point streak (2+7=9) snapped on Monday. But the first-year American Leaguer is fifth in the AHL in points (7+16=23) among d-men and is second on the Barracuda in points (23), second in assists (16), T-third in goals and is T-second in plus/minus (+8).
Oh Boy Troy: Barracuda netminder Troy Grosenick left Monday’s win in the third period with an illness but still ranks first in the AHL in shutouts (5), seventh in goals-against average (2.02) and ninth in save percentage (9.26). Grosenick had stretch in the month of December in which he did not allow a goal in 247 minutes and eight seconds and was named CCM/AHL Player of the Week on Dec. 12.
Barracuda’s Last Time Out: The San Jose Barracuda needed extra time, but they found a way to beat the Stockton Heat, 4-3, in overtime on Monday night at SAP Center. Marcus Sorensen (6) and Nikita Jevpalovs (3) each scored in the first for San Jose and Barclay Goodrow netted his team-leading 10th goal in the second. The Heat forced OT as Troy Grosenick left the game will an illness, and Austin Carroll beat Mantas Armalis through the five-hole on the first shot Armalis faced. In overtime, Nikolay Goldobin (5) snuck behind the Heat defense and sniped a shot past David Rittich for the winner. Armalis made seven saves in the victory, and Rittich suffered the loss after allowing four goals on 30 shots.
Condors Last Time Out: The Bakersfield Condors suffered their fifth-straight loss on Monday, 4-3, and third straight in either a shootout or overtime. Joey LaLeggia (3), Jujhar Khaira (7) and Scott Allen (3) each scored for Bakersfield, but Kurtis MacDermid was the hero for Ontario in overtime. Laurent Brossoit took the loss allowing four goals on 28 shots and Jack Campbell earned the win making 26 saves on 29 shots.