SAN JOSE BARRACUDA (4-7-0-1) vs STOCKTON HEAT (8-3-1-2)
SATURDAY, NOV. 16 | 6:00 P.M. | STOCKTON ARENA | STOCKTON, CA
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Tonight’s Matchup: On Saturday, the Barracuda wrap up their two-game road trip in Stockton as they take on the Heat for the second time on the 12-game season series. The Barracuda fell 3-2 in a shootout the last time the two teams got together on November 1.
Last Time Out: The Barracuda allowed a franchise high nine goals in a 9-3 loss on Wednesday in San Diego and are now 0-4-0-1 in November. Danil Yurtaykin netted his first AHL goal in the loss and Antti Suomela recorded his first multi-goal game of his AHL career. Sam Carrick potted three in the victory for the Gulls and 13 San Diego skaters collected at least one point.
No No(vember): The month of November has not been kind to the Barracuda, since a 3-2 shootout loss at Stockton on November 1, the Barracuda have matched its franchise long for consecutive regulation losses (4 games, 3/1/19 at Ontario thru 3/9/19 vs. Bakersfield) and are just one loss shy of reaching the longest winless streak in franchise history (6 games, 1/16/16 at Iowa thru 1/29/16 at San Antonio (0-4-2-0)).
Sumo: After not recording a point in the Barracuda’s first five games, Antti Suomela has points in three of his last four games, including recording his first multi-goal game of his career on Wednesday at San Diego. Suomela also put a single-game career high of shots on net (8) and was a plus-2 in the loss.
Bergmann is Back: The Sharks assigned Lean Bergmann to the Barracuda prior to Saturday’s game in Bakersfield. The 21-year-old is T-second on the ‘Cuda in points (8) and goals (3) despite playing in just eight games. In addition, his plus-five rating, points-per-game (1.00) and PIMS per-game (2.50) rank tied for first on the Barracuda. Bergmann has also appeared in eight games with the Sharks, totaling one assist.
Kellman Cruising: Signed by the Sharks as a free agent on April 25, 2019, Joel Kellman leads the Barracuda in points (9) and assists (8) through 12 games and his six-game assist streak (7) earlier this season is the longest such streak this year. Before this season, Kellman, 25, skated in 196 games in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) as a member Karlskrona HK and Brynas IF, collecting 114 points (49 goals, 65 assists), 88 PIMS and a minus-18 rating.
Youth Movement: The Barracuda are the AHL’s youngest roster with an average age of 22.60-years-old. No other team in the league is under the average age of 23-years-old and the Barracuda have eight players 21-years-old or younger, including two players under 21 (Sasha Chmelevski  and Ivan Chekhovich ).