GAMEDAY: BARRACUDA AT REIGN (1-21-17)Jan 21, 2017
Game #34 – San Jose Barracuda (19-10-1-3) vs. Ontario Reign (19-9-6-0)
Saturday, January 21, 2017
6:00 PM PST, Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, Calif.
Tonight’s Matchup: The San Jose Barracuda and Ontario Reign meet up for the fifth time this season and third at Citizens Business Bank Arena. The Barracuda are 2-1-1-0 against the Reign in four matchups this season and 2-0-0-0 in Ontario. The Los Angeles Kings affiliate has lost two straight and is 6-3-1-0 in their last 10, while San Jose is coming off a 5-1 loss in San Diego and are 6-4 in their last 10.
Best Of The Best: Saturday’s matchup will pin the best penalty kill in the league against the second best power play in the league. San Jose is first in the AHL on the PK (88.2%) while Ontario is second on the power play (26.6%). San Jose is also ranked fourth in the league on the power play (24.0%).
After One: The Barracuda are 10-1-1-1 when leading after the first this season and 8-2-0-0 when tied after 20. But San Jose is just 1-7-0-0 when trailing after the first frame. The San Jose Barracuda are also a plus 28 in goal differential this season, which is fourth best in the AHL.
A Different Looking Group: Barclay Goodrow and Tim Heed were recalled to the San Jose Sharks on Saturday morning, and Danny O’Regan is still out of the lineup with a lower-body injury. The Barracuda will be without Heed and O’Regan who rank one and two in points and Goodrow who is first on the team in goals. San Jose did recall forward Bryan Moore who has appeared in 31 games this season with the Orlando Solar Bears (ECHL) and Allen Americans, collecting 25 points (18+7=25), 82 penalty minutes and a plus-17 rating. Moore played 29 games for the San Diego Gulls (AHL) in 2015-16, recording seven points (2+5=7), 35 penalty minutes and an even rating.
San Jose's Last Time Out: The San Jose Barracuda allowed a pair of opening period goals on Friday, and the San Diego Gulls rode the early momentum to a 5-1 win in front of 12,920 fans at a sold out Valley View Casino Center. Patrick McNally (2) scored San Jose’s only goal as Jhonas Enroth made 30 saves en route to his second win of the year. Jordan Samuels-Thomas (5), Scott Sabourin (3), Nick Sorensen (5) and Kalle Kossila (8, 9) tallied for SD. Troy Grosenick took the loss after allowing four goals on 34 shots.
Ontario’s Last Time Out: The Ontario Reign suffered back-to-back losses in the desert against the Tucson Roadrunners including a 4-1 loss on Wednesday at the Tucson Convention Center. Sean Backman (8) began the scoring for Ontario, but Tucson responded with four unanswered. Mark Olver (4, 5), Hunter Fejes and Christian Fischer (16) scored for the ‘Runners and Justin Peters made 22 saves to earn the win while Jack Campbell allowed three goals on 23 shots.