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Tonight’s Matchup: On Wednesday, the San Jose Barracuda and Tucson Roadrunners meet for the second time in as many days and the third time this season. San Jose won 3-2 on Tuesday at the Tucson Convention Center and are now 4-0-0-1 all-time in the Old Pueblo.
About Last Night: On Tuesday, the San Jose Barracuda used three different goal scorers in three different periods to top the Tucson Roadrunners, 3-2. Tim Clifton netted the first goal of his pro career in his 27th career game in the opening frame to tie the game at 1-1. Jon Martin potted the second of his season and fourth of his career in the second period, and Alex True tipped home his fourth of the season in the third on the power play. Antoine Bibeau earned the win by making 23 saves.
Blue-Line Bulster: 15-year NHL veteran Paul Martin was assigned to the Barracuda on Sunday for conditioning and made his minor league debut on Tuesday. Martin has skated in 859 games in the NHL career with New Jersey, Pittsburgh, and San Jose. Martin has appeared in just three games with the Sharks this season due to injury but is scheduled to be in the lineup for the Barracuda in their next four games on a conditioning assignment.
700 For Sommer: San Jose Barracuda Head Coach and Bay Area native Roy Sommer collected his 700th AHL win of his career on on Dec. 3 at Bakersfield, 2-1. Sommer is the first coach in the 82-year history of the American Hockey League to reach 700 coaching wins. In 2015-16, Sommer surpassed Fred “Bun” Cook as the AHL’s all-time leader in wins and collected his first A.R. Pieri Memorial Award as AHL Coach of the Year in 2016-17. Sommer, who’s in his AHL record 20th season behind the bench for the top affiliate of the San Jose Sharks, coached his 1,500th game in the AHL last Friday.
Cuda Call Up: After Danny O’Regan’s recall on Tuesday, eight players from the Barracuda’s 2017 Calder Cup playoff roster are now on the San Jose Sharks (Danny O’Regan, Marcus Sorensen, Joakim Ryan, Tim Heed, Barclay Goodrow, Timo Meier, Kevin Labanc and Ryan Carpenter). A season ago the Barracuda finished with the Western Conference’s best regular season winning percentage (.699) and advanced to the Conference Finals before being eliminated by the Grand Rapids Griffins in five games.