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Tonight’s Matchup: On Wednesday, the San Jose Barracuda and Tucson Roadrunners collide for the seventh of eight meetings on the season and the second in as many nights. The Barracuda are 3-2-0-1 against the Arizona Coyotes affiliate this year and are 2-1 at Tucson Arena after falling 4-0 on Tuesday. Tuesday's loss was the first San Jose loss in regulation at the Tucson Convention Center in seven all-time matchups.
Century Mark: The Barracuda earned franchise victory 100 with a 4-0 win over the Cleveland Monsters on March 10. The Barracuda joined the Ontario Reign, San Diego Gulls and *Texas Stars (*play 76 game schedule) as Pacific Division teams to reach 100 wins since 2015-16.
Big Mac: Barracuda Captain John McCarthy collected six points (three goals, three assists) in two games against Cleveland last weekend culminating in his first CCM/AHL Player of the Week nomination. McCarthy helped lead San Jose to a 6-2 win on Saturday as he collected his first pro hat-trick (sixth in Barracuda history) and his first four-point night. The Olympian was riding a four-game point streak (three goals, five assists) before Tuesday. McCarthy ranks first on the ‘Cuda in plus/minus (+6), first in power-play goals (6), third in goals (10), and third in points (25).
Sommer-Time: San Jose Barracuda Head Coach and Bay Area native Roy Sommer collected the 700th AHL win of his career 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 on Dec. 8 at SAP Center against Tucson.