GAMEDAY: BARRACUDA AT STARSOct 28, 2017
Texas Tilt: On Saturday, the Barracuda and Stars battle for the first time this season. San Jose is 5-4-0-1 all-time against Texas, and 2-3-0 at H-E-B Center. The Barracuda went 2-1-0-1 in 2016-17 against the Dallas Stars affiliate.
Helewka’s Hot Start: Through the first seven games, sophomore forward Adam Helewka is first on the Barracuda in assists (7), points (8), and plus/minus (+5). In 2016-17, his rookie season, Helewka totaled 29 points (14 goals, 15 assists) in 58 games with the ‘Cuda, and scored three times in 12 playoff games. In 2014-15, as a member of the WHL’s Spokane Chiefs, the Burnaby, British Columbia native was a Second-League All-Star after potting 44 goals and adding 43 assists. The Sharks drafted the 22-year-old in the fourth round of the 2015 NHL Draft.
Stone Wall: This offseason, coming off a career year in the AHL, Troy Grosenick signed a two-year extension with the San Jose Sharks organization. So far this season, Grosenick is 2-2 with a 3.83 goals-against average and a .860 save percentage. The Brookfield, Wisconsin native went 30-10-5 a year ago with a 2.05 goals-against average, and a .926 save percentage, which earned the netminder the Baz Bastien Memorial Award as the AHL’s Best Goaltender. Last season against Texas, Grosenick went 2-1 with a 2.66 goals-against average, and a .909 save percentage.
Dazzling Danny: The Red Garrett Memorial Award winner last year as the AHL’s Rookie of the Year is first on the Barracuda in goals (5) and T-second in points (6). O’Regan who played four years at Boston University collected 58 points (23 goals, 35 assists) a season ago, and also, appeared in three games for the Sharks where he scored his first NHL goal on April 8, 2016, against Calgary (David Rittich). O’Regan has six points (three goals, three assists) in four games against the Stars in his career.
Sommer-Time: Returning for an AHL-record 20th season behind the bench for the San Jose Sharks top affiliate, Roy Sommer continues his historic career. In 2015-16, Sommer surpassed Fred ‘Bun’ Cook on the top the AHL’s all-time winning list and collected his first A.R. Pieri Memorial Award as AHL Coach of the Year in 2016-17. Sommer is 694-609-48-72-65 (W-L-T-OTL-SOL) in his career.