Saturday, March 4, 2017
7:30 PM PST, Stockton Arena, Stockton, Calif.
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Tonight’s Matchup: The Barracuda jump back onto the road this Saturday night to take on the Stockton Heat at Stockton Arena. After dropping the first two games of the 12-game season series, the Barracuda have won five straight over their Northern California rival. San Jose is riding a 10-game road winning streak entering Saturday’s tilt and holds the second-best road winning percentage in the league (.680).
Best of the West: Despite Wednesday’s shootout loss, the San Jose Barracuda sit atop the AHL with a .724 winning percentage. San Jose is riding a franchise-long 15-game point streak and 10-game road winning streak.
Dynamic Danny: Among rookies, Barracuda All-Star forward Danny O’Regan is first in points (16+19=45), T-first in assists, T-10th in goals, and T-13th overall in the AHL in points. O'Regan is T-second on the Barracuda goals, first in points and second in assists.
Oh Boy Troy: Barracuda All-Star netminder Troy Grosenick had his winning streak snapped at 12 games, but the fourth year pro is first in the AHL in shutouts (7), second in goals-against average (2.00), second in save percentage (.932) and t-third in wins (21).
San Jose’s Last Time Out: The San Jose Barracuda tied Wednesday’s tilt with the Texas Stars at 1-1 in the third period but suffered their first loss since January 21 in a shootout, snapping a 14-game winning streak. Troy Grosenick suffered the loss after allowing one goal on 39 shots while Justin Peters made 42 saves on 43 shots for the Stars. Ethan Werek scored Texas’s lone goal in regulation and the shootout.
Stockton’s Last Time Out: The Stockton Heat fell behind 2-0 in Ontario on Friday night and couldn’t recover, losing to the Reign 2-1 at Citizens Business Bank Arena. Alex Lintuniemi and Michael Mersch scored for the Reign in the first and before Kenney Morrison lit the lamp for Stockton in the second. Jon Gillies suffered the loss after allowing two goals on 25 shots for Stockton and Jeff Zatkoff earned the win by making 28 saves on 29 shots.