GAMEDAY: BARRACUDA VS CONDORS (1-16-17)Jan 16, 2017
Game #32 – San Jose Barracuda (18-9-1-3) vs. Bakersfield Condors (14-13-4-1)
Monday, January 16, 2017
6:00 PM PST, SAP Center, San Jose, Calif.
Tonight’s Matchup: The San Jose Barracuda and Bakersfield Condors meet up for the ninth time this season and sixth time at SAP Center. The Barracuda are 5-2-0-1 this year against the Condors and 4-0-1-0 at home against Bakersfield. The Edmonton Oilers affiliate is just 2-7-3-1 away from Rabobank Arena while San Jose is 12-4-1-1 at home this year and 9-3-0-1 in their last 13 home games. The Barracuda topped the Condors 4-1 on Dec. 31, the last time the two clubs played.
Top Of The Class: The San Jose Barracuda were a perfect 8-for-8 on the penalty kill on Saturday afternoon against Stockton, and still sit atop the AHL on the PK (88.8%) and rank third in the league on the power play (24.4%).
O’Regan Rolling: Amongst AHL rookies, Forward Danny O'Regan ranks second in points (34), first in assists (23) and eighth in goals (11). He is eighth in the league overall in points and seventh in assists. He also ranks first on the Barracuda in points, first in assists and T-first in goals. O’Regan had his third five-game point streak (2+3=5) of the season snapped on Saturday.
Heed Check: Tim Heed made his NHL debut for the San Jose Sharks on last Wednesday night in Calgary. In his first NHL game, Heed logged 16 minutes and 29 seconds and registered one shot. Despite his recall, the blueliner is still ranked second in the league among defensemen in points (31) and T-second in assists (22). He is also fourth in goals (9), T-first in power play goals (6), and T-first in game-winning goals (3) among d-men. Heed is second on the Barracuda in points, second in assists, T-third in goals, first in power play goals and T-first in game-winning goals and is riding a five-game point streak (2+3=8) from Dec. 28 to now and has points in 10 of his last 11 games (4+13=17).
Ryan Rocking: Second-year pro Joakim Ryan had his second career five-game point streak snapped on Saturday (2+5=7) but has been vital to San Jose’s success this season. Through just 31 games, Ryan is nearly on pace to double his points from last year and has already doubled his goals after scoring just twice last season. Ryan has five goals, and 16 assists through 31 games after totaling two goals and 26 assists in 66 games last season.
San Jose's Last Time Out: The San Jose Barracuda and Stockton Heat skated out to a scoreless first 40 minutes at SAP Center on Saturday, before Nikita Jevpalovs (5) broke the deadlock in the third at 5:31 of the frame. Rourke Chartier (8) added some insurance at 9:59 and Mantas Armalis made 19 saves to earn his second career AHL shutout. Jon Gillies allowed two goals on 27 shots and suffered the loss.
Bakersfield’s Last Time Out: The Bakersfield Condors fell into a 2-0 hole on Saturday night at Ontario after Brett Sutter (9) and Adrian Kempe (9) found the back of the net at 11:32 of the first and 5:26 of the second. Ryan Hamilton (13) cut into the Reign lead at 7:38 of the second, but T.J. Hensick (10) put Ontario back up by a pair in the second at 13:48. Anton Lander (14) made it 3-2 at 4:19 of the third but Jack Campbell held on by making 24 saves to earn the victory. Nick Ellis suffered the loss after giving up three goals on 39 shots.