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Saturday, December 31, 2016
6:00 PM PST, SAP Center, San Jose, Calif.
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Tonight’s Matchup: The San Jose Barracuda and Bakersfield Condors wrap up the 2016 calendar year at SAP Center on Saturday night. San Jose is an impressive 8-2-1-1 on home ice this season 3-0-1 against Bakersfield at SAP. The Barracuda are 4-2-0-1 overall against the Condors in seven matchups.
Top Of The Class: The Barracuda were a perfect 10-for-10 in two games in Bakersfield this week and have now killed off 15 straight on the PK and sit atop the AHL on the kill (88.9%). Despite going 0-for-4 on the power play on Friday, San Jose is sixth on the man advantage in the AHL (23.7%).
One To Forget: The San Jose Barracuda allowed a franchise-record five opening period goals on Friday and a season-high seven in the game. The loss snapped San Jose’s three-game winning streak and seven game point streak.
Magic Carpet: Barracuda forward Ryan Carpenter scored his fifth goal of the year on Friday and is riding a season long four-game point streak (2+3=5) from Dec. 20 to now. Carpenter has points in six of his last seven games (3+4=7) and is now fourth on the Barracuda in points (5+10=15). Carpenter twice had five-game point streaks last season.
Dazzling Danny: Barracuda forward Danny O’Regan’s 28 points on the season ranks second among AHL rookies and T-14th in the AHL. O’Regan leads the Barracuda in assists (21), points and T-second in plus-minus (+6).
Heed Check: Barracuda blueliner Tim Heed (7+18=25) ranks fifth in the AHL in points among d-men and fourth in assists. Heed is second on the Barracuda in points and assists and fourth in goals.
Last Time Out: The San Jose Barracuda (14-7-1-3) allowed a franchise-record five opening-period goals and the Bakersfield Condors (11-11-4-1) snapped their six-game losing skid with a 7-2 win on Friday night at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.
Ryan Hamilton (10) tipped a puck off the left post and into the net just 29 seconds into the opening period and then David Musil made it 2-0 Condors on their second shot as the blueliner collected a loose puck in the slot and fired it over Mantas Armalis' left shoulder at 3:45. Armalis was pulled for Troy Grosenick, but the offensive onslaught continued. Patrick Russell (1) netted his first pro goal on Bakersfield's fourth shot and then Anton Slepyshev (3) sniped the puck from the left wing over the right shoulder of Grosenick. Anton Lander (9) made it 5-0 Condors on Bakersfield's 11th shot and Grosenick was replaced by Armalis after allowing three goals on nine shots in 12 minutes and 13 seconds of work.
In the second, San Jose finally found the back of the net as Ryan Carpenter (5) redirected a Tim Heed shot past Laurent Brossoit 29 seconds into the frame. Rourke Chartier (7) then banked the puck off the back of Brossoit from just above the goal line at 7:41 to cut the Condors lead to three. Armalis stopped all seven shots he faced in the period, and San Jose outshot the Condors 17 to five.
In the final frame, Hamilton (11) forced a turnover and backhanded a shot over Armalis's right pad for his second of the game before Jujhar Khaira (8) powered his way to the net and snuck the puck inside the right post to make it 7-2.
Armalis (7-2-2) suffered the loss after allowing four goals on 13 shots in 47 minutes and 48 seconds, while Brossoit (7-7-3) earned the victory by making 34 saves on 36 shots.