SAN JOSE BARRACUDA (5-4-4-0) at BAKERSFIELD CONDORS (9-5-0-0)
WED., MAR. 17 | 6:00 P.M. | SAP Center at San Jose | San Jose, CA
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Final of Four: The Barracuda and Condors wrap up a four-game set on Wednesday at the SAP Center, with the Barracuda searching for their first win against the Condors this season (0-2-2). Each of the last two meetings has gone to overtime with the Condors coming out on top. Bakersfield enters Wednesday riding the longest winning streak in the AHL this season at nine games.
Blichfeld is Back: In three games since his reassignment to the Barracuda, Joachim Blichfeld has continued to produce offense. After collecting a power-play goal on Tuesday, Blichfeld now leads the Barracuda in goals (8), points (11), power-play goals (2), and shots on goal (40). Among AHL skaters, Blichfeld is tied for second in goals.
Michigan Man: Former Michigan Wolverine Cooper Marody extended his point streak to nine games on Tuesday with an OT assist. Marody, last week’s CCM/AHL Player of the Week, leads the AHL in scoring (20) and goals (12) and has 11 goals and six assists over his last nine. Marody’s hat-trick on Saturday was his second three-goal outing in the last week. In the Condor’s four games against San Jose this season, Marody has totaled seven points (4G+3A).
Bakersfield Buzzing: After beginning the season 0-5, the Bakersfield Condors have won their last nine consecutive games, outscoring their opponents 38-to-12 during their winning streak. Bako has also outscored their opponents 13-to-0 in the opening-20 minutes.
Up and Down: On Tuesday, the Sharks assigned center-man Joel Kellman and winger Stefan Noesen to the Barracuda. Kellman has skated in four games with the Sharks this season and six with the Barracuda. Due to Covid-19, Kellman began the year in Sweden appearing in 14 games with Kristianstads (Allsvenskan), totaling seven points (3G+4A). Noesen has skated in five games with the Sharks this year.
Rookie Rising: Sharks’ 2018 first-rounder Ryan Merkley netted his first pro goal on Friday and now leads all Barracuda rookies in scoring (1+5=6) and is tied for 11th among all first-year AHL blueliners in points. Merkley added to his hot-start with an assist on Tuesday, giving him six helpers on the year, which is tied for first amongst AHL rookie defensemen this season.