GAMEDAY: BARRACUDA VS CONDORSOct 12, 2019
SAN JOSE BARRACUDA (1-1-0-0) vs. BAKERSFIELD CONDORS (1-0-1-0)
SUNDAY, OCT. 13 | 1:15 P.M. | SAP CENTER at SAN JOSE | SAN JOSE, CA
Home Sweet Home: After picking up a convincing 5-1 win in their home opener against the San Diego Gulls on Friday night, the Barracuda play host to the Bakersfield Condors on Sunday afternoon in game one of a #HockeyDayInSanJose doubleheader. The Sharks take on the Calgary Flames following the AHL action at 7 p.m.
Last Time Out: The Barracuda netted a pair of power-play goals in the first 20 minutes of Friday’s contest against the San Diego Gulls and also added a full-strength tally to take a 3-0 lead heading into the dressing room. San Jose would add a goal in the second and the third to cruise to a 5-1 win. Josef Korenar picked up the victory by stopping 23-of-24 shots he faced and five different skaters found pay dirt in the win. Joel Kellman, Joachim Blichfeld and Noah Gregor each registered their first AHL assists of their careers.
Head-to-head: In 2019-20, the Barracuda went 4-4-1-1 against the pacific division’s regular-season champion Bakersfield Condors and 1-2-1-1 at the SAP Center. All-time San Jose is 25-15-2-4 against the Oilers AHL affiliate and 12-7-1-2 at home. Bakersfield’s Cooper Marody led both teams in scoring (3 goals, 8 assists) during the season series a year ago, despite playing in only eight games. Sunday marks the first of 12 meetings on the season series.
Back in Bakersfield: In 2019-20, the Condors return their top four scorers from a season ago, Tyler Benson (15-51-66), Cooper Marody (19-45-64), Joe Gambardella (29-19-48) and Josh Currie (27-14-41). Last year, Bakersfield finished with the AHL’s third-best winning percentage (42-21-3-2 -- .654%) after reeling off the second-longest winning streak in AHL history at 17 games. During that stretch, Condors netminder Shane Starrett went 14-0.
Top of the Class: Since the Pacific Division was created before the 2015-16 season, only the San Diego Gulls (154-96-15-8) and boast a better regular-season record than the San Jose Barracuda (148-90-19-16).
Moving Pieces: After the Sharks announced the signing of forward Patrick Marleau on Tuesday, they immediately placed forward Jonny Brodzinski on waivers and after he cleared, he was assigned to the Barracuda on Thursday. Brodzinski, 26, was an AHL All-Star in 2017 with the Ontario Reign and has appeared 157 AHL games (57+52=109) and 56 NHL games (6+5=11) over his five-year professional career. In his first game with the Barracuda, Brodzinki scored put five shots on net.
Youth Movement: The Barracuda boast the AHL’s youngest roster with an average age of 22.65-years-of-age. In addition, only the Rockford IceHogs have less AHL games played than San Jose.