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SAN JOSE BARRACUDA (3-3-0-0) vs. BAKERSFIELD CONDORS (3-4-1-0)
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 30 | 11:00 A.M. | SAP CENTER | SAN JOSE, CA
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Morning Matchup: The Barracuda return home for one game on Wednesday at 11 a.m. against the Bakersfield Condors for the third annual Cuda Classroom Day. The Barracuda are 1-0 against the Condors this season after a 4-3 win on October 13th at the Tank and are 2-0 all-time in Cuda Classroom games, including a 2-1 overtime win against Bakersfield in the first-ever Cuda Classroom Day on March 2, 2018.
Last Time Out: The Barracuda snapped their two-game skid and ended Colorado’s four-game winning streak on Saturday at the Budweiser Events Center with a 4-0 victory. The Barracuda got a first-period power-play goal from Max Letunov, a first-period shorthanded goal from Evan Weinger and a pair of full-strength tallies from Lean Bergmann and Jeff Viel and chased Eagles starting netminder Adam Werner from the game after a period. Josef Korenar would stop all 31 Colorado shots and the Barracuda would roll to their first shutout win of the year and Korenar’s fifth of his career.
Head-to-head: The Barracuda enter Wednesday’s tilt against the Condors with a 24-15-2-4 record all-time against the Oilers affiliate and a 13-7-1-2 record all-time on home ice against Bakersfield. Wednesday’s meeting marks the second of 12 on the season series and the second of six at SAP Center. The Barracuda will travel to Bakersfield on November 11th. In San Jose’s 4-3 win on October 13th over the Condors, the Barracuda got goals from Noah Gregor, Joel Kellman, Alex True and Ivan Chekhovich and erased a two-goal deficit to earn the victory. Andrew Shortridge made 26 saves on 29 shots to claim his first pro win.
Conditioning Stint: The Sharks assigned defenseman Radim Simek to the Barracuda on Monday for a conditioning assignment. Simek suffered a season-ending knee injury on March 12th against the Winnipeg Jets and has not appeared in game action since. In his first NHL season a year ago, the Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic, native appeared in 41 games with the Sharks, totaling nine points (one goal, eight assists), a plus-seven rating and eight penalty minutes. The year prior, his first in North America, Simek skated in 67 games for the Barracuda, accumulating 27 points (seven goals, 20 assists), 20 penalty minutes and a plus-six rating.
Bergmann Ballin’: After making the Sharks out of training camp and appearing in six games with the big club, Lean Bergmann was assigned to the Barracuda where he has four points (two goals, two assists) in three AHL contests. Bergman scored in both of the Barracuda’s games this past weekend
Kellman Cruising: Signed by the Sharks as a free agent on April 25, 2019, Joel Kellman leads the Barracuda in points (6) and assists (5) through six games and is riding a five-game point streak. Before this season, Kellman, 25, skated in 196 games in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) as a member Karlskrona HK and Brynas IF, collecting 114 points (49 goals, 65 assists), 88 PIMS and a minus-18 rating.
El Cap: Barracuda Captain John McCarthy sits just one-point shy of 300 (129 goals, 170 assists) in his pro career. McCarthy is the Barracuda’s all-time leader in games played (263), points (134), goals (58) and assists (76). McCarthy has yet to register a point this season through six games.
Moving pieces: On Tuesday, the Barracuda assigned goaltender Zachary Sawchenko to the Allen Americans and forward Artem Ivanyuzhenkov to the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL. Neither player has appeared in a game with the Barracuda this season.