Nov 18, 2018

CLEVELAND BARONS (9-3-0-1 .731) VS. COLORADO EAGLES (6-6-3-0 .500)






Tonight’s Matchup: On Sunday, for the first time ever in the regular season, the San Jose Barracuda and Colorado Eagles (Colorado Avalanche) collide. Sunday marks the first of eight meetings between the two teams and the first of three consecutive games against one another. San Jose will travel to Loveland next weekend for a pair of games on Friday and Saturday at the Budweiser Events Center.

Last time out: During exhibition play, each team earned a win in a pair of preseason games in Colorado in late September. San Jose is coming off back-to-back shutout losses at the hands of the Tucson Roadrunners, while the Eagles have now lost five in a row after sweeping Tucson at home November 2 and 3. Colorado fell 5-2 at Bakersfield on Saturday night.

Awesome Antoine: Barracuda netminder Antoine Bibeau, the CCM/AHL Goaltender of the Month for October ranks second in the AHL in goals-against average (1.69) and save percentage (.938) and first among all goalies who have played in six or more games. Bibeau was signed by the Sharks as a free agent last summer and earned AHL All-Star honors in his first season in teal last year.

Rourke Returns: On Saturday, the Sharks recalled center-man Dylan Gambrell and reassigned center-man Rourke Chartier. In 13 games with the Sharks this season, Chartier colled one goal, two penalty minutes and a minus-two rating. Chartier has skated in 95 career AHL games, collecting 24 goals , 32 assists and 12 PIMS.

Heating Up Halbs: Rookie forward Jayden Halbgewachs ranks T-first on the Barracuda in points (11), T-second in goals (5), and T-third in assists. Halbgewachs has three multi-point games this season. Signed as a free agent by the Sharks last December, the Emerald Park, Saskatchewan, native earned CHL Top Scorer honors last year after collecting 142 points (70 goals, 72 assists) in 72 games with the WHL’s Moose Jaw Warriors.

Frank the Tank: Acquired from Ottawa in the Erik Karlsson trade, Francis Perron co-leads the Barracuda in points (6), first in goals (11) and power-play goals (4). Perron has already surpassed his goal total a from 2016-17 and is just four points shy of matching his point total from a year ago.

Colorado Caught: Colorado’s 16.13 penalty minutes per game is the sixth highest total in the AHL. The Eagles’ 242 penalty minutes are the most in the Western Conference.

Double-A: Colorado’s Andrew Agozzino is T-15th in the AHL in scoring (17). Aggozzino leads the Eagles in goals (8), assists (9), points, plus/minus (+10), power-play goals (3), and is second in shots (44).

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