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Tonight’s Matchup: On Sunday, the Barracuda host the San Diego Gulls for the first of eight matchups on the season. San Jose last faced the Gulls in the Pacific Division Finals of the Calder Cup playoffs last May, taking the series four games to one. San Jose went 5-3-1-1 against SD last season.
New Guys: Recalls and injuries have forced the Barracuda to dip into the ECHL over the last week. On Thursday, San Jose added forward Marco Roy on a Player Tryout agreement from the Fort Wayne Komets, and on Saturday the Barracuda recalled forward Spencer Asuchuk from the Allen Americans. The Sharks now possess seven players from the Barracuda’s Calder Cup playoff roster from a year ago (Danny O’Regan, Joakim Ryan, Tim Heed, Barclay Goodrow, Timo Meier, Kevin Labanc and Ryan Carpenter).
Awesome Antoine: Barracuda netminder Antoine Bibeau collected his third straight victory on Wednesday after making 27 saves on 30 shots in San Jose’s 5-3 over San Antonio. Bibeau ranks third in the AHL in goals-against average (1.82) and is T-fourth in save percentage (.933), and is T-first in shutouts (2). A season ago, Bibeau appeared in two games for the Toronto Maple Leafs, going 1-1 with a .927 goals-against average and a 1.99 save percentage.
Roy Rolling: Rookie defender Jeremy Roy collected a career-high three points (one goal, two assists) in San Jose’s 5-3 win over San Antonio on Saturday, and now ranks T-fifth among first-year AHL defensemen in goals (2). Roy was originally selected by the San Jose Sharks in the second round (#31 overall) of the 2015 NHL draft.
Closing in on 700: Returning for an AHL-record 20th season behind the bench for the San Jose Sharks top affiliate, Roy Sommer continues his historic career. In 2015-16, Sommer surpassed Fred ‘Bun’ Cook as the AHL’s all-time leader in wins and collected his first A.R. Pieri Memorial Award as AHL Coach of the Year in 2016-17. Sommer is 698-613-48-72-66 (W-L-T-OTL-SOL) in his career and is just three games shy of 1,500 coached in the AHL.