Dec 10, 2016

Game #18 – San Jose (8-6-0-3) at San Diego (11-6-1-0)

Saturday, December 10, 2016

1:15 PM PST, SAP Center, San Jose, Calif.


Afternoon Matchup: The San Jose Barracuda host the red-hot San Diego Gulls for the first time in 2016-17 on Saturday afternoon. The Barracuda are 0-1-0-1 against San Diego this season and 4-7-1-2 in 14 all-time matchups. In 2015-16, the Barracuda went just 1-4-0-1 against the goals on home ice.

On November 19, the last time San Diego and San Jose played, Matt Hackett made 37 saves to earn a 4-0 win for the Gulls at Valley View Casino Center.

Terrier On A Tear: Former Boston University Terrier Danny O’Regan had his career-long point streak (2-5-7) snapped at five games in San Jose’s shutout loss on Thursday night, but the rookie center-man still leads all Barracuda skaters in points (18), T-2nd goals (7), T-2nd assists (11) and T-2nd plus/minus (+5). O’Regan is second among all AHL rookies in points.

Mueller Moves Up: Mirco Mueller was called up to the San Jose Sharks following the Barracuda’s game on Thursday. In 16 AHL games played this season, the former first rounder (#18 overall, 2013) has six assists, six penalty minutes and a minus-five rating.

One And Done: The San Diego Gulls are a perfect 9-0-0 when leading after one period and 7-1-1 in one goal games. The Barracuda are 6-0-0-0 when leading after two periods.

Soaring In The Right Direction: The Gulls began the season just 2-5-1 in their first eight games but have since gone 9-1-0 in their last 10 and sit in second place in the Pacific Division.

San Jose’s Last Time Out: The San Jose Barracuda turned in arguably their worst performance of the year on Thursday night at SAP Center, falling 4-0 to the first place Stockton Heat. Mantas Armalis saw 17 shots in the opening frame, allowing three goals. Austin Carroll (1) began the scoring at 3:34 and then Mark Janskowski (4) and Hunter Smith (2) tallied at 15:43 and 16:28. Troy Grosenick came into the game and didn’t allow a goal on 23 shots in his first game since getting hurt on November 22, but Hunter Shinkaruk (5) capped off the Heat’s victory with an empty netter at 19:22 of the third. Jon Gillies earned the 31-save shutout.

San Diego’s Last Time Out: The San Diego Gulls earned a 4-3 overtime win on home ice Tuesday night against the Bakersfield Condors. Kalle Kossila (5) began the scoring for San Diego at 1:28 of the first, before Greg Chase (1) tied it for Bakersfield at 9:54. Brandon Montour (5) recaptured SD’s lead just over a minute later at 11:02. In the second, Ben Betker (1) scored for the Condors at 17:12 to tie the game on the only goal of the period. In the final frame, Josh Currie gave Bakersfield its first lead at 2:05, but Stefan Noesen (3) forced extra time with a tally at 19:50. Chris Wagner was the hero for the Gulls in overtime at 3:25. Dustin Tokarski earned his ninth win by making 29 saves on 32 shots, and Laurent Brossoit suffered the defeat by allowing four goals on 24 shots.



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