GAMEDAY: BARRACUDA VS GULLS (12-11-16)Dec 11, 2016
Game #19 – San Jose (9-6-0-3) vs. San Diego (11-7-1-0)
Sunday, December 11, 2016
3:00 PM PST, SAP Center, San Jose, Calif.
Afternon Matchup: The San Jose Barracuda look to capture the weekend sweep over the Gulls after a 3-0 win on Saturday afternoon. The Barracuda are 1-1-0-1 against San Diego this season and 5-7-1-2 in 15 all-time matchups. In 2015-16, the Barracuda went just 1-4-0-1 against the goals on home ice.
Dazzling Danny: Forward 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 added two assists in the win on Saturday and is now second among all rookies in the AHL in points (20). O’Regan is first on the Barracuda in points, assists (13) and T-second in plus/minus (+7).
How Swede It Is: Swedish blueliner Tim Heed netted his sixth goal of the season on Saturday and is now ranked ninth in the AHL among defenseman in points (15). Heed is first on the team in power-play goals (3) and leads all Barracuda defenders in goals (6), assists (9) and plus/minus (+6).
Troy O’boy: Troy Grosenick’s shutout win on Saturday was his third of the season, which is T-first in the AHL. It also is a franchise record for the Barracuda in one season and a personal best for the fourth year pro. Grosenick is ranked 10th in the league in goals-against average (2.20) and now has seven career professional shutouts. Grosenick shutout the Carolina Hurricanes in his NHL debut on Nov. 16, 2014, stopping all 45 shots he faced in the victory.
Heat Check: Before Saturday, the San Diego Gulls had lost just one game in their last 10, and the shutout loss was SD's first since suffering a 2-0 defeat on Oct. 15 vs. Ontario. The only two wins San Jose has ever had on home ice against San Diego have been 3-0 victories. The last was on March 26, 2015, and Nikolay Doldobin had the game winner. San Jose’s four shutout wins this season is already more than the Barracuda had all of the last year (3).
About Yesterday: Troy Grosenick faced just 15 shots but was perfect in the 4-0 win over the Gulls on Saturday afternoon. It was Grosenick third shutout of the season in just his 11th game played. After giving up 17 shots and three goals on Thursday in the first period against the Stockton Heat, the Barracuda responded in a big way on Saturday afternoon holding the Gulls to just two shots, tying a franchise low. On the other end, the Barracuda put ten shots on net but neither team could find pay dirt in the opening frame. In the second, Tim Heed (6) was able to give San Jose the lead on a missile from the point at 16:12.The Barracuda got the insurance it needed in the third after Barclay Goodrow was tripped on a breakaway after leaving the penalty box. Goodrow (8) was awarded a penalty shot and took advantage by beating Dustin Tokarski through the five-hole at 13:43. San Jose sealed the victory as Danny O'Regan feathered a pass to John McCarthy (4) who ripped a shot just inside the right post from the left side on the penalty kill at 14:58, San Jose's second shorthanded tally of the year. The Barracuda were a perfect 5-for-5 on the penalty kill Saturday in the win. Tokarski (9-4-0) suffered the loss by allowing three goals on 34 shots.