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Afternoon Matchup: On Sunday, the Barracuda and Stockton Heat meet for the second time in as many days. San Jose netted four third-period goals on Saturday to top the Heat 5-2. The Barracuda are 2-0 against the Flames affiliate this season and 25-10-2-1 all-time.
Three’s Company: The line of Jayden Halbgewachs (one goal, one assist), Max Letunov (one goal, two assists), and Filip Sandberg (one goal, two assists) combined four eight points on Saturday at Stockton Arena. The three-point night for both Letunov and Sandberg set career highs for both players.
Fabulous Francis: On September 13, as a part of the Erik Karlsson trade, Francis Perron was acquired from the Ottawa Senators. Thus far, Perron leads the Barracuda in points (8), goals (4), power-play goals (2) and is tied for the team lead in game-winning goals (1). Saturday was the first game this season that Perron did not record at least one point.
Hot Halbgewachs: Rookie forward Jayden Halbgewachs who scored and added an assist on Saturday has points in all but one game this year and now has four points in two games against the Heat this season. Halbgewachs was signed by the Sharks as an undrafted free agent last December and earned CHL Top Scorer honors in 2017-18 after collecting 129 points (70 goals, 59 assists) in 72 games with the Moose Jaw Warriors of the WHL.
Youth Movement: The Barracuda opened up the 2018-19 season with 10 rookies and the AHL’s youngest roster, averaging 22.7 years old. Just 13 players on San Jose’s 25-man opening night roster skated for the Barracuda a season ago. In addition, just three players on the Barracuda’s current roster were drafted by the Sharks (John McCarthy, Manuel Wiederer, Jeremy Roy), the other 21 were either signed as free agents or acquired in a trade.
National Pride: Offseason signings of Vincent Praplan (Switzerland) and Lukas Radil (Czech Republic), along with the return of Captain John McCarthy (U.S), San Jose’s opening night roster was comprised of three different skaters who competed at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.