GAMEDAY: BARRACUDA vs. RAMPAGE (11.15.16)Nov 14, 2016
Game #9 – San Jose (4-3-0-1) at San Antonio (6-8-0-0)
10:30 AM PST, AT&T, San Antonio, Texas
Morning Matchup: The San Jose Barracuda and San Antonio Rampage (Colorado Avalanche) duel for the third time in the last week and a half and the first time this season in San Antonio. The Barracuda split a two-game weekend series with the Rampage at SAP Center on Oct. 5-6. Tuesday’s game will be San Antonio’s first at home since October 30th. The Rampage concluded its six-game road trip on Saturday night in Stockton and went 3-3-0-0 on the west-coast swing. The Barracuda are 4-2-1-1 against the Rampage all-time and 1-1-1 in San Antonio.
The Rampage sit at the bottom of the Pacific Division with a winning percentage of .429 (6-8-0-0) while San Jose stands in 5th in the Pacific with a .569 winning percentage (4-3-0-1).
Players To Watch: Barclay Goodrow netted four goals in two games against Texas this past weekend and now leads the Barracuda in goals with six. In eight career games against San Antonio, Goodrow has seven points (3-4-7) and a plus-four rating. Defenseman Tim Heed is working on a three-game point streak (2-3-5) from Nov. 6 to Nov. 12. The first year American Hockey Leaguer scored his first two goals in the AHL this past Saturday at Texas.
Rookie A.J. Greer made his NHL debut on Sunday with the Colorado Avalanche due to a pair of injuries to Avs forwards Matt Duchene and Blake Comeau. The rookie forward has impressed in his first professional campaign. Greer is seventh in the league in scoring with 14 points (5-9-14) in 15 games. Greer was teammates with Barracuda forward Timo Meier last season with Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL). The pair helped guide the Huskies to a QMJHL Championship and a Memorial Cup Finals appearance. The 2nd Round Pick by Colorado in 2015, Greer had 27 (16-11-27) points in 57 games in his only year in the QMJHL. Greer was also teammates with Barracuda forward Danny O’Regan at Boston University for two seasons.
Between the pipes: Troy Grosenick and Mantas Armalis both saw action in San Jose’s 8-5 win over the Texas Stars last Saturday. Armalis played the first 40 minutes and was pulled in the second intermission after allowing five goals on 26 shots. Grosenick only saw four shots in the third period, but the veteran netminder made three acrobatic saves to keep it at the time just a one-goal Texas lead. San Jose eventually scored four unanswered goals to earn the win. Grosnick is 2-3-0 on the year with a 3.33 GAA and a .883 SV%. The Union product, Grosenick, is 0-1 against San Antonio this season and 1-2-0 all-time against the Rampage. Armalis’s best AHL start came in a 25-save win over San Antonio on Nov. 6 at SAP Center. Armalis is 2-0-1 on the year with a 3.39 GAA and a .881 SV%.
Before taking the loss this past Saturday, Spencer Martin had won three straight games including a 6-5 41-save win over San Jose on Nov. 6. Martin is 6-5 in 11 games this season with 2.45 GAA and .916 SV%. Martin is 2-0 in three career games played against San Jose. Jeremy Smith has appeared in just three games for the Rampage this year and is 0-2 with a 2.63 GAA and a .889SV%. Smith’s last start came on Oct. 25 at Texas where he lasted just 19 minutes and 54 seconds.
San Jose’s Last Time Out: The San Jose Barracuda used a franchise-record eight goals and two goaltenders to top the Texas Stars in a thrilling roller coaster contest at Texas on Saturday. Timo Meier’s first pro goal in the third period turned out to be the game-winner, and Tim Heed added his first two AHL goals of his career. Dan Kelly and Jon Martin each fought and San Jose scored three power-play goals en route to the win.
Texas’s Last Time Out: The San Antonio Rampage were held to a season low 20 shots, and the Stockton Heat used a goal in each period to earn a 3-0 win at Stockton Arena on Saturday, Nov. 12. Spencer Martin took the loss allowing three goals on 27 shots.