Game #6 – San Jose (2-2-0-1) at San Antonio (4-6-0-0)
3:00 PM PST, SAP Center at San Jose, San Jose, California
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Afternoon Matchup: The San Jose Barracuda and San Antonio Rampage (Colorado Avalanche) battle for the second time in as many afternoons. The Rampage lost their first game of its current six-game California road trip to the Bakersfield Condors on Wednesday, 7-1, but responded Saturday with six goals en route to a 6-5 win over San Jose. After Sunday, the Rampage will travel to Ontario on Wednesday, November 9 and then wrap up their California trip back up north for a pair against Stockton on Friday, November 11 and Saturday, November 12.
In 2015-16, San Jose went 3-2-1-0 against the Rampage and 2-1-1 at home. Ryan Carpenter led all ‘Cuda scorers with six points (3-4-7) and a plus-two rating. On Saturday, Carpenter continued his success against the silver and black by scoring a goal and an assist for his first two points of the year.
Players To Watch: After getting held off the scoresheet in the opener on Oct. 15, the line of Nikolay Goldobin, Kevin Labanc, and Rourke Chartier has been dominant. In the last four games, the three forwards have combined for 21 points (7-14-21) and a plus-14 rating.
Between the pipes: Troy Grosenick made several crucial saves on Saturday but allowed a season-high six goals past on Saturday against San Antonio. Grosenick is now 1-2-0 on the year with a 3.10 GAA and a .900 SV%. Grosenick is 50-39-7-4 in 102 AHL games played over his four-year pro career.
Mantas Armalis saw a career high 17 first-period shots last Saturday afternoon against the Bakersfield Condors and allowed three first-period tallies, but Armalis recovered to stop the next 22 straight shots he saw and was able to force the game to a shootout. San Jose eventually dropped the game in a shootout despite Armalis stopping two-of-three shooters. In his first year in North America, Armalis is 1-1 with a 3.22 GAA and a .948 SV%.
Spencer Martin faced a San Jose Barracuda franchise record 46 shots on Saturday and still managed to earn the 6-5 win by making 41 saves. Martin was simply sensational at times during Saturday’s game, making multiple highlight reel saves. Martin is 4-4-0 on the year with a 2.76 GAA and a .908 SV%. In two games against the Barracuda in 2015-16, Martin went 1-0 with a 0.75 GAA and a .964 SV%.
Nathan Lieuwen who was recalled from the Colorado Eagles early in the week, allowed three goals on nine Bakersfield Condors shots in relief during Wednesday night’s 7-1 loss. Liewen went 1-0-2 with the Eagles in four games with a 3.86 GAA and a .860 SV%.
Last Time Out: The San Antonio Rampage scored a season-high six goals and used a 41 save performance from Spencer Martin to beat the San Jose Barracuda, 6-5, on Saturday at SAP Center. Joe Whitney scored his first two goals of the year, and Rocco Grimaldi, A.J. Greer, J.T. Compher and Gabriel Bourque all added goals as well. Barclay Goodrow, Nikita Jevpalovs, Nikolay Goldobin, Ryan Carpenter and Daniel O’Regan all scored for San Jose.
- Kevin Lebanc has points in four straight games (3-6-9)
- Nikolay Goldobin has points in four straight games (2-6-9)
- Rourke Chartier has points in three straight games (2-2-4)
- Troy Grosenick played in his 100th career AHL game on Oct. 15, 2016, at Stockton