GAMEDAY: BARRACUDA VS RAMPAGE (1.4.17)Jan 4, 2017
Game #27 – San Jose (15-7-1-3) vs. San Antonio (15-15-2-0)
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
7:00 PM PST, SAP Center, San Jose, Calif.
Tonight’s Matchup: The San Jose Barracuda and San Antonio Rampage battle for the sixth and final time this season on Wednesday night. The Barracuda are 3-1-1 against the Rampage this year and 6-2-3 all-time. The last meeting between the two clubs came on Dec. 4 at AT&T Center, a 4-0 win for San Jose. Timo Meier scored twice, and Tim Heed and John McCarthy also tallied for San Jose while Mantas Armalis reeled in his first AHL shutout by making 29 saves.
Spectacular Special Teams: The Barracuda were a perfect 14-for-14 in three games versus Bakersfield last week and have now killed off 19 straight on the PK and sit atop the AHL on the penalty kill (89.4%). The Barracuda are also ranked fifth in the AHL on the power play after going one-for-four on the man advantage last Saturday.
Magic Carpet: Barracuda forward Ryan Carpenter scored his sixth goal of the year on Saturday and is now riding a five-game point streak (3+4=7) from Dec. 20 to now. Carpenter has points in six of his last seven games (3+4=7) and is now fourth on the Barracuda in points (5+10=15).
Dazzling Danny: Barracuda forward Danny O’Regan’s 29 points on the season ranks second among AHL rookies and 14th in the AHL. O’Regan is T-first on the Barracuda in assists (20), first in points and T-second in goals (9).
Heed Check: Barracuda blueliner Tim Heed (7+20=27) ranks sixth in the AHL in points among d-men and T-third in assists. Heed is T-first on the Barracuda in points and assists and is fourth in goals.
Marcus Soaring: After not registering a point in 10 games from Nov. 11 to Dec. 11, Marcus Sorensen has points in four straight games (2+2=4) and 6 of his last seven (3+3=6).
Mueller Moves Up: Barracuda defenseman Mirco Mueller made his NHL season debut for the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night in their 2-1 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Kings. Mueller registered one shot and was a plus one in the loss. In 25 AHL games this season with San Jose, Mueller has eight points (0+8=8), eight penalty minutes and a minus-one rating. Mueller has appeared in 51 NHL games over his three-year professional career, totaling four points, 17 PIMs, and a minus-13 rating.
Barracuda’s Last Time Out: After suffering their worst loss of the season on Dec. 30, the Barracuda ended 2016 on a high note, overpowering the Condors at home, 4-1. The Barracuda used a pair of shorthanded goals by Joakim Ryan and Ryan Carpenter and a power play goal from Danny O’Regan, plus a full strength goal from Marcus Sorensen to earn the win. Troy Grosenick collected his team-leading eighth win of the season by making 34 saves.
Rampage’s Last Time Out: The San Antonio Rampage made it three wins in a row and earned a sweep over the Tucson Roadrunners in Tucson on Dec. 31. Joe Whitney, A.J. Greer, Julien Nantel and Chris Bigras each scored in the 4-2 win, and Spencer Martin collected his third straight win by making 26 saves.