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Afternoon Matchup: On Saturday, the Barracuda take on the Ontario Reign for the second of four meetings in November and game one of a two-game weekend set. San Jose lost 4-2 at Ontario on November 1 in the only tilt between the two clubs this season. A year ago, the Barracuda went 5-2-1 against the Los Angeles Kings AHL affiliate.
Reign Rolling: After beginning the season 0-6, the Reign are riding a five-game point streak which is the third-longest current streak in the League. Ontario ranks dead last in goals scored this season (22), but have also allowed the second fewest goals (30) goals scored. Ontario is last in the league on the power play (12.2%) and 27th on the penalty kill (78.4%).
Show Stopper: Six players from the Barracuda’s playoff team a year ago are currently up with the San Jose Sharks (Joakim Ryan, Tim Heed, Barclay Goodrow, Timo Meier, Kevin Labanc and Ryan Carpenter). Among Sharks defenseman, Tim Heed who was an AHL Second Team All-Star a year ago is first in goals (2), T-first in points (7), and T-first in power-play goals (1).
Danny Dazzling: The Red Garrett Memorial Award winner a year ago as the AHL’s Rookie of the Year, Danny O’Regan continues to the pace the Barracuda. The former Boston Terrier’ leads San Jose in goals (6), and points (12) and is riding a four-game point streak (one goal, four assists). O’Regan paced one of the leagues most potent offenses a year ago, collecting 58 points (23 goals, 35 assists) and a team-high 11 power-play goals.
SCOREnson: Marcus Sorensen added a goal and an assist for the Barracuda in San Jose’s 4-1 win over Manitoba last Sunday. Sorensen now has four goals in his last three games and ranks 2nd on the Barracuda in goals (5), T-2nd in points (11), and 1st in game-winning goals (2).
Sommer-Time: Returning for an AHL-record 20th season behind the bench for the San Jose Sharks top affiliate, Roy Sommer continues his historic career. In 2015-16, Sommer surpassed Fred ‘Bun’ Cook as the AHL’s all-time leader in wins and collected his first A.R. Pieri Memorial Award as AHL Coach of the Year in 2016-17. Sommer is 696-611-48-72-66 (W-L-T-OTL-SOL) in his career.