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Today’s Matchup: On Sunday, the Barracuda take on the Ontario Reign for the second time in as many days and the third time in November. San Jose used 31 saves from Antoine Bibeau to top the Reign, 1-0, on Saturday. The two clubs play one another eight times in total this season.
Bibeau Ballin’: Barracuda netminder Antoine Bibeau collected his second straight victory on Saturday and his second shutout of the season. Bibeau ranks second in the AHL with a 1.64 goals-against average and a .939 save percentage, and his two shutouts are T-first in the league.
Danny Dazzling: On Saturday morning, the San Jose Sharks recalled forward Danny O’Regan for the first time this season. On Saturday night, O'Regan collected his first NHL assist as he set up former Barracuda forward Timo Meier on the Sharks lone goal of the evening. The Red Garrett Memorial Award winner a year ago as the AHL’s Rookie of the Year, O’Regan has paced the Barracuda so far through 12 games, leading the team in goals (6), and points (12) and was riding a four-game point streak (one goal, four assists) before his recall. O’Regan led 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.
Show Stopper: Seven players from the Barracuda’s playoff team a year ago are currently up with the San Jose Sharks (Danny O’Regan, 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).
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.