GAMEDAY: BARRACUDA VS REIGNOct 18, 2019
SAN JOSE BARRACUDA (2-1-0-0) vs. ONTARIO REIGN (2-1-1-0)
SATURDAY, OCT. 19 | 1:15 P.M. | SAP CENTER at SAN JOSE | SAN JOSE, CA
Afternoon Matchup: After the Ontario Reign served the Barracuda a 5-0 loss on opening night back on October 4 at the Toyota Arena, the two clubs collide again, this time at the SAP Center. The Barracuda are coming off back-to-back wins since that opening night loss, while Ontario is 0-1-1-0 over their last two games after beginning the year 2-0-0-0.
Head-to-head: The Barracuda are 15-17-5-0 over five seasons against the Reign and are 10-6-0-0 on home ice against the LA Kings affiliate.
Last Time Out: In the first meeting of the season, the Barracuda erased a two-goal deficit to upend the Bakersfield Condors, 4-3, at the SAP Center on Sunday afternoon. Joel Kellman and Noah Gregor each collected their first AHL goals and Andrew Shortridge earned his first AHL win by stopping 26-of-29 shots he faced. Alex True also netted his second of the year and Ivan Chekhovich potted the game winner.
Reign Revolt: Through two weeks of the season the Ontario Reign have accumulated a league-high 108 penalty minutes. Rookie forward Jaret Anderson-Dolan ranks T-fourth in PIMS thus far at 19 and defenseman Chaz Reddekopp has been suspended for Saturday’s game after continuing an altercation at the end of Ontario’s tilt on Saturday against the Tucson Roadrunners.
The Truth: A year ago, Alex True paced the Barracuda in both goals (24) and points (55). This season, through three games, True sits atop the Barracuda team leaderboard with a two-goals and is T-second in shots (10). In eight games against Ontario last year, True led both teams with nine points (four goals, five assists).
Jonny be good: After clearing waivers mid-way through last week, Jonny Brodzinski made his presence felt Friday as he scored in his Barracuda debut and then added an assist on Sunday. The Kings selected Brodzinski in the fifth round of the 2013 NHL draft and he appeared in 54 games with the LA, collecting 11 points (six goals, 5 assists), over four seasons. After an injury plagued 2018-19, the Sharks signed Brodzinski as a free-agent this past summer. Brodzinski was an All-Star with the Reign in 2017 and appeared in 156 games in the AHL, totally 110 points (57 goals, 53 assists).
Major Movement: On Friday, the Sharks reassigned forwards Lean Bergmann and Danil Yurtaykin to the Barracuda and recalled forward Noah Gregor on Saturday morning. In addition, the Barracuda recalled goaltender Zachary Sawchenko after netminder Andrew Shortridge suffered an injury in practice on Friday.