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SAN JOSE BARRACUDA (14-25-1-0) vs SAN DIEGO GULLS (15-20-2-0)
WED., FEB. 16 | 7:00 P.M. | SAP CENTER | SAN JOSE, CA
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That’s a wrap: After a 4-2 loss to the San Diego Gulls on Friday in Southern California, the Barracuda conclude their eight-game season series with the Ducks affiliate on Wednesday night at the SAP Center. The Barracuda enter Wednesday on a season-long six-game skid and are just 1-6 against the Gulls this year and 0-3 at the Shark Tank.
Last Time Out: After a seven-day break in the schedule, the Barracuda concluded their four-game road trip in San Diego on Friday night, falling 4-2 to the Gulls. Hunter Drew broke the deadlock in the second period at 2:32, but Evan Weinger would answer back 27 seconds later. The Gulls would regain its lead at 4:27 on a Brent Gates tally but Jayden Halbgewachs would level the score back up at 8:02. Just 17 seconds later, Gates would notch his second of the game to give San Diego a lead they’d not squander. The Barracuda would hit a pair of posts down the stretch and outshoot the Gulls 45-22 in the game and 36-13 in the final forty minutes, but Lukas Dostal would lock it down before Greg Printz sealed the win with an empty-netter.
Gulls Flock: The Gulls have won two of their last three after a six-game losing skid from Jan. 22 to Feb. 2 and are currently holding onto the seventh and final playoff spot in the Pacific Division. San Diego has a three-point edge on the Barracuda in the standings, with three games in hand. Beginning on Wednesday, SD will play nine of its next ten on visiting ice. The Ducks affiliate has dropped four straight on the road and is just 6-11-1-0 away from home this year. The Gulls are averaging 2.73 goals-per-game (26th) and allowing 3.38 goals-against-per-game (26th).
Wein Time: Barracuda forward Evan Weinger extended his point streak to a career-best five games on Friday (2+3=5) with a goal and is now just three goals shy of his career-high of 11 goals which he set in his rook season in 2018-19. The El Segundo, Calif. native ranks t-first on the team in shorthanded goals (2) and fourth in shooting percentage (13.1%).
Sommer Time: On Jan. 8, 2022, head coach Roy Sommer picked up AHL victory #800 with a 6-3 win over the Henderson Silver Knights. The Oakland, Calif., native has been behind the bench for 1,715 games in the AHL, going 803-704-48-160 (W-L-T-OTL/SOL) over that span. During the 2015-16 season, the Barracuda’s first in San Jose, Sommer surpassed Fred “Bun” Cook (636 wins) for the most wins in AHL history, notching a 4-2 victory on Feb. 10, 2016, over Ontario. Sommer collected his 700th win on Dec. 3, 2017, at Bakersfield (2-1 W).
Reeds Rolling: Despite sitting out Friday’s game, rookie forward Scott Reedy still ranks t-fifth in the AHL in goals (18), t-first in power-play goals (10), and second in shooting percentage (30%). Among Barracuda skaters, he is first in goals, t-first in points, first in power-play goals, second in shorthanded goals (1) and first in shooting percentage.
Halbs Heatin': Fourth-year pro Jayden Halbgewachs made it four goals over his last four games on Friday and now has 13 points (6+7=13) in his last 16 games played. Halbgewachs is t-first on the Barracuda in points (27), third in goals (12), second in assists (15), t-third in power-play goals (4), t-first in power-play assists (9), and fourth in shots (83). Halbgewachs has also appeared in his first three NHL games this season, collecting an assist in an 8-7 win over the Coyotes on Dec. 29.