Nov 12, 2021


FRI., NOV. 12 | 7:00 P.M. | Abbotsford Centre | Abbotsford, B.C.


Oh Canada: On Friday, for the first time the Barracuda will square off with the Abbotsford Canucks, the newest member of the AHL’s Pacific Division. Friday is the first meeting between Sharks and Canucks AHL affiliates since March 3, 2010 (Manitoba vs. Worcester). The last time the Barracuda played north of the border was Dec. 31, 2017, at Manitoba (Winnipeg Jets), 2-5 L. Lifetime the Barracuda are 3-1 when playing in Canada.

Double Sheldon: Both Sheldon Dries and Sheldon Rempal sit atop the Canucks scoring list with eight points each. Dries has a team-leading five goals and three assists and has points in four of his last five games (4+2=6) while Rempal leads the team with seven assists and one goal. Both are alumni of the Pacific Division. Dries skated in parts of three seasons with the Eagles and Avalanche (2018-21) and Rempel played parts of two seasons with the Kings and the Reign (2018-20).

On the Board: Six different Barracuda skaters scored their first goal of the season in Sunday’s win over the Texas Stars, and for Dillion Hamaliuk it marked his first pro goal. Jake McGrew also notched his first multi-goal game of his career while Joachim Blichfeld collected three points (one goal, two assists) for his second career three-point game and first since Nov. 16, 2019, vs. Tucson.

Let’s Go Streaking: Noah Gregor returned to the lineup last Saturday after missing time due to COVID-19 protocols and picked up a career-high three points (1+2=3) in a 7-3 loss to the Texas Stars. He would collect an assist the following day to extend his point streak to five games (3+5=8). Due to Canadian COVID-19 rules, Gregor is not expected to play Friday in Abbotsford but could potentially return Sunday.

Sommer Time: Head Coach Roy Sommer returns for his AHL-best 24th season in 2021-22 and his 26th within the Sharks organization. The Oakland, Calif. native has been behind the bench for 1,681 games, going 791-682-49-159 (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 in a 4-2 win over the Ontario Reign on Feb. 10, 2016.

Powering Up: The Barracuda went 4/10 last weekend against the Stars on the power-play and are now 27.6% when up a man, which ranks third in the league. The team buried a season-high three PPG en-route to its 7-5 win over the Stars on Sunday. The Barracuda have had a balanced attack this season on the man-advantage as eight different skaters have recorded a goal on the power-play, which ranks T-second in the AHL with the Henderson Silver Knights and one behind Colorado’s league-leading nine power-play goal scorers.

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