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SAN JOSE BARRACUDA (5-8-1-0) vs ABBOTSFORD CANUCKS (6-6-2-1)
SAT., DEC. 4 | 7:00 P.M. | Abbotsford Centre | Abbotsford, BC, Canada
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About Abbotsford: The Barracuda continue their five-game road trip on Saturday with the first of two games over the weekend against the Abbotsford Canucks. Saturday will mark the first of four games over the Barracuda’s next five outings against the Vancouver affiliate. In the first two meetings in mid-November, the Barracuda were upended 7-1 on Nov. 12 and then won 3-2 in a shootout on Nov. 14.
Reedy Rolling: The Sharks assigned rookie forward Scott Reedy to the Barracuda on Tuesday. The Prior Lake, Minnesota native received his first NHL callup on Nov. 22 and made his NHL debut the following night against the Carolina Hurricanes. Reedy is first on the Barracuda in goals (8), power-play goals (4), and second in assists (12). The former Golden Gopher enters Saturday riding a three-game goal streak (4) and three-game point streak (4+1=5). Reedy is pacing the AHL in shooting percentage (8/15=53.3%) and is tied for first along with teammate Joachim Blichfeld with four PPG.
Halbgewachs Heat Check: Despite having his four-game point streak (2+4=6) snapped against the Gulls last Friday, Jayden Halbgewachs still ranks first among Barracuda skaters in points (5+8=13) and has recorded points in seven of his last nine outings (3+7=10). The fourth-year pro has already surpassed his point and assist totals from last year. Before turning pro, Halbgewachs played five years in the WHL with the Moose Jaw Warriors, pacing the league in points (129) and goals (70) in 2017-18, his final of junior hockey.
Blichy Boiling: After just one goal in his first eight games and no goals on the road in his first five road contests, the Barracuda’s leading scorer from last year, Joachim Blichfeld, netted a pair of goals in the team’s 4-2 loss at the Gulls last Friday and now has four goals over his last five. The Denmark native ranks T-first in the AHL, along with teammate Scotty Reedy, in power-play goals (4) and now has two multi-goal games this season and eight in his AHL career. Before turning pro, Blichfeld played three seasons in the WHL with the Portland Winterhawks, earning league MVP honors as he led the Dub in scoring (53+61=114) in 2018-19.
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 1,688 games, going 793-687-48-160 (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 in a 4-2 win over the Ontario Reign on Feb. 10, 2016.
Sheldon Shining: Canucks forwards Sheldon Dries and Sheldon Rempal have continued to pace the Cancusk offensively. Dries has 17 points (10+7=17) in 14 games while Sheldon Rempal has collected 14 points (5+9= 14) in 15 games. Fellow forward Phil Di Giuseppe is on a three-game point streak (1+3=4) and now has 12 points (3+9=12) in 15 games played.