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SAN JOSE BARRACUDA (6-8-1-0) vs ABBOTSFORD CANUCKS (6-7-2-1)
SUN, DEC. 5 | 4:00 P.M. | Abbotsford Centre | Abbotsford, BC, Canada
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Canadian Conclusion: On Sunday the Barracuda go for the weekend sweep of the Canucks at the Abbotsford Centre after a 6-4 comeback win on Saturday night. The Barracuda are 2-1-0-0 against Vancouver’s top affiliate this season and have now picked up wins in the last two meetings. Sunday’s game is the final tilt north of the border this season for the Barracuda as the team is now 5-2 lifetime in games played in Canada. Saturday’s victory was the Barracuda’s league-high fourth third-period comeback win of the year as the team now boasts a 4-4 road record this season, third-best in the Pacific Division.
Reedy Rolling: Rookie forward Scott Reedy returned to the Barracuda lineup on Saturday after his first NHL stint where he played in a pair of games for the Sharks. The Prior Lake, Minn. native notched another goal in Saturday’s win, extending his point and goal streak to four consecutive games (5+1=6). Reedy is T-first among all AHL skaters in power-play goals (5), second in shooting percentage (9/19=47.4%), and T-third in goals (9).
Halbgewachs Heat Check: Jayden Halbgewachs cashed in his sixth goal of the season on Saturday and now has points in eight of his last 10 games (4+7=11). The Emerald Park, Saskatchewan native’s goal came 30 seconds into the game on Saturday, the fastest goal by a Barracuda skater this season. The fourth-year pro now ranks first among Barracuda skaters in points (6+8=14) and has 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.
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 1,689 games, going 794-687-48-160 (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.
Blichfeld Boiling: Joachim Blichfeld scored twice in the third period on Saturday as he notched his second-straight two-goal effort. Blichfeld also collected an assist and now has three three-point games in his career, two this season, and nine multi-goal outings in his career. Blichfeld ranks second on team in power-play goals and T-second overall in the league in that department.
Sheldon’s Shining: Both Sheldon Dries and Sheldon Rempal have been Abbotsford’s two top scorers so far this season. Dries has 17 points (10+7=17) in 15 games played after his first AHL hat-trick on Wednesday and Rempal has 14 points (5+10=15) in 16 games played. Fellow forward Phil Di Giuseppe is on a four-game point streak (2+4=6) after coming off a goal and assist against the Barracuda on Saturday. He has 14 points (4+10=14) in 16 games played.