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SAN JOSE BARRACUDA (10-12-1-0) vs COLORADO EAGLES (10-11-1-0)
WED, DEC. 21 | 6:05 P.M. | BUDWEISER EVENTS CENTER | LOVELAND, CO
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Road Warriors: On Wednesday, the Barracuda wrap up their four-game road trip with the second consecutive game at the Budweiser Events Center as the team goes for three wins in a row for the first time this year. San Jose has won four of its last five games after a 4-1 victory on Tuesday against the Eagles, and boast a 4-0-1-0 record against Colorado this year, and a 3-0 mark in Loveland.
About Tuesday: The Barracuda won the first of a two-game set against the Eagles on Tuesday, notching a 4-1 victory. Jayden Halbgewachs and Sasha Chmelevski collected power-play goals, and Jeff Viel potted a pair, including a tally 33 seconds into the game. Alexei Melnichuk made 34 stops, earning his second consecutive win and fourth over his last five games.
Sparkling Special Teams: The Barracuda went 2-for-8 on the power-play on Tuesday, the club’s seventh multi-power-play game of the year, and fourth over its last seven. On the flip side, San Jose gave up a power-play goal and has now allowed a PPG in 11 straight games and 19 of the 23 games they’ve played this year. Before Tuesday, the Barracuda had collected five shorthanded goals over its last four games which ranks T-first in the AHL.
Reedy Rolling: Rookie forward Scott Reedy collected two power-play goals on Friday and then recorded a shorthanded goal on Saturday, and now leads the Barracuda in goals (13) and points (22). The Prior Lake, Minn. native is first among all AHL skaters in power-play goals (8), second in shooting percentage (13/36=36.1%), and tied for second in goals (13). Prior to turning pro, Reedy led the Minnesota Golden Gophers in goals the last two seasons. Reedy has four points (2+4=6) in the last four games.
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 1,696 games, going 798-691-48-160 (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.
Moving Day: With the NHL freezing operations until after the holiday break, the Sharks assigned forwards Jasper Weatherby and Jayden Halbgewachs to the Barracuda. In addition, the club assigned defenseman Ryan Merkley to the AHL.