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SAN JOSE BARRACUDA (14-24-1-0) vs SAN DIEGO GULLS (14-20-2-0)
FRI., FEB. 11 | 7:00 P.M. | PECHANGA ARENA | SAN DIEGO, CA
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Roadie Wrap: The Barracuda will close out their four-game road trip against the San Diego Gulls on Friday night. The Barracuda are 1-5 this year against the Gulls, being outscored 20-13 in those games. The Barracuda have dropped five straight and seven of its last eight games.
Gulls Flock: The Gulls enter Friday going with just three wins over its last 10 games. The Gulls sit at seventh in the Pacific Division and are 14th in the entire Western Conference. The Gulls’ power-play percentage ranks in the bottom half of the league (17.7%). The PK percentage ranks nearly the same at 24th (78.6%).
Young Guns: Former first-round-pick Brayden Tracy leads the Gulls in goals (9), assists (16) and points (25) in 31 games played. Fellow former first-round-pick Jacob Perreault has notched eight goals and 11 assists in 29 games played.
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 1,714 games in the AHL, going 803-703-48-160 (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: Scott Reedy has been held off the scoresheet in his last three outings but still ranks t-fourth in the AHL in goals (18), t-first in power-play goals (10), and first in shooting percentage (30%). In addition, Reedy has skated in his first five games in the NHL this season with the Sharks.
Blichy Boiling: Joachim Blichfeld has been held to no points in his last two but ranks second on the team in points (26), goals (14), t-first power-play goals (5), first in shots (108), and t-first in game-winners (2). The Denmark native is t-seventh in the league in goals (14) and t-sixth in power-play goals (5). Blichfeld, who led the Barracuda a season ago in scoring, is just two tallies shy of his career-high of 16 goals which he set in 2019-20 as a rookie.
Halbs Heatin': Fourth-year pro Jayden Halbgewachs potted a goal in his last outing and has 12 points (5+7=12) in his last 15 games played. Halbgewachs is t-second on the Barracuda in points (26), third in goals (11), second in assists (15), t-third in power-play goals (4), t-first in power-play assists (9), and third in shots (82). 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.
Minuteman: After collecting just four goals over his first 21 games this season, John Leonard has scored seven times over his last 13 games including a goal in the Barracuda’s 3-5 loss to the Henderson Silver Knights. Leonard has points in six of his last eight games (5+2=7) and fourth on the team in goals (10), t-third in power-play goals (4), second in shots (100), and t-first in shorthanded goals (2). Two years ago, Leonard led all NCAA skaters in goals scored (25) as a member of the UMass Minutemen.
Sash Sizzlin’: After sitting out five straight games with an upper-body injury, Sasha Chmelevski has notched points (1+4=5) in three of his last three outings since his return. The third-year forward is fifth on the team in points (22), t-fourth in assists (13) and goals (8), t-second in power-play goals (5), and fourth in shots (79).