GAMEDAY: BARRACUDA AT ROADRUNNERSApr 15, 2023
SAN JOSE BARRACUDA (30-34-2-5) vs. TUCSON ROADRUNNERS (30-32-8-1)
SAT, APR. 15 | 7:00 P.M. | Tucson Convention Center | Tucson, AZ
Last Dance: The Barracuda close out the 2022-23 season on Saturday in Tucson against the Roadrunners (Arizona Coyotes). The Barracuda are 4-2-0-1 versus the Coyotes top affiliate this season, having won four in a row after dropping the first three meetings of the year. At the Tucson Convention Center, the Barracuda are 2-1 this season and 11-6-1-2 all time.
Friday Fun: After falling behind 1-0 in the first period to the Tucson Roadrunners on Friday, the Barracuda would answer back in the opening frame as Andrew Agozzino would fire in a one-timer on the power play to level the score and in the process set a new Barracuda single-season goals mark at 26. Later in the first, at 18:28, Danil Gushchin would give the Cuda 2-1 lead. After no goals were scored in the second, Josh Doan drew the Roadrunners even at 1:20 of the third, but C.J. Suess would give the Barracuda back its lead at 7:52 and then Gushchin would notch his second of the game at 10:27. Tucson would cut the lead back down to one at 15:03 on a Cameron Hebig shorty but the Barracuda would hold off the Roadrunners to pick up the 4-3 win. Strauss Mann collected his first victory since February as he made 34 saves. With the W, the Barracuda reached 30 victories for the first time since the 2018-19 season.
El Cap: With his 26th goal and 59th point of the season on Friday, Barracuda captain Andrew Agozzino set both a new single-season Barracuda goal and points record, surpassing Barclay Goodrow in goals (’16-17) and Danny O’Regan (’16-17) in points. The 11-year-vet is pacing the Cuda in goals, assists (33), points, shorthanded goals (2), power-play points (22), power-play assists (16) and shooting percentage (17.6).
Roadrunners Roundup: The Roadrunners enter Saturday having dropped six in a row (0-3-2-1) but hold the playoff tiebreaker over the Barracuda (regulation wins), despite the two teams being separated by just two points in the Pacific Division with one game to go. The Roadrunners will face either the Calgary Wranglers or Coachella Valley Firebirds in the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs, which is set to begin early next week. Tucson is led by AHL First-Team All-Star, and MVP candidate, Michael Carcone who is pacing the league in points (85), shots (270), second in powerplay goals (14) and power-play points (33), third in assists (54) and fifth in goals (31). Against the Barracuda, Carcone has 11 points (4+7=11) in six games.