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SAN JOSE BARRACUDA (14-23-1-0) vs HENDERSON SILVER KNIGHTS (19-12-2-1)
THUR., FEB. 3 | 7:00 P.M. | ORLEANS ARENA | LAS VEGAS, NV
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Silver Lining: The Barracuda continue their four-game road trip with the second of two games this week against the Henderson Silver Knights as they look to snap a four-game skid. The Cuda are 1-2 against the Knights so far this season after a 5-3 loss on Wednesday night and are 0-5 lifetime at the Orleans Arena in the regular season and 0-7 in Las Vegas all-time between the playoffs and regular season, getting outscored 30-to-12 in the seven games.
Wednesday Wrap: The Barracuda led three different times on Wednesday night at the Orleans Arena, but the Henderson Silver Knights managed to score three goals in the third period to pick up a 5-3 victory. Silver Knights forward Paul Cotter netted a hat-trick while Jake McGrew, Evan Weinger, and John Leonard scored in the loss for the Barracuda. The Barracuda finished the game 1-for-6 on the power-play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill.
Knight Light: The Silver Knights are 11-5-1-0 at home this year, wrapping up a four-game homestand on Thursday against the Barracuda. Henderson is eighth in the AHL in goals-against-per-game (2.76), 11th on the power-play (19.7%), and eighth on the penalty-kill (83.2%). After going 0-for-3 on the PP on Wednesday, the Knights are now zero for its last 16 on the power-play dating back to Jan. 21 at Stockton.
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 1,712 games in the AHL, going 803-701-48-160 (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 was held off the scoresheet in the team’s last two games but still ranks t-third in the AHL in goals (18), 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 notched an assist on Monday and now ranks second on the team in points (27), goals (14), power-play goals (5), first in shots (106), 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 pair of goals on Monday and now has 11 points (4+7=11) in his last 14 games played. Halbgewachs ranks third on the Barracuda in points (25), goals (10), second in assists (15), t-third in power-play goals (4), t-first in power-play assists (9), and third in shots (80). 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 12 games including goals in consecutive games. Leonard has points in six of his last seven games (5+2=7) and now ranks t-third on the team in goals (10), t-third in power-play goals (4), second in shots (99), 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’: Afte sitting out five straight games with an upper-body injury, Sasha Chmelevski has notched a pair of assists in each of the two outings since his return. The third-year forward is fifth on the team in points (21), t-fourth in assists (13) and goals (8), t-third in power-play goals (8), and fourth in shots (73). After his two assists on Wednesday, the SoCal native now has eight points (3+5=8) over his last six games and six points (3+3=6) in three games against the Knights.