Feb 19, 2022

SAN JOSE BARRACUDA (15-26-1-0) vs TEXAS STARS (14-18-5-4)

SUN., FEB. 20 | 3:00 P.M. | H-E-B CENTER | CEDAR PARK, TX



Texas Two-Step: The San Jose Barracuda wrap up their four-game season series with the Texas Stars on Sunday night at the H-E-B Center. The Barracuda snapped its seven-game losing streak with a 7-6 win over the Stars on Saturday night and are now 14-7-1-2 lifetime against the Dallas’ affiliate and 6-5-1-1 at H-E-B Center. In three games so far this year, the two clubs have combined for 35 goals, with the winner in each game reaching seven goals. Since the Stars moved from the Pacific Division to the Central before the 2018-19 season, the Barracuda are 8-3 against Texas and 4-1 at the H-E-B Center. All-time, the Barracuda are 29-10-2-2 against the Central Division.


Star Studded: The Barracuda are 2-1 against the Stars this season after Saturday’s win. In the victory, the team went 2-for-4 on the power-play and 4-for-4 on the penalty-kill. In three games, the Barracuda are now 6-for-14 (49%) on the PP and 7-for-9 on the PK (78%) against Texas. After Sunday, the Stars will begin a seven-game roadie on Tuesday in Des Moines against the Wild. Joachim Blichfeld (1+5=6), Fredrik Karlstrom (2+4=6) and Joel L’Esperance (1+5=6) lead their respective teams in head-to-head scoring.


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 1,717 games in the AHL, going 804-705-48-160 (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 five outings but still ranks t-seventh in the AHL in goals (18), t-first in power-play goals (10), and first in shooting percentage (29.5%). 


Minuteman: After collecting just four goals over his first 21 games this season, John Leonard has scored eight times over his last 16 games. Leonard has points in eight of his last 11 games (6+4=10) and is fourth on the team in goals (11), t-third in power-play goals (5), second in shots (114), 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.


Blistering Blichy: Joachim Blichfeld notched a pair of assists on Saturday, along with the shootout game-winning goal. The third-year forward is now pacing the Barracuda in points (29), points-per-game (.76), shots (118), second in goals (15), and second in power-play goals (6). Saturday’s shootout goal was his first goal in a shootout in six career attempts. Blichfeld is just three points shy of his career-high for points and one off of his career-high in goals which he set as a rookie in 2019-20 He has already set career watermarks in power-play goals and shorthanded goals (1) in 2021-22.

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