Apr 12, 2022


WED., APR. 13 | 7:00 P.M. | SAP CENTER | SAN JOSE, CA



Full Tank: The Barracuda will play its final game at the SAP Center on Wednesday, squaring off with the Bakersfield Condors for the ninth time in the 10-game season series. The ‘Cuda are coming off a 3-2 OTL in the last matchup against the Oilers affiliate one week ago at the Mechanics Bank Arena and are 3-4-1-0 against the Condors this year and 3-1 at home.


Michigan Man: The Barracuda signed 2020 second-round pick Thomas Bordeleau to an amateur tryout agreement (ATO) on Tuesday. Bordeleau just finished his sophomore season at the University of Michigan, helping guide the Wolverines to a Frozen Four appearance in which he scored to force overtime in an eventual 3-2 loss to Denver University in the semifinal. On a Michigan team that featured seven first rounders, Bordeleau finished tied for fourth in points (37), fifth in goals (12), third in assists (25), and sixth in plus/minus (+18). In 2020-21, Bordeleau was the recipient of the Tim Taylor Award, given out annually to the best first-year player in NCAA Division I men’s hockey after leading all freshmen in scoring with 30 points (eight goals, 22 assists). He finished his NCAA career with 67 points (20 goals, 47 assists) in 61 games. Both his father, Sebastien, and grandfather, Paulin, played in the NHL.


Two More in Teal: The Sharks inked rookie d-man Nick Cicek to a two-year entry-level contract on Monday. In his first pro campaign, Cicek, 21, has recorded 23 points (five goals, 18 assists), 60 penalty minutes, one power-play goal, one game-winning goal, and 61 shots in 48 games with the Barracuda. Among team defensemen, he is second in points, second in shots, tied for first in assists, and tied for second in penalty minutes. Among league rookie defenders, he is ninth in scoring and tied for 11th in goals.


Bench Boss Bump: Since the Oilers promoted Jay Woodcroft to head coach on Feb. 10, his old club the Bakersfield Condors has gone 14-10-1-2 (.611) in 27 games. Before the promotion, the Condors posted a record of 18-9-4-3 (.632) in 34 games. The Condors have already clinched a playoff berth and are currently tied with Abbotsford for the fourth playoff spot in the Pacific Division.


Rough Road: After earning points in eight of nine games to start March, the Barracuda have now dropped its last 10 games in a row after falling 7-3 to the Silver Knights on Sunday. The 10-game skid (0-9-1-0) and nine-game losing streak at home (0-8-0-1) are the longest in franchise history. During the stretch, the Barracuda has been held to just 20 total goals (2.00 goals-for-per-game) and have scored one or fewer goals five times. In addition, the team has given up 50 goals during the 10 games (5.00 goals-against-per-game). Entering Wednesday, the Barracuda has given up a power-play goal in nine-straight games (18/29=62%) and 11 of its last 12 (25/42=59%).


The Skinny: Condors’ goaltender Stuart Skinner is 3-1 against San Jose this year and 15-2 in his career. The Edmonton native made 18 stops in a 3-2 win over the Barracuda on April 6 and shut out the Sharks at the SAP Center on Feb. 14 (20 saves), his last NHL action. At home, he is 2-0 versus the Sharks' top affiliate this season and 9-0 in his career. Skinner has dropped two of his last three entering Wednesday but still ranks fifth in the AHL in goals-against average (2.33), T-13th in save percentage (.916), and t-12th in wins (17).

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