Feb 4, 2020

SAN JOSE BARRACUDA (14-23-1-2) vs SAN DIEGO GULLS (19-16-4-2)





Setting Gulls: The Barracuda return to the SAP Center on Wednesday night for another matchup with the San Diego Gulls (Anaheim Ducks). The Barracuda are 3-3 against the Gulls this season after a 5-3 loss in SD on Friday night.


Last Time Out: Kiefer Sherwood scored three times on Friday in a 5-3 win over the Barracuda, his first hat-trick of his career. Sherwood’s first tally came on a penalty shot and his second and third came while shorthanded. In the loss, Max Letunov netted a pair for the first time in his pro career while Lukas Radil also lit the lamp in defeat. The successful penalty shot against was the first penalty shot goal by an opponent since January 25, 2018, at San Antonio (Klim Kostin). Opponents are two-for-eight in penalty shots all-time against the Barracuda.


Scouting Report: The Gulls enter Friday with a 13-point lead on the Barracuda and are just five points behind the Reign for the fourth playoff spot in the division, with four games in hand. The Gulls enter Friday with a four-game point streak (2-0-2-0) and rank third in the AHL on the PK (84.4%) and tied for first in shorthanded goals (14).


Showtime: Maxim Letunov and Alexander True each made their NHL debuts on Tuesday in Calgary, helping aid the Sharks to a 3-1 win. Letunov, the Barracuda’s leading scorer (10 goals, 20 assists), logged 10 minutes and 17 seconds of ice time on Tuesday. True, the Barracuda’s second all-time leading scorer (50 goals, 58 assists), registered 12 minutes and 52 seconds of ice time.


Home-Sweet-Home: The San Jose City Council unanimously approved a 200,000 square-foot expansion of Solar4America Ice at San Jose last Tuesday, which will add two additional recreational ice sheets to the facility, increasing the building’s total ice sheets to six. The expansion will make S4A Ice at San Jose the largest ice facility under one roof west of the Mississippi River. One of the additional ice sheets will be located inside a 4,200-seat, two-story spectator arena which will serve as the new home for the San Jose Barracuda. Construction for the facility is expected to begin in April 2020, with a targeted completion date of April 2022.


‘Cuda Call Up: The Barracuda recalled forward Tristin Langan from Orlando on Thursday, the first call up to the AHL in his career. The 21-year-old has appeared in 38 games at the ECHL level this season, totaling 30 points (12 goals, 18 assists), 26 penalty minutes and a plus-21 rating. Last year as a member of the Moose Jaw Warriors in the WHL, Langan finished second in the league in points (113) and assists (60) and tied for first in goals (53). Only Joachim Blichfeld (Portland Winterhawks) had more assists and points than Langan.


Youth Movement: The Barracuda enter Friday as the AHL’s youngest roster with an average age of 22.50-years-old. In fact, eight players on the 'Cuda roster are 21-years-old or younger.

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