SAN JOSE BARRACUDA (5-5-1-0) vs SAN DIEGO GULLS (4-6-1-0)
SAT., NOV. 20 | 1:15 P.M. | SAP Center | San Jose, Ca.
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Second of Four: The Barracuda wrap up its three-game homestand on Saturday at the SAP Center with the second of four straight games against the San Diego Gulls. After jumping out to a 3-0 lead on Friday, San Diego was able to hold off the Barracuda for a 4-3 win, snapping a two-game skid and three-game losing streak on the road. In the loss, Scotty Reedy scored his team-leading seventh goal and Nick Merkley returned to the lineup and collected two points (1+1=2).
Soaring Gull: 19-year-old former first-rounder Jacob Perreault collected a pair of points (1+1=2) on Friday to extend his point streak to eight games (6+7=13). He now has 15 points (7+8=15) in 11 games played this year and is pacing the team in all major offensive categories including power-play goals (4).
Gregor the Great: Forward Noah Gregor has points in seven-straight games and is up to twelve points (4+8=12) on the year after a three-assist game on Wednesday against Bakersfield. The third-year pro leads the team in assists (8) and points (12). Gregor’s seven-game streak is the longest of his career. On Friday, he was called up to the Sharks for the first time this season and is expected to play against Washington on Saturday night.
Reedy Rolling: Barracuda forward Scott Reedy netted his first multi-goal and second three-point game of his career last Wednesday against Bakersfield. He also netted his team-leading third power-play goal on Friday night against the Gulls. The first-year pro now leads the team in goals (7) and sits tied for second on the team in points. His 50% shooting percentage is ranked second in the AHL.
Halbgewachs Heating Up: Jayden Halbgewachs picked up his second career three-point game on Friday against San Diego (1+2=3) and now sits at second on the team in points (4+7=11). The fourth-year pro also ranks first on the club in shots (31) and power-play assists (5).
Sommer Time: Head Coach Roy Sommer returns for his AHL-best 24th season in 2021-22 and his 26th within the Sharks organization. The Oakland, Calif. native has been behind the bench for 1,685 games, going 793-684-49-159 (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 in a 4-2 win over the Ontario Reign on Feb. 10, 2016.
Sparking Special Teams: The Barracuda have killed off 12-straight penalties after going three-for-three on Friday. In addition, the team scored another power-play goal on Friday and now sit at the second spot (24.5%) in the league in that department. The Barracuda have a power-play goal in five of its last six games played.