SAN JOSE BARRACUDA (5-8-0-1) vs TUCSON ROADRUNNERS (11-4-0-0)
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 20 | 7:00 P.M. | SAP CENTER | SAN JOSE, CA
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Wednesday Night Rivalry: On Wednesday, the Barracuda continue their four-game homestand as they take on the Tucson Roadrunners for the second straight game. On Sunday, the Barracuda snapped a six-game skid with a 7-1 win over the Roadrunners.
Last Time Out: The Barracuda scored a season-high seven goals on Sunday en-route to a 7-1 win over the Tucson. The victory snapped the Barracuda’s six-game skid and ended Tucson’s five-game winning streak. In the win, Joachim Blichfeld scored twice on the power-play and the Barracuda went five-for-five on the penalty kill. Josef Korenar stopped 21-of-22 shots he faced and Max Letunov recorded a career-high three assists.
Roadrunners Rolling: Before Sunday, the Coyotes’ affiliate had won five in a row and four in a row on the road and still sit atop the Pacific Division with 22 points. Tucson ranks sixth in the AHL in goals-per-game (3.40), 12th in goals-against-average (2.80) and fifth in shots-per-game (32.43).
Blichfeld Beasting: Rookie forward Joachim Blichfeld recorded his second multi-goal game of his rookie season on Sunday and now leads the Barracuda in goals (6), points (10) and power-play goals (3). Last year, Blichfeld led the WHL in scoring (53 goals, 61 assists) and was named the WHL Player of the Year (Four Broncos Trophy) as a member of the Portland Winterhawks. The Sharks selected the Denmark native in seventh round of the 2016 NHL draft.
Sumo Summoned: The Sharks recalled forward Antti Suomela on Tuesday for the first time since last December. Suomela scored on Sunday and had recorded points in three straight games (three goals, two assists) and five of his last six (four goals, three assists) contests. Last Wednesday, Suomela recorded his first multi-goal game of his career at San Diego and put a career-high eight shots on net.
Youth Movement: The Barracuda are the AHL’s youngest roster with an average age of 22.48-years-old. The Rockford IceHogs are the only other team with an average age under 23-years-old and the Barracuda have eight players 21-years-old or younger, including two players under 21 (Sasha Chmelevski  and Ivan Chekhovich ).