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SAN JOSE BARRACUDA (15-25-3-2) vs TUCSON ROADRUNNERS (30-15-1-2)
MONDAY, FEB. 17 | 6:00 P.M. | SAP CENTER | SAN JOSE, CA
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Monday Funday: On Monday, the Barracuda return home for one game to take on the top-seeded Tucson Roadrunners (Arizona Coyotes) for the sixth time on the eight-game season series and the fourth and final meeting at the Tank. The Barracuda are 2-3 this season against the Roadrunners and are coming off a 5-4 overtime win in the last meeting on January 4th, 5-4.
Last Time Out: The Barracuda snapped their eight-game losing skid (0-5-3-0) on Sunday at Bakersfield, 5-2, extending their point streak to three games (1-0-2-0) matching a season-long stretch. In the win, five different skaters found the back of the net for the Barracuda and five different skaters collected multiple points while Zachary Sawchenko made 22 saves to earn his fourth win this season.
Major Movement: Since Wednesday’s game, the Sharks recalled forwards Antti Suomela, Noah Gregor, and defenseman Jake Middleton. In addition, the team reassigned forward Maxim Letunov back to the Barracuda. The Barracuda also announced the assignment of forwards Tristin Langan and Artem Ivanyuzhenkov to the ECHL. The Barracuda roster now stands at two goalies, seven defensemen and 12 forwards.
Light-Halb(s): Sophomore forward Jayden Halbgewachs snapped a nine-game goalless drought on Sunday and now co-leads the Barracuda with 15 tallies. In addition, he tacked on an assist and now ranks third on the Barracuda in points (27). Two seasons ago, Halbgewachs led the CHL in scoring (129) and the WHL in goals (70) in just 64 games. The Sharks signed the five-foot-eight, 160-pound forward from Emerald Park, Saskatchewan, to an entry-level contract as an undrafted free-agent on December 28, 2017.
Home-Sweet-Home: The San Jose City Council unanimously approved a 200,000 square-foot expansion of Solar4America Ice at San Jose on January 28th, 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.
Youth Movement: The Barracuda enter Friday as the AHL’s youngest roster with an average age of 22.62-years-old. Of the team’s 21 players, 14 players have less than two years of AHL experience.