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Barracuda Bytes: Recapping Wednesday’s win and previewing the weekend

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The Barracuda have returned to California to play some familiar foes in the Pacific Division.

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Wednesday: Barracuda 2 - Gulls 1

The barracuda returned to the SAP Center after their long road trip to face the San Diego Gulls to try and keep their winning streak alive facing a very hot Jonas Enroth who had been undefeated entering this game.

The Barracuda would strike first as Adam Helewka would score his 11th of the season getting a partial breakaway before beating Enroth on the short side. Nikita Jevpalovs would score his 7th. in the second period with a deflection from a Tim Heed shot. This was Heed’s 26 assist, Mirco Mueller would get his 11th assist of the year on the play.

Unfortunately, the shutout bid for Troy Grosenick would be cut short at 12:26 of the third period when Chris Wagner would score his 8th of the season. The Gulls would make a strong push for the rest of the period to get the equalizer but the Barracuda would hold on for the 2-1 victory over the Gulls.

Three Stars:

1st. Troy Grosenick (38 saves)

2nd. Nikita Jevpalovs (1 Goal)

3rd. Adam Helewka (1 Goal)

The shots on goal in the game were 39-28 in favor of the Gulls. The Barracuda were 0/1 on the power play and 1/1 on the penalty kill. The Barracuda are 3-3 against the Gulls this season.

Saturday: Barracuda Visit Condors

The Barracuda will head back out on the road for a quick one-game road trip to face off against the Bakersfield Condors. The Barracuda will be looking to maintain their division lead. So far this season the Barracuda lead the season series 6-2-1 record against their division rivals. Puck drop is 6 P.M., Pacific.

The Condors (The Edmonton Oilers AHL Affiliate) currently sit in 6th place in the pacific division with a 19-18-4 record and a points percentage of .512. The Condors don’t have a ton of exciting talent on their farm system as the Pre-Chiarelli Oilers usually hit on their obvious picks and then really failed in rounds 2 through 7 for many years leaving them void of depth pieces, combine that with injury and the Condor’s roster is pretty bare. That said, last years 4th round pick Jesse Puljujarvi is definitely worth keeping an eye on he has 6 goals and 4 assists in 13 games for the Condors this year after finally being sent down.

Sunday: Barracuda Host Reign

The Barracuda face their biggest rivals on Sunday against the Ontario Reign who are hot on the Barracuda tail in the division standing sitting second with a 24-10-8 record with a points percentage of .667, just .008 percent behind the Barracuda. The reign has given the Barracuda all they can handle this year as the Barracuda have a 2-2-1 record in the season series so far.

Unlike many teams who sport a decent level of up and coming talent, the Ontario Reign is powered by NHL castoffs including Rob Scuderi, Paul Bissonette, and Teddy Purcell. Goaltender Jack Campbell a former 11th overall pick of the Dallas Stars has also been able to resurrect his career. At one time considered to be the next great American goaltender he has spent most of his time bouncing between the AHL and ECHL. While his numbers are not super impressive, a record of 21-7-0, a goals-against average of 2.64 and save percentage of .909, they have been enough to keep the Reign in the hunt.

Tuesday: Barracuda Host Roadrunners

The Barracuda will host the Tucson Roadrunners for just their second game of the season. In their prior meeting on January 7, 2017, the Barracuda won a 5-2 victory over the Roadrunners. The roadrunners currently 4th in the Pacific Division with a record of 21-14-5 and a points percentage of .588. Puck drop at SAP Center is at 7 P.M. Pacific.

The Roadrunners have had an up and down season coming out to a hot start and leading the division for the early parts of the season. Things, unfortunately, would start to slide downhill including the devastating loss of captain Craig Cunningham who went into cardiac arrest on the ice before a game with the Manitoba Moose. While he thankfully survived the indecent his career was over after a partial leg amputation.

The Roadrunners are a lot like the Barracuda in the sense that they have a decent rookie contingent on the team which makes them an exciting team to watch. Christian Fischer is second in team scoring with 34 points and Kyle Wood is third with 33 points both a worth keeping an eye on. Rookie goaltender Adin Hill has done the bulk of the work in goal with a 12-5-4 record, a 2.72 goals-against average and a save percentage of .921.