The San Jose Barracuda completed one of the most unlikely turnarounds in American Hockey League history on Saturday night, clinching the 16th and final spot in the 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs.
San Jose defeated Stockton, 2-1, and then watched San Diego drop a 6-3 decision in Tucson, sending the Barracuda into the playoffs for the third straight spring.
On the morning of April 4, San Jose sat in eighth place in the Pacific Division and trailed the Gulls by 10 points. But the Barracuda won their final six games in a row while San Diego stumbled to six losses in their last seven outings.
San Jose, which advanced all the way to the Western Conference Finals in 2017, will meet Tucson in the Pacific Division semifinals.
The AHL’s regular season ends Sunday.