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From Sitting at Home to Sharks’ Game-Winner: Inside Reedy’s “Unreal” Day

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At about 4:30 PM, Scott Reedy was hanging out on the couch at home, watching TV with a couple of his San Jose Barracuda roommates, Nick Cicek and Zach Gallant. While the other two were switching between sports and Netflix, Reedy was hanging out on his phone.

This lazy Sunday would serve him well as it meant he was in town and available when he received a call from the San Jose Sharks to come to SAP Center and play the 7 PM game versus the Seattle Kraken.

According to Reedy, a few of his AHL teammates would not have been available — the Barracuda have been off since Feb. 23 and aren’t back in action until Mar. 2: “A couple of my teammates were out of town and doing stuff in San Francisco and golfing and stuff.”

By 6:30 PM, Reedy was on the ice warming up with the San Jose Sharks. Unfortunately for Reedy, the fourth roommate in their home, Ryan Merkley, was already at the arena, so he had to make the drive alone: “I decided to throw some dress clothes on and fly over here.”

Reedy took the place of Jonathan Dahlen, who told the Sharks that he was feeling ill a couple hours before gametime. A quick decision had to be made on who the San Jose Sharks’ 12th forward would be; Andrew Cogliano was also unavailable to the Sharks, attending to a personal matter.

Head coach Bob Boughner was not disappointed with the Barracuda’s leading goalscorer Reedy getting the call-up: “I know he’s had a great season down the American League, and for me, it was nice to have a right shot in the line-up up front. It makes a difference in certain things.”

It certainly made a difference in the tilt against the Kraken, as Reedy scored his first career NHL goal. It was also the game-winner in a 3-1 San Jose Sharks’ victory. Jonah Gadjovich would score the insurance marker, also his first career NHL goal.

“It’s an emotional moment for me. I was thinking about everything that went into it and getting to this point,” he said. “It was an unreal feeling to do it in this this building and for all the fans.”

Reedy mentioned that his family was watching back home before revealing the best part of his big night: “It’s actually my mom’s birthday. So, a little birthday present for her.”

Understandably, Reedy was excited to make some calls after the game. The first one he planned to make? To his mom, of course. What a happy birthday he’ll be able to share with her.

“I know she’s probably really happy about it,” he smiled. “So I’ll give her a call as soon as I get out here.”

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