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HOW THEY GOT HERE
Bakersfield dispatched the Colorado Eagles in four games. After gaining a split on the road to open the series, Bakersfield won both in Bakersfield by a 5-2 count. C Brad Malone paced the Condors with five points (2g-3a) in the four games while D Evan Bouchard made his debut in Game 3 with three points (1g-2a). The 19-year old had a game-tying goal in the third period of Game 4 to help the Condors seal the series. G Shane Starrett started all four games for the Condors and stopped 84 of 93 shots.
San Diego also eliminated San Jose in four games, but did so on Wednesday, April 24. The Gulls won Game 1 in overtime at home, dropped Game 2, and then won both on the road in San Jose. G Jeff Glass, who came on in a relief victory of Game 1, ended up starting the next three games and stopped 99 of the 108 shots he faced. C Sam Steel (3g-3a) and C Sam Carrick (2g-4a) led the Gulls in scoring with six points each while C Chase De Leo had four goals in four games.
BACK END BOLSTERED
Defensively, the Condors were one of the top teams in the regular season at 2.68 goals against per game (4th). However, the defensive corps provided significant offense in the first round as all seven who saw action in the round recorded at least a point. D Evan Bouchard, who joined the lineup for Game 3, led the way with four points (2g-2a). D William Lagesson had three points (1g-2a), D Logan Day had a game-winning goal in Game 1, and D Caleb Jones led the group with a +4 first round.
THE CAPTAIN SHOWS THE WAY
D Keegan Lowe picked up the lone fighting major of the first round in addition to his strong work at both ends of the ice. He had three assists in four games, was +2 and had 13 penalty minutes.
RUSSELL FILLS THE STAT SHEET
RW Patrick Russell scored a game-winning shorthanded goal in Game 4 and filled up the stat sheet in the series. He had four points (2g-2a) in four games, was a team-leading +5, and paced the team with 11 shots.
OLD RIVALS, NEW ERA
It is the third different league the Condors and Gulls have faced off in and the fifth time they have met in the postseason. San Diego won all four previous postseason matchups in the West Coast Hockey League, with the final series coming in 2003.