The 6-seeded Bakersfield Condors open up the Western Conference Semifinals with home ice advantage against the 7-seeded Stockton Thunder. Bakersfield was 6-4-1 against Stockton in the regular season and closed the season series with a 6-1-1 record over the final eight games between the two sides. It is the second postseason meeting of the two California rivals all-time with Stockton winning the 2010 Western Conference Semifinals round, 4-1.
HOW THEY GOT HERE
Bakersfield knocked off the 3-seeded Utah Grizzlies in five games. After splitting two, one-goal contests in Utah, the Condors returned home to win games 3 and 4 in overtime before cruising into the second round with a 5-0 Game 5 triumph.
Stockton was the first team in the ECHL to punch their ticket to the second round, sweeping the 2-seeded Ontario Reign in four games. The Thunder took advantage of a scheduling issue which forced Ontario on the road to start the series for the first two games. When the series shifted to the Inland Empire, the results stayed the same as Stockton took game 3 and then came from behind in Game 4 to salt the series away.
D Joey Leach is tied with Stockton D Marc Cantin for the ECHL plus-minus lead at +7… LW Andrew Carroll has points in five straight (2g-3a). Both of his tallies have been game-winning goals… G Laurent Brossoit had two shutouts in round one against Utah after leading the league with eight during the regular season. His 33-save shutout in Game 5 were the most he has stopped in a shutout this season… D Collin Bowman is tied for 3rd among ECHL defensemen in scoring with four points (2g-2a). His game-tying goal in Game 4 came with less than one second remaining in regulation… The Condors were the least penalized Western Conference team in the first round, averaging just 8.80 penalty minutes over the five games… The Condors have allowed the third fewest goals per game at 1.40.
(BOLD indicates home games for the Condors)
Game 2: Sat, May 3; STK @ BAK, 7 p.m.
Game 3: Wed, May 7; BAK @ STK, 7 p.m.
Game 4: Fri, May 9; BAK @ STK, 7:30 p.m.
Game 5: Sat, May 10; BAK @ STK, 7:30 p.m. (if necessary)
Game 6: Tue, May 13; STK @ BAK, 7 p.m. (if necessary)
Game 7: Wed, May 14; STK @ BAK, 7 p.m. (if necessary)
WHAT’S FOR DINNER?
Come to Condorstown hungry and check out what’s on the Club Room and Tap Room menus!
TAP ROOM: Mega-burrito beef or chicken
CLUB ROOM:Beef and Chicken Fajitas, Rice and Beans, Mexican Salad, Buenelos, Flour and Corn Tortillas
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