The Bakersfield Condors (4th seed) look to advance to the second round following last night’s dramatic 2-1 overtime win over the Abbotsford Canucks. Seth Griffith scored with 29 seconds remaining to force overtime while James Hamblin scored on the power play to seal a Game 1 victory.
GAME 1: Abbotsford 1 @ BAKERSFIELD 2 (OT), BAK leads series 1-0 GAME 2: TONIGHT, 7 p.m. GAME 3: Monday, 7 p.m.*
All games will be played at Mechanics Bank Arena
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PUCK DROP: 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) on Dignity Health Home Ice at Mechanics Bank Arena
Bakersfield dropped their first ever Calder Cup Playoffs overtime, in four overtimes, against San Diego on May 3, 2019. Since then, the team has won six consecutive games which have gone past regulation. Last year, the team won three straight games in overtime with two against San Diego to rally for a series victory and opened the Pacific Division Finals with an overtime winner against Henderson.
James Hamblin was one of four Condors to reach the 20-goal mark during the regular season, scoring a career-high 21. He becomes the sixth different Condors player to register a playoff overtime goal joining William Lagesson, Josh Currie (2OT), Seth Griffith, Brad Malone, and Adam Cracknell.
Stuart Skinner improved to 7-3 lifetime in the postseason, stopping 30 of 31 last night. He owns a 2.39 goals-against average and a ,917 save percentage.
Bakersfield finished the regular season killing off 44 of 49 power plays. Last night, the team went 3/3 and were denied a couple times shorthanded by the Canucks.
Spencer Martin was terrific last night for the Canucks, stopping 45 of 47. He has yet to lose in regulation on the road, combined with the regular season (10-0-1). He also went 3-0-3 with a .950 save percentage in six NHL decisions this year.
2019 DRAFT IMPACT
Last year, Trevor Zegras (#9 overall) appeared in the postseason in Bakersfield with San Diego. This year, both players selected around him face-off against one another as Philip Broberg (8th) and Vasily Podkolzin (10th) both made their Calder Cup Playoffs debuts last night.