The Bakersfield Condors open a pivotal two-game set in Loveland, Colo. against the Colorado Eagles. Bakersfield is 4-2-0 against the Eagles this season, with the home team winning all six games of the season series to this point.
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Bakersfield clinched a playoff berth on Saturday and has nine games left in the regular season. They begin the weekend five points back of third-place Colorado, with two games in hand.
Click here for an updated playoff primer. The Condors currently occupy the fourth spot in the division. It is the final “home-ice” spot in the opening round of the playoffs.
James Hamblin had a goal and assist on Wednesday, his 18th goal of the season. He is the team’s third leading goal scorer and if he hits 20, it would be just the second time (2015-16) that the Condors had three 20-goal scorers in a single season.
ON THE CUSP
Seth Griffith’s overtime winner on Wednesday was his 23rd goal of the season. His 65 points are one off the team’s AHL single season record set by Tyler Benson in 2018-19.
The Condors power play has climbed all the way to 12th in just two weeks (from 25th). In the last seven games, the team is 9/22 (41%) and is 19.8% overall on the season.
YANNI – PP QB 1
Yanni Kaldis scored a power-play goal on Wednesday and has seven points (2g-5a) in his last six games. It was his second power-play goal this season. His 13 power-play assists are second only to Seth Griffith’s 20 on the team.
Bakersfield has averaged 4.00 goals per game over its last seven. Colorado has the fourth best offense in the league, averaging 3.48 goals per contest.
DOWN THE HALL
Colorado has won five straight since losing to the Condors to open their six-game road trip. Their last three wins came against the top two teams in the division (Stockton, Ontario). Dylan Sikura has goals in three straight and points in five straight (3g-5a).