The Bakersfield Condors (22-12-4-4, 52pts, .619%, 3rd place) wrap the weekend against the Grand Rapids Griffins (21-20-5-2, 49pts, .510%, 5th place – Central Division) at 4 p.m. from Michigan. It is game four of a six-game trip for the Condors who are 2-1 so far on the trip.
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RAPID HIGHLIGHTS: Watch last night’s 2-0 shutout presented by Atlas Urgent Care
GAME PREVIEW presented by Rodriguez & Associates
Bakersfield improved to 4-0-1 all-time against Grand Rapids with last night’s 2-0 win.
Stuart Skinner pitched his third shutout of the season in the AHL last night, stopping 24 shots. It was his fourth shutout overall on the season as he stopped 20 last Monday for the Edmonton Oilers in a win over the San Jose Sharks.
Luke Esposito ran his point streak to seven games with a late face-off win/assist on an empty-net goal scored by Dmitri Samorukov. The Andover, Mass. native has nine points (2g-7a) during the stretch.
Vincent Desharnais was +2 last night and now leads the AHL at +24. He is even or better in 25 straight games. He also had an assist last night and has four assists in his last five games.
It took 22 minutes, but the Condors opened the scoring with Brad Malone’s 11th of the season. The Condors have scored first 22 times this year and own a 14-3-3-2 (.750%) when getting the opening goal.
Bakersfield’s penalty kill was a perfect 3/3 last night after giving up 11 power-play goals in four games. Over the team’s last six games, the Condors have only allowed eight even strength goals.
DOWN THE HALL
Calvin Pickard stopped 35 of 36 last night. He has played the second most minutes of any AHL netminder this season and last night was his 35th appearance of the season.