The Bakersfield Condors (21-12-4-4, 50pts, .610%, 3rd place) step outside the division to take on the Grand Rapids Griffins (21-19-5-2, 49pts, .521%, 5th place – Central Division) at 4 p.m. from Michigan. It is game three of a six-game trip for the Condors who are 1-1 so far on the trip.
The Condors and Griffins meet for the fifth time overall with Bakersfield going 3-0-1 in the first four matchups. This weekend is the only time the Condors will play on the road outside the Pacific Division this season, with two games against the Griffins in Bakersfield slated for the end of March.
Bakersfield jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the opening nine minutes on Wednesday and never looked back in a 6-3 win over San Jose. The win was the team’s 21st of the year and improved their record to 4-2 against the Barracuda.
Adam Cracknell appeared in his 600th AHL game on Wednesday.
GRIFF DOUBLES DOWN
Seth Griffith scored his team-leading 18th and 19th goals of the year on Wednesday. It was his fourth multi-goal game of the season. He is t-4th in the league scoring race with 50 points in 37 games.
Cooper Marody returns to his home state of Michigan this weekend fresh off a two assist night on Wednesday. The Brighton, Michigan native had 90 points in 90 games with the University of Michigan Wolverines from 2015-18.
The Condors have scored the opening goal of the game in three straight games and overall are 13-3-3-2 when grabbing a lead first.
Bakersfield has climbed to 7th in the AHL in scoring, averaging 3.37 goals per game.
LAVOIE LIGHTS IT UP
Raphael Lavoie scored his 12th goal since Dec. 17 on Wednesday. That run is the second most on the team, behind Seth Griffith’s 13. In his last 23 games, the Condors rookie leader in scoring has 21 points (12g-9a) and is +15.
QUICK HIT ON THE GRIFFINS
Grand Rapids knocked off Cleveland on the road in overtime Wednesday. Taro Hirose has 10 points (3g-7a) in his last 10 games. They are 1-1 against the Pacific, having split a pair of home games with Ontario earlier in the year.