The Bakersfield Condors host the Tucson Roadrunners to close out the home portion of the 2017 calendar year. It’s the fourth meeting of the season between the two sides, with Tucson winning the first three contests in the eight-game season series. The teams have not met in Bakersfield since a Roadrunners 4-0 shutout of the Condors on Saturday, Oct. 14.IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Bakersfield dropped a 3-2 decision to Ontario on Wednesday night. The Condors held a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes with goals from C Brad Malone and LW Ryan Hamilton, but the Reign responded with three unanswered, including the game-winner early in the third period. Malone assisted on Hamilton’s goal and had his third multi-point night of the season.
Tucson ended San Diego’s five-game winning streak on Wednesday with a 4-1 win over the Gulls. RW Nick Merkley scored his eight power play goal this season and G Adin Hill stopped 25 of 26 in his 12th start of the season.
After tonight, the Condors will spend eight of their next 11 games on the road. The first four-game trip will see the team face Stockton, San Antonio, and Texas (twice). After returning home for three games, the second leg will take the team through San Jose, Iowa, Chicago, and Rockford. It will be the first time in team history the team will play at Iowa, Chicago, and Rockford.
The Condors are 1-1-1 on a four-game home stand which concludes tonight… Overall, the team is 4-4-2 in their last 10… C Brad Malone’s third multi-point game of the season on Wednesday pulled him into a tie for the team lead in that category… Wednesday’s game was just the fourth loss in 14 games for the Condors when scoring the opening goal of the game.
Tucson is 4-6-0-0 in its last 10 games… The Roadrunners are 6-2-1-1 on the road this season, the second-best road record in the Western Conference… Hill’s win on Wednesday was his sixth on the season, one behind fellow netminder Hunter Miska, who has seven… RW Nick Mekley’s power-play goal was his 8th of the season which leads all rookies… Merkley is fourth in rookie scoring with 26 points (13g-13a). Teammate C Dylan Strome is third among rookies in scoring with 27 points (9g-18a)… The Roadrunners are 7th in goals for per game at 3.23 and 6th in goals against per game at 2.73.