The Bakersfield Condors head to Ontario for the seventh of eight meetings in the season series. Bakersfield is 2-2-1-1 against the Reign with three of the opening six matchups going past regulation.
NEED TO KNOW
PUCK DROP: 7 p.m.
Bakersfield: 24-13-4-5, 57pts, .620%, 3rd place
Ontario: 32-10-3-3, 70pts, .729%, 2nd place
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GAME PREVIEW presented by Rodriguez & Associates
Both teams come in playing well. Bakersfield is 4-1-1 in its last six games while Ontario has won four straight and is 7-2-1 in 10. Tonight is game five of a six-game homestand for Ontario who play nine of 10 on home ice.
LOOK BACK TO SATURDAY
The Condors scored four times in the opening frame and won 5-1 over Tucson on Saturday night. James Hamblin had a goal and assist, Vinny Desharnais had two assists and was +4, and Dylan Holloway scored his second game-winner in two weeks. Click here to watch the Atlas Urgent Care Rapid Highlights.
LAVOIE LOVIN’ IT
Raphael Lavoie was goalless on Dec. 17. Since then, the rookie is 6th in the AHL in goals with 13 and has 23 points in 28 games.
James Hamblin had a 1g-1a night on Saturday, his second multi-point game of the week after a two-goal performance in San Jose last Wednesday.
Yanni Kaldis scored on Saturday, his third goal of the season. The second-year pro has 2g-9a in his last 10 games.
Vinny Desharnais was a team-high +4 on Saturday in the win over Tucson. He leads the league at +30 and recorded back-to-back two assist games.
Stuart Skinner was recalled by the Edmonton Oilers yesterday, giving an opportunity to Ilya Konovalov. Konovalov stopped 18 of 19 for his fourth win of the year Saturday and is 2-1-2 in his last five appearances. He has allowed two goals or fewer in five of his last seven appearances dating all the way back to Dec. 10.
The Condors have allowed only 21 even strength goals in their last 12 games. By contrast, Ontario has the best offense in the AHL at 4.10 goals per game and the best power play at 26.9%. Bakersfield’s penalty kill was a perfect 10/10 on the weekend.
DOWN THE HALL
Ontario swept Henderson over the weekend. In Saturday’s 6-3 win, Rasmus Kupari had the game-winner. Martin Frk, who has three game-winners in five games, leads the Reign against the Condors with eight points (4g-4a) in six games.