The Bakersfield Condors (6-8-4, 16pts) take on the San Diego Gulls (9-10-1, 19pts) on Friday at 7 p.m. in San Diego. It is game four of a five-game road trip for the Condors and their final game before the holiday break.
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Bakersfield picked up a point in a come-from-behind shootout loss in Stockton Wednesday, 2-1. Vincent Desharnais scored the team’s lone goal and Ilya Konovalov stopped 34 shots.
San Diego was shut out on Wednesday at home, 4-0 by Abbotsford. They are in the midst of a season-long, seven-game homestand.
ILYA STEPS UP
Ilya Konovalov has started to solidify himself between the pipes in the month of December. In his last three appearances he has stopped 68/72 shots, good for a .944 save percentage.
Bakersfield’s penalty kill has gone a perfect 14/14 on the three games so far this trip. On the road, the team has allowed just five power-play goals all year in 42 chances (88.1%) which is third in the AHL.
FIND A LEAD
The Condors have not led since the second period in San Jose on Nov. 13, a span of five+ games. Overall, the team has scored first in just six of 18 games. Despite that, the team is .500 when trailing after one and trailing after two periods on the year.
UP NEXT: The Condors are off til Dec. 27 when they travel to San Jose for the completion of a five-game road trip.