The Bakersfield Condors (20-11-4-4, 48pts, .615%, 3rd place) travel to take on the Stockton Heat (28-8-3-1, 60pts, .750%, 1st place) at 5 p.m. It is the beginning of a six-game road trip for the Condors who are in San Jose and Grand Rapids this upcoming week before heading back to San Jose and Stockton to finish the trip.
WATCH THE GAME: McGarry’s Irish Pub (21+) at the corner of Brimhall and Calloway is a great spot to check out today’s game!
SERIES RECORD: Bakersfield is 0-1-1-2 against the Heat.
GAME PREVIEW presented by Rodriguez & Associates
Last night, a back-and-forth affair ended in a 4-3 shootout win for the Heat. Check out the Atlas Urgent Care Rapid Highlights by clicking here.
DESHARNAIS DOES IT AGAIN
Vinny Desharnais was +1 last night with an assist. It’s his 22nd straight game at even or better. He is the AHL’s active leader in plus/minus at +20.
ESPOSITO SETS IT UP
Luke Esposito has points in four straight (2g-4a) after setting up yesterday’s game-tying goal in the third period.
HAMBLIN BREAKS THE ICE
James Hamblin’s shootout goal in round four last night was the team’s first successful shootout goal of the season. Bakersfield is 0-4 in the skills competition this season.
Stuart Skinner stopped a season-high 40 shots last night. It was his third 40+ save performance as a Condor in the regular season and his first since January 10, 2020 against Ontario.
CRACKNELL RETURNS AND PICKS RIGHT BACK UP
Adam Cracknell returned from the Olympics and scored his 10th of the season. He became the fourth Condors player to reach double figures this season (Griffith, Marody, Hamblin).
The Condors and Heat have gone to overtime three times in the first four games of the season series. The Heat’s only regulation win came by two with a late empty-netter.
HEAT SCORE FIRST – GAME OVER?
Stockton has a .920 winning percentage when scoring first. The Heat are 22-1-2 when leading 1-0, the best mark in the AHL.