The Bakersfield Condors (14-9-3-3, 34 pts, .586, 5th place) open a three-game series against the Tucson Roadrunners (12-16-2-1, 27pts, .435%, 8th place) at Tucson Arena tonight at 5:30 p.m.
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After a six-game winning streak was snapped, the Condors look to get back in the win column tonight in game two of the teams’ six-game season series. Bakersfield won the opening game of the series last Wednesday at home. 6-3.
BACK IN THE OLD PUEBLO
With no travel to Tucson during last season’s shortened campaign, tonight is the first game in the Old Pueblo since Jan. 25, 2020. The Condors have enjoyed success in Southern Arizona, winning seven straight on the road in the series dating back to 2018. Overall, Bakersfield owns a 9-3-2 mark in Tucson all-time.
Dylan Holloway had three assists in his debut weekend against San Jose.
Raphael Lavoie scored his seventh goal of the season on Sunday in San Jose. He fired 16 shots combined in the two games this weekend and is now tied for the team lead with 90 on the year.
GRIFFITH RETURNS FROM EDMONTON
The last time we saw Seth Griffith in a Condors jersey was one week ago, notching five assists in a win over Tucson. It set a Condors record for assists in a game. He was recalled to Edmonton Thursday, but did not appear in a game. Yesterday, Griffith was reassigned to the Condors and is t-10th in the AHL scoring race with 33 points in 29 games.
2022 has started well for Olivier Rodrigue. The Quebec native is 3-0-0 with a 2.33 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage.
Despite surrendering two power-play goals on Sunday, Bakersfield still has the best road power play in the AHL killing off 62/71 (87.3%).
CRACKNELL TO CANADA
Adam Cracknell will represent Team Canada at the upcoming Olympics in Beijing. The 36-year old has 23 points (9g-14a) in 28 games this season. He is the first current Condors player to go to the Olympics while with the team. Other former Condors included on various rosters include Eddie Pasquale (Canada), Anton Lander (Sweden), Patrick Russell (Denmark), and Anton Slepyshev (Russia).
ON THE OTHER SIDE
Tucson returns home following a two-week California swing. The Roadrunners are 7-2-2-2 in one-goal games this season.