The Bakersfield Condors host the San Jose Barracuda for the final time this season. Bakersfield owns a 6-3-2 record against the Barracuda with a 2-2-0-1 record on home ice. Last time, Bakersfield jumped out to a 3-0 lead and took a 3-2 win on March 12 at home.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Bakersfield has dropped three straight after being swept by the San Antonio Rampage and Texas Stars on the road. After being shutout in San Antonio on Saturday, the Condors fired 49 shots in a losing effort in Texas on Tuesday. LW Mitch Moroz had the lone goal for the Condors.
San Jose hopped back into a playoff spot with a 3-1 win on home ice on Wednesday night against Ontario. D Gus Young had two assists and was +3 in the win as three different scorers found the back of the net. G Aaron Dell stopped 35 of 36 shots for his team-leading 15th win of the season.
With eight games remaining in the 2015-16 regular season, the Condors face a seemingly must-win game this evening. Bakersfield trails San Jose by six points, but do hold a game in hand on the Barracuda. Complicating matters, the Charlotte Checkers, at a .551 points percentage with eight games left, sit virtually five points in front of the Condors. The Checkers could crossover to be the four-seed in the Pacific Division if their points percentage is better than both Bakersfield and San Jose.
BENIK SIGNS ATO
F Joey Benik was signed to an amateur try-out earlier today. The 24-year old recently wrapped up his collegiate career at St. Cloud St. University. From Andover, Minn., Benik enjoyed his best season as a senior with 44 points (21g-23a) and was +29 in 38 games. He finished his tenure with the Huskies with 57g-65a-122pts in 134 games.
LW Mitch Moroz, C Kyle Platzer, and RW Kale Kessy were reinstered into the lineup on Tuesday and produced the team’s lone goal in the first period off a face-off. Moroz and C Jujhar Khaira each dropped the mitts on Tuesday for their team-leading 7th fights of the season. Bakersfield has 33 fighting majors… The 49 shots from Bakersfield was second-most fired by the team this sason (51, 1/26 v Manitoba)… Bakersfield is t-6th in shorthanded goals with 10, four of which have come against the Barracuda. The Condors have surrendered the third fewest shorthanded goals with four on the season.
San Jose begins a six-game road trip tonight. Their final home game comes on the last day of the regular season, Sunday Apr. 17… G Aaron Dell is 5th in goals-against average (2.25) and save percentage (.926) among AHL netminders… LW Nikolay Goldobin is t-14th among rookies in scoring with 37 points (18g-19a).
April 1 – Condors sign F Joey Benik to ATO