GAME PREVIEW: Condors v Barracuda

CONDORSTOWN, Calif. – The Bakersfield Condors host the San Jose Barracuda for Team Card Set Giveaway Night on Dignity Health Home Ice at Rabobank Arena. The first 2,000 fans, 5 & older, will take home a team card set featuring players from the team’s inaugural season in the AHL.
Bakersfield Condors (Edmonton Oilers) v. San Jose Barracuda (San Jose Sharks)
TIME: 7 p.m. (Doors open at 5:45 for members / 6 p.m. for general public)
PROMOTION: TEAM CARD SET GIVEAWAY – the first 2,000 fans, 5 & older, will receive a Condors AHL Team Card set featuring players from the team’s first season in the AHL. The night is presented by My 45, KiX 92.1 FM, and Rabobank. Players pre-game warmup jerseys will be available for bidding via a silent auction on the concourse.
BROADCAST: Video (AHL Live) |  Radio (Fox Sports 970 AM) | MOBILE (iHeartRadio App – Fox Sports 970)
What’s for dinner?:  Tap Room – Baked Potato Bar, Dinner Salad // Club Room – Bacon Wrapped Pork Loin, Creamy Mustard Potatoes, Green Beans, Baby Greens Salad, Simple Berry Cake // Check out the arena concessions amenities map // Firestone Grill – looking for a a great spot for a pregame meal before heading to the game? Check out Firestone Grill at 3501 California Ave., just outside of downtown Bakersfield
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.

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.

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