GAME PREVIEW: Condors v Iowa
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BAKERSFIELD MARRIOTT POST-GAME AUTOGRAPH BOOTH: LW Luke Esposito and C Colby Cave
The Bakersfield Condors wrap up a season series with the Iowa Wild following a 5-2 win over Iowa on Saturday. The Condors went 3-1-0 against Iowa a season ago and all-time are 5-3-1 against their Central Division counterparts.
Bakersfield started a four-game homestand with a 5-2 win over Iowa on Saturday. It was the second time in seven days the Condors trailed entering the third period and ended up with a victory. D Jake Kulevich (1g-1a), D Logan Day (1g-1a), D Evan Bouchard (2a) and RW Josh Currie (1g-1a) each recorded multi-point games. G Shane Starrett made his first appearance since Dec. 22 and stopped 14 of 16 in the win.
Iowa is now 1-1-1 on a four-game California trip, but 8-2-1 its last 11 following Saturday’s defeat. LW Kyle Rau notched his eighth goal of the season and RW Dmitri Sokolov scored his seventh. It was just the second time the Wild lost in regulation when leading after two periods.
The Condors are 6-1-1 in their last eight games and have jumped into fourth in the Pacific Division with 33 games left in the regular season. It is the first time the Condors have occupied a playoff position since a 3-1 win over Ontario on Nov. 30. Also, the team has climbed to two games above the .500 mark for the first time this season.
D Jake Kulevich had a multi-point night on Saturday (1g-1a). It was his second game-winning goal in the Condors last three victories.
The Condors power play has connected in three straight games. Over that stretch, the team has gone 6/11 (54.5%) including two 5-on-3 markers.
The Condors held Iowa to a season-low 16 shots. That came despite five power plays for the Wild, which were all successfully killed off by the Condors… D Evan Bouchard is second among rookie d-men in scoring with 22 points (6g-16a)… The Condors are 12-5-1 in their last 16 January games… Bakersfield is 4-0-2 in its last six on home ice. 11 of the next 17 games are at home for the Condors through February 22.