GAME PREVIEW: Condors v. Wild
The Bakersfield Condors open the month of February and return from the All-Star break with their only matchup against the Iowa Wild this season. On January 19 in Des Moines, the Condors erased 2-0 and 3-2 deficits to win 4-3 in overtime.
Bakersfield is winless in four games after a 4-2 loss to San Diego on Saturday night. Bakersfield fell behind 3-0 after one period and could not recover. RW David Gust and RW Patrick Russell each scored in the loss for the Condors.
While the Condors have gone 0-3-1 since beating Iowa, the Wild have won three straight including a sweep of the Cleveland Monsters on the road. Last Saturday, three different players lit the lamp and G Niklas Svedberg stopped 30 of 31 for his team-leading 11th win of the season. LW Kyle Rau, D Ryan Murphy, and D Nick Seeler each had multi-point, one goal, one assist nights.
G Eddie Pasquale was traded to Tampa Bay by Edmonton for future considerations. In a separate move, RW Ty Loney and G Nic Riopel were acquired from Syracuse (AHL) for future considerations. Loney joined the team in Bakersfield. Then, with G Laurent Brossoit recalled by Edmonton, goalies Nick Ellis and Shane Starrett were reassigned to Bakersfield from Wichita.
Tonight, Josh Currie ties Quinn Fair for 7th on the Condors all-time games played list with 234. His 55 goals are 13th, his 67 assists are tied for 14th, and his 124 points are 13th all-time.
The Condors and Wild each have a league-leading seven overtime losses. Bakersfield is 3-7 in overtime, while the Wild are 4-7. In shootouts, the Condors are 2-1 while the Wild are 1-3.
LW Joe Gambardella is 5th among rookies in shooting percentage (20%, 5-25)… RW Ty Loney, acquired Wednesday by Bakersfield had nine points (4g-5a) in 20 games with Chicago last season. A collegiate teammate of Joey LaLeggia, Loney has 20 points (6g-14a) in 98 career AHL games and 92 points (44g-48a) in 96 career ECHL games.
Iowa is 4-0-1 in five games and 6-1-1 over its past eight games… Tonight is game one of a three-game California trip for Iowa who play in Ontario tomorrow night and in Ontario on Tuesday… F Justin Kloos is 5th among rookie scoring with 33 points (14g-19a) in 44 games… D Alex Grant is 5th among d-men with 105 shots and ranks 4th among blue liners in power-play goals with five… Iowa is 13-1-6-3 when scoring first.