The Bakersfield Condors (18-9-4-3, 43pts, .632%, 3rd place) host the Henderson Silver Knights (20-12-2-1, 43pts, .614%, 4th place) on Dignity Health Home Ice at Mechanics Bank Arena. It is a $2 Beer Friday night with Bud Light and Bud Light Seltzer just $2 through the first intermission thanks to Groove 99.3 FM.
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This is the first matchup in Bakersfield of the two Pacific Division Finals teams from a year ago. Bakersfield won that series, two games to one. Bakersfield is 1-1-1 against the Silver Knights this season, with all games contested in Las Vegas.
Jay Woodcroft and Dave Manson were each promoted to the Edmonton Oilers yesterday. In three-plus seasons, the team amassed 105 wins, two division titles, and promoted 13 players to the NHL to make their debuts.
CHAULK IT UP
Colin Chaulk has been named the Condors Interim Head Coach. He was named an assistant coach in September 2021. He served as a head coach in the ECHL with the Brampton Beast from 2015-2019 and was an AHL assistant previously with the Belleville Senators. He played 15 seasons professionally and won six league titles in the UHL, IHL, and CHL. He will be joined behind the bench by Condors goaltending coach Sylvain Rodrigue who has been with the organization nine seasons and Condors General Manager Keith Gretzky.
HOT AT HOME
The Condors have points in seven straight games at home (6-0-1) and overall are 10-3-2 (.733%) at home. Bakersfield’s last regulation loss at home was on Nov. 27, 2-1, to San Diego.
Bakersfield has just one regulation loss in its last 17 games (12-1-4), a stretch dating back to Dec. 15. In that time, the team has allowed more than three goals only twice.
MALONE SIGNS AN NHL DEAL
Condors captain Brad Malone signed a one-year, two-way NHL contract yesterday, but will remain in Bakersfield. He is currently on a four-game point streak with seven assists.
GRIFFITH DOUBLES DOWN
Seth Griffith scored twice on Saturday, a day after his 10-game point streak came to an end. He has 22 points in his last 12 games and is t-6th in the league scoring race with 40 points (15g-35a).
SCEVIOUR JOINS THE FUN
Colton Sceviour is expected to make his Condors debut tonight after being assigned by the Edmonton Oilers. A 2014 AHL All-Star, the 32-year old has played 348 games in the AHL with 240 points (99g-141a). He has spent the past seven seasons in the NHL with Dallas, Florida, Pittsburgh, and most recently, Edmonton.
ON THE OTHER SIDE
Henderson won their last two, but have been off since Feb. 3 when they beat San Jose, 6-3. They are led by Pavel Dorofeyev who has 15 goals on the season. Between the pipes, Logan Thompson’s .926 save percentage is good for third in the AHL.