The Bakersfield Condors (12-8-3-3, 30pts, .577, 5th place) host the Tucson Roadrunners (12-13-2-1, 27pts, .482, 7th place) on Dignity Health Home Ice at Mechanics Bank Arena at 6:30 p.m. Bakersfield is unbeaten in nine straight games (6-0-2-1) and has won four in a row.
Bakersfield plays game two of a brief three-game homestand and puts a nine game unbeaten streak on the line. The Condors have won four straight, including a 5-1 victory over San Jose on Saturday.
The Condors defensive corps has no player who has played more that 70 AHL games, yet finds itself near the top of most statistical categories. Overall, the team is 3rd in shots against, 5th in penalty kill percentage, and 7th in goals against.
DESHARNAIS ASSERTS HIMSELF
Vincent Desharnais has four points (1g-3a) over a three-game point streak. The most tenured Condors d-man is also a +7 in that stretch.
BROBERG – KEMP COME TO THE FOREFRONT
Philip Broberg is even or better in each of his last 13 games and leads the Condors at +9. Phil Kemp scored his second goal in four games on Saturday.
After missing nearly three weeks due to COVID-19 protocols, James Hamblin has returned to the Condors lineup with a vengeance. The second-year pro has seven points (4g-3a) in his last seven games, including a multi-goal night on Saturday.
UP, DOWN, ALL AROUND
Transactions have been the name of the game lately. Brayden Watts and Alex Peters were both signed to PTOs today and Evan Buitenhuis was released from his PTO. Should Watts play, he would become the first Bakersfield native to play for the Condors (non-emergency goaltender). He led the Wichita Thunder in scoring at the time of call-up.
OLLIE SOLIDIFIES THE CREASE
Olivier Rodrigue, who stopped 37 of 38 for Wichita in a victory over the weekend, notched a win for the Condors on Saturday, stopping 23 of 24.
The Condors penalty kill has been successful on 23 of its last 25 times shorthanded.
ON THE OTHER BENCH
Tucson comes to Condorstown for the first time since March 1, 2020. They are led by rookie Matias Maccelli who has 27 points (9g-18a) in 26 games and is 3rd in the league’s rookie scoring race.