SAN DIEGO GULLS (1-1) @ BAKERSFIELD CONDORS (1-1), GAME 3
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6 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.)
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The Bakersfield Condors and San Diego Gulls meet for a series-deciding Game 3 of a Best-of-3 Pacific Division Semifinal series. The winner of tonight’s game will meet Henderson in a Best-of-3 Pacific Division Finals series in Las Vegas later this week. A limited number of tickets are on sale at AXS.com. Doors open at 5 p.m.
Luke Esposito scored with under eight minutes remaining in regulation to force overtime and Seth Griffith forced a Game 3 inside of a minute into the extra session last night. Cooper Marody collected his first of the postseason in the first period for the Condors, who never led until the final buzzer. Stuart Skinner was a perfect 17/17 in the second period to keep the Gulls within a goal and stopped 31 of 33 overall.
The Condors and Gulls have played eight postseason games in their AHL history against one another. In those eight games, four have gone past regulation accounting for a total of eight extra overtime periods. When games get past regulation, the Condors are 3-1 against San Diego in the playoffs.
GRIFFITH SHINES IN SERIES
Seth Griffith leads the Condors in scoring through two games with four points (2g-2a). His overtime goal was his first in a Condors jersey. On April 26, 2015 he scored in the third overtime to help the Providence Bruins secure a Game 3 win over Hartford.
Adam Cracknell had two assists last night, including on the game winner. He is tied for the team lead in helpers in the postseason with Max Gildon, who also has three.
MARSHALL AWARD WINNER
Cooper Marody led the American Hockey League in goals this season with 21 and in the process received the Willie Marshall Award as the league’s top goal scorer.
SKINNER PACES LEAGUE IN VICTORIES
Stuart Skinner was the only AHL goaltender to eclipse 20 victories during the regular season. The third-year pro went 20-9-1 and his 2.38 goals-against average was sixth in the AHL.
HOME ICE ADVANTAGE
Bakersfield went 14-4-1 (.763%) on home ice this season, the best percentage in the Pacific Division. The Condors outscored teams 70-43 over the 19 games.