The Bakersfield Condors host the Tucson Roadrunners to complete a brief two-game homestand. Bakersfield enters tonight’s game with a win and loss through two games to open the season. This is Tucson’s second game of the season after a home opening loss last Saturday. It is the first of eight meetings between the two sides this season. Last year, the Condors went 4-2-1-1 against Tucson, garnering points in six of the eight meetings. At home, the Condors went 2-2-0-0.IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Bakersfield picked up its first win of the season, 5-4, over San Antonio on Thursday night. C Brad Malone had two goals and an assist for the team’s first three-point game of the season. RW David Gust, making his professional debut, scored twice. LW Joey LaLeggia and D Ryan Mantha each recorded two assists.
Tucson had leads of 2-0 and 3-1, but could not close out San Diego in its home opener on Saturday, 7-6. RW Emerson Etem had two points, including the team’s first goal of the season. RW Conor Garland had a goal and led the team with six shots. G Adin Hill came on in relief for the final 32 minutes and stopped eight of nine shots.
Winger David Gust burst onto the scene on Thursday with two goals in his first professional game. Gust, a rookie out of Ohio State, had 41 points (18g-23a) in 39 games with the Buckeyes a year ago.
C Brad Malone recorded the team’s first three-point game of the season on Thursday with two goals and an assist. For his AHL career, he has 106 points (42g-64a) in 238 games. It was his first three-point game in the AHL since November 25, 2011 for Lake Erie against Hamilton.
G Eddie Pasquale earned his 95th AHL win on Thursday in his Condors debut… Gust was the second Condors rookie to score in his professional debut. D Ethan Bear accomplished the feat last Friday in Stockton. Last season, C Joe Gambardella became the first AHL Condor to find the back of the net in his first game… RW Patrick Russell scored the game-winner on Thursday shorthanded. He also led the team with eight shots and has 11 on the season. Last season, he ripped off 150 shots, good for third on the team.
C Dylan Strome, who was drafted 3rd overall in 2015 NHL Draft by Arizona, was assigned to the Roadrunners earlier this week. He’s the younger brother of Oilers forward, Ryan. RW Mario Kempe, who had three points (1g-2a) in the team’s home opener, was recalled by Arizona earlier this week… Former Condor LW Scott Allen had a goal and assist on Saturday in his Tucson debut.