Feb. 12, 2017
SAN DIEGO – The Gulls (25-13-2-2; 54 points, .643 win %) begin a short two-game home stand tonight vs. the Bakersfield Condors (19-18-5-1; 44 points, .512 win %) at Valley View Casino Center (5:00 p.m., FOX 5 San Diego/1090-AM). Tonight’s game begins a stretch with the Gulls at home for six of the next seven games, a place where San Diego has won four consecutive home games and earned standings points in six of their last seven home contests dating back to Dec. 26 (4-1-1-1).
The Gulls enter tonight with wins in seven of their last eight contests games (7-1-0) and points in 13 of the last 14 games (12-1-0-1), outscoring opponents 50-22. San Diego has also won 14 of the last 17 games (14-2-0-1), and has earned standings points in 17 of the past 19 (14-2-1-2) since Christmas. San Diego enters tonight’s contest with a 21-12-1-2 record vs. Pacific Division opponents and ranks second in the division with 25 wins, one shy of San Jose’s 26.
The Gulls and Condors face off for the fourth time this season, with San Diego posting a 3-0-0 record to date. The Gulls are 9-6-0-0 all-time vs. the Condors, including 5-2-0 at home. The Gulls won the most recent meeting between the clubs last Tuesday, Feb. 7 in a 4-2 victory at Rabobank Arena. Antoine Laganiere (2-1=3) led the way offensively for San Diego as he recorded his second consecutive multi-goal game and first three-point contest of the season. The last time these two teams met in San Diego on Dec. 6, the Gulls won a thrilling 4-3 overtime game at Valley View Casino Center. Former Gull Stefan Noesen scored the game-tying goal on a deflection with 10 seconds left in regulation and Chris Wagner won the game at 3:25 of overtime to clinch the victory.
Antoine Laganiere leads all active Gulls skaters in goals and assists with 6-7=13 points in 11 career games vs. Bakersfield. Dustin Tokarski has posted a 2-0-0 record with a 2.97 GAA and .907 SV% in his two starts against the Condors this season.
In their last outing, San Diego defeated the Ontario Reign 4-1 on Friday night at Citizens Business Bank Arena to win its third consecutive game over Ontario. San Diego scored three third period goals, receiving contributions from Jaycob Megna (1-0=1), Jordan Samuels-Thomas (1-=0=1) and an empty-netter from Ryan Garbutt (1-0=1). Kyle MacKinnon (1-0=1) opened the scoring in the first period with his first goal of the season and first since Feb. 26, 2016 vs. SA (350 days) while Jhonas Enroth stopped 26-of-27 saves to collect his ninth win in 10 games since joining the Gulls on Jan. 10.
Enroth has been steady in net in his 10 games with San Diego, allowing only 12 goals while winning nine of his 10 starts (9-1-0) with a 1.20 GAA, a .954 SV% and two shutouts since being acquired from Toronto on Jan. 10. Enroth is 11-2-0 this season, leading all AHL goaltenders with a 1.62 GAA and ranking second with .941 SV% (minimum 13 games). Enroth’s two shutouts have come in his past six games where he has posted a 5-1-0 record with a 1.33 GAA and .947 SV%.
Corey Tropp leads the Gulls in assists (25) and points (37), and ranks tied for second on the club in goals (12) and second in PPG (5). Tropp has tallied 4-7=11 points over his last nine games and earned 6-10=16 points in the last 15 games overall. Rookie center Kalle Kossila ranks second on San Diego and tied for ninth among AHL rookies with 10-22=32 points, and ranks fifth among league newcomers in assists (22). He also ranks second on the Gulls in assists and leads the club with a +23 rating. His +23 rating leads AHL rookies and ranks third among AHL leaders. The rookie center has recorded 18 points in his last 18 games (5-13=18). Left wing Antoine Laganiere leads the Gulls with 14 goals and six power-play goals this season.
Bakersfield enters tonight playing the second game of back-to-back contests as they dropped a 4-3 overtime decision to the San Jose Barracuda at Rabobank Arena. San Jose scored the game-tying goal with 1:38 remaining and tallied the winner 2:51 into the overtime session. In their last 10 games, Bakersfield has compiled a 5-4-1-0 record and have lost three consecutive games dating back to the Gulls win in Bakersfield on Tuesday night.
Bakersfield is led by right wing Taylor Beck (13-33=46 points) who leads the AHL in points among active players and ranks third overall this season.