Nov. 24, 2017
The Gulls return home for the November contest at Valley View Casino Center tonight when they host the Bakersfield Condors for the first time this season as part of an eight-game season series between the California rivals. (7 p.m., Mighty 1090-AM). After falling to Tucson 5-0 on the road on Wednesday night, the Gulls (7-8-0-1, 15 pts.) return home as they look to extend their home winning streak to three games.
In 2016-17, San Diego posted a 6-2-0-0 record against the Condors, including a 3-1-0-0 mark at home. San Diego is 12-8-0-0 all-time vs. Bakersfield (7-3-0-0 on home ice) with both clubs have scored 67 goals in the 20 games played during the first two seasons. Center Kalle Kossila leads all active Gulls skaters in points and assists (2-6=8) in nine career games vs. Bakersfield while goaltender Kevin Boyle is 1-0-0 against the Condors in his career.
Bakersfield, the primary affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Edmonton Oilers, come into town with a 5-8-2-0 record after a 3-2 overtime loss to San Antonio on Tuesday night. The Condors are led in scoring by right wing Ty Rattie (7-6=13), a second round (32nd overall) selection of the St. Louis Blues in the 2011 NHL Draft. Before his professional career began, Rattie scored 151-197=348 points in 269 games with the Portland Winterhawks (WHL) during his prolific junior career, and set a Western Hockey League record for most postseason goals in a career (51). Left wing Joey LaLeggia, a former Hobey Baker Award Finalist, annually given out to the NCAA’s best player while he was with the University of Denver in 2015, has earned 4-4=8 points to date. LaLeggia was selected by the Edmonton Oilers in the fifth round selection (123rd overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft.
Goalies Nick Ellis and Eddie Pasquale have split duties in net for Bakersfield this season. Ellis (3-5-1) has earned a 3.02 GAA and a .905 SV% with one shutout. A second-year professional, Ellis won a National Championship with Providence College in his junior season after posting a 1.80 GAA and .936 SV% to set a single-season record for the program in 2014-15. Pasquale, a fourth round selection (117th overall) by the Atlanta Thrashers of the 2009 NHL Draft, has 202 games of AHL experience in seven seasons with the Condors, Grand Rapids, St. John’s and Chicago.
In order to have success against Bakersfield, Gulls Head Coach Dallas Eakins knows his team must stay disciplined after allowing Tucson nine power play opportunities Wednesday night.
“We have to stay out of the penalty box. Our penalty kill is hurting right now and the best way to kill penalties is to not take any.”
Following Wednesday’s sluggish performance, Coach Eakins had a few words of warning for his team.
“As much as I thought we took a good couple of steps forward, tonight’s a good kick in the rear end and a reminder we’re going to have to play one way and one way only if we’re going to win hockey games.”
The Gulls will be looking to do just that tonight as they seek to return to the .500 mark.