Nov. 26, 2016
SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Gulls (6-5-1-0) open a two-game road trip vs. the Bakersfield Condors (6-8-0-0) at Rabobank Arena (7:00 p.m., 1700-AM) tonight. The Gulls have won four consecutive games (outscoring opponents 16-7), the club’s first four-game winning streak since Mar. 8-16, 2016.
The Gulls have not played since last Saturday evening, as the team’s two contests Nov. 22-23 vs. the Tucson Roadrunners were postponed.
Over the past four games, San Diego’s penalty kill has vastly improved, only allowing one power play goal, killing 13-of-14 penalties (93%), and killing the last nine-straight opposition man advantages. Entering tonight, the Gulls are 5-4-1 in back-to-back games and hold a 3-1-1 record in the first contest.
The Gulls will look to grab the all-important first goal, as San Diego holds a 4-0-1 record when scoring the game’s opening goal. The Gulls are also 5-2-0 when scoring a power play goal.
The Gulls will match up against the Condors eight times over the course of the season after posting a 6-6-0 record vs. Bakersfield in 2015-16. The Gulls registered a 2-4-0 record on the road vs. the Condors last season at Rabobank Arena. San Diego scored 10 power play goals (10-47, 21.3%) against the Condors last season, tied for most against an opponent in franchise history in the inaugural season (also San Jose (10-41, 27.3% and Stockton (10-49, 20.4%)).
Defenseman Brandon Montour leads the Gulls all-time with 14 career points (3-11=14) against the Condors in 12 contests, and the blueliner also ranks among league leaders in a few categories. Montour ranks tied for second in points-per game (1.00), tied for sixth in scoring (12), tied for 11th in assists (8) among league defenseman. Montour also leads all AHL blueliners in shots (66) and is second in the category among all league skaters.
In addition to Montour’s torrid start, right wing Corey Tropp has compiled 5-10=15 points in the opening 12 games of the campaign. Tropp ranks fifth among league leaders (minimum 10 games) in points-per game (1.25). Tropp has played in at least one fewer game than three of the four leaders ahead of him in points-per game.
Bakersfield’s Taylor Beck (RW) leads the Condors with 6-11=17 points this season, ranking tied for fifth among league leaders in points and tied for sixth in assists. Goaltender Laurent Brossoit leads the Condors with nine appearances, earning a 3-6-0 record with a 2.59 GAA and.920 SV%. Rookie goaltender Nick Ellis has posted a 3-2-0 record with a 2.38 GAA and .931 SV% in six appearances.
Bakersfield will be hosting its annual Teddy Bear Toss night, similar to San Diego’s Teddy Bear Toss night on Dec. 17. The Condors are asking fans to bring a stuffed animal to the game to throw onto the ice in the event the club score a goal against the Gulls tonight. The bears will be collected by United Way and distributed throughout the Kern County.
Following tonight’s game, the Gulls will travel to Ontario for a Sunday matinee against the Reign.