WICHITA, Kan. – So the Wichita Thunder and the Edmonton Oilers have been eliminated from playoff contention and that means fans all along the Edmonton affiliation tree are searching for playoff hockey.
Search no more Oiler and Thunder fans, as the Bakersfield Condors have not only clinched their first ever Calder Cup playoff spot, but also won their first Pacific Division crown. Following a 42-21-3-2 season, the Condors will begin their first Calder Cup playoff run on Friday.
Need to Know:
- Led by quality goaltending from Shane Starrett, Dylan Wells, and Stuart Skinner, the Condors have owned the Pacific Division and Western Conference since the turn of the new year.
- Tyler Benson leads the Condors in the points and assists categories, playing in 68 of Bakersfield’s 76 games. Joe Gambardella (29) and Josh Currie (27) are number one and two in goals respectively. Both spent 15+ games in Edmonton with the Oilers.
- As for goaltending, the Condors are led by Starrett, who has a 27-7-5 record in his 42 games. He holds a 2.33 GAA and a .918 save percentage with four shutouts. Wells has spent considerable time in Bakersfield as well, with a 6-6-0 record in 12 games. He finished the year with a 2.84 GAA and a .909 save percentage.
- The Condors ran away with the Pacific and Conference titles in February, when they went on a 17-game win streak, the second longest in AHL history.
Following a successful closing weekend in which Bakersfield won both games, the Condors clinched the top spot in the Western Conference. Beginning Friday, April 19, the Condors face off against the fourth seed Colorado Eagles. Games one and two of the five-game set will be in Colorado, with games three, four and five in Rabobank Arena.
The Sin Bin will have a full series preview later this week to get you ready for the Bakersfield/Colorado playoff series.