Bakersfield Condors vs. Utah Grizzlies
Bakersfield (28-30-7, .485, 63pts) - 4th Pacific Division
Utah (26-24-16, .515, 68pts) - 4th West Division
Time: Doors open at 6 p.m., puck drops at 7 p.m.
Place: Mercy & Memorial Hospitals Home Ice at Rabobank Arena
Radio: ESPN Radio 1230
Webcast: B2 Networks and Bakersfieldcondors.com
F Matt Pope was released from his PTO with Binghamton on Monday, but was subsequently loaned to the Manitoba Moose on Tuesday. LW Bobby Bolt remains on the 30-IR, though he is eligible to be activated.
The Condors and Grizzlies face off for the ninth and final time this season tonight. Bakersfield is 6-2-0 against Utah this season, and at one point took five straight wins over the Grizzlies in the series.
The Condors have a 20-8-0 record in 28 all-time games against the Grizzlies, and are 16-18-3 against the West Division on the season.
The Phoenix RoadRunners kept pace with the Condors by snapping their seven-game winless skid last night in a victory over Alaska, which prevented the Condors from establishing a "magic number" in clinching a playoff spot. Bakersfield has a five-point lead over Phoenix in the standings, but because Phoenix will play 73 games this season instead of 72, win % is the deciding factor, not points. The Condors win % lead is .025, and Phoenix has 10 games remaining.
Bakersfield is just two points behind the Stockton Thunder, who are idle tonight, for 3rd place in the Pacific Division. The two teams will meet at Stockton Saturday night (7:30 p.m.) and the game can be heard on ESPN Radio 1230, or on www.bakersfieldcondors.com.
Tonight's game is Matt Caruana Bobblehead Night, sponsored by ABC23 and U.S. Army. The first 2,000 fans 12 and under will get a bobblehead doll of the Ducks prospect called up to Iowa earlier in the season.
Individual game tickets are on sale and may be purchased through the Rabobank Arena Box Office, which is open from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday with extended hours on game days. Tickets may also be purchased by phone at 322-2525, online at Bakersfieldcondors.com, or at any Ticketmaster location. Season tickets, mini-plans and group outings are available at the Condors office located at 1001 Truxtun Avenue or by calling 324-PUCK (7825).
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