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7:00 PM PST, Rabobank Arena, Bakersfield, Calif.
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Tonight’s Matchup: The San Jose Barracuda and Bakersfield Condors (Edmonton Oilers) meet for the third time this season and first in Bakersfield. Both clubs enter the mid-week tilt losers of two straight. The Condors 5-7-0-0 record ranks last in the Pacific Division and 25th in the league. San Jose did earn a point in San Diego but suffered a tough 4-0 defeat in their final game of the weekend series against the Gulls and are now 5-4-0-2 which is good for 5th in the Pacific and 15th in the league. Tuesday's game will be game three of 12 on the year between the teams.
The Barracuda are 1-0-0-1 against Bakersfield, 6-6-0-2 all-time and 3-2-0-1 at Rabobank Arena.
Tuesday’s game will be the final of Bakersfield’s eight-game home stand and San Jose’s six-game road trip. The Condors are 3-4 during the extended stay at Rabobank, while San Jose is 3-3 during the road swing. The Two teams will play at SAP Center at 6 p.m. on Friday.
Players To Watch: Rourke Chartier has three points (2-1-3) in two games against the Condors and three points during the current seven game road trip (2-1-2). Nikolay Goldobin registered four assists in two games against Bakersfield and now has eight points (2-6-8) in 12 career games against the Condors. Goldobin leads the Barracuda in assists (9) and points (11).
Between the pipes: Troy Grosenick earned his third straight start on Saturday against San Diego but suffered his second straight loss after allowing four goals on 25 shots. Grosenick is 3-4-0-1 on the season with a 2.75 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage. Grosenick made 28 saves in a shutout victory in his lone start against Bakersfield this year on October 28. Grosenick is 2-0-0-0 in four career starts against the Condors.
Mantas Armalis was pulled after two periods in his last start in Texas on November 12, but the first year American Leaguer has yet lose in regulation. Armalis is 2-0-0-1 with a 3.39 goals-against average and a .881 save percentage. Armalis suffered a 4-3 shootout loss to the Condors in his lone start on October 29.
Rookie Nick Ellis is 3-2 on the season with a 2.38 goals-against and a .931 save percentage. The former Providence Friar’ is 1-0 against San Jose after making 41 saves against the Barracuda on October 29 at SAP Center, a 4-3 shootout win for Bakersfield. Ellis last appeared in a game for Bakersfield on November 16 where he played 26 minutes and five seconds against Manitoba. Ellis made all eight saves but the Condors suffered a 4-1 loss.
Laurent Brossoit is 2-5 for the Condors on the year with a 2.77 goal-against and a .915 save percentage. The third-year pro is 0-1 against San Jose this year and 2-1 in his career in five starts. Brossoit is coming off back-to-back losses.
San Jose’s Last Time Out: The Barracuda were shutout for the first time this season on Saturday against the San Diego Gulls. Matt Hackett was sensational for San Diego stopping all 37 shots he faced. The Barracuda failed to capitalize on three power play’s, and San Diego scored on their only man advantage. Zac Larraza (3) and Corey Tropp (5) each scored in the first for San Diego. Austen Brassard (1) tacked on some insurance in the second and Kalle Kossila (2) put it away in the third. Troy Grosenick suffered the loss allowing four goals on 25 shots.
Bakersfield’s Last Time Out: The Bakersfield Condors played the Stockton Heat tough but failed to find the back of the net on Saturday as David Rittich was perfect for the Heat making all 30 saves he saw. The Heat scored a goal in the second off the stick of Oliver Kylington (2) and then in the third Daniel Pribyl (2) lit the lamp to make it 2-0. Two goals were plenty for Rittich as the Heat picked up the road win.