The Bakersfield Condors of the American Hockey League will have a $1 dollar hot dog night and a Los Angeles Dodgers/Oakland Raiders night at Rabobank Arena when they host the San Jose Barracuda on Feb. 8. One could argue the Dodgers are one of the exciting teams in Major League Baseball at the moment. They have represented the National League at the last two World Series. Meanwhile, the Raiders are heading into the second straight year with Jon Gruden as their head coach and there is a belief that they are very interested in drafting Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Kyler Murray from the University of Oklahoma.
The Dodgers had their biggest offseason signing on Jan. 24 when they came to terms with center fielder A.J. Pollock from the Arizona Diamondbacks to a five-year deal worth $60 million. It will be interesting to see if Pollock will play center field for the Dodgers in 2019, or if they move him to left field or right field and continue to have Clay Bellinger play center field. The Dodgers had traded two of their outfielders in the offseason to the Cincinnati Reds in a blockbuster deal. The outfielders that went to the Reds were Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp. Also going to the Reds were pitcher Alex Wood and catcher Kyle Farmer. The Dodgers acquired pitcher Homer Bailey and two prospects.
The Raiders had a great year offensively from tight end Jared Cook and defensively from linebacker Tahir Whitehead. Cook led the Raiders with 101 catches and 896 yards, while Whitehead led the Raiders with 88 solo tackles. Oakland is in the position to receive an elite college prospect from the 2019 National Football League Draft.
The Condors are currently one of the hottest teams in the American Hockey League, even though their National Hockey League parent team, the Edmonton Oilers are ice cold. The Condors currently have a six-game winning streak dating back to Jan. 12.
On Jan. 18, the Condors beat the Stockton Heat 5-4 in overtime on a game-winning goal by Cooper Marody. It was a strong game for Marody, as he also led the Condors in scoring with three points (one goal and two assists). Other Condors players with a multi-point game were Joe Gambardella, Tyler Benson and Josh Currie (each had one goal and one assist) and Logan Day with two assists. On Jan .19, the Condors beat the San Diego Gulls 6-2. Gambardella led the Condors in scoring with two goals and one assist for three points. Other Condors with multi-point games were Mitch Callahan (one goal and one assist), Ethan Bear (two assists) and Patrick Russell (two assists).
On Jan. 21, the Condors beat the Barracuda 6-5 on an overtime winner from Gambardella. Six Condors players led the team with two points. Currie, Bear and David Gust each had one goal and one assist. Marody, Tyler Benson and Evan Polei each had two assists. Then on Jan. 23, the Condors trounced the Colorado Eagles 7-2. Benson led the Condors with three points (three assists). Other Condors players with a multi-point game were Gambardella, Currie, Callahan, Bear and Russell (each had one goal and one assist), and Keegan Lowe and Logan Day (two assists each).
The Condors are in a tie for third place in the Pacific Division with the San Diego Gulls. At 47 points, the Condors have a record of 22 wins, 15 regulation losses, two overtime losses and one shootout loss. The Barracuda are in first place in the Pacific Division with 51 points (23 wins, eight losses, two overtime losses and three shootout losses). Bakersfield's leading scorer is Benson with 34 points (five goals and 29 assists). San Jose's leading scorer is Alexander True with 31 points (11 goals and 20 assists).
Meanwhile, the Edmonton Oilers have sent three players down to the Condors during the 2018-19 National Hockey League All-Star Break. They are center Ryan Spooner, defenseman Caleb Jones and right winger Kailer Yamamoto. Spooner has three goals and two assists for five points in 41 games with the New York Rangers and Oilers this season. Jones had three goals and 10 assists for 13 points in 22 games with the Condors and one goal and five assists for six points in 17 games with the Oilers. Yamamoto had one goal and one assist for two points in 17 games with the Oilers and four goals and four assists for eight points in 11 games with the Condors.
In Condors news, Marody will be joining Gambardella at the 2019 AHL All-Star Classic in Springfield, MA on Jan. 27 and Jan. 28. Marody is second on the Condors in assists (23) and points (32).
Get your tickets to see the Bakersfield Condors and the San Jose Barracuda on Feb. 8 at the Rabobank Arena today!