HENDERSON, N.V. – The Henderson Silver Knights will take on the Bakersfield Condors in their first home matchup of the season. They look to earn their 100th regular-season win in franchise history, with puck drop set for 7 p.m. PT.
The Silver Knights are coming off a 3-2 overtime win at home against the Tucson Roadrunners. Gage Quinney secured a Henderson victory with his 100th career AHL goal. Adam Cracknell and Jonas Rondbjerg also notched goals.
BRINGING THE BOOM
The Silver Knights found success in Sunday’s game on the power play thanks to an early goal from Cracknell. After going one for five on the power play against Tucson in Friday’s game, and zero for one against Bakersfield earlier that week, special teams remain a focus of Henderson’s heading into their midweek matchup.
“We have two good units,” said Head Coach Ryan Craig after Wednesday’s morning skate. “It’s internal competition that drives them – they’re competing against each other, but als obviously helping us win. They’ve done a really good job of playing with speed and pace, letting the puck do the work and supporting the puck. And I think that’s the key for us.”
For the players, that special teams success all comes back to the same ideas that they and the coaching staff have been reiterating: compete level, energy, and a strong start.
“That’s one thing we can control is the energy level and our compete,” said Cracknell after Sunday’s victory. “That was the challenge set to us this morning by the coaching staff. The players in this room talked about it. We knew we needed to compete and to be the more desperate team. You have to compete to win, we can’t just rely on skill or nice goals. We have to get to the dirty areas and we did, and our special teams came up there.”
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
- Forward Raphael Lavoie leads the Bakersfield Condors in both points and goals. He tallied 8 points (5G, 3A) in just 7 AHL games this year, including 3 points (2G, 1A) in his two games against Henderson this season. He also played a six-game stint with the Oilers, including his NHL debut.
- Defenseman Cam Dineen is on a four-game point streak (3G, 1A) heading into tonight’s matchup. He stands third on the Condors in points, with five (3G, 2A).
- Goaltender Jack Campbell is expected to start between the pipes for Bakersfield. Campbell has lost four of his last five, with his sole win coming against the Silver Knights in last week’s road matchup. He is averaging 3.22 goals against in the AHL this year, with a .884 save percentage.
- Defenseman Lukas Cormier is day-to-day
- Goaltender Jesper Vikman is week-to-week