Recap: Calgary Wranglers expose Jack Campbell woes in 6-3 win over Bakersfield

Photo credit:David Moll/Calgary Wranglers
Paige Siewert
7 months ago
The Calgary Wranglers and Bakersfield Condors kicked off their first game against each other on Tuesday night. The Oilers’ and Flames’ affiliates have had their share of transactions between their AHL teams but the Wranglers ended up in better shape with their lineup. A mix of bad penalties and a goaltender in the dumps gave the Wranglers all the opportunity to beat the Condors 6-3.

Game at a glance 

Dustin Wolf was reassigned to the AHL on Tuesday but was not back with the team in time to join them for their game against Bakersfield. Instead, the goaltending matchup consisted of Oscar Dansk for his third straight start and Jack Campbell on the other end. Campbell was getting his fair share of chirps from the crowd and it got to him early.
On the first shift of the game, Dryden Hunt got deep into the zone and beat Campbell on a sharp-angle shot just 27 seconds in. This goal was specific to guys with NHL experience this season with Matt Coronato and Jordan Oesterle assisting. 
A couple of bumps here and there got some of the physicality started in this game and then later in the period, the Condors and Wranglers traded penalties. The Wranglers killed theirs off then earned one of their own. 58 seconds into the power play, their five-on-four turned into a five-on-three. 
The Condors successfully killed off the first penalty but couldn’t kill the second one. Matt Coronato set up Brady Lyle for a slap shot and he blasted one past Campbell at 13:17 to put the Wranglers up 2-0. 
The rest of the period finished up without a hitch and the Wranglers earned a power play that carried over into the second period. After one, they had a 2-0 lead over the Condors and a 12-8 advantage in shots. 
The Wranglers struck early in the second with a marker from Clark Bishop. Bishop brought out some baseball skills and batted in a rebound. Adam Klapka and Emilio Pettersen picked up the assist on the third goal of the game. This one came just 1:43 into the period. 
Five minutes later, Matt Coronato caught a high stick that drew blood and put the Wranglers on the power play for four minutes. They would only need nine seconds to start with Rory Kerins scoring his first goal of the season off of Ben Jones’ rebound. Jordan Oesterle picked up the secondary assist on this marker as well. 
The Condors had a bit of a push later in the period with a power play and some lengthened zone time but Oscar Dansk just kept shutting them down. He was dialed in and didn’t give his opponents an inch. He was the better netminder at the end of two with the score sitting at 4-0 despite a one shot differential at the end of 40 minutes. 
The Wranglers started the third on the penalty kill with Ilya Solovyov taking a tripping call in the last 44 seconds of the second period. This set the Wranglers on their heels a bit then William Stromgren was called for holding shortly after. The Condors showed signs of life after this and got a puck past Dansk on the power play to get within three goals of the Wranglers. Cam Dineen scored at 4:31 and put the Condors within three goals. 
The Wranglers snapped back into the game and Ilya Nikolaev answered back 1:10 later. Campbell was screened by his own guy falling in front of the net and Nikolaev caught the puck on his stick and buried it. This put the Wranglers up 5-1 with the better half of the third to go. 
The Condors would find another goal at 11:58 when Dino Kambeitz slipped a puck past Dansk on a weak backhander. It was one that he probably should’ve had, but the Wranglers’ netminder thankfully had a goal cushion on his side. 
He relied on this a little too much as the Condors got another one past him in the last five minutes. They came up on the rush and rang a shot off the post. Unfortunately, Dansk lost the puck and didn’t get the rebound covered up and Seth Griffith jammed it in. The game was at 5-3 and the Condors took the opportunity to pull Jack Campbell with 2:23 to go in regulation. At the next stoppage, the away team took a timeout. 
Whatever they talked about during their timeout didn’t end up capitalizing. They had a bit of time in the Wranglers’ zone and Matt Coronato broke up a pass to take the puck halfway up the ice and bury it in the back of the net with a minute to go in regulation. This gave Coronato his third point of the night and his seventh point in five games with the Wranglers so far this season.
That pretty much put the game away and the Wranglers beat the Condors 6-3. Shots finished 42-27 for the Condors and Dansk picked up his fourth straight win between the pipes. The three-star accolades all went to Wranglers with Emilio Pettersen getting the third one, Matt Coronato getting the second one and Rory Kerins getting the first.

Scoring stat summary

Ilya Nikolaev – 1G
Jordan Oesterle – 2A
Ben Jones – 1A
Clark Bishop – 1G
Dryden Hunt – 1G
Rory Kerins – 1G
Brady Lyle – 1G
Matt Coronato – 1G, 2A
Adam Klapka – 1A
Emilio Pettersen – 2A
Jonathan Aspirot – 1A

Next up

The action between these two teams continues into Wednesday evening for a rematch at the same place and time. Dustin Wolf should be back in time to at least dress and likely start in Wednesday’s game. Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m. at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

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