Series Preview: The Wranglers road trip continues against the Oilers AHL affiliate

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Paige Siewert
1 year ago
The road trip continues for the Calgary Wranglers as they look to continue their point streak. Their winning streak was snapped last Sunday with an OT loss but they’ve still got a five-game point streak they have the opportunity to extend up to seven this weekend.
Things kick off on Friday night against the Bakersfield Condors, the affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers. Sometimes, the rivalry of the Battle of Alberta does find its way to the AHL teams too. It could be a fiery weekend if some of that bleeds through to this series. This will be a big test for the Wranglers too to go up against one of the best in the Pacific for the first time this season.  

Projected lineup

Jakob Pelletier – Radim Zohorna – Matthew Phillips
Emilio Pettersen – Connor Zary – Cole Schwindt
Brett Sutter – Ben Jones – Walker Duehr
Clark Bishop– Martin Pospisil – Mitch McLain
Yan Kuznetsov – Nicolas Meloche
Jeremie Poirier – Colton Poolman
Ilya Solovyov – Josh Brook
Dustin Wolf
Oscar Dansk
Forwards: Luke Esposito, Xavier Bourgault, James Hamblin Greg McKegg, Noah Philp, Tyler Benson, Brad Malone, Dino Kambeitz, Filip Engaras, Graham McPhee, Seth Griffith, Ty Tullio, Carter Savoie, Raphael Lavoie, Justin Bailey
Defensemen: Philip Broberg, Jason Demers, Vincent Desharnais, Michael Kesselring, Yanni Kaldis, Philip Kemp, Alex Peters, Adam Brubacher, Darien Kielb
Goaltenders: Ryan Fanti, Calvin Pickard, Olivier Rodrigue


Matthew Phillips – 12GP, 9G, 5A
Connor Zary – 12GP, 6G, 6A
Jakob Pelletier – 12GP, 3G, 8A
James Hamblin – 12GP, 3G, 7A
Seth Griffith – 12GP, 1G, 9A
Michael Kesselring – 12GP, 6G, 1A

Notes and expectations

If you’ve been keeping a watch on the Matthew Phillips point streak, unfortunately, that ended after their Moose series last weekend. Although, where one streak came to an end, another is starting to thrive. Connor Zary is up to a four-game point streak going into this weekend’s series with five points in the last three games. 
Another interesting streak to watch going into the Bakersfield series is Cole Schwindt. He really broke out in the Moose series with two goals a game last weekend and four goals on the weekend. The Wranglers are going to have quite a bit of success if he continues to contribute to team scoring like that. He’s boosted his stat line up to four goals and six assists on the season, quietly making an impact from the second line. 
Their opponents, the Condors, have had quite a good start to the year. Going into the weekend, they are sitting at second in the Pacific Division with the Wranglers sitting at seventh. Bakersfield dropped their last game but have won their last five games prior. This series will be the first time these two teams face off this year.
Things will kick off on Friday night at 8:00 p.m. MT and then continue into the next day when they complete their series on Saturday night at the same time. You can stream the game on AHL.TV and Mike Gould and myself will have coverage via Twitter for FlamesNation coverage.

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