DENVER, CO - There's no place like home.
So, it comes as no surprise that the Bakersfield Condors are happy to be heading to the confines of their own living spaces with their AHL Pacific Division Semifinals against the Colorado Eagles deadlocked at 1-1.
The Condors were able to take Game 1 by a score of 3-2 but couldn't take full control of the series in Game 2, falling 4-1.
The club travelled to Bakersfield on Sunday and will drop the puck on Game 3 at Rabobank Arena where Head Coach Jay Woodcroft will get the last change while the team gets the unwavering support from their loyal fan base.
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"I think we've been a great home team all year and our fans have been huge for us," said Condors forward Josh Currie, who assisted on Patrick Russell's Game 2 tally. "We're very comfortable at home. We find our game really translates well on home ice."
Many athletes - hockey players included - are creatures of habit and returning home means the Condors can return to their usual game-day routines.
"We're just looking forward to getting back to Bako, getting back in our own beds and in our own little routine," said Currie. "Just getting back and getting back to work. We've got to put this one behind us. Can't do anything about it now. Just focus on Game 3."
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Each game in the playoffs is its own separate entity and the Condors' crowd should be able to energize the players on the ice.
"In my experience in a playoff series in professional hockey, I don't believe there's any type of momentum carry-over from game to game," said Woodcroft.
"I think momentum is something that you need to re-establish right from the start of the game. Certainly, for us coming out of this weekend set with one game apiece and going back to Rabobank Arena, our fans are loud, proud and really get our team going.
"We've had a strong home record the entire season and we're going to need our best effort come Tuesday night."