Click on the photo for CK's full photo gallery from the December 16th Condors/Reign game.
Anaheim calling to the hockey world...
For those who haven't managed to make it to a Condors game against the Reign this year, the Ducks ECHL affiliate will be playing its last two games in Ontario on the 21st and 28th. That's this Sunday and next Sunday, both with 5 p.m. starts.
A lot of the "must see" players that were there when I first went to Citizen's Bank in October have moved on to the AHL, players like MacGregor Sharp and Dan Sexton. And players like Mark Mitera, who were Condors just last month, have also moved on to the American League. But the price of admission on Sunday (about $20 to sit on the glass behind the opposing goaltender) will still get you a look at Ducks prospects like Timo Pielmeier, Maxime Macenauer and Matt McCue.
Pielmeier, you know, but McCue and Macenauer are two guys whose injury troubles this season have kept them from permanent AHL assignment. McCue played 10 games with the Manitoba Moose before a November injury took him out of their lineup. He's since played 11 games with the Condors and managed 34 PIM. Macenauer was a top scorer for the Condors, but took a major injury just before Halloween. He's back on track now with 5G and 13A in 26 games, but he may not find himself in an AHL uniform until next season. Both players had good camps with the Ducks, and they're definitely worth a look if you have the disposable time and money.
I should warn you that the Condors have played poorly against the Reign the last two times I went. And I mean Generals against the Globetrotters poorly. Interestingly, both games came after absolutely stomping the Reign in Bakersfield, which the Condors did again 7-0 on Valentine's Day. Hopefully they can break that pattern.