Winning eight of their last 11 games, including a six-game winning streak, the Long Beach Ice Dogs have improved to 30-18-6 and 66 points, four points behind Pacific Division leader Fresno.
The Ice Dogs need a combination of three points in wins and/or losses by Stockton to reach the Kelly Cup Playoffs for the second consecutive year. Long Beach plays its only game of the week on Wednesday at San Diego while Stockton hosts San Diego on Tuesday and Dayton on Saturday and Sunday.
All-Star Christian Larrivee has led the Ice Dogs offensively scoring in 11 of his last 12 games (4g-13a), including a nine-game scoring streak (3g-11a). Michael Lambert, who was assigned to Long Beach from Hamilton of the American Hockey League on Feb. 16, scored his first professional hat trick on Feb. 18 and he has six points (5g-1a) in his last four games.
San Diego has won its last three games to improve to 23-23-5 and 51 points, three points behind third-place Bakersfield. Steve Hildenbrand has two game-winning goals and six points (5g-1a) during the winning streak and leads the team with 29 assists and 51 points in 50 games. All-Star Jesse Bennefield has scored in six of his last eight games (1g-8a) and leads the team with 23 goals and ranks second with 49 points in 47 games while Mark Wires has eight points (3g-5a) in the last four games. San Diego plays at Stockton on Tuesday before returning home to host Long Beach on Wednesday and Las Vegas on Friday and Saturday.
Bakersfield won back-to-back overtime games at Stockton to improve to 5-1-0 in the last six games and 24-19-5 overall. Defenseman Kevin Truelson has a game-winning goal and six points (1g-5a) in the last six games while rookie Reagan Leslie has a game-winning goal and five points (1g-4a) in his last five games and Kevin St. Jacques has scored in 13 of his last 14 games (5g-12a). The Condors host Fresno on Monday and Dayton on Wednesday before heading to Victoria for games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.