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Condors' Skinner named AHL Goaltender of the Month

Stuart Skinner

Condors goalie Stuart Skinner looks to stop a puck on the doorstep during a January 2020 game.

Bakersfield Condors' goalie Stuart Skinner has been named the American Hockey League Goalkeeper of the Month for April, the league announced Monday.

Skinner, who has a league-high 18 wins this season, went 7-2 during the month, allowing 1.93 goals per game with a .926 save percentage. He completed his month by making a season high 33 saves in a 6-2 win over Pacific Division-leading Henderson last Wednesday.

Skinner's performance helped lead the Condors to a 9-3 record in April, and has them in a tight, three-way race for the Pacific Division lead, a race that got even tighter during their first game of May.

The Condors gained ground in the race on Monday, scoring five times on just 19 shots in a 5-3 road win over San Jose.

Brad Malone gave Bakersfield the lead with a goal late in the first period, then put the game away by scoring again with 5:27 to play, capping a three-goal final period.

Devin Brosseau broke a 3-3 tie two minutes into the third period before Cooper Marody found the back of the net with 7:17 to play to put the Condors ahead for good.

Now 21-12, the Condors' .632 winning percentage has them narrowly behind Henderson (.647) and just ahead of San Diego (.618) in the division standings.