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Tuesday, Oct 27 2009 11:07 PM

A shift for balance

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BY MIKE GRIFFITH, Californian staff writer

He's had five games for evaluation and now Condors coach Marty Raymond is making a few tweaks as the Condors head into a series of three games in four nights.

Most notably, he is making a switch on the top line, which has been ineffective thus far.

Related Info

Ontario at Condors

When Tonight, 7

Where Rabobank Arena

Radio KGEO (1230 AM), 6:45

Condors record 3-2-0

Reign record 2-2-0

Series Tied, 1-1-0

Notes With Justin Pogge in Anaheim, Bakersfield's Tim Potter will serve as emergency backup goaltender tonight ... Anyone bringing a new, unwrapped toy to tonight's game can get in for $1. The toys will be donated to Stay Focused Ministries ... All of the Condors were wearing one white glove in practice on Tuesday morning, breaking in the new mitts, which will be worn on Friday night when they host the Utah Grizzlies for King of Pop Jersey Raffle & Auction. The Condors will wear special jerseys that night honoring Michael Jackson.

Mathieu Aubin, Maxime Macenauer and Stephane Goulet when together on the ice have generated just two assists.

Andrew Ianiero will take Goulet's spot with Aubin and Macenauer, with Goulet joining Logan MacMillan and Adam Naglich.

"I just want more balance on all three lines," Raymond said of the change for today's 7 p.m. game against Ontario at Rabobank Arena. "The first line has been in a bit of a drought."

Ianiero gives the line more speed and potentially more muscle to retrieve pucks as the power forward is very strong along the boards.

The power play (1-22, 4.5 percent) is another early concern, but Raymond said the low numbers are basically due to missed opportunities.

"We've had great chances but we've missed some open nets, hit some posts and crossbars," he said. "It's just a matter of finishing and we've got to do better. A lot of these guys have never played the power play before and it's going to take some time."

And it may be some time before the Condors see goaltender Justin Pogge again.

Pogge was called up to Anaheim on Monday for the second time in six days and he will most likely be sticking around for a while this time.

Pogge was called up last week in case Jean-Sebastien Giguere was unable to play due to a groin strain but Giguere said he was good to go last Wednesday and Pogge headed back to Victoria to rejoin the Condors.

Giguere aggravated the injury in the waning moments of a game on Saturday night, necessitating the call to Pogge, who was on Anaheim's bench in a 6-3 loss to Toronto on Monday night.

"Until we have two healthy goalies he'll be here," Anaheim assistant general manager David McNab said of Pogge. "I really don't know (how long that might be). It could be a while."

In the meantime, the heavy lifting in goal in Bakersfield falls on the shoulders of another Anaheim prospect, 20-year-old rookie Timo Pielmeier.

"We want Timo to play a lot anyway," McNab said.

The Ducks also made another move concerning Bakersfield, reassigning Bobby Bolt to Muskegon, Mich., in the International Hockey League. Bolt played the first two games with the Condors but had been on 3-day IR.

"It's a situation where he'd been around for a couple of years and Bobby was our sixth forward there," McNab said. "It was a tough situation for him, being a third-year pro, and he was probably going to be in and out of the lineup. It's just better off for him that we put him somewhere else."

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