Condors comeback falls short, 3-2

CONDORSTOWN, Calif. - The Bakersfield Condors (22-38-4-3, 51pts) saw and end come to their playoff hopes, as they fell to the Colorado Eagles (34-26-1-5, 74pts) 3-2 Wednesday night at Rabobank Arena. The loss eliminated the Condors from playoff contention.

The Condors and Eagles exchanged first period scoring chances, but it wasn’t until the final minute of the frame that either club scored. Former Condors F Liam Huculak banged in a rebound past G Bryan Pitton at 19:05 to give Colorado a 1-0 lead. Shots were 15-10 in favor of the Eagles. The Eagles started G Kyle Jones between the pipes.

F Teegan Moore, playing in his first pro game, banged in a rebound early in the second frame to make it 2-0 Colorado. But F Evan Trupp put the Condors on the board at 5:09 to give the team life, scoring his 10th of the season. Trupp’s second of the period at 14:25, off a F Parker Stanfield feed, tied the game at 2-2. Shots were 15-12 in favor of the Condors.

In the third, the Eagles pushed back in front for good. F Alex Penner slipped a shot past Pitton for his fourth of the season at 4:31 to make it 3-2. The Condors mounted a comeback effort, putting 16 third period shots on goal, but the equalizer eluded the home team. Jones finished the night with a 41-save victory, while Pitton suffered the hard-luck loss with a 37-save performance.

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Matt O’Dette’s post-game comments

Condors Droppings:
F Evan Trupp now has three multi-goal games and 19 points in 20 games as a Condor… F Parker Stanfield had two assists… The Condors have had 40 or more shots 13 times this season, three of which have come against Colorado… Tonight was G Bryan Pitton’s eighth start in the last nine games… Shots on goal: BAK- 43, COL- 40… PP: BAK 0/6, COL 1/1… Three Stars: 1. Trupp (BAK), 2. Stanfield (BAK), 3. Moore (COL).

Up to Stockton, then home to finish

The Condors head out on their last road trip of the season this weekend with a pair of games in Stockton on Friday and Saturday. Game time both nights is 7:30 p.m. Tune in live for the broadcasts on Fox Sports Radio 970 AM.

Next Wednesday the team opens up a three-game home stand to finish the season, hosting the Alaska Aces for Blood Drive Night, sponsored by My 45 and KUZZ 107.9. Those who donate blood at Houchin Blood Bank during the month of March can get in to this game for just $1. Doors open at 6 p.m., the puck drops at 7.

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