Condors crush Utah 5-0, advance to 2nd round

CONDORSTOWN, Calif. – The Bakersfield Condors, owned by the Edmonton Oilers, rolled over the Utah Grizzlies, 5-0 in Game 5, to advance to the Western Conference Semifinals. They defeat the #3 seeded Grizzlies 4-games-to-1. The crowd of 5,040 was the largest among any Western Conference games of the post-season.
The Condors open the 2nd round against the Stockton Thunder, with Games 1 and 2 in Condorstown, on May 2 and 3 at Rabobank Arena. Both games start at 7 p.m.

1st Period

  • No scoring
  • Shots: BAK – 7 | UTA – 13

2nd Period

  • CONDORS goal: RW Jordan Knackstedt (1st) from the left circle up under the crossbar on the power play (Steffes, Bowman assist) at 2:12; BAK leads, 1-0
  • CONDORS goal: LW Chris Collins (1st) ripped a shot shortside from the left of the crease (Leach, Miller assist) at 4:11; BAK leads 2-0
  • CONDORS goal: C Joel Broda (2nd) wrist shot from the right circle on the power play (Bowman, Knackstedt assist) at 14:08; BAK leads 3-0
  • Shots: BAK – 10 | UTA – 7
3rd Period 
  • CONDORS goal: C Gary Steffes (2nd) point-blank ripped a centering feed to the top shelf (Little, Carroll assist) at 3:25; BAK leads 4-0
  • CONDORS goal: Knackstedt with his second of the game, fired it from his own zone into an empty net (Leach assist) at 11:41; BAK leads 5-0
  • Shots: BAK – 11 | UTA – 13

W: Brossoit (4-1; 33/33)
L: Bobkov (0-2; 27/23)

Condors droppings:

  • Three Stars: 1. Brossoit (BAK), 2. Knackstedt (BAK), 3. Steffes (BAK)
  • Final shots:BAK – 28 | UTA – 33
  • Power plays: BAK – 2/8 | UTA – 0/5
  • The Condors power play scored twice in the game after being shutout in their first 20 opportunities in the series.
  • F Andrew Carroll had a point in all five games in the series (2g-3a), including two game-winning goals.
  • G Laurent Brossoit set a new Condors playoff record with his second shutout of the post-season.
  • RW Jordan Knackstedt (2g-1a), D Collin Bowman (2a), and C Gary Steffes (1g-1a) all had multiple point games.
  • The line of Carroll-Steffes-Little combined for 4g-8a-12pts in the series.
  • D Joey Leach was a +7 in the series, to lead the Condors.
  • Bakersfield scored the first goal in all five games of the series.
  • Scratches: Thurber, Joe, Gawryletz, Holmberg

 

Condors (#6) vs. Stockton Thunder (#7)
G1 – STK @ BAK, Fri, 5/2, 7 p.m.
G2 – STK @ BAK, Sat, 5/3, 7 p.m.
G3 – BAK @ STK, Wed, 5/7, 7 p.m.
G4 – BAK @ STK, Fri, 5/9, 7:30 p.m.
G5 – BAK @ STK, Sat, 5/10, 7:30 p.m.
G6 – STK @ BAK, Tue, 5/13, 7 p.m.
G7 – STK @ BAK, Wed, 5/14, 7 p.m.

 

WESTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS
Condors (#6) def. Utah Grizzlies (#3), 4-games-to-1

G1 – BAK @ UTA, Fri, 4/18 – W, 1-0
G2 – BAK @ UTA – Sat, 4/19 – L, 2-1
G3 – UTA @ BAK – Tues, 4/22 – W, 4-3
G4 – UTA @ BAK – Thurs, 4/24 – W, 3-2
G5 – UTA @ BAK – Fri, 4/25 – W, 5-0

 

Tune In:
  • All games, home and away, can be heard on Fox Sports Radio 970 AM (www.foxsports970am.com), through your mobile device on iHeartRadio, or pay-per-view online at www.AmericaOneSports.com. “Condors Countdown” starts 15 minutes prior to the drop of the puck.
  • “Condors Unleashed” weekly live webcast produced by the Bakersfield Californian can be seen on www.Bakersfield.com Wednesdays from Noon – 1 p.m.
  • “Condors Insider” weekly radio show, live Thursday from 4 – 5 p.m. on Fox Sports Radio 970.

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