CONDORSTOWN, Calif. – The Bakersfield Condors (24-40-4-3, 55pts) out-hit, out-shot, and out-scored the Utah Grizzlies (32-33-0-6, 70pts) 4-1 in front of a rowdy crowd of 6,937 Friday night at Rabobank Arena.
The Condors continued to pelt the Utah netminder with shots, and were finally rewarded with a pair of late goals. F Peter Boyd netted his 17th of the season, and fourth shorthanded goal, at 17:00 to give the Condors the first goal of the night. Just 1:47 later they connected on the power play, with F Tyler Helfrich potting his 19th of the season with a one-timer blast.
Bakersfield blew the game wide open early in the third with two goals in the first 3:35. F Evan Trupp and LW Jesse Gimblett both lit the lamp to give the Condors a 4-0 cushion. Only a power play redirection late in the third spoiled the night for Pitton, who made 24 saves on the evening.
The three rookie leaders in shorthanded goals are all Condors: F Peter Boyd, RW Scott Freeman and F Robby Dee… F Tyler Helfrich has 3g-1a in his current four-game point streak… Only one non-goaltender on the Condors failed to get a shot… Bakersfield has won five of the last six games in the season series… Shots on goal: BAK- 43, UTA- 25… PP: BAK 1/5, UTA 1/4… Three Stars: 1. Boyd (BAK), 2. Dee (BAK), 3. Pitton (BAK).
Ben 10 and NASCAR driver Ryan Reed Saturday night
The Condors conclude the regular season on Saturday at 7 p.m. against the Grizzlies as Cartoon Network’s Ben 10 will make an appearance in the Condors photo booth. Also, Bakersfield native and NASCAR driver Ryan Reed will bring his race car before the game and will take pictures with fans during the game. Don’t miss out on your last chance to catch the Condors this season presented by Bright House Networks, 101.5 KGFM, and Farmers Insurance.
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