Condors Start Strong, but fall to Stockton, 3-2

STOCKTON, Calif. - The Bakersfield Condors (23-39-4-3, 53pts) got to the Stockton Thunder (33-31-1-4, 71pts) early with two first period goals, but saw two leads evaporate and a frantic finish fall short in a 3-2 loss.

LW Kyle Calder opened the scoring with a wraparound backhanded effort from behind the net of Stockton G Olivier Roy to give Bakersfield a 1-0 lead at 2:26 of the first period. Stockton F Jesse Fratkin equalized, 7:37 into the frame, to knot the game at 1-1. Calder then finished off a two-on-one rush with RW Tyler Helfrich to put the Condors in front 2-1 at 9:39. The Thunder would pull back into a tie at 2-2 just 43 seconds later when F Jordan Fulton notched his 16th of the season. Shots favored the Condors, 13-5.

Stockton got their first lead of the weekend after F Chris D’Alvise split the defense and put the Thunder in front 3-2 at 14:12 of the second period. It was the lone goal of the frame as the Condors were outshot, 9-8.

Bakersfield pulled G Matt Keetley late, but could not find an equalizing tally and fell 3-2 to the Thunder.

Condors Droppings:  

Scott Greenham was loaned to Houston (AHL) today…The Condors finish their road slate of games with a 13-21-1-1 and a 3-1-0-1 mark in their last five road outings…With two goals LW Kyle Calder recorded his seventh multi-point game of the season…F Evan Trupp saw his five-game point streak (2g-4a) come to an end…G Matt Keetley started for the first time since March 1st in Colorado…Bakersfield finishes 3-2-0 in Stockton this season and 5-6-0-2 this season against their Central Valley rivals…Shots on goal: BAK- 33, STK- 22… PP: BAK 0/2, STK 0/1… Three Stars: 1. Fulton (STK), 2. Fratkin (STK), 3. D’Alvise (STK).

Kids Club Party on Monday at Rollerama West

The Condors Kids Club Party will be held at Rollerama West, located on Brimhall Road, from 6-8 p.m. on Monday. Members are in for free and will receive a complimentary soft drink and slice of pizza. Non-members can go for just $5. Come meet the team, skate around and have a lot of fun at the coolest party of the season. For more information call 324-PUCK (7825).

 

Last Road Game and It’s Home for Three to Finish

The Condors play their final road game on Saturday. Game time  is 7:30 p.m from Stockton. 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.

On Friday night the Condors host the Utah Grizzlies at 7 p.m. and the first 2,000 fans, 12 and under, will receive a street hockey stick and puck set courtesy of ABC 23, HOT 94.1 FM and the Three Way Automotive Group.

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. Underprivileged children and military personnel will be given the opportunity to attend the game as part of Big Buddies Night and season ticket holders received complimentary executive level seats to recruit new season ticket holders for next year. 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. 

Get Tickets
Individual tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster and the Rabobank Arena box office by calling 1-800-745-3000. Box office hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday thru Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday with extended hours on gamedays. 

Season ticket renewals are underway, offering fans a chance to purchase $1 sodas the rest of the season with a commemorative season ticket holder cup. The sooner you renew, the more you save! For more info, log on to www.bakersfieldcondors.com.

 

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