Late Surge Not Enough as Condors Fall 4-3 to Alaska

ANCHORAGE, AK - The Bakersfield Condors (14-34-4-1, 33pts), scored twice in the final minute of regulation with the goaltender pulled, but could not overcome the Alaska Aces (35-14-2-4, 76pts) and fell, 4-3, on Sunday night at Sullivan Arena.

A tightly played first period led to few scoring opportunities for either side. However, the Aces received a late power play and cashed in when D Kane Lafranchise’s shot snuck through the glove hand of Condors G Matt Keetley at the 18:25 mark to give Alaska a 1-0 lead. The Condors were outshot, 9-7.

Alaska extended the lead to 2-0 in the second period at the 10:10 mark when F Chris Langkow scored his second of the year. Shots were 13-4 in favor of the Aces. 

The Aces scored twice in the third period with D Bryan Miller and F Nick Mazzolini scoring at 10:14 and 13:38 to stretch the lead to 4-0. Bakersfield mounted a frantic, late third period comeback, scoring three times. First, RW Tyler Helfrich potted his 12th of the season on the power play at 17:32. Then with the goalie pulled and under a minute remaining, LW Evan Trupp banged home a cross crease pass with 41 seconds remaining to make it 4-2. Just 16 seconds later, F Kyle Calder tucked in a loose rebound to pull the Condors within one at 4-3. Bakersfield would go on to get a few late chances, but could not complete the comeback and fell 4-3.

Condors Droppings: Bakersfield finishes with a 2-4-0 record in Anchorage this season…LW Evan Trupp has six goals in his last four games…F Parker Stanfield has his six-game point streak (4g-6a) come to an end in the loss…RW Tyler Helfrich recorded his seventh multiple point game with a goal and an assist…G Matt Keetley made his sixth consecutive start…Shots on goal: BAK- 19, AK- 33… PP: BAK 1/4, AK 2/6… Three Stars: 1. Nunn (AK), 2. Mazzolini (AK), 3. Helfrich (BAK) 

 

Tip-A-Condor is Tuesday

The Condors will host one of their most anticipated events of the season, with the annual Tip-A-Condor event at Hooters on Tues. Feb. 21 from 5-8 p.m. The event features Condors players serving as waiters working for tips to raise money for the Kern County Shrine Club. There will also be live and silent auctions held throughout the night. Tickets to the event are $25 and include dinner.  They may be purchased by calling 324-PUCK (7825), swinging by the Condors front office, or at Hooters. The night has raised over $130,000 in its history.

 

Bobblefists, Bugs Bunny & free palm trees coming up!

The Condors return to home ice for a pair of games against the Stockton Thunder, on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24 and 25. 

Friday the first 2,000 fans 5 and older will get a Bobblehead of Condors enforcer Hans Benson – and his fists bobble as well! Sponsored by KBAK Eyewitness News and Three-Way Automotive Group.  On Saturday the first 2,000 fans 5 and older will get a palm tree seedling to take home, stick in the ground and turn your abode tropical! In addition, Bugs Bunny will be in the house to meet the kids and hang out in the Condors Photo Booth, sponsored by Bright House Networks, KERN 1180 and Cal Water.


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. For more information on ticket packages, exciting promotions, and to sign up for the Kids Club for just $10, log on towww.bakersfieldcondors.com.

 

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