ANCHORAGE, AK - LW Evan Trupp scored twice and C Robby Dee scored a third period goal for the Bakersfield Condors (14-33-4-1, 33pts), but it was not enough as the Alaska Aces (34-14-2-4, 74pts) pushed past the Condors for a 9-4 victory at Sullivan Arena on Saturday night.
Alaska raced out to a 2-0 lead in the first 8:35 with goals from C Brian Swanson and a power-play goal from F Wes Goldie. The Condors cut the deficit in half on their second shot of the game as Trupp went five-hole through the legs of Aces G Adam Courchaine at 10:59 to make it 2-1. The Aces responded with two more though within the next three minutes as F Ethan Cox and F Blair Yaworski each potted goals to extend Alaska’s lead to 4-1. Yaworksi’s goal was the end of the night for Condors G Matt Keetley. Trupp would once again cut into the lead with his second of the night at 15:17 to make it 4-2. F Nick Mazzolini would regain the three-goal advantage at 16:32 to make the intermission scoreline, 5-2.
Bakersfield went on the offensive early in the second period and it led to a tally. At 8:12, D Ryan Annesley finished off an odd-man rush to trim the Alaska lead to 5-3. The Aces took a three-goal lead once again though, 6-3, 18:39 into the period, as Yaworksi scored his second of the night. The Condors outshot the Aces, 12-5.
Dee made it a two-goal hockey game once again at 6-4 scoring on a breakaway at 6:49 of the third period after receiving a great stretch pass from D Tyson Gimblett. G Bryan Pitton denied Cox on a penalty shot 10:16, but the Aces exploded late for three goals, including two more from Goldie to take a 9-4 win.
Condors Droppings:The same two teams meet tomorrow at 6:05 p.m. (pacific) in Anchorage…LW Evan Trupp has five goals in his last three games…F Parker Stanfield has 10 points (4g-6a) in his current six-game scoring streak…C Robby Dee’s 16th goal of the season is a team-high…The Condors are now 2-3-0 in Alaska this season…Cox’s third period penalty shot was the third faced by Condors netminders who have stopped all three. Bryan Pitton has stopped two…Shots on goal: BAK- 25, AK- 38… PP: BAK 0/3, AK 1/3… Three Stars: 1. Goldie (AK), 2. Yaworski (AK), 3. Trupp (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!
After a third and final game in Alaska, 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.
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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