LAS VEGAS – F Francis Verreault deflected home an Evan Trupp shot early in the third period and it proved to be the game-winner as the Bakersfield Condors (18-34-2-3, 41pts) earned their fourth straight victory, 4-2, over the Las Vegas Wranglers (27-21-2-3, 59pts). G Brian Stewart stopped 47 shots for his fourth straight win.
The Condors killed off an early Las Vegas power play and weathered an early Wranglers storm to keep them off the board. Bakersfield then struck for two goals 1:45 apart to take a 2-0 lead. First, Verreault blasted home a drop pass from C Jacob Lagace at 12:04 to put the Condors in front. Trupp doubled the lead at 13:49 when his feed in front deflected off Wranglers G Joe Fallon and across the line. Stewart took over from there, making 18 first period stops.
It was the Wranglers turn in the second period to kill off an early penalty and they used that momentum to get back in the game. F Scott Pitt scored on a point blank chance in front at 11:49 to cut the lead to 2-1. Seconds later at 12:28, F Eric Lampe slapped home a one-timer from the left-wing circle to knot the score at 2-2. The Condors would get a late power play, but could not convert as they were outshot 20-7 in the frame.
In the third period, it was the Condors who would get the go-ahead tally. After a loose scramble in front of net, Trupp’s shot hit the leg of Verreault and trickled past Fallon to put the Condors in front 3-2 at 3:43. It was all Wranglers from there on though, but Stewart turned aside shot after shot for Bakersfield. The Condors sealed the win as C Tyler Maxwell got his first as a Condor into an empty-net in the final minute of play.
Today’s box score: click here.
G Brian Stewart was named ECHL Goaltender of the Week earlier today and celebrated his 28th birthday. His shutout streak ended at 91:49 after Pitt’s second period goal. It was the fourth game in a row he denied 40+ shots…Tonight was meeting eight of 11 between the two sides. The Condors are now 3-5-0-0… C Jacob Lagace’s four-point night (0g-4a) matches a Condors season-high… F Jake Morley’s four-game point streak came to an end… Condors scratches: F Peter Boyd, D Ryan Annesley, D Deron Cousens, D Francis Meilleur… Shots on goal: BAK – 31 , LV – 49 … Power plays: BAK – 0/4 , LV – 1/5 … Three stars: 1. Stewart (BAK), 2. Verreault (BAK), 3. Lampe (LV)
$1 Hot dogs, 1/2 price beer and Cap Giveaway
The Condors are home for two games this week, hosting the Stockton Thunder Thursday night. That night, enjoy $1 hot dogs all night long, and 1/2 price beer through the end of the first intermission, courtesy of Bright House Networks. It’s also High School/College ID Night, purchase a lower level ticket for just $1 by presenting your student ID at the box office. Bright House subscribers can also get four free tickets by presenting their cable bill at the box office.
Saturday night the Condors take on the Ontario Reign for Cap Giveaway Night, sponsored by 29 Eyewitness News, 98.5 The Fox and Cal Water. The first 2,000 fans 5 and older will get their choice between a flat bill or traditional curved bill cap.
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