BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – The Bakersfield Condors (2-0-0, 4pts) dropped their second Pacific Division Champion banner from the rafters and then proceeded to drop the Colorado Eagles (1-1-0, 2pts) by a score of 3-1 in front of 6,788 at Rabobank Arena on Saturday night.
Highlights of the 3-1 victory
After both teams had unsuccessful chances on the power play, the Condors struck for the first goal of the game at the 11:42 mark of the first period. F Mathew Sisca and F Scott Freeman connected with F Jesse Gimblett at the top of the crease where Gimblett shifted a shot from in tight past Eagles netminder Kyle Jones to put Bakersfield on top, 1-0. The Condors would use the momentum from the goal to outshoot the Eagles by a 19-8 margin in the frame.
Colorado responded with the only goal of the second period as D Aaron Slattengen deposited a rebound past Condors goalie Matt Keetley at the 4:50 mark to tie the game at 1-1. The deadlock carried into the intermission.
Bakersfield wasted no time in the third period as they regained the lead on the power play. After a rebound caromed off the pads of Jones, Freeman (2) stuck his stick through an Eagles defender and redirected the rebound into the open net to put the Condors ahead 2-1 just 32 seconds in. The Condors killed off three late Eagles power plays and F Peter Boyd added the insurance empty-net tally with a minute left to give the Condors a 3-1 victory.
The Condors are now (10-4-0) in home openers in team history…Tonight was the first meeting between the two sides…Jesse Gimblett has recorded consecutive multiple point games…Scott Freeman and Gimblett have scored in consecutive games…The Condors have scored first in both pre-season games and both regular season contests…Joe Loprieno played in his 100th professional game…Final shots were 43-30 in favor of Bakersfield… Prior to game the Condors honored actor and friend of Condorstown Charles Napier who passed away last week…Power plays: BAK – 1/6; COL – 0/7… Three Stars: 1. Freeman (BAK), 2. Gimblett (BAK), 3. Keetley (BAK).
Limited spots remain for annual golf classic!
The Condors host their 14th Annual Charity Golf Classic on Monday, Oct. 17 at Noon. This year’s event will be at RiverLakes Golf Course located at 5201 RiverLakes Dr. Teams are comprised of four entrants and a Condors player at a cost of $125 per person. Entry fee includes greens fees, cart, range balls, a sack lunch, one free putt in the putting contest, three free raffle tickets, specialty hat and a goodie bag. Non-Golfer Dinner Only tickets are available for $20. To download a Charity Golf Classic entry form, click here , or for more information call the Condors front office at 324-PUCK(7825).
Bakersfield hits the road for a three-game, two-city road trip beginning on Wednesday October 19th with a game against the Utah Grizzlies. The team meets the Grizzlies again on Friday before heading to Las Vegas for a single game against the Wranglers on Saturday.
The team returns home on Friday, October 28th when the Idaho Steelheads come to Bakersfield for the first time. The most famous fans in hockey, ‘The Green Men’ will make an appearance and everyone in attendance will receive a Condors magnet schedule courtesy of Fox Sports 970 am and Bakersfield Hyundai.
Ticket packages for the 2011-12 season are now on sale, starting at just $48. The Condors will battle the rival Stockton Thunder in Bakersfield in preseason action on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. Visit www.BakersfieldCondors.com or call 324-PUCK(7825) for more information.
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