BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Gerald Coleman made 29 saves for a perfect night as the Alaska Aces (14-4-1-1) downed the Bakersfield Condors (5-14-2-0, 12pts) 2-0 in front of 4,545 fans at Rabobank Arena Friday night.
Despite an early lead in shots for the Condors, the Aces drew first blood. RW Wes Goldie scored on a 2-on-1 at 6:59 to make it 1-0. G Bryan Pitton earned the start for the third straight game for the Condors and made 13 saves int he opening period. Shots were 14-10 Alaska through 20 minutes.
Bakersfield outshot Alaska in a tightly played second frame, 10-7, but it was the Aces again lighting the lamp. C Tyler Ruegsegger slipped home a rebound with 2:19 left in the frame to make it 2-0. The Condors came close with a couple shots ringing off the post, but they remained without a goal for their efforts.
Defense prevailed in the third, with Coleman completing the shutout, though the Condors lead in shots 9-8. Bakersfield had their chances with a pair of power plays in the period, but they could get nothing past the Aces ‘D’.
D Tyson Gimblett, C Robby Dee and F Chris Kushneriuk all made their Condors debuts tonight… The Condors have now gone a record ninth straight game without a victory (0-8-1-0)… Bakersfield outshot Alaska for the first time this season… Final Shots: BAK – 29; AK – 28… Power plays: BAK-0/4; AK-0/4… Three stars: 1. Coleman (AK); 2. Goldie (AK); 3. Ruegsegger (AK).
Tune in tomorrow:
The Condors host the Aces again Saturday night at 7 p.m. They welcome Captain America to Condorstown, courtesy of The Groove 99.3 and Diamond Technologies. He will greet fans and hang out in the Condors Photo Booth. Bring your skates and hit the ice after the game for a free Skate with the Team. Limited skate rental is available for $5. Tune in to all the action on Fox Sports Radio 970 AM, www.foxsports970am.com, or through the iheartradio app. In addition, the game will be streamed live through the official pay-per-view provider of the ECHL, www.americaone.com.
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