WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – RW Stephane Goulet scored twice to lead the Bakersfield Condors (41-27-2-1, 85pts) to a 3-1 victory over the Utah Grizzlies (32-32-4-3, 71pts) in front of 10,700 fans at the Maverick Center on Friday night.
A physical first period was scoreless past the halfway point, before the Condors jumped out to a 1-0 advantage. While on the power play, Goulet controlled a feed from F Andrew Ianiero and fired shot past G Andrew Engelage at 13:05 to give Bakersfield the lead.
A rough and tumble game continued through the second period, with neither team able to crack the scoresheet. Goulet picked up his second goal of the night at 11:21 of the third establishing a 2-0 Bakersfield lead. Just over two minutes later, C Hugo Carpentier picked up a shorthanded goal to cut the Condors lead back to just one goal. The Condors and G Brian Stewart held strong, and F Andrew Ianiero finished off the contest by collecting an empty-netter to close out the contest. Stewart made 39 saves to earn the victory for Bakersfield.
RW Erick Lizon served the first game of a two-game ECHL suspension tonight. He is eligible to return for the first game of the Kelly Cup Playoffs… The Condors defeated Utah on the road for the first time since a 5-0 win on Oct. 22… Bakersfield avoided losing three straight games tonight, and hasn’t lost three in a row since Dec. 3 – 7… Power plays: BAK: 1/8; UT: 0/8… Three stars: 1. S. Goulet (BAK); 2. H. Carpentier (UT); 3. B. Stewart (BAK).
Next Home Game:
The Condors have locked up home ice advantage for the first round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs and will return home on April 8th against an opponent yet to be determined. Visit the Condors Kelly Cup Playoff page here http://bakersfieldcondors.com/web/kelly-cup-playoffs/ and stay tuned for updates, scheduling, ticket information and more.
Get your playoff tickets now before they go on sale to the public – call 324-PUCK(7825) for more information.
Individual tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster and the Rabobank Arena Box Office. Box Office hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, with extended hours on game and event days. You can also call Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or visit them online at www.ticketmaster.com. Ticket packages start at just $28! Call the Condors office at 324-PUCK (7825) or go online to www.bakersfieldcondors.com for more information.