LOVELAND, Colo. – Jack Combs recorded a hat trick to pace the Colorado Eagles (7-6-0-1, 15pts) to a 6-3 victory over the Bakersfield Condors (5-11-1-0, 11pts) Saturday night.
The Condors enjoyed a fast start to the game, putting together multiple scoring chances in the opening period, and outshooting Colorado 13-7. F Casey Pierro-Zabotel scored at 11:27 of the first to give Bakersfield a 1-0 lead. F Jack Combs answered for the Eagles late in the period to tie it up. Both goals were wraparound tallies.
Colorado and Bakersfield exchanged tallies in the middle frame, with F Rhett Gordon and F Riley Nelson lighting the lamp for the Eagles, and F Peter Boyd scoring for the Condors. Boyd’s fourth of the season came on a shorthanded rush for Bakersfield. The second period also saw a tilt between LW Matt Marquardt and Eagles D Gord Burnett. It was 3-2 Colorado after two.
It remained a one-goal game well into the third. But with just under seven minutes left in the game Combs’ second of the night, on an odd-man rush, gave the home team a two-goal lead. He completed the hat trick with a power play goal at 15:45 of the third. Boyd added a tally in the waning minutes for his first career multiple-goal game. The Eagles added an empty netter to seal the victory.
Tonight was the first time in 10 games the Condors scored in the first period… Boyd scored his second shorthanded goal of the season and the fourth shorty for the team… Condors leading scorer RW Scott Freeman was a scratch for the Condors… Final Shots: BAK – 29; COL – 30… Power plays: BAK-1/4; COL-3/8.
Teddy Bear Toss is coming!
The Condors return home for two games next week. Tuesday night against Alaska enjoy $1 hot dogs all night long and 1/2 price beer through the first intermission, sponsored by My45, 105.3 La Preciosa and R&D Leather Furniture.
Saturday against Ontario is Teddy Bear Toss Night, sponsored by 29 Eyewitness News, KERN 1180 and Wells Fargo. Bring a new teddy bear to the game and when the Condors score their first goal, throw them onto the ice. The bears will be collected by the United Way of Kern County.
Ticket packages, starting as low as $48, are on sale now by calling the Condors front office. Special group rates are available for just a minimum of 10 people (advanced purchase required). Reserve your group or party today by calling 324-PUCK (7825).
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