Welcome Vegas and Victoria to Rabobank Arena
Bakersfield, Calif. – The Bakersfield Condors wrapped up the past week with a 1-1-1-0 record after hosting the Utah Grizzlies for three games at Rabobank Arena. Saturday’s contest marked only the second time all season the Condors have played past regulation, previously beating Stockton in a shootout on October 29. The Condors 5-7-1-0 record has them tied with Ontario for third in the division.
THIS WEEK (ALL TIMES PACIFIC):
Wednesday, Nov. 17 vs. Victoria (10:30 a.m.)
Friday, Nov. 19 vs. Las Vegas (7:00 p.m.)
Saturday, Nov. 20 vs. Victoria (7:00 p.m.)
WEEK IN REVIEW (Home team in CAPS):
Wednesday, Nov. 10
Utah 4 vs. CONDORS 2
Utah LW Brad Snetsinger recorded a natural hat trick as the Grizzlies built up a 4-0 lead after two periods of play. Condors D Jason Lepine put Bakersfield on the board at 7:24 of the third period and they struck one final time, as RW Vlady Nikiforov picked up a 5-on-3 power play goal with less than two minutes remaining in the game. It was as close as Bakersfield would get, eventually falling 4-2.
Friday, Nov. 12
CONDORS 4 vs. Utah 3
After surrendering two goals in the first period, the Condors erased the deficit with three unanswered goals in the second period. RW Pascal Morency picked up his first of the night at the 3:52 mark after collecting a loose puck in the slot. RW Carter Smith tied the game for Bakersfield less than four minutes later on a breakaway pass from F Andrew Ianiero. Morency picked up his second of the game to cap off the scoring in the second period by firing a wrist shot over the glove of Utah G Andrew Engelage. RW Stephane Goulet increased the lead to 4-2 with a 4-on-4 goal early in the third period. It would prove to be the game-winner, as LW Brad Snetsinger scored his fourth goal in two games on a 5-on-3 power play just three minutes later. G Josh Tordjman picked up the 4-3 victory for Bakersfield.
Saturday, Nov. 13
Utah 3 vs. CONDORS 2
F Andrew Ianiero started the scoring early when he tucked home a breakaway between the legs of G Andrew Engelage at the 3:31 mark, giving the Condors a 1-0 lead. Bakersfield held the lead for over 20 minutes, until Utah F Chris Donovan scored shorthanded to even the score at 1-1. F Paul Crowder gave the Grizzlies the lead when he scored with just over two minutes left in the second period. Bakersfield was able to force overtime when rookie F Mark Magnowski scored his first professional goal on the power play and with an extra attacker with less than 2 minutes left in regulation. Former Stanley Cup winner D Ric Jackman squashed the Condors hopes for another comeback victory, however, when he blasted home a power play goal to secure a 3-2 overtime win for Utah.
PLAYER AND TEAM NOTES:
- Bakersfield posted their highest shot total of the year on Saturday when they fired 43 shots on goal.
- The Condors lost to Utah in overtime for the first time in team history, now holding a 28-13-1 record against Utah.
- RW Pascal Morency was injured in the third period of Friday night’s game, after he picked up his team leading sixth goal of the season in the second period. He was placed on the 21-day IR. The Condors still have D Evan Stoflet, F Bobby Robins and LW J.D. Corbin on the IR as well.
- Condors rookie F Mark Magnowski picked up his first professional point with an assist on Friday, and followed that up with a two point performance, including the game-tying goal, on Saturday.
- G Josh Tordjman recorded 10 more PIM on Saturday, and is now 3 PIM short of tying the all-time Condors goalie record of 32 held by Scott Hay (2001-02).
- The Condors raised $20,000 for M.A.R.E. in their Kern Veterans Jersey Auction on Saturday night.
ON THE DOCKET:
The Condors are home again on Wednesday to hold their annual Businesspersons and Field Trip game, sponsored by Hot 94.1. The Victoria Salmon Kings are in town for an early start. The doors open at 9:30 a.m. with the drop of the puck at 10:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday’s games return to the normal schedule at the Mercy and Memorial Hospitals Home Ice at Rabobank Arena, with the drop of the puck at 7 p.m. and doors opening at 6 p.m. for both games
The Las Vegas Wranglers come to town as the Condors hold their first trading card giveaway of the year on Friday, courtesy of Bright House Networks. On Saturday, Nov. 20, vs. Victoria, the San Diego Charger Girls will be at the Condors game to perform on the ice and sign autographs, sponsored by ESPN AM 1230.
The Condors are having a November Nuttiness merchandise clearance sale! Through November 24, or while supplies last, jerseys, bobbleheads, t-shirts and other items are on sale at huge discounts. Past specialty jerseys are $75 off for Season Ticket Holders, and $50 off for non-season ticket holders. The regular retail for those jerseys is $125. The sale takes place at the Condors back merchandise stand, behind section 102, and is available during all home games.
All three games this week can be heard on Fox Sports Radio 970 AM, online at foxsports970am.com, and on your smartphone through the iheartradio app. Friday’s game will begin on Fox Sports 970 AM at the conclusion of the Lakers game, however the entire game can be heard online. You can also watch all the games streaming live through America One.
Wednesday and Saturday’s games will be aired live on Bright House Networks Cable Channel 21, and all fans are welcome to phone in the Goose Loonies call-in show (716-0970) after all three games.
The Condors one hour weekly talk show starts up this week! Tune in to Fox Sports Radio 970 AM from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Thursday to get an inside look at Condors hockey. The show features players, staff, and other hockey news and notes. Fans are welcome to call the show at 716-0970.
CONDORS LEAGUE LEADERS:
RW Erick Lizon – 58 PIM (2nd, ECHL)
RW Pascal Morency – 50 PIM (5th, ECHL)
RW Pascal Morency – .333 shooting percentage (3rd, ECHL)
G Josh Tordjman – 324 saves (1st, ECHL)
G Josh Tordjman – 595 minutes played (3rd, ECHL)
RW Carter Smith – .250 shooting percentage (4th, rookies)
D Jason Lepine – 10 points (t-2nd, defensemen)
D Jason Lepine – 9 assists (1st, defensemen)
Condors – 318 PIM (2nd, ECHL)
Points – RW Stephane Goulet, F Andrew Ianiero, D Jason Lepine (10)
Goals – RW Pascal Morency(6)
Assists -D Jason Lepine, (9)
PIM – RW Erick Lizon (58)
Plus/Minus – D Brendan Milnamow, C Adam Naglich (+3)
GAA – G Josh Tordjman (2.82)
Wins – G Josh Tordjman (4)
Save Percentage – G Josh Tordjman (.920)
Don’t miss your chance to reserve your ECHL All-Star Classic tickets before they go on sale to the public! The Condors All-Star 4-pack gets you tickets to the All-Star game on January 26, as well as the ever popular Teddy Bear Toss game on November 27. You also get to pick two additional games throughout the regular season.
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 $42! Call the Condors office at 324-PUCK (7825) or go online to www.bakersfieldcondors.com for more information.