Condors doubled up by Utah 4-2
Same two clubs meet at Rabobank Arena Friday and Saturday
Bakersfield, Calif. – Brad Snetsinger picked up a natural hat trick to lead the Utah Grizzlies (6-2-1-1, 14pts) past the Bakersfield Condors (4-7-0-0, 8pts) by the final score of 4-2 in front of 3,587 fans at Rabobank Arena Wednesday night.
The Condors had their chances in the first, putting up a 14-11 shot advantage in the opening frame. But it was Utah taking the 1-0 lead, capitalizing on a Bakersfield turnover. Snetsinger chipped in his fourth of the season and first of the night at 15:39 to give the visitors the lead through 20 minutes. G Josh Tordjman earned the start for the Condors, while Utah countered with G Andrew Engelage.
Utah busted the game open in the middle frame with three goals in the span of five minutes to make it 4-0. Snetsinger notched his second of the game at 7:59 on a shorthanded breakaway and then minutes later completed the hat trick. D Nick Tuzzolino extended the lead at 12:59 with his second of the season.
Bakersfield battled back in the third period and cut into the Grizzlies lead. D Jason Lepine notched his first of the season at 7:24 to put the Condors on the board. In the closing minutes, a two-man advantage yielded another tally for Bakersfield, as RW Vlady Nikiforov scored his second of the season. But it’s as close as the Condors would get, falling 4-2. The Condors out-shot Utah 38-36 on the night.
C Jean-Philipp Chabot was released this afternoon. Chabot had 1g-1a in 10 games this season… D Brendan Milnamow made his Condors debut tonight, after being acquired on Tuesday from Idaho, as did F Mark Magnowski, signed on Tuesday as well… Bakersfield native Manny Martinez served as Utah’s emergency back-up goaltender tonight… Power plays: BAK: 1/7, UT 0/7…Three Stars: 1.B. Snetsinger (UT); 2. A. Engalage (UT); 3.J. Lepine (BAK).
The Condors are holding a merchandise blowout sale at all November home games, including $50 – $75 off past specialty jerseys. Countless other items, such as jersey t-shirts, bobbleheads and team card sets, are on sale with huge discounts, and many items now cost just $1!! We’ve gone totally nutty with this ridiculous sale – take advantage of our temporary delusional state at the back merchandise stand, behind sect. 102, at every November home game.
The Condors host the Utah Grizzlies Friday and Saturday as well. Everyone at Friday’s game will get a team poster, courtesy of ABC23 and Hot Hits 93.1, while on Saturday the Condors will wear special Kern Veteran’s Memorial Jerseys for a special Jersey Off Our Backs Raffle & Auction, sponsored by KUZZ 107.9 and Bud Light. All three games start at 7 p.m.
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.