Condors drop 3-2 decision to Utah
Trukhno scores teddy bear-launching goal
Bakersfield, Calif. – The Utah Grizzlies (10-4-2-1, 23pts) took down the Bakersfield Condors (7-9-1-0, 15pts) in front of 8,327 fans at Rabobank Arena Saturday on Teddy Bear Toss Night. It was the largest crowd of the year, and the tenth largest in Condors history.
The Condors launched a heavy attack in the first period, putting 15 pucks on G J.P. Lamoureux, but couldn’t break through the Grizzlies netminder. Meanwhile, the Grizzlies struck for two goals on six shots, the first on a sharp-angle drive from the left corner by D Brock Wilson at the 7:47 mark. Less than four minutes later, C Marcus Carroll slid a shot just inside the left post to give Utah a 2-0 lead after the first period.
Utah added to their lead with a power play goal at the 12:28 mark of the second period. F Brent Gauvreau dished a pass to C Tyler Ruegsegger, and he buried it in the top left corner for the 3-0 lead after two periods of play.
The fans got a chance to launch their bears when F Slava Trukhno finally solved Lamoureux. Trukhno received a pass from RW Stephane Goulet and snapped a shot into the upper corner of the net. D J.F. David put the Condors within one when he struck on the power play with just 18 second left in the game, but Utah was able to stave off the final flurry to take the 3-2 victory.
Tonight’s crowd was the sixth largest in Teddy Bear Toss history, and the tenth largest crowd in Condors history… F Slava Trukhno scored the teddy bear launching goal in his first career Teddy Bear Toss game… This game wrapped up an eight-game homestand for the Condors, who went 3-4-1-0. They will now play 10 of their next 14 on the road… Power plays: BAK: 1/5, UTA: 1/2… Three Stars: 1. J. Lamoureux (UTA); 2. V. Trukhno (BAK); 3. S. Goulet (BAK)
The Condors return to Rabobank Arena on Dec. 10 when they host the Stockton Thunder for Makeover Giveaway, sponsored by Bright House Networks and Spa Euphoria. 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. The Box Office will be closed tomorrow. 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.