Condors earn weekend sweep

CONDORSTOWN, Calif. – The Bakersfield Condors (7-13-0-1, 15pts) picked up the sweep of their two-game weekend series against the Utah Grizzlies (7-11-1-2, 17pts) with a 5-3 triumph at Rabobank Arena Saturday night.

Box Score | Highlights | Burgdoerfer interview | Mann interview

First Period

  • Fights: Condors F Cameron Abney vs. Utah F Norm Ezekiel (Utah D Channing Boe 3rd man-in ejection); Condors F RyanLittle vs. Boe; Condors F Gary Steffes vs. Utah F Kris Hogg (both ejected for 2nd altercation) at :04.
  • Condors goal: C Matt Thurber (1st pro goal) scored on his own rebound (Marciano, Knackstedt assist) at 3:17. BAK leads 1-0
  • Grizzlies goal: F Mathieu Aubin with a wrist shot at 10:06.Tied 1-1 
  • Shots: BAK- 8, UTA- 6

Second Period

  • Condors goal: D Erik Burgdoerfer (2nd) on a penalty shot at 9:02. BAK leads 2-1
  • Condors goal: F Ryan Watson (2nd) wrist shot on a rebound in front of the net (Neal assist) at 11:29. BAK leads 3-1
  • Grizzlies goal: F Jamie MacQueen on a breakaway (Lee assist) at 18:49. BAK leads 3-2
  • Shots: BAK- 15, UTA- 5

Third Period

  • Condors goal: RW Jordan Knackstedt (7th) off a centering feed (Bennett assist) on a 2-on-1 at 7:10. BAK leads 4-2
  • Condors goal: Burgdoerfer (3rd) wrist shot from the right point (Thurber assist) on the power play at 8:00. BAK leads 5-2
  • Grizzlies goal: MacQueen wrist shot from the right circle at 19:40. BAK leads 5-3
  • Shots: BAK- 10, UTA- 9


W: Bunz (3-1-0-1, 20/17)

L: Meisner (2-6-0-0, 33/28)


Condors Droppings

  • Three Stars: 1. Burgdoerfer (BAK), 2. Thurber (BAK), 3. Abney (BAK).
  • Shots on goal: BAK- 33, UTA- 20
  • Power Plays: BAK- 1/5, UTA- 0/8
  • The Condors have won five of their last seven games.
  • 57 minutes in penalties was handed out four seconds into the game after a line brawl. Three players were ejected in the melee.
  • D Erik Burgdoerfer scored on the first penalty shot of his pro career.
  • Burgdoerfer (2g), Thurber (1g-1a) and Knackstedt (1g-1a) each recorded multiple-point games.
  • The 91 combined penalty minutes was a season high for the Condors.
  • G Tyler Bunz has won his last three starts.
  • F Ryan Little made his debut with the team tonight.
  • Scratches: Follmer, Garlock, Tremblay, Schaber


The Condors head out onto the road for the next four games, including Stockton on Sunday and three in Idaho next week. They return to home ice the day after Christmas with Kids In Free Night, sponsored by 29 Eyewitness News and La Caliente 96.9. Kids 14 and under can get a free lower level ticket with the purchase of at least one adult ticket. Offer is good for the day of the game only.

On Sunday, Dec. 29 we welcome Thor to Condorstown, to meet fans and pose for pictures in the Condors Photo Booth. Thor appears courtesy of 106.1 KRAB Radio. Fans are invited after the game to stick around and skate with the Condors as well.



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