Condors end 2010 with 2-1 shootout win
Look to sweep Steelheads tomorrow
BOISE, Idaho – The Bakersfield Condors (15-14-1-0, 31pts) celebrated New Year’s Eve with a 2-1 shootout victory over the Idaho Steelheads (13-12-2-5, 33pts) in front of 4,851 fans at Qwest Arena on Friday Night.
Neither side was able to crack the scoreboard in the first period, although the Steelheads had a near miss. A puck rang off the post on the far side, and popped out from behind G Josh Tordjman. The period ended tied 0-0.
The Steelheads broke the scoreless tie 9:22 into the second period. C Cody Purves collected a rebound and popped it over Tordjman to put the Steelheads on top. F Andrew Ianiero answered for Bakersfield when he cruised into the zone along the left wing and zipped a wrist shot past G Mike Zacharias. The game was tied 1-1 going into the third period.
Idaho had a great chance to take a lead when Purves was awarded a penalty shot 11:15 into the period, but Tordjman came up with the save and helped Bakersfield force overtime and the eventual shootout. Bakersfield picked up the 2-1 victory in the shootout with goals from F Michael Gergen and RW Stephane Goulet. Tordjman turned aside 4 of the 5 shots he faced in the shootout.
D Brendan Milnamow faced his former team for the first time this year… The Condors skated with less than 16 skaters for the fourth consecutive game… The Condors were involved in their first shootout since Oct. 29 against Stockton. They have won both times… The Condors have surrendered 4 penalty shots this season and have only allowed one goal. Bakersfield has not yet been awarded a penalty shot… Power plays: BAK: 0/4 IDH: 0/5… Three Stars: 1. C.Purves (IDH); 2. A.Ianiero (BAK); 3. J.Tordjman (BAK).
The Condors return to home ice on Friday, January 7, when Takeru Kobayashi will be in the house for a hot dog eating contest and $1 hot dogs, courtesy of ABC23 and KERN 1180. See world-renowned Hot Dog Eating Champion Takeru Kobayashi take on locals in a Hot Dog Eating Contest at the intermission.
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. – 6 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 $31.
Tickets for the 2011 ECHL All-Star Classic, to be held in Bakersfield on Jan. 26, 2011, are on sale now. Mini plans are available as well; visit www.echlallstarclassic.com for further details on the event. Call the Condors office at 324-PUCK(7825) or go online to www.bakersfieldcondors.com for more information.