Condors fall to Grizzlies 3-2 in OT

Condors fall to Grizzlies 3-2 in OT
Condors jersey auction raises $20,000 for M.A.R.E.

Bakersfield, Calif. The Utah Grizzlies (7-3-1-1, 16pts) fought off a late comeback from the Bakersfield Condors (5-7-1-0, 11pts) to earn a 3-2 overtime victory in front of 4,706 fans at Rabobank Arena Saturday night.

F Andrew Ianiero got the Condors on the board less than 4 minutes into the contest. After knocking a Grizzlies defenseman off the puck, Ianiero shouldered his way to loose puck and beat G Andrew Engelage to give the Condors a 1-0 lead. Bakersfield ended the first period with a 12-7 advantage in shots.

The tide turned on Bakersfield in the second period when the Grizzlies struck for their second shorthanded goal of the three game Mark Magnowskiset. F Chris Donovan and C Marcus Carroll led a 2-on-1 rush into the Condors zone, and a mad scramble in front of the net allowed Donovan to pop a loose pu ck over the pile and into the back of the net. C Paul Crowder broke the 1-1 tie with a goal at 17:50. After a loose puck bounced to him on the left side of the net, he slid it past G Josh Tordjman to give Utah their first lead of the game.

The Condors continued to blast away in the third period, but Engelage stifled the Bakersfield offense. That was until Magnowski scored his first professional goal. With a power play and the goalie pulled, Magnowski rifled a shot over the shoulder of Engelage to send the game to overtime. It was Magnowski’s second point of the game and third point in the past two games.

Utah was able to pick up the win when former Stanley Cup Champion D Ric Jackman burried an overtime power play goal to give Utah a 3-2 win. Engelage turned aside 41 saves to earn the victory.

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The Condors raised a preliminary total of $20,000 through the live jersey auction following the game. The highest individual total was $2,900 for RW Pascal Morency’s jersey… The Condors earned their highest shot total of the year with 43… F Andrew Ianiero’s goal in the first period marked the first time the Condors scored the opening goal since facing Stockton on October 29… RW Pascal Morency was placed on the 21-day IR after suffering a hit to his leg in the third period last night… Power plays: BAK: 1/5, UTA 1/5…Three Stars: 1.A. Engelage (UTA); 2. R. Jackman (UTA); 3.M. Magnowski (BAK).

November Nuttiness:
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.

Get Tickets

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 Ticket packages start at just $42! Call the Condors office at 324-PUCK (7825) or go online to for more information.