Victoria struck first, as for the second straight game D Ryan Turek notched the game’s opening goal. Just 47 seconds into the contest Turek squeaked a backhander home to put Victoria up 1-0.
The Condors finally solved G David Shantz in the second frame after over four periods of shutout hockey. F Tibor Varga banged home his first ECHL goal at 12:32, sliding a rebound through the five-hole and tying the game at 1-1. 2:04 later, LW Guillaume Lefebvre gave the Condors a 2-1 lead when he popped a rebound into the top corner of the net.
The Condors held Victoria to just 4 shots in the second and only 12 over the final two periods, as Bakersfield shut down Victoria in the third to earn a 2-1 win. G Brian Stewart stopped 22 of 23 shots in the contest, picking up his 7th win in his last 8 starts.
F Tibor Varga picked up a goal in his first action since Feb. 12 when the Condors visited Idaho… Bakersfield has lost its top two scorers from February this week, as C Joel Broda and RW Pascal Morency have both been recalled to Houston… Bakersfield jumped over Utah for 5th in the Western Conference with the win… The Condors can clinch a playoff birth with 11 more points either won by the Condors or lost by the Reign… Power plays: BAK 0/3; VIC 0/5.. Three stars: 1. G. Lefebvre (BAK); 2. M. Gergen (BAK); 3. D. Shantz (VIC).
Group tickets are a great way to add to your Condors experience! All you need is 20 family, friends and coworkers to get discounted tickets starting at just $7. Groups get a P.A. Announcement as well as prizes for each group. All members of Lower Level groups also get a Condors hat.
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 $28! Call the Condors office at 324-PUCK (7825) or go online to www.bakersfieldcondors.com for more information.