Condors late surge falls just short as Walleye win 4-3
Condors look to strike back tomorrow
TOLEDO, Ohio – The Bakersfield Condors (8-11-1-0, 17pts) fought to the final whistle, but fell to the Toledo Walleye (7-11-1-1, 16pts) in front of 4,792 fans at the Hunting Center on Friday night.
The Walleye needed less than five minutes to grab the early lead. D Kyle Page fired a shot from the right point with RW Dominic Osman screen Condors G Josh Tordjman. Page’s shot snuck inside the right post to give Toledo a 1-0 lead. The Walleye increased that to 2-0 exactly 13 minutes later, when C Peter Leblanc raced in on a breakaway and slid in a backhand shot.
The Condors were able to cut into the lead late in the second period. With just over five minutes left in the period, D J.F. David collected a rebound off G Jordan Pearce and deposited a backhand into the net to bring the score to 2-1 after the second period.
The scoring opened up in the third period, as the Walleye regained their two goal advantage with a power play goal by LW Willie Coetzee. C Adam Naglich struck right back for Bakersfield with a power goal of his own after a nice cross-ice feed from F Slava Trukhno. LW Andy Bohmbach scored for Toledo at the 9:00 minute mark to bring the score to 4-2, but the Condors refused to quit. Naglich struck again on the power play with just under a minute left to bring the Condors back to within one, but their late comeback bid fell just short, as the Walleye held on for the 4-3 victory.
G Josh Tordjman played his first game after serving a six-game ECHL suspension… F Andrew Ianiero played his 416th game as a Condor tying the record held by Paul Rosebush… Power plays: BAK: 2/4, TOL: 1/7… Three Stars: 1. P. Leblanc (TOL); 2. W. Coetzee (TOL); 3. A. Bohmbach (TOL).
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 Euphora. 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 $42! Call the Condors office at 324-PUCK (7825) or go online to www.bakersfieldcondors.com for more information.