Condors lose ground in 3-1 loss to San Francisco

CONDORSTOWN, Calif. – The Bakersfield Condors (14-34-2-3, 33pts) pulled to within a goal in the third period, but could not find an equalizer and fell by a 3-1 margin to the San Francisco Bulls (18-23-1-6, 43pts) on Saturday night at Cow Palace. 
Bakersfield took nine of the game’s first 10 shots en route tooutshooting the Bulls 17-12 in the first period. However, both Condors G Brian Stewart (12 saves) and Bulls netminder Taylor Nelson (17 saves) stood tall and the teams went scoreless into the first intermission.
After the Condors were unable to capitalize on their power play chances, San Francisco got the game’s first goal on a five-on-three man advantage. D Rob Kwiet’s shot from the high slot went over Stewart’s glove to give the Bulls a 1-0 at the 8:22 mark. Stewart would come up big the rest of the period including on a late flurry of shots from in his crease. The Condors outshot the Bulls, 11-10. 

C Marek Viedensky extended the lead to 2-0 when his shot from the slot beat Stewart at 2:45 of the third period. The Condors would mount a comeback when  F Jake Morley finished off a scramble play around the Bulls net to make it 2-1 at 5:39. That was as close as the Condors would get though as C Jordan Morrison added the insurance goal at 9:26 for 3-1 lead. Bakersfield pulled Stewart with two minutes left for the extra attacker, but could not get any closer and fell 3-1.

Today’s box score:   click here.

Condors droppings:
This was meeting nine of 12 between the two sides. The Condors are now 3-6-0-0 against the Bulls… F Jake Morley’s goal was his first as a Condor… F Jacob Lagace and F Brett Perlini each have points in their last two games… Condors scratches: F Peter Boyd (inj.), D Ryan Annesley (inj.), F Evan Trupp, D Francis Meilleur… Shots on goal: BAK – 35 , SF – 37… Power plays: BAK- 0/6 , SF – 1/3 Three stars: 1. Kwiet (SF), 2. Nelson (SF), 3. Viedensky (SF) 

Queen Victoria, an Andean Condor, decided to steal the show at the Condors game on Friday night in Condorstown, eventually jumping into the Condors bench and running down the tunnel. While she and her handler John The Birdman of Las Vegas are fine, the incident has created an international news buzz with the clip being featured on Yahoo!CNNNESN and shown on ESPN and TSN. To watch the clip, click here.

The Condors head to San Francisco for games Saturday and Sunday. Bakersfield trails the Bulls in the standings by just seven points. 

Next weekend, they return to home ice to host the Colorado Eagles next Friday and Saturday. Friday night, the first 2,000 kids 12 and under will get a Condors Rope Necklace, sponsored by La Campesina 92.5. Saturday night meet Batman, hanging out in the Condors Photo Booth, courtesy of La Caliente 96.9.

Fun 4-packs are on sale now and if you purchase two 4-packs, you get a free Condors Snuggie! Check out the plan to fit your schedule and budget by clicking here or calling 324-PUCK (7825). 

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