Condors pound Reign 4-1 for weekend sweep
$20,050 raised in Jersey Off Our Backs Auction
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – F Slava Trukhno scored twice and added an assist as the Bakersfield Condors (10-13-1-0, 21pts) defeated the Ontario Reign (8-14-0-1, 17pts) 4-1. The Condors earned their second win in as many nights in front of 4,451 fans at Rabobank Arena on Saturday Night.
The Condors needed only 2:27 to take a 1-0 lead in the first period. Trukhno led a 3-on-2 rush and snapped a shot over the shoulder of G Kellen Briggs. The Reign answered 40 seconds later with a power play goal off the stick of C Aaron Lewadniuk. D Erik Burgdoerfer broke the tie and celebrated his birthday by pounding a slap shot into the back of the net for his first professional goal at the 15:39 mark. The Condors led 2-1 after one period of play and allowed only four shots on goal in the frame.
Bakersfield increased their lead in the middle stanza as RW Stephane Goulet picked up his tenth goal of the year. Just after a Reign penalty expired, Goulet found a loose puck and buried it in the back of the net. Just 18 seconds later, Trukhno added his second goal of the night after finding a loose puck on the left side of the net and wristing a shot through traffic into the top corner of the net.
The physical play picked up again in the third period, as 11 different infractions were assed during the final stanza. The Reign had their most dangerous offensive period in the third, firing 11 shots on G Josh Tordjman. Tordjman stood tall for the Condors as he denied every Reign opportunity during the period. He finished with 22 saves on the night, as the Condors collected a 4-1 victory.
Condors raise $20,050 for the Petroleum Shrine Club:
The Condors held their second Jersey Off Our Backs Raffle and Auction of the year tonight, wearing special ECHL All-Star Classic tribute jerseys. Kyle Calder’s jersey netted the largest bid, as his sold for $1,700.
Four different Condors recorded fighting majors in the game, as RW Erick Lizon, F Bobby Robins, RW Pascal Morency, and D Joey Ryan all dropped the mitts…RW Erik Lizon recorded 17 PIM on the night and now leads the ECHL with 117 PIM… F Bobby Robins has recorded 31 PIM in his first two games with Bakersfield… Power plays: BAK: 0/7, ONT: 1/7 … Three Stars: 1. V. Trukhno (BAK); 2. E. Burgdoerfer (BAK); 3. J. Tordjman (BAK).
The Condors do not return home until after Christmas, when they host the Stockton Thunder twice on Dec. 26 and 27. The Condors host the Thunder for Lunchbox Tin Giveaway on the 26th, sponsored by ABC23, La Preciosa 105.3, and American Business Machines. The first 2,000 fans 12 and under will receive a Condors Lunchbox Tin.
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.
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.