Condors rally for 6-5 win

LAS VEGAS – Trailing by two past the midway point of the hockey game, the Bakersfield Condors (25-22-1-3, 54pts) refused to give in and won their third straight, 6-5, over the Las Vegas Wranglers (12-33-4-2, 30pts) on Tuesday night at Orleans Arena. LW Chris Collins and RW Jordan Knackstedt each finished with three points on the night.

Box score |  Listen: Schaber 3rd period go-ahead tally

1st Period
  • Wranglers goal: F Chad Nehring deflected a pass behind G Laurent Brossoit on the Las Vegas’ first shot of the game. Time of goal: 26 seconds; Las Vegas leads, 1-0
  • CONDORS goal: LW Spencer Bennett (5th) backhanded shot from the left-wing dot beat G Mitch O’Keefe. Assist: Little; Time of goal: 6:10; Game tied, 1-1
  • Wranglers goal: F Shawn Skelly picked the corner on a shot from the left-wing circle. Time of goal: 9:47; Las Vegas leads, 2-1
  • CONDORS goal: RW Michael Neal (14th) tucked a shot off the post and across the goal line. Assists: Thurber, Collins; Time of goal: 16:30; Game tied, 2-1
  • Wranglers goal: C Geoff Paukovich knocked home a loose rebound at the top of the crease. Time of goal: 18:47; Las Vegas leads, 3-2
  • Shots: BAK – 6 | LV – 9

2nd Period

  • Wranglers goal: F Matt Tassone on a shorthanded breakaway took a slap shot from below the hashes. Time of goal: 5:39; Las Vegas leads, 4-2
  • CONDORS goal: D Erik Burgdoerfer (10th) joined the rush and sniped a shot from the right-wing circle past O’Keefe. Assists: Knackstedt, Hughes
  • CONDORS goal: LW Chris Collins (12th) just off the bench, snapped a shot from the slot into the back of the net. Assist: Knackstedt; Time of goal: 14:39; Game tied, 4-4
  • Shots: BAK – 9 | LV – 7
3rd Period
  • CONDORS goal: C Chase Schaber (9th) wristed a shot from the slot into the cage just as a power play expired. Assists: Thurber, Knackstedt; Time of goal: 12:22; Condors lead, 5-4
  • CONDORS goal: Collins (13th) got his second of the night, shorthanded, into an empty net. Time of goal: 18:04; Condors lead, 6-4
  • Wranglers goal: F Robbie Smith brought the Wranglers within one, but that was as close as they would get. Time of goal: 19:24; Condors win, 6-5
  • Shots: BAK – 8 | LV -19
W: Brossoit (17-6-1-0; 30/35)
L: O’Keefe (9-20-0-0; 17/22)
Condors droppings:
  • Three Stars: 1. Collins (BAK) 2. Nehring (LV) 3. Knackstedt (BAK)
  • Final shots: BAK – 23 | LV – 35
  • Power plays: BAK – 0/3 | LV – 0/5
  • The Condors hold a 6-2-0-0 mark against the Wranglers this season with six more games remaining in the season series
  • RW Michael Neal has goals in two straight
  • D Erik Burgdoerfer has four goals in the last three games, and is now t-4th among ECHL D-men in goals scored
  • RW Jordan Knackstedt dished out three assists for 21 on the season
  • RW Chris Collins now has 5g-4a in eight games against Las Vegas which paces the team
  • Scratches: Pageau, Gawryletz, Watson



Friday, Feb. 28 – Faith & Family Night – FCA Bible Giveaway
  • Condors vs. Colorado Eagles
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes member and Condors star Gary Steffes will address the crowd after the game to share his mission
  • Will give away 1,000 hockey-themed bibles featuring Steffes
  • Sponsored by KERI 1410
  • Doors open at 6 p.m., the puck drops at 7

Sunday, Mar. 2 – Hockey Puck Soap Giveaway 

  • Condors vs. Idaho Steelheads
  • The first 2,000 fans 5 and older will get a bar of soap that resembles a hockey puck
  • Sponsored by 1560 AM & 97.7 FM KNZR
  • Doors open at 3 p.m., the puck drops at 4

Tune In:

  • All games, home and away, can be heard on Fox Sports Radio 970 AM (, through your mobile device on iHeartRadio, or pay-per-view online at “Condors Countdown” starts 15 minutes prior to the drop of the puck.
  • “Condors Unleashed” weekly live webcast produced by the Bakersfield Californian can be seen on www.Bakersfield.comWednesdays from Noon – 1 p.m.
  • “Condors Insider” weekly radio show, live Thursday from 4 – 5 p.m. on Fox Sports Radio 970.

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