Condors Season In Review, part I: on-ice accomplishments
It was an Iron Man type of season for Condors captain, D Erik Burgdoerfer. He led the club by playing in 71 of the team’s 72 games this season, en route to becoming just the fourth blueliner (and 11th overall) to appear in 200 games for the Condors. He also set a personal best with 21 points and 17 assists.
For the second season in a row, rookies took center stage in Condorstown, especially with mid-season acquisitions. F Francis Verreault (left) became just the second rookie in 15 seasons to lead the Condors in scoring. After his New Year’s Eve acquisition from the Greenville Road Warriors, Verreault averaged nearly a point-per-game, with 26 points in 28 contests, and finished with a team-high 46 points on the season. He also finished with the active team-lead with 16 goals, and put up 152 penalty minutes, which was second on the team. Verreault represented the Condors in the 2013 ECHL All-Star Classic, held in Loveland, Colorado in January.
Signed “off his couch,” as Matt O’Dette said in January, perhaps nobody made better use of their truncated season with the Condors in 2012-13 than C Nicholas Tremblay (right). Although nobody knew his name in Bakersfield when he signed on Jan. 11, the entire league knew his name four days later when he was named the ECHL Player of the Week, after an eight-point effort during his three-game debut weekend. Tremblay hadn’t played a pro game since April, 2012 when he signed with Bakersfield, but he finished with 16 goals and 29 points in just 29 games, and also earned a stint with the Providence Bruins in the American Hockey League.
G Brian Stewart (right) finished the season on a strong note. The Condors netminder ranked 4th in the ECHL this season with a .918 save percentage, while his 1,365 saves was 2nd. He rocketed up the Condors career rankings in wins (5th), saves and save percentage (3rd), minutes played (3rd) and goals against average (3rd). Perhaps nobody did more in trying to earn a late playoff spot down the stretch than the Burnaby, B.C. native, who posted a dominant .943 save percentage over the final two months of the campaign.
Other noteworthy performances include:
- Rookie F Brett Lyon, who earned 218 penalty minutes to lead the team – the highest penalty minute total for a Condor since Jon Mirasty in 2003-04.
- Five different players earned stints in the American Hockey League. Trem blay, Stewart, G Scott Greenham, F Jacob Lagace and F Brett Perlini (right).
- D Kyle Haines, acquired from Greenville along with Verreault on New Year’s Eve, became the first rookie defenseman in team history to record double-digit goals. His 10 tallies led all Condors d-men.
- Greenham became the latest in a long line of memorable rookie goaltenders in team history, linking up with names like Stewart, Yutaka Fukufuji, Ryan Munce and Timo Pielmeier. His .908 save percentage ranks 4th in Condors history among first year netminders.
- RW Scott Freeman climbed to 8th in Condors history with eight career game winning goals, despite playing in just 52 career games. Nobody on the career list above him has appeared in less than 96 games in a Condors sweater. Four of his five goals this season were game winners.
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