BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – The Bakersfield Condors wrapped up the 2010-11 season last week, after a Western Conference Quarterfinal defeat at the hands of the Victoria Salmon Kings. But there was much to celebrate in Season No. 13, as we look back on some of the highlights and accomplishments of the team on the ice.
For the second time in as many years, the Condors found themselves atop the Pacific Division at the conclusion of the regular season. And while the post-season didn’t yield the same success, for Bakersfield to battle through a six-month, 72-game regular season and come out on top is a remarkable accomplishment.
Highlighting the team’s division title was their 11-game winning streak during March, which catapulted them from 3rd in the division to 1st place in just a month. Their 11-game winning streak tied a team record set in the 1999-00 campaign – 11 years ago. The Condors also broke a team record with their 11-game home winning streak, from Feb. 25 – Mar. 26. The previous mark was set just last season, at 10 games. Overall, the Condors tied a team record with 41 wins, but it was on home ice that the Condors truly dominated.
The home winning streak might have seemed improbable to some, but not to Condors fans, who didn’t see their team lose on home ice very often. They set a new club record with 26 overall wins and 53 points in the standings and a .736 win percentage on home ice. They didn’t lose back-to-back home games in the regular season from December on, and they went 20-3-0 in their last 23 games prior to the playoffs at Rabobank Arena.
The 2010-11 Condors squad will probably be remembered for their goaltending and defense. They surrendered just 210 goals on the season, the 3rd lowest total in the 13-year history of the team. The Condors gave up only 92 goals at home, also 3rd in team history.
Other interesting notes on the team from the 2010-11 season include a 22-11-1 record against their own division, including 15-2-0 at home. They finished a nearly-flawless 30-0-1 when leading after two periods of play. The Condors were 11-0-0 on Friday nights at home this season, and 16-1-0 when scoring the first goal of a home game.
Coming next Tuesday, we will highlight the individual performances of Condors players this season, and later this week will be a review of the season in the community for Condors players, staff and mascots.
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