CONDORSTOWN, Calif. – The Bakersfield Condors (21-37-4-3, 49pts) jumped out to a 3-0 lead and held on to beat the Las Vegas Wranglers (39-21-1-4, 83pts) 4-3 in front of 5,512 fans Saturday night at Rabobank Arena. G Scott Greenham picked up a 36-save victory in his pro debut between the pipes.
Bakersfield took a 2-0 lead through the first 20 minutes of play. LW Kyle Calder slipped home his 10th of the season at 4:55 to make it 1-0. Then in the final minute of the period F Peter Boyd stripped the puck away from a Wranglers d-man and waltzed in alone on starter G Mike Brodeur, beating him over the glove to make it a 2-0 lead.
Greenham shined in the second frame, making 18 saves and helping hold down the fort. He surrendered a power play goal to D Chris Francis at 5:41 and another to F Josh Lunden at 13:11, but it remained a 3-2 Condors lead through the second.
The two clubs combined for only nine shots in the third frame, but D Justin Pender unloaded for the eventual game winner on the power play with five minutes remaining in the contest. Vegas added a late goal in the final minute with the goalie pulled to account for the final score.
F Peter Boyd followed up a three-point effort Friday with two goals tonight… LW Kyle Calder now has a four-game point streak (3g-3a)… The Condors improved to 3-3-1-0 against the Wranglers with the season series finale Sunday afternoon… Bakersfield is now 5-2-0-2 on St. Patrick’s Day in team history… Shots on goal: BAK- 24, LV- 38… PP: BAK 1/7, LV 2/7… Three Stars: 1. Boyd (BAK), 2. Pender (BAK), 3. Greenham (BAK).
The Condors head to Vegas for a Sunday 2 p.m. matinee. That game wraps up the season series and can be heard live on Fox Sports Radio 970AM or viewed online through www.AmericaOne.com.
They return home to host the Colorado Eagles Wednesday night at 7 p.m. That night, bring a pair of new or gently used jeans to donate at the game and get in for just $1, sponsored by Goodwill Industries. Also, all high school and college students can purchase a lower level ticket for just a buck by presenting their valid student ID at the box office, sponsored by 92.5 La Campesina.
Season ticket renewals are underway, offering fans a chance to purchase $1 sodas the rest of the season with a commemorative season ticket holder cup. The sooner you renew, the more you save! For more info, log on to www.bakersfieldcondors.com.