BAKERSFIELD, Calif. –The Bakersfield Condors (36-25-2-1, 75pts) scored twice in the second and secured the victory with one in the third to defeat the Ontario Reign (23-36-2-4, 52pts) 3-1 in front of 6,331 fans at Rabobank Arena Friday night. The Condors are now tied for first in the Pacific Division and second in the conference, following a Las Vegas 4-1 loss to Alaska.
The Condors and Reign skated to a scoreless tie in the first period. Bakersfield put 14 shots on G Jase Weslosky while the Reign put up seven shots on Condors G Brian Stewart, but neither club could score.
Bakersfield drew first blood with a power play tally just 3:15 into the middle stanza. RW Bobby Robins hammered in a rebound for his 12th of the season. LW Guillaume Lefebvre picked up an assist on the goal, as both players ran their point streaks to seven games. RW Stephane Goulet scored his 23rd of the season on a breakaway at 11:44 to make it 2-0. Ontario, who did not get a shot for the first minutes of the frame, got on the board with a redirection at 13:30 to make it 2-1.
D Phil Paquet gave the Condors some breathing room with his third of the season at 7:18 of the final frame, making it 3-1. Stewart did the rest, stopping 13 shots in the third period alone, and 23 in the game for his seventh straight win.
Click here for Marty Raymond’s Postgame comments.
C Joel Broda returned from Houston in the AHL today… D Phil Paquet’s third period goal was his first as a Condor…. The Condors extended their winning streak to seven games, their longest of the season… LW Guillaume Lefebvre and RW Bobby Robins tied a Condors season record by extending their point streaks to seven games… G Brian Stewart tied the second longest winning streak for a goaltender in Condors history with seven straight wins… Power plays: BAK: 1/4; ONT: 0/4… Three stars: 1. P. Paquet (BAK); 2. B. Stewart (BAK); 3. A. Ianiero (BAK).
Next Home Game:
On Saturday, the Condors Fighting Cancer Hockey-thon concludes after over 24 hours of hockey, sponsored by 29 Eyewitness News and KUZZ 107.9. Doors open at 4:45 p.m. for a Condors Alumni Game, while the puck drops at 7 p.m. for the Condors and Reign. Visit http://bakersfieldcondors.com/web/category/schedule/ for more information and the Condors promotional schedule.
The Condors have locked up a playoff spot, and now battle to determine positioning. Visit the Condors Kelly Cup Playoff page here http://bakersfieldcondors.com/web/kelly-cup-playoffs/ and stay tuned to updates, scheduling, ticket information and more.
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 $28! Call the Condors office at 324-PUCK (7825) or go online to www.bakersfieldcondors.com for more information.