Next home game is the ECHL All-Star Classic, Jan. 26
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – The Bakersfield Condors (20-16-1-0, 41pts) rallied to tie the game late in the third and outlasted the Ontario Reign (12-22-0-2, 25pts) with a 5-4 shootout victory in front of 4,447 fans at Rabobank Arena Saturday afternoon.
It didn’t take long for the Condors to jump out to a 1-0 lead. F Andrew Ianiero blasted a shot off the left post, and C Pete Zingoni was there to knock home the rebound to put Bakersfield up 1-0 on the power play at 2:54 of the first. Exactly six minutes later, RW Stephane Goulet snapped a 9-game goal drought and buried a wrister past G Beau Erickson. D J.F. David increased the lead to 3-0 once again on the power play at 11:51, and the Condors lead 3-0 after the first period.
The Reign came right back in the second, scoring two goals in the first 3:43 to cut the Condors lead to 3-2. C Aaron Lewadniuk stepped free on a breakaway, but was slashed by David, resulting in a penalty shot and a five-minute major penalty. G Peter Hirsch denied RW Alex Bourret, but C Micael Pelech scored at the tail end of the power play to even the score at 3-3 after two.
D Shawn Germain put the Reign ahead for the first time in the game when he broke a 3-3 tie with just 2:47 left in the contest. But the Condors power play came through for the third time in the game when Zingoni picked up his second of the night to send the game past regulation tied 4-4.
The Condors looked to win the game in OT when a shot from C Adam Naglich beat Erickson. The goal was disallowed, as RW Pascal Morency was ruled to be in the crease. Bakersfield eventually won the game in a shootout, as Hirsch stopped three of the four shots he faced and the Condors scored on three of their four chances.
RW Bobby Robins and C Brad Snetsinger both missed today’s game to suspension. Snetsinger returns to action Wednesday, while Robins will miss the next three… Each of G Peter Hirsch’s last three starts have come against Ontario. He has won all three… The Condors have had goals disallowed in three straight games… Bakersfield has been whistled for major penalties in two straight games… Power plays: BAK: 3/6, ONT: 1/5… Three Stars: 1. P. Zingoni (BAK); 2. S.Goulet (BAK); 3. D. Walker (ONT).
The Condors travel to Ontario next Wednesday and head to Vegas for three-in-three next weekend. They return home to host the ECHL All-Star Classic on Wednesday, Jan. 26, when they take on a team of ECHL All-Stars.
Tickets for the 2011 ECHL All-Star Classic are on sale now. Mini plans are available as well; visit www.echlallstarclassic.com for further details on the event. Call the Condors office at 324-PUCK (7825) or go online to www.bakersfieldcondors.com for more information.
Individual Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster and the Rabobank Arena Box Office. Box Office hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through 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 $31.