Condors topple the Heat; raise over $26,000 for Special Olympics

CONDORSTOWN, Calif. – LW Anton Slepyshev scored twice and the Bakersfield Condors (19-18-2-2; .512) raced out to a 4-0 lead over the Stockton Heat (18-18-1-2; .500) and held on for a 4-3 victory Saturday night at Rabobank Arena. The team wore Special Olympics-themed jerseys for the game, and the post-game auction raised $26,750 for Special Olympics athletes in Kern County.

VIDEO: Highlights | Gerry Fleming
Media: Box Score

  • CONDORS GOAL: LW Rob Klinkhammer (4th) snapped home a power play marker from the right circle while falling to the ice. Assists: Khaira, Ford; Time of goal: 15:10 (pp); BAK leads 1-0
  • Shots: BAK: 14 | STK – 6
  • CONDORS GOAL: LW Anton Slepyshev (5th) buried a crossing feed on an odd-man rush. Assists: Khaira, Gazdic; Time of goal: 2:11; BAK leads 2-1
  • CONDORS GOAL: LW Luke Gazdic (1st) put a wrist shot in off the left post on a 2-on-1. Assists: Currie, Kessy; Time of goal: 9:55; BAK leads 3-0
  • CONDORS GOAL: Slepyshev (6th) rifled home a loose puck from the low slot during a goalmouth scramble. Assists: Roy, Oesterle; Time of goal: 13:30; BAK leads 4-0
  • Shots: BAK: 8 | STK – 13
  • HEAT GOAL: C Derek Grant (23rd) from behind the goal line banked one in off a Condors skate. Assists: Agostino, Morrison; Time of goal: 4:12 (pp); BAK leads 4-1
  • HEAT GOAL: RW Emile Poirier (8th) wrist shot from the slot. Assists: Shore; Time of goal: 11:03; BAK leads 4-2
  • HEAT GOAL: D Dustin Stevenson (2nd) from down low had a pass deflect off a Condor and in the net. Assist: Agostino; Time of goal: 13:13; BAK leads, 4-3
  • Shots: BAK: 10 | STK – 14
Three Stars: 1. Slepyshev (BAK), 2. Gazdic (BAK), 3. Klinkhammer (BAK)
Final Shots: BAK: – 32 | STK – 33
Power plays: BAK: – 1/4 | STK – 1/6
BAK – Brossoit (14-8-3; 33/30)
STK – Poulin (6-2-2; 32/28)
– LW Anton Slepyshev (2g), LW Luke Gazdic (1g-1a), C Jujhar Khaira (2a) each had multiple point games for the Condors
– RW Matt Ford extended his point streak to four games with an assist tonight. He has 2g-4a during the streak.
– Bakersfield improved to 5-4-0-0 against the Heat this season
– Two of the three Stockton goals were deflected in by Condors players
– Gazdic scored his first goal as a Condor; he was assigned early in the week from Edmonton
– Scratches: Platzer, Gernat, Winquist, Moroz, Jones
– Attendance: 4,994
The Condors are back at home against Stockton on Tuesday, Feb. 9 for a Fat Tuesday celebration. Enjoy $5 margaritas and $2 sodas, sponsored by Energy 95.3 and the Bakersfield Marriott. Contact the Condors for more information at 324-PUCK (7825).