Condors topple Thunder in preseason opener, 4-0

CONDORSTOWN, Calif. – Newcomer LW Zach Cohen had two goals and returning G Brian Stewart made 28 saves for the Bakersfield Condors en route to a physical 4-0 trumping of the Stockton Thunder in preseason action Friday night at Rabobank Arena.

Cohen gave the Condors a 1-0 lead at 4:57 of the first period as his shot was redirected off a Thunder skate and past Stockton G Ryan Klingensmith. Bakersfield held a 14-11 advantage in shots through 20 minutes, despite being shorthanded twice in the period.

After a scoreless second period, the Condors blew the game open in a fight-filled third. D Olivier Dame-Malka potted his first of the preseason, adding to his first period assist on the night, just :53 into the frame. Cohen put up his second of the night at 7:34, off a feed from F Anthony Perdicaro to make it 3-0. F David Toews netted the Condors fourth and final tally at the 8:00 mark and then the scraps ensued. Over the remaining 12 minutes of playing time, 44 minutes in penalties were handed out, including three fights.

Stewart held down the fort, kicking out eight of his 28 saves on the night in the third frame as Bakersfield pulled away. The Condors penalty kill negated seven Stockton power plays as well on the evening.

Condors droppings: Cohen (2g-0a), Malka (1g-1a) and Perdicaro (0g-2a) each had multi-point games… Perdicaro, F Parker Stanfield and D Justin Pender each dropped the mitts with third period fighting majors… The Condors scratched D Ryan Annesley and D Joe Rogalski… Shots on goal: BAK – 43, STK – 28… Power plays: BAK – 1/4, STK – 0/7.

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Opening Night in Condorstown will have a championship feel as the Stanley Cup Champion LA Kings Ice Crew Girls, Street Team, and mascot Bailey will be on hand as the Condors host the Las Vegas Wranglers at 5 p.m. Any locked out NHL Kings who are around (hint hint) are more than welcome to join Bailey and Crew at the game as well.

The festivities will begin at 2 p.m. with inflatables, games, and more out on the plaza in front of Rabobank Arena. In addition, the first 2,000 children, 12 & under, will receive a LA Kings Stanley Cup Champion pennant to hang on their wall. For more information or to reserve your group for opening night, please call 324-PUCK (7825).

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