Bakersfield, Calif. – After winning the Pacific Division for the second straight season, the Condors fell in their best-of-five first round series to the Victoria Salmon Kings, losing Game 4 3-2 in OT. The Salmon Kings won the series 3 games to 1, and will advance to play the Utah Grizzlies, who defeated Stockton 3 games to 1 in their opening matchup. Both series winners were the lower seeds, as #7 Victoria defeated #2 Bakersfield, and #6 Utah beat #3 Stockton.
WEEK IN REVIEW (Home team in CAPS):
Monday, April 4
VICTORIA 3 vs. Condors 1
The Western Conference Quarterfinals opened up in Victoria, and the Salmon Kings took advantage of home ice and a beleaguered Condors team to win 3-1. Victoria fired 24 shots on goal in the first period, setting a Salmon Kings playoff record, but G Brian Stewart stopped 23 shots (a Condors record) as the Condors trailed 1-0. After a scoreless second period, Victoria scored twice in the third to rack up a 3-0 lead. A late 5-on-3 for the Condors saw LW Guillaume Lefebvre put the Condors on the board, but it was too little, too late, as Victoria earned the win.
Tuesday, April 5
Condors 6 vs. VICTORIA 3
Looking to earn a split to start the series, D Erik Burgdoerfer scored less than two minutes into the game to give Bakersfield a 1-0 lead. Victoria answered with two goals of their own in the first period, and RW Stephane Goulet evened the game at 2-2 with a second period tally. RW Pascal Morency then scored three straight goals with a natural hat trick in the third period to lead Bakersfield to the win.
Friday, April 8
Victoria 2 vs. CONDORS 0
F Matt Siddall scored the game-winning goal 11:26 into the first period by banking a shot off the leg of G Brian Stewart, and D Jeff Caister tallied less than four minutes later as the Condors were shutout 2-0. G Jeff Shantz earned the win for the Salmon Kings, turning aside 30 Condors shots.
Saturday, April 9
Victoria 3 vs. CONDORS 2, OT
The Condors struck first when RW Stephane Goulet finished off a 2-on-1 rush in the first period to put Bakersfield up 1-0. The lead held, until late in the second period when Victoria tallied a power play goal at 16:40 and even strength goal with 6 seconds left in the period to lead 2-1. Bakersfield forced overtime when D Josh Burrows snuck a wrist shot through traffic, evening the score 2-2 at 12:12. Former Condor LW Chad Painchaud cancelled the Condors plans for a lengthy post-season run, however, when he scored on a rebound off the glass at 4:26 to win the game and the series for the Salmon Kings.
PLAYER AND TEAM NOTES:
- D Erik Burgdoerfer and D Josh Burrows became just the second and third Condors rookie defensemen to score a playoff goal. D Jonas Lennartsson was the only other one to do it, scoring in 2002-03.
- RW Stephane Goulet became the first Condor to lead the team in scoring in back-to-back seasons since Kevin St. Jacques did it in 2004-05 and 2005-06.
- The Condors are 2-8 in the first game of a playoff series since their first ECHL playoff series in 2004-05.
- The Condors have faced Victoria in the opening round in three out of the last four seasons. Victoria won in 2007-08 and this year, while the Condors won last season.
- The Condors are 7-9 in overtime in the playoffs. They are 1-3 in OT against Victoria in the playoffs.
- The crowd of 5,016 on Friday is the highest single game crowd so far in the 2011 Kelly Cup Playoffs
CONDORS LEAGUE LEADERS (PLAYOFFS):
Condors – 4,648 average attendance (1st, ECHL)
Condors – 9,296 total attendance (1st, ECHL)
Condors – 15.8% power play percentage (4th, ECHL)
RW Pascal Morency – 3 goals (t-1st, ECHL)
RW Bobby Robins – 1 major penalty (t-3rd, ECHL)
D Erik Burgdoerfer – +3 (t-3rd, rookies)
D Joey Ryan – 4 minor penalties (5th, defensemen)
CONDORS LEADERS (Playoffs):
Points: LW Guillaume Lefebvre, 5
Goals: RW Pascal Morency, 3
Assists: LW Guillaume Lefebvre, 3
PIM: RW Bobby Robins, 11
+/-: D Erik Burgdoerfer, RW Pascal Morency, +3
GAA: G Brian Stewart, 2.73
Save %: G Brian Stewart, .907
Wins: G Brian Stewart, 1
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