March 14, 2011
Bakersfield, Calif. –The Condors started a record nine game home stand with three wins over the Idaho Steelheads to move the Condors past Idaho and into fourth place in the Western Conference. The Condors now have 71 points this season, which is just one back from the Stockton Thunder. Alaska leads the Conference with 79 points, and the Las Vegas Wranglers are second with 75.
THIS WEEK (ALL TIMES PACIFIC):
Wednesday, March 16 vs. Alaska (7 p.m.)
Friday, March 18 vs. Ontario (7 p.m.)
Saturday, March 19 vs. Ontario (7 p.m.)
WEEK IN REVIEW (Home team in CAPS):
Tuesday, March 8
CONDORS 2 vs. Idaho 1
D Joey Ryan scored the first goal of the evening 7:53 into the second, granting the Condors a 1-0 lead going into the third period. D Evan Stoflet increased the lead to 2-0 before LW Mark Derlago punched home the only Steelheads goal. G Brian Stewart earned the win, his fifth in six starts, stopping 32 Idaho shots.
Friday, March 11
CONDORS 6 vs. Idaho 4
Despite leading 2-1 after the first period, Bakersfield surrendered three straight in the second and trailed 4-2 heading into the game’s final frame. The Condors found strength in their power play however, with F Bobby Robins scoring to bring the score to 4-3 and F Andrew Ianiero netting the game winner, both on the man-advantage, as the Condors rallied for four goals in the final period.
Saturday, March 12
CONDORS 2 vs. Idaho 1
For the second straight game, the Condors mustered a third period comeback to take down the Steelheads and collect a three game sweep. F Bobby Robins scored for the second straight game and LW Guillaume Lefebvre netted the game winner to push the Condors ahead of Idaho in the standings. G Brian Stewart stopped 25 shots to earn his sixth straight win on home ice.
PLAYER AND TEAM NOTES:
- The Condors won back-to-back games when trailing after the second period last weekend. The wins marked the 3rd and 4th time the Condors have won when trailing after two periods.
- G Brian Stewart is 6-1-0 on home ice, with his only loss coming on Jan. 8, his first start as a Condor.
- LW Guillaume Lefebvre and RW Bobby Robins each have 5 game point streaks, placing them in a tie for the second longest such streaks of the year. F Slava Trukhno owns the season high with 9 points (2g-7a) in 7 games.
- The Condors have not lost a Friday night home game this year, collecting a 10-0-0 record on the season.
- Bakersfield punched their ticket to the Kelly Cup Playoffs on Saturday as they are now mathematically out of reach of the last place Ontario Reign.
- D Evan Stoflet scored his third game winning goal of the year on Tuesday. It places him a tie for third all-time among Condors defensemen in that category.
- The Condors have now won 7 of their last 8 games at home, including sweeps in each of their last two home weekends.
UPCOMING SCHEDULE: (Schedule is subject to change)
Tuesday, March 15 – 10 a.m. practice, Rabobank Arena
Wednesday, March 16 – 10 a.m. practice, Rabobank Arena
7 p.m. vs. Alaska
Thursday, March 17 – 10 a.m. practice, Rabobank Arena
Friday, March 18 – 10 a.m. practice, Rabobank Arena
7 p.m. vs. Ontario
Saturday, March 19 – 10 a.m. practice, Rabobank Arena
7 p.m. vs. Ontario
Sunday, March 20 – Day Off
Monday, March 21 – 10 a.m. practice, Rabobank Arena
ON THE DOCKET:
The Condors play games 4, 5, and 6 of a 9 game home stand this week. Alaska visits Rabobank Arena on Wednesday for High School/College ID Night, sponsored by 92.5 La Campesina. Fans can donate new or lightly used books to earn $1 admission. The Condors will also be holding a Book Drive and School Supply Collection to assist Olive Knolls Christian School, sponsored by Wells Fargo. Fans who donate new unopened school supplies can get $1 admission to the game.
The Ontario Reign come to Condorstown on Friday on Saturday to wrap up the weekend. Skateboard Deck Giveaway takes place on Friday, sponsored by ABC23 and 106.1 KRAB Radio. The first 2,000 fans 17 and under will receive a Condors Skateboard Deck.
The Condors Fighting Cancer Hockey-thon is on Saturday, sponsored by 29 Eyewitness News and KUZZ 107.9. Over 24 hours of Bakersfield hockey concludes as the Condors look to raise money for Links for Life. Doors open at 4:45 p.m. for a Condors Alumni game, and the Condors and Reign play at 7 p.m. Click here to see the promotional schedule.
All three games this week can be heard in their entirety online at foxsports970am.com, and on your smartphone through the iheartradio app. You can also watch the games streaming live through America One. Wednesday and Saturday’s game can also be heard on Fox Sports Radio 970 AM, and Saturday’s game will be aired live on Bright House Networks Cable Channel 21.
CONDORS LEAGUE LEADERS:
Condors – 62 major penalties (t-4th, ECHL)
Condors – 1,318 PIM (3rd, ECHL)
C Francis Lemieux – 73 points (2nd, ECHL)
C Francis Lemieux – 45 assists (2nd, ECHL)
G Brian Stewart – 2.49 GAA (4th, ECHL)
G Brian Stewart – .919 Save percentage (t-3rd, ECHL)
G Josh Tordjman – 1018 saves (4th, ECHL)
G Josh Tordjman – 3 shutouts (t-1st, ECHL)
RW Erick Lizon – 173 PIM (4th, ECHL)
LW Guillaume Lefebvre – 22.9 Shooting percentage (4th, ECHL)
F Michael Gergen – 4 shootout goals (t-2nd, ECHL)
D Evan Stoflet – 3 Game winning goals (t-1st, defensemen)
Points: RW Stephane Goulet, 50
Goals: RW Stephane Goulet, 22
Assists: C Slava Trukhno, 36
PIM: RW Erick Lizon, 173
+/-: D Erik Burgdoerfer, D Tyler Gotto, +14
GAA: G Brian Stewart, 2.49
Save %: G Brian Stewart, .919
Wins: G Josh Tordjman, 16
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