Bakersfield, Calif. – The Bakersfield Condors played their first road games of the year in Utah this past weekend, going 1-1-0-0 on the trip. After a resounding 5-0 victory on Friday night, the Condors had a could-be comeback on Saturday come up short. The Condors are now 1-2-0-0 (2 points) and are 4th in the Pacific Division.
THIS WEEK (ALL TIMES PACIFIC):
Thursday, Oct. 28 @ Las Vegas (7:05 p.m.)
Friday, Oct. 29 vs. Stockton (7:00 p.m.)
Saturday, Oct. 30 vs. Alaska (7:00 p.m.)
WEEK IN REVIEW (Home team in CAPS):
Friday, Oct. 22
Condors 5 @ UTAH 0
The Condors got on the board early in the contest with C Adam Naglich and RW Stephane Goulet both scoring goals in a 4-minute span in the first period. C Rylan Kaip scored his second goal in as many games and Goulet added his second goal of the night in the second period. D Antonin Manavian scored his first goal 2:28 into the third period, giving the Condors their eventual 5-0 victory. G Josh Tordjman earned his 10th career shutout, and the first shutout for the Condors since Tyler Sims on Valentine’s Day last season.
Saturday, Oct. 23
UTAH 6 vs. Condors 4
Penalties marked the start of this contest, as the first seven power plays of the game all went to the Grizzlies. Despite this, the Condors scored first for the third straight game when F Andrew Ianiero scored at the 10:46 mark of the first period. However, the Grizzlies scored on 4 of their seven power plays through two periods to gain a 4-1 lead with less than five minutes left in second period. The Condors struck for two goals in the final three minutes of the period, to bring Bakersfield back to within one going into the third. RW Carter Smith tallied 2:23 into the third period to tie the contest. The Grizzlies scored halfway through the third and then again on the empty net to spoil the comeback and gain the victory.
PLAYER AND TEAM NOTES:
- RW Carter Smith, F Andrew Ianiero, RW Stephane Goulet, and D Jason Lepine have all recorded a point in all three games for the Condors.
- G Josh Tordjman earned a shutout in his first start as a Condor. He is the fourth goalie to get a shutout in his Condors debut. Other goalies to accomplish the feat are Kevin St. Pierre, Justin Pogge, and Tyler Sims
- F Andrew Ianiero will play in his 400th Condors game in Las Vegas on Thursday. The Condors record is held by Paul Rosebush at 416 games.
- LW Mika Suoraniemi earned three assists and finished the weekend +3.
- The Condors have held a 1-0 advantage in all three games this season.
- RW Stephane Goulet recorded 8 shots on goal for the weekend, including 6 on Saturday.
- C Rylan Kaip returned early from the trip to be with his wife during the birth of their first child. He left after the second period on Friday, and returned to Bakersfield just in time to see the birth.
- LW J.D. Corbin left Friday’s game in the second period after being hit head-first into the boards. He was placed on the 7-day IR on Sunday.D Antonin
- Manavian was moved to forward for the third period on Friday and continued playing forward on Saturday.
ON THE DOCKET:
The Condors are back on the road on Thursday as the head to Las Vegas for a 7:05 p.m. puck drop. The game can be heard on Fox Sports Radio 970 AM, as well as online at foxsports970am.com. You can also listen on your smartphone by using the iheartradio app. The game can be watched on your computer as well through America One.
The Condors will return to the Mercy and Memorial Hospitals Home Ice at Rabobank Arena on Friday, Oct. 29 to take on the Stockton Thunder. Schedule Magnets, courtesy of ESPN 1230 AM and Three Way Automotive Group, will be given away to all fans in attendance.
Twilight Night is Saturday, Oct. 30, when the Alaska Aces come to town, sponsored by 106.1 KRAB Radio. Everyone in attendance will receive their choice of a set of glow in the dark fangs (Team Edward) or a werewolf tattoo (Team Jacob). Dress up as your favorite Twilight saga character and have a chance to win tickets to see U2 (Angels Stadium on June 18) and a Twilight poster signed by the cast. Not into Twilight? No sweat, we’ll hold a regular Halloween costume contest too, with $106 cash and tickets to this year’s All-Star game going to the winner! In addition,anybody with the name “Edward”, “Jacob” or “Bella” will receive two for one admission into the game by showing your ID at the Box Office. Doors open at 6 p.m., the puck drops at 7 p.m. See the Twilight Night promotional video on Condors.TV.
Friday’s game can be heard on foxsports970am.com and on your smartphone using the iheartradio app. It will also be broadcast live through America One. On Saturday, the game will be carried live on Fox Sports Radio 970 AM, online on foxsports970am.com, and on iheartradio. It can be seen on Bright House Networks Cable Channel 21 as well as online through America One.
CONDORS LEAGUE LEADERS:
The Condors are third in average attendance in the ECHL with 6,871
D Joey Ryan – 4 points (t-2nd defensemen)
D Joey Ryan – 3 assists (t-2nd defensemen)
D Joey Ryan – +6 (1st defensemen, 3rd ECHL)
RW Stephane Goulet – 3 goals (t-8th ECHL)
RW Carter Smith – 3 points (t-8th rookies)
RW Carter Smith – 2 assists (t-4th rookies)
LW Mika Suoraniemi – +5 (t-4th ECHL)
G Josh Tordjman – 2.52 GAA (9th ECHL)
G Josh Tordjman – .935 save percentage (4th ECHL)
G Josh Tordjman – 1 shutout (t-1st ECHL)
Points – RW Stephane Goulet, D Joey Ryan (4)
Goals – RW Stephane Goulet (3)
Assists – D Joey Ryan, D Jason Lepine, LW Mika Suoraniemi (3)
PIM – D Evan Stoflet (8)
Plus/Minus – D Joey Ryan (+6)
GAA – G Josh Tordjman (2.52)
Wins – G Josh Tordjman (1)
Save Percentage – G Josh Tordjman (.935)
The Condors return home on Oct. 29 to face the Stockton Thunder. Individual tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster and the Rabobank Arena Box Office. Box Office hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on 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 $42! Call the Condors office at 324-PUCK (7825) or go online to www.bakersfieldcondors.com for more information or to reserve your ticket package today.