CONDORSTOWN, Calif. – The Bakersfield Condors rolled to three consecutive victories last week, including a sweep of a home-and-home series with the first-place Las Vegas Wranglers. Bakersfield is 13-32-4-1 on the season with 31 points in the standings.
THIS WEEK (ALL TIMES PACIFIC):
Friday, Feb. 17 at Alaska (8:15 p.m.)
Saturday, Feb. 18 at Alaska (8:15 p.m.)
Sunday, Feb. 19 at Alaska (6:05 p.m.)
WEEK IN REVIEW (Home team in CAPS):
Wednesday, Feb. 8
Condors 4 vs. UTAH 0
The Condors shutout the Grizzlies for the second straight time, this time with G Matt Keetley turning aside 29 shots. F Parker Stanfield had 2g-1a and F Evan Trupp had a “Gordie Howe Hat Trick” (one goal, one assist, one fight) to lead the way offensively. Bakersfield scored three times in the first eight minutes of the game to jump out to the quick lead.
Saturday, Feb. 11
CONDORS 4 vs. Las Vegas 3
Bakersfield came from behind three times and eventually prevailed in the shootout, to complete a weekend sweep of the Wranglers. F Parker Stanfield scored for the third straight game, and LW Evan Trupp (pictured) had two goals, including a memorable highlight reel tally to force overtime. G Matt Keetley made 41 saves and stopped four of five Vegas shooters in the shootout for the win.
PLAYER AND TEAM NOTES:
- F Parker Stanfield has a four-game point streak, with 3g-4a-7pts during the stretch. He scored a goal in all three games last week.
- The line of F Evan Trupp – F Parker Stanfield – F Chris Kushneriuk combined for 3g-5a-8pts and two fights in Wednesday’s win. It was their first game together as a line.
- F Robby Dee scored his fourth shorthanded goal of the season Wednesday. He is tied for 2nd in the ECHL, and now tied with F Scott Freeman for the team lead.
- The Condors have won three straight road games and three in a row overall.
- F Evan Trupp’s memorable goal Saturday night has garnered over 20,000 views online and earned a story on Yahoo! Sunday.
- The Condors season series against Utah shifts to Bakersfield for the final five meetings. The Grizzlies will come to Condorstown five times in 33 days, starting Feb. 28.
- G Matt Keetley has made 40 or more saves three times this season.
UPCOMING SCHEDULE: (subject to change.)
All practices are at Rabobank Arena unless otherwise indicated
Monday, Feb. 13 – OFF
Tuesday, Feb. 14 – OFF
Wednesday, Feb. 15 – LATE PRACTICE TIME
Thursday, Feb. 16 – Depart for Alaska
6 – 7 p.m. Condors Insider (FSR 970AM)
Friday, Feb. 17 – 8:15 p.m. at Alaska Aces
Saturday, Feb. 18 – 8:15 p.m. at Alaska Aces
Sunday, Feb. 19 – 6:05 p.m. at Alaska Aces
Monday, Feb. 20 – OFF (Returning from Alaska)
North to Alaska; Bobble-fists, Bugs Bunny & Palm Trees coming up
The team returns home for two games against the Stockton Thunder the following weekend. On Friday, the first 2,000 fans 5 and older will get a Hans Benson Bobble-fist doll, sponsored by KBAK Eyewitness News and Three-Way Automotive Group. On Saturday, the first 2,000 fans 5 and older will take home a Palm Tree seedling to plant at home, and also welcome Bugs Bunny, sponsored by Bright House Networks, KERN 1180 and Cal Water.
CONDORS LEAGUE LEADERS:
23.10 PIM/Game – 1st
65 major penalties – 1st
10 shorthanded goals – 1st
Individual league leaders
RW Scott Freeman – 4 shorthanded goals (2nd; 1st, rookies)
RW Scott Freeman – 5 shorthanded points (t-1st)
LW Hans Benson – 14 major penalties (t-3rd)
RW Scott Freeman – 15 goals (t-3rd, rookies)
F Robby Dee – 15 goals (t-3rd, rookies)
RW Scott Freeman – 4 game winning goals (t-1st, rookies)
F Robby Dee – 4 shorthanded goals (t-2nd)
D Tyson Gimblett – 135 PIM (4th, rookies/1st, d-men)
D Tyson Gimblett – 11 major penalties (t-1st, rookies/2nd, d-men)
Points: RW Scott Freeman/F Tyler Helfrich, 30
Goals: RW Scott Freeman/F Robby Dee, 15
Assists: F Tyler Helfrich, 20
PIM: D Tyson Gimblett, 135
+/-: RW Scott Freeman/D Josh Van Dyk, +4
GAA: G Matt Keetley, 2.88
Save %: G Matt Keetley, .912
Wins: G Matt Keetley, 9
Individual tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster and the Rabobank Arena box office by calling 1-800-745-3000. The box office is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. And 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, with extended hours on game days. For more information on ticket packages, exciting promotions, and to sign up for the Kids Club for just $10, visit the online home of the Condors, www.bakersfieldcondors.com.
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