Condors return to action with hard-fought 3-2 victory

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – The Bakersfield Condors (7-20-3-0, 17pts) rallied with two goals in the third to take down the Stockton Thunder (12-12-1-2, 27pts) 3-2 at Rabobank Arena Monday night.

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Bakersfield played a physical opening frame, and ended up drawing first blood. F Casey Pierro-Zabotel redirected home a shot from the point from D Joe Loprieno for his second goal of the season at 8:47. Shots were 13-8 in favor of the Condors. G Matt Keetley got the start in net for the Condors, while the Thunder countered with G Thomas Heemskerk.

Both teams had their chances in the middle frame, and the Condors nearly held their 1-0 lead through the entire period. But Stockton scored in the final minute of the second, with D Nathan Deck blasting home a goal with just 52 seconds left on the clock. Shots were 15-10 in favor of the visiting team in the stanza.

Stockton took the lead just 1:58 into the third but the Condors shrugged it off with a pair of tallies in the latter half of the frame. LW Matt Marquart slipped in a rebound of a F Tyler Helfrich shot to tie the game up at 11:21. And at 17:11, F Peter Boyd, left all alone in the low slot, fired home the game winner past Heemskerk for his eighth of the season.

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Post-game comments from Matt O’Dette

Post-game comments from Peter Boyd

Condors Droppings:

F Tyler Helfrich had two assists on the night… F Casey Pierro-Zabotel has a three-game point streak (2g-1a during the streak)… The Condors have won two in a row against Stockton… D Alain Goulet skated as a winger tonight and recorded a first period assist… Shots on goal: BAK- 35, STK- 30… Three Stars: 1.  Boyd (BAK); 2. Keetley (BAK); 3. Marquardt (BAK).

Don’t Tread On Me jerseys raise $14,375

After the game the Condors auctioned off their specialty jerseys to benefit the Mercy & Memorial Hospital Get Fit Club. In total, $14,375 was raised, with LW Jesse Gimblett bringing in the highest bid at $1,200. 

Team Ghost Riders – cowboy monkeys!
The Condors are back at home Wednesday against the Ontario Reign, and welcome Team Ghost Riders – monkeys dressed as cowboys, riding dogs and herding goats – sponsored by KBAK Eyewitness News and 106.1 KRAB Radio. It’s also a High School/College ID Night, allowing high school and college students to purchase lower level tickets for just $1 with their valid student ID.

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Individual tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster and the Rabobank Arena box office by calling 1-800-745-3000. Box office hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday thru Friday and will be closed on Saturday, Dec. 24. For more information on ticket packages, exciting promotions, and to sign up for the Kids Club for just $10, log on to

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