Condors wrap up homestand this weekend with Teddy Bear Toss
Utah back in town for both games
Bakersfield, Calif. – The Bakersfield Condors finished the week posting a 2-1-0-0 record with two games against the Victoria Salmon Kings sandwiched around a contest with the Las Vegas Wranglers. The Condors were riding a four-game unbeaten streak (3-0-1-0) before falling 4-1 to Victoria on Saturday. The Condors are now 7-8-1-0 this season and are third in the Pacific Division, five points behind first place Stockton.
THIS WEEK (ALL TIMES PACIFIC):
Wednesday, Nov. 24 vs. Utah (7 p.m.)
Saturday, Nov. 27 vs. Utah (7 p.m.)
WEEK IN REVIEW (Home team in CAPS):
Wednesday, Nov. 17
CONDORS 3 vs. Victoria 1
It took 24:10 for the first puck to find its way into the net, when RW Stephane Goulet converted a rebound chance to grab a 1-0 lead for the Condors. Victoria answered with a power play goal from RW Ryan MacMurchy, and the two squads carried a 1-1 tie into the third period. F Mark Magnowski scored his second goal in as many games less than five minutes into the third, and C Rylan Kaip picked up an empty net goal as the Condors earned a 3-1 win.
Friday, Nov. 19
CONDORS 7 vs. Las Vegas 1
RW Stephane Goulet got the scoring started for the second straight game, when he converted a broken play into a 1-0 Condors lead with less than four minutes to play in the first period. The Condors then exploded for a five-goal second period. C Adam Naglich picked up his second goal of the season on a breakaway just 58 seconds into the period, and C Rylan Kaip followed up with a power play goal at the 2:41 mark to give the Condors a 3-0 lead. Las Vegas RW Vince Bellissimo added a power play goal of his own to put Vegas back into the game at the halfway point of the period. It was a close as Vegas would get, as Bakersfield received goals from Goulet and Kaip, the second of the night for each player, along with D Jason Lepine before the end of the period. RW Carter Smith notched his fifth goal of the season in the third period, and the Condors cruised to a 7-1 thumping of the Wranglers.
Saturday, Nov. 20
Victoria 4 vs. CONDORS 1
Despite owning a 14-6 shots on goal advantage, the Condors trailed 1-0 after the first period. The lone goal in the first came off the stick of Victoria D PJ Atherton. RW Milan Gajic increased the Salmon Kings lead at the 15:24 mark of the second period as Victoria lead 2-0 after two periods of play. C Rylan Kaip cut the lead in half after a nice drop pass from F Andrew Ianiero allowed him to walk in uncontested. RW Ryan MacMurchy posted a power play goal for Victoria and LW Chad Painchaud added an empty net goal to give Victoria the 4-1 win. The Condors outshot Victoria 35-25 in the game.
PLAYER AND TEAM NOTES:
- The Condors had their four game unbeaten streak (3-0-1-0) snapped on Saturday.
- Friday’s game against the Wranglers started a little over an hour late due to the Las Vegas bus being stuck in traffic.
- The Condors picked up their biggest win of the year in a 7-1 dismantling of the Wranglers on Friday. It was their largest margin of Victory since winning 8-1 in Fresno on Nov. 30, 2007, and their largest at home since beating Long Beach 10-2 on Dec. 2, 2006.
- F Slava Trukhno recorded three assists in his Condors debut on Friday.
- G Peter Hirsch posted a 2-1-0 record, a 1.67 GAA, and .941 save percentage last week.
- D Jason Lepine is tied for first among ECHL defensemen with 10 assists and is tied for second with 12 points.
- After the Condors homestand concludes this week, 10 of their next 14 games are on the road.
- G Josh Tordjman served the first three games of his six game league suspension last week. He is eligible to return on Dec. 3 when the Condors visit Toledo.
ON THE DOCKET:
The Condors host the Utah Grizzlies for a pair of games this week, as Bakersfield plays the final two games of an eight-game homestand on Wednesday and Saturday. For both games, the doors will open at 6 p.m. with the drop of the puck at 7 p.m.
Wednesday Night is the Condors Toy Drive, sponsored by My 45, 98.5 The Fox, and R&D Leather Furniture. All fans who bring a new or slightly used toy to donate will receive $1.00 terrace level admission. It is also Half Price Beer night, as half price beer will be available until the end of the first intermission.
Saturday is Teddy Bear Toss Night, sponsored by 29 Eyewitness News, KERN 1180 AM, and Wells Fargo. Fans are encouraged to bring a stuffed animal to be thrown onto the ice following the first Condors goal. The teddy bears will be collected and donated to less-fortunate children through the United Way of Kern County. The second set of Condors Trading Cards will be given away as well. Saturday is also a Big Buddies Night, when underprivileged children will have a chance to to attend the game for free thanks to local organizations.
This Wednesday marks the end of the November Nuttiness Sale. Many jerseys, bobbleheads, t-shirts and other items are on sale at huge discounts. Past specialty jerseys are $75 off for Season Ticket Holders, and $50 off for non-season ticket holders. The regular retail for those jerseys is $125. The sale takes place at the Condors back merchandise stand, behind section 102. Consider it an early Black Friday sale!
Both games this week can be heard on Fox Sports Radio 970 AM, online at foxsports970am.com, and on your smartphone through the iheartradio app. You can also watch all the games streaming live through America One. All fans are welcome to phone in the Goose Loonies call-in show (661-716-0970) after both games.
Saturday’s game will be aired live on Bright House Networks Cable Channel 21.
CONDORS LEAGUE LEADERS:
RW Erick Lizon – 62 PIM (3rd, ECHL)
RW Pascal Morency – .333 shooting percentage (4th, ECHL)
G Josh Tordjman – 324 saves (2nd, ECHL)
G Josh Tordjman – 595 minutes played (3rd, ECHL)
RW Carter Smith – 5 goals (t-4th, rookies)
RW Carter Smith – .227 shooting percentage (2nd, rookies)
D Jason Lepine – 12 points (t-2nd, defensemen)
D Jason Lepine – 10 assists (t-1st, defensemen)
Condors – 345 PIM (3rd, ECHL)
Points – RW Stephane Goulet (15)
Goals – RW Stephane Goulet, C Rylan Kaip (8)
Assists -D Jason Lepine, F Andrew Ianiero (10)
PIM – RW Erick Lizon (62)
Plus/Minus – RW Stephane Goulet (+7)
GAA – G Josh Tordjman (2.83)
Wins – G Josh Tordjman (4)
Save Percentage – G Josh Tordjman (.920)
Don’t miss your chance to reserve your ECHL All-Star Classic tickets before they go on sale to the public! The Condors All-Star 4-pack gets you tickets to the All-Star game on January 26, as well as the ever popular Teddy Bear Toss game on November 27. You also get to pick two additional games throughout the regular season.
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. The Box Office will be closed this Thursday for Thanksgiving. 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.