LOVELAND, Colo. – G Kyle Jones turned aside 30 shots from the Bakersfield Condors (5-10-1-0, 11pts) in a fight-filled 3-0 shutout for the Colorado Eagles (6-6-0-1, 13pts) in front of 5,289 at the Budweiser Events Center Friday night.
The two clubs played a first period that turned nasty before seeing the Eagles take a 1-0 lead. In the middle of the frame, tempers flared when three fights broke out along with a couple skirmishes assessed as ‘roughing’ in a span of less than two minutes. Colorado F Jack Combs scored with 1:33 left in the period to make it 1-0.
The Eagles extended the lead in the second period when F Aaron Slattengren tucked home a rebound past G Matt Keetley at 10:31. F Adam Chorneyko banged in a loose puck from the doorstep a couple minutes later to make it 3-0.
The Condors could fare no better in the third, as Eagles G Kyle Jones completed his shutout with 13 more saves. Bakersfield dropped the mitts two more times toward the middle of the stanza, and another mini-line brawl broke out in the final minutes when two more fights occurred. But the Condors couldn’t fight their way back into the game, and were shutout for the first time this season.
D Justin Pender made his Condors debut tonight… The Condors have gone nine straight games without a first period goal… Five different Bakersfield players earned a fighting major in the game, and the Condors put up a season-high 61 PIM on the night… Final Shots: BAK – 30; IDH – 34… Power plays: BAK-0/6; COL-0/3… Three Stars: 1. Jones (COL); 2. Slattengren (COL); 3. Chorneyko (COL).
Bakersfield and the Eagles battle in Colorado again on Saturday night. Game time is 6:05 p.m. PT. Tune in on Fox Sports Radio 970 AM, online at www.foxsports970am.com, or through the iheartradio app. The game will also be streamed live on www.americaone.com
Teddy Bear Toss is coming!
The Condors return home for two games next week. Tuesday night against Alaska enjoy $1 hot dogs all night long and 1/2 price beer through the first intermission, sponsored by My45, 105.3 La Preciosa and R&D Leather Furniture.
Saturday against Ontario is Teddy Bear Toss Night, sponsored by 29 Eyewitness News, KERN 1180 and Wells Fargo. Bring a new teddy bear to the game and when the Condors score their first goal, throw them onto the ice. The bears will be collected by the United Way of Kern County.
Ticket packages, starting as low as $48, are on sale now by calling the Condors front office. Special group rates are available for just a minimum of 10 people (advanced purchase required). Reserve your group or party today by calling 324-PUCK (7825).
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